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Embarrassed at School

KOC VBS

The following skit is part of the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. For information the curriculum, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.

Samir at School

Based on a true story from Egypt

Characters:

  • Samir [sah-MEER], a male elementary school student. Later he becomes Narrator.
  • Teacher
  • Other students

Samir and other students are sitting at desks in a classroom. The teacher is at the front of the class.

Teacher: Samir?

Samir: Yes, ma’am?

Teacher: Are you a Christian?

Samir: Yes, ma’am.

(The other students snicker.)

Teacher: (to class) Are any of the rest of you Christians?

Other students: No way, not me, no, etc.

Teacher: We’re all Muslims, right?

Other students: That’s right, yeah, definitely, etc.

Teacher: Well, Samir, do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Samir: Yes, I do.

(Other students laugh, giggle, make disapproving noises, etc.)

Teacher: (Walks to Samir’s desk holding a Quran. She talks as she walks.) But Jesus walked on earth. (stops by Samir’s desk) So how can He be the Son of God? Does God walk on earth? Does God eat? Does He sleep in a bed? (holds up the Quran) Our holy book, the Quran, says that Jesus ate food. It also says Jesus was a prophet and not the Son of God. Why don’t you understand that?

Other students and Teacher freeze. Samir, now the Narrator, gets up from his desk and walks to center stage to talk to the audience.

Narrator: Hi, I’m [real name]. Things like that don’t really happen at my school in America. But it did really happen to Samir, a kindergarten student in Egypt, where most people are Muslims. Samir felt alone when the students and teachers made fun of him. Philippians 2:6–11 tells about how Jesus came to earth as a man. But Samir did not know how to explain that to his teacher and friends.

Samir is now an adult. But children in Egypt are still teased for being Christians and pressured to give up their faith. Today Samir publishes a magazine for Christian children to help them learn how to stand up for their beliefs. We can ask God to help the Christian children in Egypt stay strong for Jesus.


Prayer Cube

Prayer Cube
Download the prayer cube

The following prayer cube patterns and instructions are from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum.

Print the cube pattern (download it here). Photocopy the pattern onto thick colored paper. Cut the pattern out. Fold it into a cube and tape or glue it together. In a group: Briefly discuss the needs of Christians in the five countries. Divide into prayer groups and take turns rolling the cubes and praying for the country that is on the top of the cube.


Learn Two Verses and a Song

God Remembers
Listen to
God Remembers

Hebrews 13:3 (NKJV): Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV): If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

The Bible verses above remind us to remember and pray for Christians who are suffering. The following song (sung to the tune of Jesus Loves Me) includes thoughts from the verses. Which words are about Hebrews 13:3? Which ones are thoughts from 1 Corinthians 12:26?

God Remembers

Think of those who are not free.
Don’t forget your family
Persecuted for the Lamb
Just as if you’re chained with them.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.

When one member suffers loss,
Every member bears the cost.
If it’s him or if it’s you,
All the members suffer, too.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.


Painted Prayer Map

USAThe VOM prayer map painted on cloth for the VBS

The VOM Prayer Map is part of The Voice of the Martyrs Special Issue newsletter. The map labels “restricted,” “hostile,” and “monitored” nations in different colors to indicate the level of the persecution of Christians in the countries.

A previous post told about a VBS held in Pennsylvania. A volunteer, Marianne, painted a very large VOM Prayer Map on cloth to help the children understand more about countries where Christians are persecuted.

Marianne described how she and her 14-year-old daughter made the map for others who may also want to make one. Read her description below.

“It was one of those projects that God had His hand in because I am not that crafty!

“I traced the map provided by VOM onto transparency plastic.

“Using an overhead projector, I projected it onto the large paint canvas. This was done in two halves because the canvas was large. It was difficult to line up the two halves so my daughter prayed at that point!

“Now having a bunch of lines on the canvas and being not so geographically gifted, my daughter prayed again!

“Using markers, I started outlining and labeling.

“I started with markers and crayon. Then using a map key for color coding as in [the VOM] map (for restricted areas, etc.), I added color with acrylic paint.

“For the surrounding bodies of water, I used a sponge and watercolor paint dabbing it onto the canvas.

“My daughter and I looked at each other knowing that God is good and we can do all things if it’s for His glory!”

For information about VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.


Faithful Stewards

Vietnam
Children in Vietnam

The following skit is from VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. For more information about the curriculum, visit www.KidsofCourageVBS.com.

Faithful Stewards
This skit is based on a story told by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, and other authors.

Characters
Narrator
Mark
John
Matt
Rich Man

Props
Small bag

Mark: (hands in pockets, kicking at the ground with his toe, muttering to himself) Parents! They’re so frustrating!

John: (enters and walks to Mark) Hi, Mark! What are you doing out tonight? I thought you had homework to do.

Mark: (glumly) Oh, hi, John. I did have homework. But I needed to take a walk.

John: What’s the problem?

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