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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum

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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 www.kidsofcouragevbs.com 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.

Activities Story

Hidden Missionaries

Nigeria
Mary Slessor and her adopted children

Missionaries are Christians sent on missions, often to other countries, to spread the good news of Jesus among people who don’t yet know Him. Sometimes their work is risky. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted as He was. (See John 15:18–22.)

Find the names of six missionaries in the sentences below. Do some research to find out more about any whose stories you don’t know.

Search for the following names. (If they have a first and last name, search only for the last.)

  • Peter (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Andrew (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Cecil Dye
  • John and Betty Stam
  • Mary Slessor
  • Bruce Olson
  1. James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
  2. Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
  3. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
  4. In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
  5. Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
  6. In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Name Search Answers

1. Stam
James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
2. Peter
Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
3. Olson
Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
4. Andrew
In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
5. Dye
Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
6. Slessor
In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Spotlight Story

Secret Bible Distribution

Nepal
Youth in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and Kids of Courage readers donate money to provide Bibles for Christians who live in countries where Bibles can be hard to find. Read a story here about a boy who raised money for Bibles.

Do you ever wonder what happens after VOM receives the money and takes the Bibles to Christians in other countries? The story below tells about workers from VOM-Australia handing out Bibles in Nepal.

We had arranged with pastors to meet Christians at a secret location. Our VOM team loaded 4-wheel drive vehicles with Bibles and drove for several hours. Then we left the road and drove across stony river beds with water halfway up the tires.

When we got to the secret location, we saw 600 people dressed in colorful clothing walking toward us. The pastors told us that the believers had walked six hours to get there. We had only 20 minutes to distribute the Bibles to 600 people. Then they had to leave for their own safety.

The people were quickly and quietly divided into groups, and we passed out the Bibles. When they received the Word of God, many of them kissed the cover. Some opened the pages and then kissed them. Some women covered their heads in respect for receiving the Word of God.

The Christians began to pray, thanking God for the precious books. The children looked in amazement at the colorful pictures in the Bible, pointing to them and discussing them with each other.

There was no food given on that day, only Bibles for 600 believers, but we felt that a tremendous feeding of the soul had begun for those who received His precious Word.

Source: VOM-Australia. Edited from the original for clarity and length.


Spotlight Story

Five Facts About Macedonia

Macedonia

  • Drivers in Maceconia sometimes park their cars on sidewalks.
  • In December 2014 news reports said that two Macedonian men set a Guinness World Record for pushing a car for 24 hours. They pushed the car about 60 miles.
  • Macedonia is north of Greece. About 30 percent of the people there are Muslims.
  • Macedonia has very few Protestant Christians — fewer than Nepal, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and many other countries where The Voice of the Martyrs works.
  • VOM provides children’s Bibles and Christian books to strengthen the church in Macedonia. See the photo in this post of a Macedonian girl who received a children’s Bible.

Spotlight Story

In God’s Hands

Turkey

“They can take my clothes and all my property. But they cannot burn Christ and the church from our hearts. We are in God’s hands.” — Thomas, a Christian in Mexico whose home church was burned

The Voice of the Martyrs has received two recent reports about someone burning Christian Bibles and materials.

  • More than 8,000 Bibles and Christian books were ruined after someone set fire to them at a Bible Correspondence Course office in Turkey. (See the photo.)
  • Hindu radicals in Nepal entered a church and took Christian pamphlets outside where they set them on fire. They warned the pastors and believers not to preach about Jesus anymore.

If you had no Bibles or Christian books, how would you share the truth about God and Jesus with others? Pray that the Christians in Turkey and Nepal will continue to boldly share God’s word with others, and ask God to protect their work for Him.


Feature Story

Pray for Syria Today

Syria
A child in Syria

Dozens of Christians were kidnapped by radical Muslims in Syria this week. The Voice of the Martyrs received an email from a Syrian Christian leader giving specific ways to pray. Will you join our Syrian brothers and sisters in lifting up the requests he shared?

  1. Pray the Lord will encourage Christians in Syria so they can be a living testimony, in the midst of war, to others around them.
  2. Pray for God’s protection of the Christian community in Syria.
  3. Pray young Christian men will turn to God and put their hope in Jesus.
  4. Pray for children and women who are being taking hostage by IS.
  5. Finally, pray for peace in Syria.

Source: VOM Facebook

Note:
“Levant” comes from a French word that means “to rise.” Countries on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, including Syria, are sometimes called “the Levant.” From the viewpoint of the countries west of them, they are in the East where the sun rises.

A radical Muslim group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has become well-known for their part in violence in Syria and Iraq. They changed their name first to “ISIS,” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Then to emphasize their goal of creating a large Muslim nation, they changed their name to “IS,” the Islamic State.


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