House of Ten Boom
“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” -Corrie ten Boom
Corrie ten Boom and her family sympathetically shouldered an incredible responsibility during the Second World War. Seeing the despicable rule of Nazi Germany this family would not stand by idly. They were steadfast in their resolve to honor God and preserve life. Hiding Jews led to the whole Ten Boom family being sent to a concentration camp. Four of the five members of the ten Boom family did not survive the war. Corrie, the sole survivor, showed the true character of her family in her life after the war by teaching others about forgiveness.
Motto: CHRISTUM FACIAM LUCRUM (Gain Christ)
Verse: “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8
Traits: Steadfast. Selfless. Sympathetic. Spirited.
House Shield Symbols:
Giving hands–represent Corrie’s sacrificial offering of herself to others. She exemplified this as her family hid Jews during the early years of the war, then in the concentration camps, caring for others who came out of the war and finally as she forgave those who had been part of her persecution.
Tulip–represents Corrie ten Boom’s native country, Holland. It is also reminiscent of the vision that Corrie’s sister, Bestie, had before she died of a safe place for people who had endured the concentration camps of Nazi Germany to be restored after the war. In the vision she saw a place with window boxes full of flowers. Even in the deep darkness of a concentration camp these women were sympathetic towards others who had faced hardships of the war.
Needlepoint–represents one of Corrie’s famous thoughts that God is the “Master Weaver” who sees the beautiful side of the tapestry that He is weaving while we often just see the messy underside. This steadfast trust in God is characteristic of Corrie’s life.
Orange–the color of royalty for the Dutch, reminds us of the Kingdom heritage that God’s children possess. It also honor the Dutch heritage of the Ten Boom family.
Green–the color of life, reminds us of the tenacity of the Ten Boom spirit.
White–the color of peace, represents the opposition that Corrie faced. There were times of peace and times of war. Yet, Corrie and her family, remained steadfast because they were found in Christ.