Corrie ten Boom was the youngest daughter of a Dutch watchmaker. She learned the trade, never married and worked alongside her aging father, Casper, in Haarlem.
The Christian faith of the ten Boom family was a living faith. Corrie’s sister, Betsie, never married due to poor health. Corrie herself was jilted when she was a young woman, and stayed single the rest of her life.
She and Betsie used their spare time to teaching Sunday School and ministering God’s love to the mentally challenged.
An basic element of their love for Jesus was a love for his chosen people.
During World War II, the Nazis invaded their tiny country. When Holland’s Jews were being rounded up, murdered or sent away, the ten Booms created a special place in their home to hide them, at great peril to themselves.
Eventually all the members of the family were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Corrie’s sister Betsie and her 90 year-old father perished.
In spite of all the persecution and evil treatment she suffered, she was one of the best known examples of the Christian faith in the 20th century.
Miss ten Boom shared her story in “The Hiding Place“.
The excerpt above is from Corrie’ Christmas Memories, c. 1976, Fleming H. Revell.