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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Kumi’s New Tricycle

Sudan
Kumi

Kumi is 35 years old, and he is not able to use his legs. “I have been crawling for 35 years,” he said.

Kumi has lived in a refugee camp since he and other Christians were driven out of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. (A refugee is someone who flees from one place to live in a safer place.)

The Voice of the Martyrs support groups that help the refugees. Kumi received a hand-operated tricycle.

“God really has answered my prayers,” said Kumi. “As Romans 8:28 says, ‘Everything works for the good of those who love Him.’”


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Grown-Ups Learn Bible Stories

North Korea

Children who grow up in North Korea do not learn about…

  • Jesus and His love for them
  • Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem
  • Adam and Eve
  • The God in heaven who created the world
  • Daniel and the lions’ den
  • David and Goliath

…or any other Bible stories.

The government of North Korea does not allow anyone to teach Bible truths to the citizens. People who escape from North Korea often learn about God and Jesus from people who help them settle in their new land.

The Voice of the Martyrs supports Christian classes for North Koreans outside of North Korea. The teachers in the classes tell Bible stories to North Korean adults who have never heard the stories before.

One day, after learning about creation, Adam and Eve, and sin, students in one of the classes made “creation cups.” The cups will help them remember the Bible stories they learned from the Book of Genesis.

To Try

  • Read or listen to an audio version of Genesis 1.
  • Remove the paper from a travel cup with a removable insert.
  • Draw something that God created on a piece of paper the same size as the insert.
  • Insert your picture in the cup.
  • Remember and pray for North Koreans when you see the cup.

Download the book Bold Believers in North Korea from the Downloads section of this site.


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