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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

A Moth and a Garden Gate

Moth

Mr. Merv Knight, who is involved with The Voice of the Martyrs-Australia, recently visited VOM-USA. He asked VOM workers the following riddle.

“Why is a moth flying toward a lighted candle like a garden gate?”

Answer:
If it keeps on, it singes its wings.
(If it keeps on its hinges, it swings.)

Mr. Knight used the riddle to encourage Christian workers to keep on doing the right thing so that they may be effective in their work for the Lord.

Photo credit: Vipin Baliga / Flickr


Activities Story

Balloon Game

North Korea

In North Korea, it is against the law to share the gospel of Jesus. But Christians from other countries are finding ways to reach North Koreans with the truth. They float balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea from other countries.

Learn more in the following posts:

Teachers:
Carol H., a teacher in Alabama, shared a game to use when teaching children about North Korea. Her instructions are as follows.

Needed:

  • 20 index cards. On half the cards, write “MOST balloons,” and on the other half write “LEAST balloons.” Shuffle/jumble the cards, and turn the stack upside down.
  • 10 inflated balloons.
  • A volleyball net (or a string on the ground) to separate the teams.
  1. Tell the students about Christians sending Scripture balloons into North Korea. Show a map of Asia that includes North Korea and countries that border it.
  2. Divide into two teams of equal numbers. One team is North Korea and the other is South Korea. Give the South Korea team the 10 balloons. When a referee says, “Go!” the teams hit the balloons back and forth over the net.
  3. After three minutes, the referee blows a whistle or yells, “Stop!” Everyone freezes. If they are holding a balloon, they freeze with it. The referee turns over the top card. If it says, “MOST balloons” the team holding the most balloons gets a point. If the card says, “LEAST balloons” the team holding the least balloons gets a point.
  4. After five rounds of play the team with the most points wins.

Spotlight Story

North Korean Hymn

Christians in North Korea meet together in secret, even though it is very risky. They know they can go to prison just for owning a Bible. Thousands of Christians are in prison. But there are followers of Jesus in North Korea. Press the Play button below to hear a North Korean hymn.

The words to the hymns in English are as follows.

A Spring Flowing In The Desert

  1. A spring will flow in the desert, flowers will bloom in the desert;
    The desert will turn into a flower garden when the kingdom of God comes;
    The kingdom of God where lions play with children, the world of true love and happiness, will come soon.
  2. The desert will be wooded, pretty birds will sing;
    The desert will become paradise when the kingdom of God comes;
    The kingdom of God where children can put their hands into snake dens but snakes do not bite;
    The world of true love and happiness, will come soon.

Read Isaiah 35:6–7 and Isaiah 11:6–9. Which parts of the North Korean hymn remind you of those verses?


Spotlight Story

Naldo: A Tragedy in Colombia

Colombia
Children in Colombia

The previous post told about Naldo, an 18-year-old house church leader in Colombia. Read more about him and his family below.

Naldo’s father, Pastor Adriano, has been a pastor since Naldo was baby. Guerrillas and violent groups have made it difficult for him to do the usual work of a pastor.

  • For safety reasons, Pastor Adriano doesn’t travel down the same road twice.
  • The guerrillas do not let Christians take up an offering.
  • Pastors are not allowed to say anything bad about guerrillas.
  • The guerrillas tell pastors not to have meetings for worship.

So pastors travel to other places to visit and meet with church members. Sometimes they walk five or six hours to reach the homes of church members.

But even then, Pastor Adriano is not safe from guerrillas. So he sends Naldo to visit Christians in the area. Because Naldo is a youth, the guerrillas don’t suspect him of being a preacher.

A Tragedy
Naldo started a Christian children’s group in a nearby village. Juliana was a 12-year-old girl in his group.

The guerrillas try to get youth to join their ranks, become guerrillas, and fight with them. Juliana was from a very poor family.

The guerrillas promised Juliana money if she became a guerrilla. They brought her gifts and food. They told her she could keep going to church if she joined them. But they were lying.

On a summer day in 2014, Juliana left her home and disappeared into the jungle with a guerrilla. She probably soon realized that life as a guerrilla was very hard work. The girls have to fix meals for the men, gather firewood, and do whatever the leaders tell them. Juliana would not have been allowed to visit her family or go to church.

Juliana tried to escape, but the guerrillas stopped her and treated her very harshly. Sadly, she died from her injuries.

Juliana’s family was very sad. Pastor Adriano and Naldo were very sad, but they continue to trust God. They help the people in the red zone trust Him, too. They have even led some guerrillas to Christ.

“Why do you stay?” someone asked Pastor Adriano.

“Because God has put me there,” the pastor answered. “I am sure that God has put me there.”

(Sources include: VOM sources and the March 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.)

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Spotlight Story

Learn About St. Patrick

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

Patrick and the other prisoners formed a line and looked into the strange faces standing before them. “What will you give me for this boy?” cried the captain as he pointed at Patrick, who stood shaking in fear. “I’ll pay you double for him!” bellowed a burly man with a deep, husky voice. “I need a young man like him to herd my sheep. With that Patrick was taken away by the burly man who was now his master. “I’m a slave!” panicked Patrick silently in his thoughts, and he began to lose hope he would ever see his family again.

(Excerpt from The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns)

Patrick was a teenager when he was kidnapped from his home and sold as a slave in Ireland. He cried out to God, who led him into a closer relationship with him. Later he was able to escape and return to his family, but he didn’t forget the people who had enslaved him.

Against his family’s wishes, he went back to Ireland to share the gospel. He faced many dangers and obstacles, but continued serving the Lord in Ireland until he died on a March 17th many centuries ago. He is remembered every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns is by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden. To learn more about this and other children’s resources, visit the resource page on this site.


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