Anita Dittman was just a little girl when the winds of Hitler and Nazism began to blow through Germany. By the time she was twelve, the war had begun. Abandoned by her father when he realized the price of being associated with a Jewish wife and family, Anita and her mother were ultimately left to fend for themselves. Anita’s teenage years are spent desperately fighting for survival yet learning to trust in the One she discovered would not leave her.
Suffering is a part of life, but it’s never easy. Our lives get turned upside down, and we wonder how God could allow these things to happen. Yet, we are told to believe that He is still good, and that He still loves us. If only it was that easy. Tune in for a conversation with two guests who have suffered greatly themselves, but have a theology of suffering that we can all learn from.
Anita M. (Dittman) Rowden went to be with the Lord on October 13th, 2020 at the age of 93. Born on May 28, 1927 in East Germany, Anita was a survivor of the WWII Nazi Holocaust. Anita endured much persecution and hardship at a young age. She escaped from a forced labor camp and began a difficult journey to her mother's concentration camp, not knowing if she would find her alive. They were reunited and immigrated to America in 1946. Some years later Anita was introduced to author Jan Markell who coauthored her story of the Holocaust and how her Christian faith sustained her throughout. The book, "Trapped in Hitler's Hell", is still being published after 40 years, here and around the world. Through her book and public speaking Anita touched millions of lives.
Jan Markell, Founder, President and Host of Understanding the Times was saved under Jewish evangelist Hyman Appleman when she was a child. In Jan’s early ministry years she was a part of the Messianic movement, worked for pro-Israel agencies, and for Jewish evangelism ministries. In 1982, Jan incorporated Olive Tree Ministries and the goals of the ministry can be read at “Our Purpose.” Jan has written eight major books with prominent Christian publishing houses. She has produced a dozen DVDs, some featured on Sky Angel. At one time she traveled full time across America as a speaker. In the year 2000, Jan launched a radio branch of the ministry starting first on AM980 KKMS, Minneapolis/St. Paul. In 2004, the program was syndicated nationally and is heard internationally on the Internet. “Understanding the Times” radio has been received well as a source of news and information hard to find. “Understanding the Times” is interview and commentary-driven.
Andrew Schmutzer (PhD, Trinity International University) is Professor of Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, Illinois). In addition to numerous articles and essays on the Old Testament, he has written the exegetical theology Be Fruitful and Multiply and two forthcoming commentaries on Ruth and Esther.
Gerald Peterman is Field Chair of Bible and Theology and Professor of Bible at the Moody Bible Institute. Before coming to Moody he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL, spent 4 1/2 years doing church planting for the Evangelical Free Church in central Florida and in south central Iowa, and also served eight years in the Air National Guard as a Chaplain. Peterman also serves part-time at his local church. For Moody Publishers he has written Joy and Tears: The Emotional Life of the Christian (2013) and Between Pain and Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering with Dr. Andrew Schmutzer. Research interests include New Testament Greek Language and Exegesis, Greek and Roman Background to the New Testament, and Biblical Theology.