Thursday, February 28, 2013

A horrible betrayal…but it’s only part of the story

 Update by Mike Evans
Jerusalem Prayer Team
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"Sixty-nine years ago this week, Corrie ten Boom and her family were betrayed to the Gestapo. Their courageous work that had saved the lives of more than 800 Jewish people from the Holocaust was stopped as the police raided the family home and clock shop. The ten Booms were arrested, but thanks to God’s protection, the Jewish people safe in the “Hiding Place” behind the wall of Corrie’s bedroom closet were spared. They huddled in fear for several days before finally being rescued.
The Gestapo arrested the members of the ten Boom family and others who visited the home during the day. In total, about 30 people were taken to Scheverningen Prison. The policeman told Casper ten Boom who was 84 years of age they would let him go home if he promised to stop his rescue work. He said, “If I go home today, tomorrow I will open my door to anyone who knocks for help.” When told he could die for what he had done, he replied, “It would be an honor to give my life for God’s Chosen People.” Just ten days later, Casper died at the Hague Municipal Hospital.

Casper ten Boom, Corrie’s father
Betsie ten Boom died at the dreaded Ravensbruck death camp in December of 1944. Willem ten Boom, Corrie’s brother, survived the war but died shortly after from tuberculosis contracted while in prison. Christiaan ten Boom, a nephew of the family, perished at the Bergen Belsen death camp, and Corrie ten Boom survived only because a “clerical error” released her from camp just days before all the remaining female prisoners were executed.

The tragedy is that while virtually every Jewish person knows the story of Anne Frank, almost none of them know the story of the ten Booms. There are three trees planted at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem for Casper ten Boom and Corrie and Betsie, but few know their story of courage, sacrifice, and love. Because I am the Chairman of the Board of the Corrie ten Boom Museum, I had the privilege of speaking at the ceremony when Casper and Betsie were honored in this special way, but my heart is filled with the burning desire to make sure this message is taken across Israel…and I need your help.


This is the reason we are working so hard to bring the Christian Zionist Heritage Center to life. We must tell the story of the ten Booms—and so many other wonderful stories of love, sacrifice, courage, support, and devotion—to the nation of Israel. Most Jewish people have never seen an act of kindness from a Christian. Most of them think, as my Jewish mother did, that Christians are the source of hatred, persecution, and even death.

You and I know that this is not true, but they will not hear unless we tell them. Your gift today to support the Jerusalem Prayer Team will help us make the Christian Zionist Heritage Center a reality…and touch the future of the entire nation by changing the way they view Christians and showing them God’s love in action. We cannot do this without you. Please be as generous as you can when you send your gift today.

If you are able to send a gift of $50 or more, we will place your name or the name of someone you wish to honor or remember in a special ten Boom Book of Honor in the Christian Zionist Heritage Center. Everyone who sees it will know of your love and compassion for the Jewish people and your support of the nation of Israel. This is just a small expression of our gratitude for your help with this urgent project.
Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team allows us to continue our work on the Christian Zionist Heritage Center, to stand up and speak out for Israel, and to meet urgent humanitarian needs among the poor Jewish people living in Israel. Thank you so much for being part of this vital worldwide prayer movement.

Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, ozier Yisrael bigvurah.
Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the universe, who girds Israel with might.
Your ambassador to Jerusalem,
Dr. Mike Evans"

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