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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

Delviana Update

Indonesia
Delviana in the hospital

Delviana, a Christian teen in Indonesia, was injured when radical Muslims exploded a bomb in her church. A previous post told her story.

Recently workers from The Voice of the Martyrs-Australia met with her to find out how she is doing. Read below what Delviana told the workers about the bombing and about her life now.

For me, church was boring. I only went along if my mom or friend were going, and merely went to keep my family happy. Instead of paying attention, I would often spend my time in church sending text messages or playing games on my phone.

My sister Mary described me as a very selfish person who thought only about pleasing myself. She was tired of telling me to listen to God and we didn’t get along very well because of this.

That was before the bomb exploded.

The Explosion
It was a typical day at church, and I just wanted to leave as soon as possible. Mom was outside talking to people, so I stood waiting for her in the doorway, playing on my phone.

Suddenly I lost my balance, and my body was struck down. There was no warning; I didn’t even hear anything. “What happened?” I cried out to myself. Then I touched my head and realized my hand was full of blood — MY blood! In my heart I cried out to God. “In the name of Jesus,” was all I could pray.

Later my family told me what had happened. A bomber standing close to me had exploded his bomb. Having been so close to the blast, I was fortunate to be alive.

My dad’s arm was badly cut, but he ignored it. He ripped his shirt to bandage the wound on my head. Others from the church helped take me to the hospital.

The next post will tell what happened to Delviana after the attack.

(Source: VOM-Australia. Edited from the original for length and reading level.)


Spotlight Story

Family Left with Nothing

Hmong Christians in Vietnam
Hmong Christians in Vietnam

Workers in Vietnam recently sent The Voice of the Martyrs a report about a Christian family from the Hmong tribe. The daughters in the family are 12, 6, 5, 4, and 2 years old. The sons are 7 years old and 6 months old.

The people in their village are spirit worshippers. When the children’s mother got sick, the villagers blamed an evil spirit.

Someone shared the Good News of Jesus with the family. They trusted in Jesus as their Savior and gave their hearts and lives to Him. Then they prayed for the mother, and she got well! The family was very happy.

But not everyone was as happy as the new Christians. The father’s relatives and village officials beat him up three times to try to force him to stop being a Christian.

“But I refused to leave my faith,” the father said. “Officials and villagers came back to beat me up the fourth time, and they tied me up like a sinner. I refused to leave my faith again. This time they took away all my belongings, my home, my farm, and everything I own.

“They took away my two pigs that weighed about 60 pounds. The villagers killed one of them for food and took the other one away. They also took away two sewing machines, 50 bags of rice, pots and pans, and my motorcycle.

“Jesus said that believers will not die spiritually and will receive eternal life [John 3:16]. And Jesus also said He is the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6]. Because of this I can’t leave my faith even though they took everything from me.”

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping the family settle somewhere else away from their village.

To Think About

  • Which child in the family in the story is closest to your age? When the family’s belongings were all taken away, what are some of the things that child might have had to leave behind?
  • Find the story of another Christian family in Asia here What were the children in that story unable to do in their new village?
  • Non-Christians take things away from Christians in Laos, Vietnam, Syria, and other places. What are some of the things that no one can take away from a Christian?

Download the books Bold Believers in Vietnam and Bold Believers of the Hmong People from the Downloads section of this site.


Spotlight Story

Amy Carmichael and Preena

Torchlighters

The following story is featured on the children’s DVD “The Torchlighters: The Amy Carmichael Story,” available at www.vombooks.com. Check the Downloads section for related study guides and coloring pages.

A Big Sacrifice
Preena was a Hindu girl who lived many years ago in India. She loved her family, but after her father died, the family was very poor.

Hindu temples honor many false gods. Hindus do not believe that faith in Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with the one true God. Preena’s mother wanted to please the Hindu gods. She thought her family would be blessed if she gave the gods a big sacrifice.

So she gave Preena to the gods.

A Sad Life
Preena was sent to live at a Hindu temple. She was not happy at the temple, and she missed her mother. Another temple girl told her that children who are dedicated to a temple god never go home. Preena tried to run away, but adults from the temple chased her. She ran to a marketplace and bumped into a kind lady. The lady wore a cross on a chain around her neck.
Preena was caught and returned to the temple. But she couldn’t forget the kind lady in the marketplace. “She was all light, like the sun,” Preena told one of the other temple girls.

Amy
The lady of light, Amy Carmichael, was a missionary from Ireland. Her Indian friends told her about the sad lives of the temple children who spent their days serving false gods. Just as Preena could not forget Amy, Amy thought often about Preena and the temple children, and she prayed for them.

Preena again escaped from the temple, and this time, Amy stood up to the temple adults. She refused to let them take Preena back to her dreary life at the temple. Preena was one of many children Amy rescued during her time in India. Amy told people around the world about the evil custom of giving children to temples. Finally, the Indian government made the custom illegal. Preena and many other children rescued by Amy followed and served Jesus for the rest of their lives.

Watch a video clip that shows Preena trying to run away from the temple.


Feature Story

A Story of Thomas

Thomas

Recent posts on this site tell about bold believers in India today. But one of the first people to take the good news of Jesus to India arrived there almost 2,000 years ago.

Christians in India have passed down many stories and legends about Thomas, a disciple of Jesus and a missionary to India. The stories encourage Christians to stand up boldly for Jesus in the face of struggles. Read one of the traditional stories below, and read another story about Thomas here. Both are taken from the children’s book God’s Missionary: The Faith of Thomas available at VOMBooks.com.

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Spotlight Story

Persecuted Church Grows

India
Children in India learning a Bible story

The children at the Baamaseen Church in India were performing at a special program. The church was too small to hold everyone who wanted to watch the program. So about 30 Christians stood outside the church to watch.

More than 100 violent Hindus came to the church and began hitting the Christians with sticks. They even hit the children.

Two days later, the attackers came back. They placed a picture of a Hindu god at the front of the church to show that the church would now be a Hindu temple. The Hindus performed a “reconversion” ceremony. They said the ceremony “reconverted” the Christians back to Hinduism. (The church members had left Hinduism to follow Jesus.)

The Church Grows
Actually only one family in the church returned to Hinduism. “We never denied Jesus,” the church’s two leaders told VOM workers. The church now meets secretly at night in small groups. The members spread the gospel in other villages.

“Persecution causes the church to grow,” said a church leader. “Our story is not an unusual story. Others are suffering even greater persecution than us. Jesus told us to rejoice and be glad when we are persecuted.”

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs February 2015 newsletter)


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