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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum


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 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

Balloon Messages

North Korea

In North Korea, citizens can go to jail for many years just for owning a Bible. Christians outside of North Korea attach bags of Christian tracts to special balloons and launch the balloons into North Korea. The tracts tell North Koreans about God and Jesus.

If you wanted to tell someone who had never heard of Jesus how to be saved, and you had only a small space on which to write a message, what would you say?

Read below a small part of the message attached to some of the balloons. The message says:

Greetings to fellow North Korean brothers!

You have been taught that religion is superstition, terrible, and wicked.

All things have a creator. Just as a house was made by a house builder, you and I were made by God and are living on this world made by him. We can learn about God from the Bible.

We have sinned and deserve to be punished. God sent his Son to forgive our sins, which are impossible for us to pay the price for.

If you believe and declare Jesus as your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved and become God’s child and live eternal life. Be a child of God and pray to him. Please remember many people are praying for you.

(Edited for clarity.)

Please ask God to help the North Koreans who read the balloon messages to understand what they read and turn to him.

Spotlight Story

Finishing What They Started

North Korea
Ryugyong Hotel, 2004

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it, lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?” (Luke 14:28–31)

In the 1980s, North Korea started building a 105-story, 3,000-room, rocket-shaped hotel. They did not have enough money to finish the building, and it has sat unused for years.

Now news reports say the hotel will partly open this year. The reports say a company from Egypt is helping North Korea finish the building. Christians hope that changes will continue to come to North Korea, and that all North Koreans will have the chance to learn about God.

Photo credit: Timur, Wikipedia

Activities Story

Hungry in North Korea

North Korea
Many North Koreans are hungry

VOM workers talk to North Koreans who escape from their country. Many in North Korea are poor and do not have enough food, so they seek food in other countries. One North Korean said, “Corn gruel is the usual meal to most North Korean people. They grind dried corn into powder to make corn gruel.”

If you want to try corn gruel, thoroughly mix ¼ cup of corn flour (not corn meal or corn starch) in ½ cup of water. Add the mixture to 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and continue stirring for another minute or two to make the gruel smoother. Let it cool a bit before scooping it into bowls to eat. You may want to add honey, sugar, cinnamon, or other ingredients to make the gruel tastier; however, North Koreans often do not have extra ingredients.

People who escape are also hungry for information about God. The leaders want the citizens to depend on the government for all their needs, not God.

VOM provides Bibles and Christian materials to North Koreans who have found their way to other countries.

Spotlight Story

Update: Uncle Freed from Jail


The story Boy Refuses to Become a Muslim told about Ehtasham, an 8-year-old boy in Pakistan who was bullied by Muslim boys. The boys tried to get Ehtasham to become a Muslim, but he refused. When his uncle, Dildar, helped Ehtasham get away from the boys, Dildar was arrested and charged with “blasphemy” for dishonoring Muslim beliefs.

News reports say that Dildar was recently released from prison due to lack of evidence. “You cannot imagine my joy,” said Dildar.

While in prison, Dildar stayed faithful to God. “I kept on telling God that I had complete faith in him and would wait for the day when he would set me free,” said Dildar.

Praise God for Dildar’s release!

Source: Compass Direct News

Feature Story

North Korean Woman Wants to Go Home

North Korea
North Korean children

Parents and Teachers: The May issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of bold Christians from North Korea. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured countries with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

For more facts about North Korea, visit its Country page, or download the activity book, Bold Believers in North Korea. Find additional posts about Indonesia by entering “North Korea” in the “Search KOC” box.

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