“Christian History Minutes”: Corrie ten Boom finds God in the pit


Back at Christian History, we were working for a while on getting a series of “Christian History Minutes” together for airing on a certain network of Christian radio stations. The deal never went down, but today I stumbled across the small series of “minutes” that I wrote at that point to demonstrate what we might do. Here’s one of those, on a famed Christian concentration camp survivor and teacher:

Imagine the Ravensbruck Extermination Camp, Germany, 1944. A woman from the Dutch Resistance has been imprisoned for harboring Jews. She is ready to give up hope.

I’m Chris Armstrong, editor of Christian History magazine.

Thousands around Corrie ten Boom—her sister Betsie among them—were being brutalized and killed. Only fragments of the Bible, shared with her fellow captives, kept her sane and alive. She clung with special intensity to a verse in Revelations, the third chapter:

“Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close.”

After ten months, Corrie ten Boom was freed. She bought a former concentration camp and turned it into a ministry to those ravaged by war.

And by age 86, Corrie had spoken to millions around the world.

Her message was simple: “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

For more stories from our spiritual heritage, visit www.christianhistory.net or read Christian History magazine.

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