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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: More Than Conquerers
By Chrissi Dunn


2nd March 1944

So this is Ravensbruck - a picture of evil against Your suffering people, Lord. Corrie and I are certainly learning to trust You more each day. Barracks twenty eight contains very little comforts, yet at least we are together as sisters, and can share a blanket. Even more importantly, we can read and pray together each night. How did we manage to smuggle Your word in?

I know Corrie thinks Iíve gone mad, Lord, but somehow I still have a thankful spirit. When I asked You what we should do about the fleas swarming in this hut, a verse came to mind straight away:

In everything give thanksÖ*

For some reason, I want to thank You for those fleas, and the conditions we now find ourselves in. Itís quite absurd really - and yet You made those little creatures too, Lord! Surely Your glory and majesty can be seen in everything.

Now that Iíve told Corrie (which I have felt reluctant to do), sheís refusing to praise You for such a thing. Oh Lord, her expression is becoming like that of the others in our barracks - etched with pain, eyes devoid of hope. Lord, help us to understand our situation. We know Youíre here - even here, amongst Your people. Itís just hard to see Your face right now.

30th March 1944

Ö..we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.*

What encouragement I gleaned today from this passage, as Corrie read it aloud. Surely I noticed a glint of expectation in her sunken eyes too, as she realised what it meant for us. Lord, while we are starving and persecuted, we are not separated from Your love. All the evil we have encountered can be conquered through Your power!

I could see it in the eager silence among the other women today - Hope. It seems that there are more and more gathering each day to hear Your precious word. When we sing praises softly, I feel You moving in this place of torment. Who would have thought we would feel Your love each time we became the victim of Nazi hatred?

Lord, I hope that no-one discovers our little times together. Itís quite remarkable that no prison guard ever enters this barracks, and that we have managed to keep the Bible for so long! May it continue to bless us more each day.

2nd May 1944

Well, now I see Your plans, Lord. You really do work in mysterious ways! We shouldnít have worried about hiding Your word today, when Anna called for a guard. She says not one would come because of the fleas!

Itís no wonder I felt the need to praise You for those irritating little creatures! If it werenít for them, none of us would have learned from Your word daily, and our times of worship would have been cut short too.

Corrie now sees Your purpose in every little thing. We had such a wonderful time of prayer today, as we placed everything in the camp into Your hands.

She was so thrilled, that she wasnít cross with me for waking her up tonight. I donít know why I felt compelled to do so, but that dream was fascinating. Imagine if this camp really was full of beautiful gardens and flowers, and all those who had suffered here had a place of healing and fellowship! Oh, Lord may Your will be done.

5th May 1944

I read this journal, penned by my dear sister, Betsie with tears welling from a deep and hurting place. And yet, Lord as I remember her, I know that she has reached mansions of unimaginable beauty, so far away from Ravensbruck. My tears are mixed with joy.

Three days ago, I, Corrie was lying next to her, as she shared her vision. Iím so glad I took time to listen. I didnít realise that in the morning I would waken to find her body cold and lifeless. Lifeless - yet smiling.

Lord I will miss her company, her kindness, her passion for life and for You. I pray that You will grant me the ability to continue to walk in such faith.

Now, as I sit on this train, still in awe about my unexpected release, I canít help but smile also. For Betsie has been released too. Together, we have been more than conquerors in your power and love.

Authorís note:
This is based on true events recorded in The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Betsieís dream was fulfilled after her death, when her sister, Corrie opened a home for those who had suffered in concentration camps, and travelled the globe sharing a message of love and forgiveness.

*1 Thessalonians 5:18
*Romans 8:37

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Joanne Sher 10/18/07
I am VERY familiar with this story - and you gave it such life! A great fit for the topic. Enjoyed this very much.
Janice Cartwright10/18/07
Corrie and her sister Betsy have witnessed to me in a special way for many years now. For that if no other reason I would love your story. But to top it off you have done a beautiful job of retelling in your own words and from your own heart. I can tell you felt this one as you wrote.
Marilyn Schnepp 10/21/07
Not being familiar with this story, I thought perhaps it was a rewrite; however, from one of the above Commenters, I find that these are your own words...thus, I find it extraordinarily beautifully written...and very touching. Thanks for sharing.
LauraLee Shaw10/21/07
This is truly outstanding. Well done.
william price10/23/07
I love research and a story;s whose writer did their research. Smart, anointed, great pace and kept my interest. SUper job. God bless.
Lynda Schultz 10/23/07
Corrie and Betsy's story has been such a blessing to so many over the years. Thanks for telling it again. You did a great job.
Laury Hubrich 10/23/07
This was very good. Reminders about Christians living in gratitude despite their circumstances is a must for the times we live in. Thank you so much for sharing!
Dee Yoder 10/24/07
Good job with the shift in viewpoint to the sister. My son and I are reading "The Hiding Place" now in school. The re-telling of this story is very good!
Marty Wellington 10/24/07
Very good re-telling of a familiar story. A good fit with the topic and truly inspiring writing. Blessings to you~
Beckie Stewart10/25/07
I really enjoyed this as one day I look forward to meeting both of these dear saints who suffered through so much for their faith. Corrie is my hero and I strive to see all the Lord has for me in this life because of her story of how she learned to walk in faith.
Sara Harricharan 10/25/07
I never read Corrie's story, but you captured an essence here that makes me want to go find it and read it. Excellent job, especially with the journal format. ^_^