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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

Aaron’s Choice

Sudan

Aaron used to go to school every day. But now he doesn’t go as often.

Students have to pay fees to attend school in Sudan where Aaron lives. His parents won’t pay the fees anymore because Aaron is a Christian.

Aaron decided to give his life to Jesus when he was in elementary school. He kept his faith a secret from his Muslim family for a while.

But his family discovered his secret. Then Aaron’s father invited some Muslim leaders to their house for a family meeting. Aaron was asked to choose between serving Jesus and dropping out of school, or returning to Islam and continuing with school. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

When Aaron said he would not deny Jesus, his parents stopped paying his school fees. They told Aaron he was no longer part of their family and that he needed to leave their home immediately.

Sometimes others help Aaron pay some of the school fees, and he goes to school off and on. It will probably take him a long time to finish school that way. But Aaron says it is better to attend school part time than to go back to Muslim teachings.

The Voice of the Martyrs recently took Bibles to Christians in the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan, and Aaron received one. He prays that God will help him live the way the Bible teaches. Aaron thanks VOM supporters who provided him with the Bible. He hopes that someday his family will also serve his Savior.

Note: Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir is the president of Sudan. His birthday is on January 1st and he will be 71 years old this year. Pray that he will understand that Jesus Christ is the only hope for him, his family, and his country.


Spotlight Story

Preparing for the New Year

One Hundred Ways Poster

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Have you included remembering persecuted Christians in your New Year’s plans?

Go to the Downloads section of this site and download the “One Hundred Ways [Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church]” poster in the “Other” category. Share ideas from the poster with others in your family, church, or class. Make plans to carry out the tasks, and ask others to help you with your plans.


Feature Story

Iraq: A Reminder

Iraq

Wesley P. is a volunteer reporter for The Voice of the Martyrs. His father works for The Voice of the Martyrs and travels to other countries. “Dad has brought back money, Bibles in foreign languages, knives, and many other awesome things,” Wesley said. (Read an interview with Wesley here.)

Recently Wesley looked through the items his father has brought him from countries where Christians are persecuted. “Most of these were presented to my dad as a gift from persecuted brothers and sisters,” said Wesley. “But some were unique items like a Cuban 3-peso bill.” (The main unit of money in Cuba is the peso.)

Wesley also has an old piece of paper money from Iraq worth 250 “dinars.” (See the photo.) Read below what Wesley wrote about the money.

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Spotlight Story

Noi and the Police

Laos

Noi is the leader of a group of house churches in Laos. The churches are in areas where groups of tribal people live. The authorities do not want tribal people to follow Jesus.

The chief in Noi’s village has tried many times to stop the Christians in the village from meeting together. He questioned Noi about the church five times last year. Every time, Noi explained that the believers learn how to stop sinning at their meetings. When people stop sinning it is good for the village!

“If we teach people about Jesus, they become good people,” Noi told the chief. “We have to meet every week to learn what God is saying.”

The police continued to check on the Christians and their church services. Last Easter, two policemen came to watch the church. If non-Christian spies came to spy on your church, what would you say to them? At Noi’s church, the church members invited the policemen to sit in seats at the front of the church because those are the seats of honor!

The policemen heard the Christians talk about how sin keeps us from God, and how Jesus saves people from sin. They began to feel guilty about their own sins.

“Wow, this Jesus is really tough on sin,” one of them said after the service. The Christians invited the policemen to stay for a meal after the service. But the police, still concerned about their sins, turned down the invitation.

Noi knows he will probably be questioned and watched many more times by the authorities. But he continues to lead the churches in his area.

(Source: December 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Talk About

  • John 16:8–9 says, “[Jesus said], ‘And when [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me….’” What do the verses mean? How might the verses apply to the policemen who visited the church service?
  • If the village chief and the police were not always watching the Christians, they might never hear the truth about Jesus. Can you think of other situations where Christians might be made to feel uncomfortable , but the result might be that more people come to Christ?

Feature Story

Ahmed: “A Hard Time Sitting Still”

India
A child in India

Do you know someone who has a hard time sitting still and being quiet? Ahmed, a Christian in India, has a hard time sitting still and keeping quiet. And God is using his abilities to reach Muslims for Christ.

India has more than 100 Muslims, and Ahmed used to be one of them. He was a zealous Muslim teacher. A person who is “zealous” is eager, dedicated, enthusiastic, and committed. Ahmed was committed to Islam, the religion of Muslims. He was probably not still and quiet in those days either.

But God had better plans for Ahmed.

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