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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.

Feature Story

Lydia: An Update, Part 2

Indonesia
Lydia

Read the previous post about Lydia, an Indonesian Muslim woman. Lydia came to Christ after she was rescued from a serious accident. Her story continues below.

Lydia was baptized and began to attend church regularly. Her Muslim husband did not want her to be a Christian. He treated her roughly and insulted her with harsh words.

One day, Lydia’s youngest child said to his dad, “Enough, Father! Stop!” The boy was the child Lydia was expecting when the van crashed into their home.

But Lydia’s husband finally kicked her and their children out of his house. They had a difficult time finding a safe place to live. The Voice of the Martyrs provided them with housing and helped Lydia start a small business.

Lydia Today
Recently Lydia had a stroke. VOM helped her get medical treatment. She has other medical problems for which she continues to take medication.

Acts 14:22 says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” We can help Christians near us who are having hard times, and we can pray for those who are far away.

Lydia had serious health problems after she was persecuted. It is possible that harsh treatment helped cause her health problems.

Remember to pray for strength and health for persecuted Christians.


Feature Story

Lydia: An Update

Indonesia
Lydia

The November 2010 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter told the story of Lydia, a Christian girl in Indonesia. Like most people in Indonesia, Lydia’s family and relatives were Muslims. Her parents enrolled her in a Muslim school. But Lydia quit going to the school when she was 16. Her parents were angry, because they wanted her to be more serious about her Muslim faith and her Muslim schooling.

Later, after Lydia was married and expecting her sixth baby, she was watching TV when a van crashed into her living room. While Lydia was pinned under the van, she saw a man in a shining white robe. He touched her and said, “You are safe. Follow Me.” Lydia felt peace and freedom from pain.

Rescue workers pulled Lydia from under the van, and she looked for the man in the robe. “What are you looking for?” a rescuer asked.

“I want to see the one who saved me,” Lydia replied. “No,” said the rescuers. “We are the ones who helped you.”

Lydia talked to her Christian nephew about what happened. He told her that the man might have been Jesus, and he gave her a Bible. Lydia read in the Book of John that Jesus had said, “Follow Me,” just as the man at the accident had said.

Lydia’s nephew helped her understand what it means to follow Christ, and Lydia became a Christian.

Read in the next post what happened Lydia after she gave her life to Jesus.


Spotlight Story

Ramadan and Muslims Coming to Christ

30 Days

From June 18 through July 17 this year, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. During this month, called “Ramadan” on the Muslim calendar, they will turn their thoughts to the teachings of Islam, their religion.

The following information comes from “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World,” a guide to help Christians pray for Muslims during Ramadan.

Since Muhammad founded Islam in 622, millions of Christians have been swept into Islam. But what about the opposite? Have very large groups of Muslims come to Christ?

Not until recently.

In the last two decades of the 20th century, the tide began to turn. Movements of at least 1,000 people away from Islam broke out in Algeria, Soviet Central Asia, Bangladesh, and Iran.

In the first 14 years of the 21st century, new Muslim movements to Christ have erupted across the Muslim world. In our day, we are seeing the greatest and most wide-reaching turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

The current wave of Muslim movements to Christ has happened at the same time as an increase in prayer for the Muslim world.

Source: “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World.”

You can order the prayer guide at www.vombooks.com/May2015 or by calling 800-747-0085.
To find a children’s version of the booklet, visit www.30daysprayer.com.
To find more information about Islam for kids, download Learning About Islam from the free Downloads section of this site.

Will you join Christians around the world in praying for Muslims during Ramadan?


Activities Story

Practice Telling a Story

Morocco

Muslim belief: Muslims worship Allah, and their holy book is the Quran. The Quran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves sinners. Quran Chapter 4, Verse 107 says, “Lo! Allah loveth not one who is treacherous and sinful.”

Christian belief: God is a loving heavenly Father. We love Him because He first loved us, even while we were still sinners. He sent Jesus to save us. (See Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)

Muslims around the world often do not have the opportunity to hear Bible stories that would help them learn about God and Jesus. Many come from cultures where storytelling is important.

Maybe sometime you will have the chance to share Bible stories with someone who has never heard them. You can practice telling Bible stories to younger children.

Read a story about Jesus and a sinner in Luke 19:1–9. Photocopy the pages above from Bold Believers in Morocco. (The complete book is available in the Downloads section.) The pictures are out of order. Color the pictures, then write “1” on the line near the picture that shows what happened first, and “2” near the picture that shows what happened next, and so on. Check your answers in a Bible. Practice telling the story in the right order.


Spotlight Story

Shot by Terrorists

Niger

Brent and Shelley Teague are missionaries in West Africa. Recently he shared with The Voice of the Martyrs the story of when he was shot by radical Muslim al-Qaida terrorists in Niger. (Read more about Niger on VOM’s online prayer map here.

The story below is from an interview with Brent on VOMRadio.net. (Edited from the original for length and clarity.)

Brent: I really shouldn’t be alive. I was going up to a village 90 miles north of the capital city of Niamey in Niger. And I had a couple of Bible students with me and their families, and we had three children in the car.

And these al-Qaida operatives were in another vehicle that came alongside our vehicle in broad daylight and opened fire with a machine gun through the driver’s door. So the first bullet went through my knee, and the second bullet went through the shin of my leg. It just missed the main artery by about a millimeter, but I was in pretty bad shape.

Then they [took control of] our vehicle and followed it in theirs. They took us off road and robbed us. I ended up in the middle of the desert, and I honestly had no hope for survival. They discussed finishing us off, but the commander decided not to waste the ammunition; they thought I was going to die anyway.

I was praying. At first I was really questioning God, why He permitted me to be in the situation I was in, and then I realized I’m going to be seeing Jesus soon. I need to have a better attitude. So then I just started worshipping the Lord and thanking Him for saving me and for all he’s done in my life. And thanking Him for the privilege of serving Him, and then is when I started praying for Shelley and my two daughters.

But God did a miracle. I should be dead. I was laying in the desert praying, getting ready to go to heaven when the Lord spoke to me and told me that my mission wasn’t over on earth. And the miracle is that there was an anonymous phone call to the federal troopers office ….in the capital city telling them that I’d been shot, that I was critically wounded, giving them the location where I’d been dumped in the desert. The miracle is that phone call came 30 minutes before I was even attacked. Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten to me on time. I don’t know how God did that, but it happened.

There were 12 other attacks that same year in that same area. I’m the only driver that survived the attacks.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity)


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