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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum


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 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.

Spotlight Story

Freedom to Prepare


On July 4th we celebrate our freedom and independence. In the United States, we are thankful for our freedom to worship and to speak about our beliefs.

Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the mid-20th century. At that time, Romania was under communist control, and people were not free to proclaim Christ in public. Pastor Wurmbrand was in prison for a total of 14 years because of his Christian activities.

After he was released, he came to the United States and started the ministry that later became The Voice of the Martyrs. He died in 2001.

The Bible says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22, NIV). Pastor Wurmbrand believed that those who are not having struggles can prepare for harder times now. He had some suggestions for how people in comfortable circumstances can prepare for harder times now.

The following were some of his ideas about preparing for times of hardship:

  • Learn to do without things you don’t need.
  • Read the Bible and stories of brave Christians.
  • Learn to be silent. More souls are won by listening to people than by speaking to them.
  • “It will be too late to start to be holy when you go to heaven.’ Start now; don’t quarrel with people.
  • Learn to be quiet by yourself with no entertainment.
  • Memorize Bible verses.
  • Learn to see the good side of things.

Source: Preparing for the Underground Church by Richard Wurmbrand; edited and adapted

Spotlight Story

Wenxi Li Update

A previous post told about Wenxi Li, a Chinese Christian who was released from prison. He had been put in prison because he helped set up a Christian bookstore.

A VOM worker visited China recently and met with Christians there. The video clip tells about his meeting with Wenxi Li and his family. As you watch the video, listen for answers to the following questions.

  • How long did Wenxi Li spend in the prison labor camp?
  • What work did he do while he was there?
  • Why did the 18th century emperor dislike Christianity?

Spotlight Story

Anniversary for an Army

Catherine and William Booth
The Salvation Army founders, Catherine and William Booth

This year the Salvation Army is celebrating their 150th anniversary. Salvation Army members from around the world are gathering in London, England. Read below a story from the Kids of Courage archives about the early days of the Salvation Army.

Peter Monk was an Irish prize fighter. He was used to fighting people for money.

Peter went to a meeting where William Booth was preaching about how to follow Jesus. Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, and he ministered among the poor in London.

Even though Peter was used to fights and was not a Christian, he didn”t like it when the rowdy crowd gave Booth a hard time. He calmed the crowd and soon became a follower of Booth and of his Savior, Jesus.

People who didn’t like the Salvation Army continued to oppose the work. In one year (1882), 669 Salvation Army members were attacked and 69 meetings buildings vandalized.

(Source: 70 Great Christians)

The attacks did not stop the Army”s work. Today the Salvation Army serves God and the poor in 126 countries throughout the world.

Find free William Booth student and teacher’s guides in the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

Letter Writing Project Expands

Prisoner Alert

Jody N. and her husband attended a recent VOM conference in Kentucky with their daughter, Hannah. Jody wrote to VOM, “As a by-product of attending, our family has made a commitment to write letters to someone imprisoned for their faith on a weekly basis. So that made three letters weekly.

“But in addition, my husband’s aunt and uncle have moved in with us. We got Uncle Jerry (age 82), to write one weekly as well.

“We ordered letter writing kits for our church, and my husband, Tom, [the pastor] offered to buy stamps and mail any letters that are written. So some folks write them at home and bring them to church for him to mail.

“So that has been a blessing in our family.”

Feature Story

Like a Butterfly: Elizabeth Update

Elizabeth (in the green scarf) and her grandchildren

Parents and Teachers: The following story is adapted from the June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs. The issue features stories about bold believers who gave their lives for Jesus. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Please preview the stories before sharing them with children. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share age-appropriate stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A previous post told about Elizabeth, a Christian grandmother who saved her five grandchildren from her burning home in Kenya. Radical Muslims had set her house on fire after she refused to become a Muslim.

“I have nothing left, except a Bible,” Elizabeth said. “I lost everything that I had, but I’m grateful I have life….They wanted me to change my faith from Christianity to Islam, which I couldn’t. I still feel like I can’t.”

Since the fire, Elizabeth has been praying for inner peace. She admits she’s having a hard time.

“If you have money, you rent,” Elizabeth said. “If you don’t, you sleep here today; tomorrow you sleep there. You become like a butterfly. We just wait for almighty God to remember us.”

Elizabeth prays for those who caused her so much trouble. “Islam has a different god,” she said. “The Bible says, ‘Don’t kill.’ So I feel like asking the Lord to remember [the Muslim attackers], to change them.

“When you pray, remember me. I’m asking that you pray for peace in my heart and that I won’t lose faith, but stand firm. And that I may have land and some property. I believe it is not God’s will for me to have nothing and be doing nothing.”

(Source: June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

Look at the photo above of Elizabeth and her grandchildren. Decide what you will pray for each of the children individually and for Elizabeth.

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