The congregation’s crime was Christianity. Corrie’s crime had been hiding Jews from the Nazis and sharing the gospel.
The congregation was uplifted and comforted with Corrie’s message. And, like her, Christ gave them the strength to endure to the end and beyond.
Corrie learned later that more than half of the remaining congregation she'd ministered to that night, “died a martyr’s death.” She understood the feelings the remaining congregation felt over the loss. Corrie’s father, sister and nephew had also been Christians martyred at the hands of the Nazis. Corrie survived.
They had no idea they were shunning a gift from God, disguised as a little old Dutch woman, a holocaust survivor, who arrived at their doorsteps to share heaps of spiritual jewels.
Discouraged for a short but significant time, she wanted to give up and return to Holland, but God compelled her to stay. He assured her He had work for her to do in America.
Though she'd been turned away by many, He began opening the doors and hearts of many more, who gladly received her into their homes, their churches, their jails, hospitals, and homeless shelters. It was only the beginning.
I could write and write and write about the wonders you'll discover in this book as you travel the globe with Corrie. The places you'll go and the people you'll meet will leave you with vivid memories and gentle reminders to not sweat the small stuff and to not be worried, but prayerful, about the big stuff, because God loves us and He never runs shy on grace and mercy.