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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

Islam in School

Turkey

“Some people say that required Muslim religious classes in school don’t happen anymore, but they do.” — A Christian in Turkey

Schools in Turkey teach students about Islam. Non-Muslims are supposed to be able to get excused from the Islam classes. But some Christians say it is difficult to get excused.

Only three non-Muslim religious groups: Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Orthodox Christians, and Jews, are allowed to have their own schools, supervised by the government. Other religious groups do not have schools. Their children often go to the mostly Muslim schools.

(Source: U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report)


Readers Talk to Us Story

Letter to Persecuted Churches

North Korea

Eleven-year-old Kaitlyn K. sent the following letter for persecuted Christians to The Voice of the Martyrs.

Dear Fellow Brothers or Sisters in Christ,
Stay strong in the Lord. He will guide you through your tough times. God will never ever leave you. Jesus loves you very, very much. [See Ephesians 6:23–24.]

Don’t give up on your faith. God will take care of you. Saul, in the Bible, used to kill Christians. But then he gave his life to Christ Jesus. There is also a story about a Muslim leader who started reading the Bible to find faults in it. Jesus visited him three days in a row. He started believing in Christ and he never gave him up.

Please preach to the jailer and whoever is keeping you. Pray for your enemies and hope they put Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit inside their hearts. God can work miracles in people’s lives, so never give up.

I will remember you and pray for you, your family, and other “Jesus Freaks” in the world.

With love and prayer, your sister through Christ, Kaitlyn.

(Edited for space)

What would you say to persecuted Christians if you could talk to them?


Spotlight Story

Two Million Scriptures

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People who support The Voice of the Martyrs’ Bibles Unbound project make it possible for VOM to deliver Bibles and New Testaments into countries where Scriptures are not easy to get. This week, the total count of Scriptures sent went over 2 million!

How much is 2 million? A gardening website says that the average square foot of lawn has 3,000 blades of grass in it. So 667 square feet would, on average, contain about 2,001,000 blades of grass, just a little over 2 million. Measure off a 22-foot by 30-foot grassy area to form a 660-square foot space.

Pick up a blade of grass from the space to represent one person who has received a Bibles Unbound Bible or New Testament. Look at all the other blades left in the measured-off area. They represent people who now also have Scriptures they can read for themselves. Many also share their Bibles with others.

Pray for the continued work of Bibles Unbound, and the new Bibles Unbound project to send Bibles to Iran.


Spotlight Story

Jesus: He Lived Among Us

JHLAU DVD

From the very beginning, Jesus’ followers faced hardship when they shared their faith. Jesus: He Lived Among Us is their story, told through the eyes of Jesus’ disciple John.

The Voice of the Martyrs produced the DVD with today’s persecuted church in mind. It is now being translated into 13 languages so that its message can be shared around the world.

Go to www.FreeJesusMovie.com to find out how your church can get a copy of the DVD.


Spotlight Story

Paul: God’s Apostle

Paul

Paul, who lived during Bible times, was not a Christian. In fact, he persecuted many Christians, until Jesus changed him. After he gave his life to Jesus, he spent the rest of his time on earth sharing the gospel with others. The many troubles he had along the way created more opportunities to share about Christ.

Wherever Paul went, he drew big crowds. He also attracted persecutors.

In Antioch, he preached in the synagogues where Jews worship. “Salvation through Jesus is for everyone!” he proclaimed. The following week, almost the entire city flocked to hear Paul.

“Who does he think he is, leading people away from our religion?” muttered Jewish leaders who were jealous of Paul. They left the synagogue with a plan to rid their town of this troublemaker.

As the jealous Jewish leaders stirred up trouble for Paul, those who heard his message told others. Like feathers in the wind, the gospel spread far and wide. No one could stop it, not even angry religious and city leaders.

“Seize him!” cried one of the city leaders.

Suddenly the crowd turned on him. They pushed Paul through the city gate and forced him to leave. But that didn’t stop Paul and his friends. He left for another city. The more the Jews and Gentiles pursued Paul, the more the gospel spread.

To Discuss: Paul was kicked out of many places. How did that help the gospel spread?

(This story is an excerpt from God’s Apostle: The Adventures of Paul by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden, available from The Voice of the Martyrs.