A Cup of Cold Water
The Compassion of Nurse Edith Cavell
In God’s timing, Edith is made director of a nursing school in Belgium for training younger nurses — and World War I breaks out. Caught suddenly in the turmoil of this huge international conflict, Edith finds herself surrounded by enemy spies. Still, Edith courageously continues to serve the Allied soldiers who desperately need her help.
With Belgium under German occupation, Edith and her nursing students cared for many soldiers in their hospital. They ministered to those on both sides of the war. After a soldier was released from the hospital, he was supposed to report to the German police. Instead, Edith and her nurses helped smuggle many of the Allied troops out of the country so they could avoid capture by the Germans.
Edith was eventually caught by the Germans and admitted to harboring these fugitives. Her punishment was death by firing squad.
Edith was a very popular nurse. Soldiers sometimes called her “Edith Nightingale”, after the well-known American nurse, Florence Nightingale. The Germans hoped the harsh punishment for the beloved nurse would send a warning to the Allies that the Germans meant business. Instead, Edith’s death only increased the resolve and morale of the Allied troops. Edith was recognized as a heroine and the memory of her devotion inspired the troops.
About the Author
Christine Farenhorst, author and poet, has written Amazing Stories from Times Past, The Great Escape,Wings like a Dove, and Before My Mother’s Womb. Christine and her husband, Anco, have five children, nineteen grandchildren, a dog, and ten chickens.
“A captivating introduction to Edith Cavell. Educational, inspiring, and full of gospel encouragement, A Cup of Cold Water is destined to be a family read-aloud favorite.” — Tara & Matt Kingswood, Russell, Ontario
“A blend of artistic craft and scholarly research bring Edith Cavell to life. Edith fulfills the hope of her earthly father: ‘that she would grow up to serve God in some special way.’ But more important, her faith points to a heavenly Father who directs and plans lives for His glory. Just as He directed Edith Cavell’s life, He will accomplish the plans concerning me!” — G. Carol Bomer, Artist, Asheville, NC