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Kids of Courage resources help parents and educators teach children ages 5 to 13 about persecuted Christians around the world, and provide opportunities for the children to serve and pray for them.

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St. Patrick

The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns

by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden

Hardcover, 40 pages, color illustations

Young Patrick thought he was dreaming when he heard his father’s footsteps in the hallway outside his bedroom door.

“Wake up! Wake up! Pirates are invading our villa!” But before Patrick could leap to his feet, a pirate grabbed him by the arm. “You’re coming with me!” he gruffly scowled and hauled his prisoner away to the wicker boats on the sand of the shore below.

In The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns, children will learn stories and legends about the life of St. Patrick, the man honored every year on St. Patrick’s Day. The book inspires readers to reach out to those in need of the message of salvation in a world increasingly hostile to Christ and His people.

The book ends with the following prayer:

Dear Jesus, I have friends who do not know You. I ask for boldness and graciousness to tell them about the promise of heaven You have offered to each of us who chooses to receive it. If they make fun of me for following a God they cannot see or for believing in a promise they do not understand, help me to stay close to You, and not be ashamed of You. Amen.

The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns is available at VOM Books.

What other Kids of Courage resources are available?

Torchlighters DVDs
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Children learn about real-life Christian heroes who withstood persecution. Each DVD includes and animated 30-minute feature, a full-length documentary, and English and Spanish tracks. Topics include Richard Wurmbrand, John Bunyan, Jim Elliot, William Tyndale, Gladys Aylward, Eric Liddell, Perpetua, William Booth, Amy Carmichael, Samuel Morris, Augustine and Corrie ten Boom. You can see short clips of selected Torchlighters DVDs in the video section of this site. For more information about the DVDs, visit VOMBooks.com.
Hardcover Picture Books
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Stories with colorful illustrations introduce children to the lives of noted Christians who have inspired believers throughout the years.

Titles include:

Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge
Burma
America’s first missionary overseas persevered through intense obstacles to spread the gospel among the Burmese people. (Paperback, 232 pages)
Bold Believers Activity Books
China
Bold Believers activity books include activity books with 40+ pages of stories, color photos, activities, and cultural information about one topic or country. The books are available to download for free on this site. Registration is required to download the activity books. A sample activity book is available for a free download without registration.
Learning About Islam
Islam
Learning About Islam helps parents and teachers share the truth about Islam from a Christian perspective with students age 8 and up. The book is available as a free download on this site.
Kids of Courage Newsletters
Newsletters
The Kids of Courage quarterly newsletter was printed from 1996 to 2011. It is no longer published. Selected past issues are available in the Downloads section of this site.
Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church lesson plans for several years are available for free in the Downloads section of this site. The lesson plans are appropriate for Sunday school or other group lessons at any time of the year.

The VOM Bookstore features other resources for families and children.