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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

More Bible License Plates

On April 25, 1901, New York was the first state to require license plates on cars. Car owners had to make their own plates.

Use the clues below and a Bible to help you figure out what the following license plates say. You can find examples and more Bible license plates in previous posts: Matthew License Plate Puzzles and Bible License Plate Puzzles.

PRSQTU Matthew 5:12 says you are blessed when people do what?
B4I4MDU

God told Jeremiah, “I knew you _____ _____ _____ _____.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

MT2M At Easter we remember that the women in Matthew 28 found an _____ _____ after Jesus was crucified.
UZU Matthew 5:44 says you should pray for those who spitefully _____ _____.
IZ4THAC Jesus said, “Blessed are your ______ _____ _____ _____ and your ears for they hear.” (Matthew 13:16)
STR8BRME When his enemies troubled him, David asked God, “Make your way _____ _____ _____.” (Psalm 5:8)
10TMAKR Paul’s occupation was _____. (Acts 18:3)

Spotlight Story

Children’s Day in Turkey

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Turkish Children

Zack, Mark, and Paul are brothers who live in Turkey. They and their mother told about Children’s Day, a holiday in Turkey that is observed on April 23rd. Read what they said below.

Children’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the first assembly of Turkey’s parliament in 1920. [A parliament is a group that makes a nation’s laws. Congress is the lawmaking body of the United States.]

The parliament is run by Turkish children on April 23rd. The children play the roles of elected officials. They give speeches and elect a president and present a speech on TV.

It is a time to celebrate with many parades and ceremonies. The largest ceremony is in the capital, Ankara. They decorate schools, parks, and apartment windows with flags and colorful streamers.

There are bright colors and a lot of red everywhere. There is music and happy dancing. The costumes for dancing are nice and bright. One of our favorite parts is that toys are sold for half price at some of the stores.

Turkey’s laws allow “freedom of religion.” But sometimes police give Christians a hard time if they share their faith outside the church. Muslims who become Christians are often persecuted by families, friends, and bosses.

To Think About
What would you do if you were elected president for one day?

  • Watch a video of Christian children in Turkey.

  • Find a Turkey lesson plan here.
  • Learn more about Turkish Christians from Bold Believers in Turkey, available in the Downloads section.
  • Pray for Turkish children.

Spotlight Story

Pray for the Imam

Sudan
Sudanese man reading a Bible

Soldiers in Sudan often attack villages in the Nuba Mountain region. Churches in the area have been destroyed by bombing. Many Christians have fled to refugee camps away from the fighting.

Muslims in the area have also fled. One of the Muslims is an imam — a Muslim leader. This imam has two wives and 17 children. (Muslims teachings say that Muslim men may have up to four wives.)

The imam is the religious leader for Muslims in his refugee camp. Before he came to the camp, he lost all his possessions when he ran away from his village — his property, animals, and the houses where his large family lived. But he was able to escape with all his children.

People in the refugee camps are very poor. The Voice of the Martyrs brings Action Packs to Christian refugees that are filled with things they need, such as clothes, shoes, blankets, and other items. Christians from churches in the area provided the imam with two Action Packs. He was amazed that Christians would share a gift with a non-Christian.

Christians asked the imam if he had a Bible. When he said he had never read a Bible, they promised to bring him one. The imam said he had been longing for someone to explain what is in the Bible to him. The Christians arranged for him to attend a Bible study group.

The imam is still an imam and a Muslim. But he now has the opportunity to learn about the Bible and about Jesus’ love for him. Pray that the imam and his family will become children of the God who loves them.

Read more about Action Packs on Persecution.com.


Spotlight Story

Update on Susan

Susan

Susan, a girl in Uganda, was treated harshly and locked in her room by her Muslim family after she became a Christian. Previous posts here and here include a video clip and stories about Susan.

Susan now lives in a safe place with other Christians. The photo above shows her with cooking pots and utensils near her new home. She is leaning on a mortar which is used to grind groundnuts (peanuts).

“Susan is fine and studying well,” said a Christian in Uganda. “She is happy and living a positive life. Her attitude toward school and life in Christ is good, too.

“This has encouraged many Christians [who used to be Muslims] in their walk with the Lord. They are encouraged by Susan’s strength and forgiveness to her father who caused her such pain that she has to walk on crutches. Glory be to God.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original for clarity.)

To Talk About

  • How is Susan a good example to other Christians?
  • Read Proverbs 20:11. In what ways can Christian children encourage other Christians, even Christian adults?

Feature Story

Bold Believers with Bibles in Syria

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Syrian boy praying

Dr. Easo and his wife, Rachel, are Christians in Syria. They share the gospel in their country, even though a civil war makes travel and witnessing for Christ difficult. In addition, most Syrians are Muslims, and some of them are not friendly to Christians.

One day, the Easos went to a rural village to share the love of God with the villagers. On the way, government soldiers stopped their car at a checkpoint. A checkpoint is a barrier where drivers must stop to get their cars checked. The soldiers look for bombs or other dangerous materials that travelers might be carrying.

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