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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.

Beliefs Story

Comparing Sikh and Christian Beliefs

Vaisakhi is a festival celebrated by followers of the Sikh religion. It is celebrated on April 14th in many locations.

Male Sikhs usually have “Singh” as part of their name, and females have Kaur in their names. Five symbols worn by Sikhs are long hair, a dagger or sword, short pants worn under outer clothing, a steel bracelet, and a wooden comb. Males often have long hair wrapped in a turban.

The chart below compares Sikh beliefs with biblical Christian beliefs.

Print out a Sikh coloring page to color.
Read more about Sikhs in Bold Believers in India in the Downloads section.

Sikh
Christianity
Founder Guru Nanak, a man born in the 15th century Jesus Christ
House of Worship Gurdwara Church
Holy book Guru Granth The Holy Bible
Symbol A Sikh man wears five symbols of his faith: long hair, short pants worn under other clothing, a steel bracelet, a small sword, and a comb. The cross is a Christian symbol. It symbolizes Christ’s death on the cross, a sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
Beliefs about God Sikhs believe in one god that is seen as more of a “force” than a person. They believe their god is not personal and does not love them. Sikhs believe that all religions really teach the same thing and that there are many ways of reaching their god. Christians believe in the God of the Bible. God is a loving heavenly Father, and humans can have a relationship with Him. Christians do not believe that all religions are means to reaching God (John 14:6). Christians believe that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can know God.

Spotlight Story

Library Week

Library

National Library Week is observed during the second full week of April. Read below some suggestions for observing the week and raising awareness about Christians around the world.

  • Does your public library accept book donations? If so, donate a book about martyrs or missionaries.
  • Write a book report or book review for a book in your library about martyrs or missionaries. Submit it to a local newspaper or website.
  • Children around the world are setting up “Little Free Libraries” in their neighborhoods. Start a neighborhood library of Christian books to loan or trade for other books. (Ask a city official if neighborhood libraries are permitted in your neighborhood.)
  • Donate VOM materials to your church or Christian school library.
  • If your public library accepts donations of DVDs in other languages, donate a copy of Jesus: He Lived Among Us in the language of immigrants in your community.

Photo Credit: “I spotted this on my walk around town today what a great idea.” by davebloggs007 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


Spotlight Story

Ready to Listen

Iraq
Iraqi boy

The following story is adapted from an article in the April 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, which features stories of God changing people through Bibles sponsored by VOM donors.

Ehsan did not want to be a Christian. As a Muslim in Iraq, he had been taught that Christianity was wrong. Also, he knew some Christians who were sinful.

Ehsan had a friend, Azhar, who tried to help him understand Jesus and His love for everyone. Azhar explained that the Bible teaches that sin in wrong, and that some people who call themselves Christians may not be true believers.

But Ehsan wasn’t ready to listen.

Then radical Muslims from the Islamic State (IS) attacked Mosul, Iraq. Thousands of Christians and Muslims fled from the fighting in fear. They found safety in an area where VOM distributes Action Packs and Bibles to refugees.

Ehsan watched Azhar and a VOM team serve the refugees for two months. Then he asked Azhar to tell him the reason why Christians would help strangers in trouble. “How can you love people you don’t even know?” he asked. “What is the reason for this love? Why do you include Bibles in these packs?”

Ehsan was ready to listen.

“God is the one who gives us this love,” Azhar told Ehsan. And he gave Ehsan a Bible.

After reading the Bible, Ehsan said to Azhar, “Now I am more thirsty and hungry to know about Jesus.”

Ehsan gave his life to Jesus, began attending a house church, and was baptized. But now he faces a big obstacle. He plans to tell his Muslim family that he is a Christian.

“Pray that he will be protected,” Azhar said. “Pray that he will grow spiritually and that he won’t have fear.”

To Think About

  • Ehsan did not want to listen to Azhar talk about Jesus partly because he knew some sinful Christians. What did Azhar tell him about sin and about some Christians?
  • Ehsan learned more about Christians from watching Azhar and other Christians serve others. If a non-Christian watched your family or class for a day, what would they learn about Christians?

Spotlight Story

Baby Finally Safe

Baby Finally Safe

She is just a baby, but she has already escaped several attacks by Muslim radicals in Nigeria.

Boko Haram, a violent Muslim group, wants to make Nigeria an entirely Muslim nation. They have attacked many villages, schools, and churches. When Boko Haram attacked the baby’s village, her mother carried her into the “bush” where they hid. (The “bush” in Nigeria is an area covered with bushes or trees.) After two days they fled to another village.

But the attackers also came to that village! This time they hid in the bush for two weeks. Once more they fled and once more their new location was attacked.

The baby got sick because of all the moving around and had to go to the hospital. VOM helped her get the treatment she needed.

Ask God to keep Nigerian children safe and well.


Spotlight Story

USBs for North Korea

USB NK

The following story comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. (Translated and edited from the original.) The photo shows “USB’s NK” spelled with USB devices. “NK” stands for North Korea.

A USB Device for North Korea
When Esther fled North Korea, she did not yet know the Lord. Now she does! Her cousin Ann took her to church, and she was taught how to pray. Esther learned about Jesus and put her trust in Him. “I want other North Koreans to hear about Jesus, too,” said Esther.

Esther and other refugees from North Korea learn about the Bible at a Bible school in South Korea. When Esther is finished at the school, she wants to tell the people of North Korea about the Gospel. That won’t be easy, because telling others about Jesus Christ and the Lord God is not allowed in North Korea. But Esther believes that God will help her and that He strengthens her.

People in North Korea are not allowed to have a Bible, so Christians in South Korea thought of something. They use big balloons to float USB devices into North Korea. Scriptures, Bible studies, and songs are on the devices. In this way, North Koreans can hear about Jesus!


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