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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum


The Kids of Courage VBS curriculum introduces students to real Kids of Courage at risk for their faith today in five countries: China, Egypt, Nigeria, North Korea, and India. Students learn how bold believers around the world live, worship, and play.

The lessons teach children how to pray for those who risk everything for their faith, and how to become Kids of Courage themselves. They learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Remember Persecuted Christians, Forgive Others, and Witness Boldly.

Visit to see samples of the materials and to read feedback from churches that have used the curriculum for Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, and mission weeks.

Spotlight Story

Safe House Sisters


Nazli and her sister were Muslims in Jordan, where fewer than five percent of the people are Christians. But Nazli felt that Muslim teachings are unfair to women.

A Christian relative helped Nazli understand God’s love for her. Nazli became a Christian, and she later led her sister to the Lord also! But their brother was not happy with Nazli’s choice. He hit her and threatened to harm her again.

Nazli and her sister ran away from their village. Now they live in a VOM-sponsored safe house, and they are learning more about their new Christian faith. The photo above shows Nazli and her sister with a Christian friend. (The friend is in the center.) Their faces are covered to protect their identity from those who might want to harm them.

(Chapter 4 of Learning About Islam tells about “Women, Honor, and Family Life” in Islam. You can download the book from the Downloads section.)

Feature Story

Cuba: Past and Present


The events in the true story below happened in the late 1990s. At the time, Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba. Today Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, leads the country.

The story reminds us that it is important to pray for countries we hear about in the news, and for Christians in those countries. Cuba has been in the news recently because the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba have been talking about the relationship between the two countries. Ask an adult what current news stories say about Cuba. Pray that more Cubans will give their lives and futures to Christ.

Story: The Christmas-in-Cuba Kids
Every morning, the kindergarten class at a Christian school in Florida prayed for nations around the world. They used an alphabetical list of countries in a prayer guide to help them. Soon they got to countries that begin with the letter “C.”

At about the same time, their teacher, Mrs. Carter, began reading aloud to the class from the book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. “In the story,” said Mrs. Carter, “it is always winter, because the evil queen forbade springtime. Most of all, she forbade Christmas.”

Mrs. Carter told what happened in her class next.

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Activities Story

Prayer Reminder Desk Organizer

Prayer Desk Reminder

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made a desk organizer that helps remind Christians to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters.

To make a similar desktop prayer reminder, start with a clean, empty frozen juice can or another can that has no sharp edges after the lid is removed. Apply colorful tape in strips around the can. Using glue or decoupage medium, attach a photo of a persecuted Christian from a VOM publication or website to the can.

Spotlight Story

A Moth and a Garden Gate


Mr. Merv Knight, who is involved with The Voice of the Martyrs-Australia, recently visited VOM-USA. He asked VOM workers the following riddle.

“Why is a moth flying toward a lighted candle like a garden gate?”

If it keeps on, it singes its wings.
(If it keeps on its hinges, it swings.)

Mr. Knight used the riddle to encourage Christian workers to keep on doing the right thing so that they may be effective in their work for the Lord.

Photo credit: Vipin Baliga / Flickr

Activities Story

Balloon Game

North Korea

In North Korea, it is against the law to share the gospel of Jesus. But Christians from other countries are finding ways to reach North Koreans with the truth. They float balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea from other countries.

Learn more in the following posts:

Carol H., a teacher in Alabama, shared a game to use when teaching children about North Korea. Her instructions are as follows.


  • 20 index cards. On half the cards, write “MOST balloons,” and on the other half write “LEAST balloons.” Shuffle/jumble the cards, and turn the stack upside down.
  • 10 inflated balloons.
  • A volleyball net (or a string on the ground) to separate the teams.
  1. Tell the students about Christians sending Scripture balloons into North Korea. Show a map of Asia that includes North Korea and countries that border it.
  2. Divide into two teams of equal numbers. One team is North Korea and the other is South Korea. Give the South Korea team the 10 balloons. When a referee says, “Go!” the teams hit the balloons back and forth over the net.
  3. After three minutes, the referee blows a whistle or yells, “Stop!” Everyone freezes. If they are holding a balloon, they freeze with it. The referee turns over the top card. If it says, “MOST balloons” the team holding the most balloons gets a point. If the card says, “LEAST balloons” the team holding the least balloons gets a point.
  4. After five rounds of play the team with the most points wins.

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