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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.

Spotlight Story

One Billion Need Jesus

On May 4th, China celebrates Youth Day. Events on Youth Day honor the patriotism of youth in China’s history.

Praise God, Christianity is spreading in China. But still, it is estimated that more than 1 billion people in China are not followers of Jesus. (Source: Operation World)

How many is one billion? Draw and cut out a 1-inch by 1-inch square. If possible, set it on a football field. (Or imagine it on a football field.) About 7 million 1-inch squares would fit from end zone to end zone on a football field. You would have to fill 142 football fields with the squares to equal almost 1 billion squares.

On China’s Youth Day, pray that all China’s youth will hear about Jesus and His love for them.
Try the photo puzzle below and find two more China photo puzzles here.


Videos Story

Jesus Booklets and Urdu

About 95 percent of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. Children in Muslim lands are not taught that Jesus is the Son of God or that He saves people from sin.

Recently some children in Pakistan received booklets that tell the good news of Jesus. You can see them looking at the booklet in the video.

The music played and the booklets shown in the video are in Urdu, one of the many languages spoken in Pakistan. Unlike English, Urdu is written from right to left instead of left to right.

How to Say Some Urdu Words
(Pronunciations are approximate.)
Praise the Lord: Hoo-DAH-wahnd kee tah-REEF ho
Please: meh-hehr-BAH-nee
Thank you: shoo-kree-yuh


Spotlight Story

Miriam and Sarah

Kenya
Sarah and her sons

Sarah, a Christian in Kenya, was 9 years old when her mother died. Her Aunt Miriam took her in and raised her until she grew up and married a pastor.

Sarah lived with her husband for five years, and they had two sons. Then one day Muslim radicals from a group called al-Shabab came to their church and began shooting guns. A bullet struck Sarah in the foot. She hid under a pew with her baby son.

Sadly, Sarah’s husband died in the attack. Sarah took her two sons and moved back into Miriam’s house.

Miriam lives in a one-room shack in a big city with her husband and four children. After Sarah moved back in, nine people lived in the shack. Miriam works as a maid, and her husband does different jobs whenever he can find work. Sarah could not work because of her injured foot.

“Miriam is truly a remarkable woman,” said a Christian in Kenya. “She selflessly cares for Sarah and her children, even though she has little money.”

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping Sarah and Miriam. Sarah said, “I take this opportunity to thank Almighty God for how far He has taken me and my two kids.”

To Talk About

  • What does selflessly mean?
  • How do you think Miriam is able to be generous with what she has even though she has very little?
  • How do you think Sarah is able to be so thankful after all that has happened to her family?

Spotlight Story

New Light for Kenya

Kenya

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited a place in Kenya where Christians have been persecuted. The workers joined with some Kenyan churches to provide special gifts for the Christian children in the area.

Each child received six pencils, a pencil sharpener, a notebook, and a Swahili Bible. (Swahili is a main language of Kenya.) The children also received solar lanterns.

Their families were using kerosene lanterns. The solar lanterns will allow the children to read the Bible more and to spend more time on homework. Can you guess why?

“Families may spend 10 to 25 percent of their monthly income on kerosene,” said a Christian in Kenya. “The poor light quality and noxious fumes of kerosene lanterns hinder the ability of children to study effectively.

“Now the homes will be illuminated with an environmentally friendly light, and most importantly, children’s lives will be illuminated with the Word of God.”

Watch video clips that show other ways solar devices are helping spread the gospel below.


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)

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