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Seven Facts About Missionary Jim Elliot

1.    In school, Jim was on the wrestling team.

2.    After Jim received poor grades at school one semester, he told his parents that he thought studying God’s Word was more important than his school subjects.

3.    In college, Jim encouraged his friends to share what they had learned from the Bible that day. He greeted them by saying, “What’s your verse for today?”

4.    Sixty-one years ago in 1956, Jim and four missionaries were killed in Ecuador by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waorani tribe). The five had gone to the area to tell the tribe about Jesus.

5.    Jim’s wife, Elizabeth, later went back to the tribe and shared a message of forgiveness and salvation. Many people in the tribe decided to follow Christ.

6.    Jim and Elizabeth’s daughter, Valerie, played with Waorani children while her mother ministered among the tribe.

7.    Ecuador issued a postage stamp honoring Jim.

Read another story about the missionaries to the Waorani tribe here .

Click here to find a clip from the Torchlighters DVD, “The Jim Elliot Story.”


Banging on a Drum in India

Men with drums in India

Jonathan is a VOM worker who travels to other countries to meet with persecuted Christians and to encourage them. On one of his trips to India, he met with a group of pastors, leaders, and missionaries. The Indian Christians worked in the state of Uttar Pradesh where most of the people are Hindus. (Find more about Hinduism here.)

Read below about Jonathan’s conversation with one of the Christians.

I asked him, “Brother, tell me about your work.”

He said, “My brother, the Lord has given me a wonderful ministry. I ride my bicycle to a village where there are no Christians, and I bang on my drum.”

He has a simple bike, but he had a drum on the middle of the crossbar. Behind him he had a little lantern sitting on some gospel tracts. He had a little speaker on the front of his bicycle.

Now imagine that. Imagine if we all went to the mall and banged on a drum in the parking lot.

A crowd comes around him and says, “Why is he banging on a drum?” When they gather around him, he preaches the gospel.

I asked him, “How does that go?”

He answered, “Sometimes it is amazing. The people hear the gospel; their heart is touched and changed. We see them repent. We see the start of a new church.”

I said to him, “That is incredible. What about other times?”

He said, “Oh, they beat me.”

I said, “Brother, I am so sorry. What do you do then? What do you do after they beat you?”

He said, “When I wake up, I ride to the next village.”

So I will ask you a simple question. When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone? It is real easy in the U.S. We need to be preaching the gospel.

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

To Talk About
Jonathan said that Uttar Pradesh, where the bicycle evangelist worked, has about 200 million people. Ten years ago, Jonathan said, almost no Christians lived there. Now Uttar Pradesh is about 3 percent Christian. What is 3 percent of 200 million?
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Stand Firm in the Faith

Listen to a song from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. The song is based on 1 Corinthians 16:13. The lyrics are below.


Stand Firm in the Faith

Chorus
Stand firm in the faith,
Be strong, be brave,
And let all you do be done in love.
Stand firmly in the faith.

Chorus

Stand firm in the faith
Of the gospel of Jesus.
Crucified for our sins
Buried, now alive.

Be strong, strong in the Lord Jesus
Be brave, brave in the Lord Jesus.

Lion of Judah,
Spotless Lamb,
By His mighty hand
On this rock we stand.

Chorus 2 times

For more information about the KOC VBS, visit kidsofcouragevbs.com.


Far From Home

A mosque

An American Christian family moved to a country where most of the citizens are Muslims. The family planned to serve God by helping the people of the country with their needs. Their new country was nothing like America.

“We moved there in August, and December came, and there was no Christmas,” said the father of the family. “There was no background for Christmas. I remember drinking tea with a young man, and he said, ‘Why are you here?’ I answered, ‘I love God, and I want to share God’s love. I believe in the Bible.’

“He looked at me and said, ‘What’s a Bible?’

“Eighty-six percent of Muslims in that region of the world have never met a follower of Christ…,” the father continued. “Please continue to pray for opportunities and doors to open for the gospel to go forth and for hearts to be opened to hear the truth….”

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

To Think About
How many Bibles are in your home?
Did you know that some people in the world have never heard of the Bible?
How can you pray for people who have not yet heard about Jesus?


Easter Message from Sri Lanka

“Without Good Friday, there is no Easter,” — Reverend Godfrey Yogarajah, a Christian minister in Sri Lanka

Reverend Yogarajah shared the following thoughts on VOMRadio.net. (Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness.)

“In Sri Lanka, persecution is on the increase. Churches are demolished. Sometimes Christian funerals are prevented.  They showed a live telecast of people attacking a church, but no one was punished.

“But the church has been growing.

“We don’t ask for persecution. But when it comes, we are able to go through it. We understand that it is part of God’s purpose. We know we need to be the light that keeps society ready for the return of Christ.

“When the church is prepared to face persecution, the church grows, and there will be triumph and victory, just like on Easter.”

To Talk About
1.    “In Iran, Christians role play what might happen when the police come to question them about their Christian activities. One person plays the Christian, and another plays the policeman. This prepares them to act in a Christ-like way — even to persecutors.” — VOM worker

Can you role play, acting in a Christ-like way to someone who is being rude to you?

2.    How can a Christian be a light to those around them?

Learn more about Christians in Sri Lanka in Bold Believers in Sri Lanka, available in the free Downloads section.


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