5 People That Impacted My Faith

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie is important to me because of her enormous faith. I struggle with my faith and I look towards Corrie as an example. She impacted me because she causes me to want to do right and when I’m afraid, to look to God.

I read The Hiding Place as a child. She was an amazing woman with amazing faith! She helped hide Jewish people in her family home during WWII. They arrested her and sent her to a concentration camp named “Ravensbruck”. She survived, but I won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t read about her.

St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe is important to me because of his love. Lives were changed because of his love. Love can change the world and I am impacted by him.

He is called the “Saint of Auschwitz”. During WWII, he was also caught and imprisoned several times for his faith and for distributing religious materials. The last time he was imprisoned, he was sent to Auschwitz. Did he survive? You’ll have to read for yourself. He also wrote several books that are available for purchase.

St. Francis of Assisi

I’m an animal lover and vegetarian so I just love St. Francis. He impacted me because of his love for nature and animals. I also enjoy his poems and writings.

He gave up his wealth to become a monk. It is said that if there was no one around, he would preach to the animals. There is also another story about him saving a town from a wolf. One of my favorite hymns is also attributed to his poem.

Claude N. Gibson

He was my great-grandfather. He babysat me a lot as a child. My earliest memories are about him. He impacted me because he taught me about love and faith without even knowing it.
You can read about him here:

Memories of Granddad

Mister Fred McFeely Rogers

Mister Rogers impacted my faith because he had quiet faith and strength. He loved everyone and makes me want to see past the surface and into the heart.

The world today is a better place because of him. He was a Presbyterian minister, but I didn’t know that until I was an adult.

What about you? Who has impacted your faith?