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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

God’s Amazing Ways

Bible Smuggling

A recent report told the following story about a team of Bible smugglers who traveled to a country where the government tries to control Christian activity. The report said:

The team had an even more difficult time than usual at the airport. One team got through customs with Christian materials, but they sent agents out of the airport and searched for her. They found her across from the airport and made her come back. Then they took her materials. (Note: “Customs” is the place in an airport where agents check travelers’ suitcases and possessions.)

Customs officials took away 1,800 Christian DVDs and many Bibles from the travelers. The smuggling team was disappointed. But they continued to travel within the country to visit local Christians. They visited homes, churches, and schools.

At one of the schools, they were surprised to meet a Christian who worked in the customs office! He helped them figure out a way to get back the materials that had been taken from them.

“Praise God!” said one of the Christians. “He has his people everywhere! It is incredible to see such a big disappointment in our eyes turn out to be a situation where God receives all the glory for getting these items through customs. He never ceases to amaze us with the many ways he works as we commit to pray and watch his hand at work.”

(Source: Vision Beyond Borders)

To learn more about Bible smuggling, download “Bible Smuggling: Taking the Good News to All Nations” in the Downloads section of this site.


Spotlight Story

Peace in My Heart

Basmah, a Christian woman in Somalia, was going to have a baby. But her Muslim husband left her because she had become a Christian. She moved in with her family until she had her baby. Then when Basmah’s mother and father found out about her new faith, they would not let her live with them anymore.

Basmah and her baby lived on the street, homeless. “I was praying that God would give me a house where I could sleep,” said Basmah. “He answered my prayer.” A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs met her and offered a place to stay in a “safe house” located in one of the countries in the Horn of Africa.

Basmah is thankful for the care she is receiving at the safe house. But she knows she has received a better gift. “The best gift God gave me was Jesus,” she said. “I now have peace in my heart. Nothing else can compare to Jesus. Even when I am hungry, I have peace.”

Note: The Horn of Africa is a peninsula on the east side of Africa shaped somewhat like an animal’s horn. Countries considered part of the horn are Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. (To help you remember the countries, the first letters of their names spell “SEED.”) Some maps of the Horn of Africa also include Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and other neighbor countries.


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Facts about Somalia

Somalia

  • The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.
  • Somalia is about the size of Texas.
  • Almost 100 percent of the people are Muslims.
  • There are no public places of worship for non-Muslims.
  • Only about 40 percent of adults can read.
  • Somalis are expected to live (“life expectancy”) until about age 50.
  • “School life expectancy” is 3 years for boys and 2 for girls. (The number of years of schooling children are expected to get is the “school life expectancy.”)
  • Wars and fighting have disturbed the country for many years.
  • A Muslim terrorist group, al-Shabab, persecutes Christians.

To Do: Turn each fact above into a prayer for Somalia. For example, the first fact is, “The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.” You might pray, “Dear God, Please let all the people of Mogadishu learn that you love them. We pray that more and more Somalis will follow you and share your love with others in Africa. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


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Bob Fu’s Story

Bob Fu was a student in China in the 1980s. He joined other students in trying to get the government to allow China’s citizens to have more freedom. Protestors gathered in China’s Tiananmen Square.

The government did not allow the demonstrators to have free speech. Twenty-three years ago, on June 4, 1989, Chinese soldiers attacked students and others who were part of the protests.

Mr. Fu was not a Christian at the time of the demonstrations. But then he realized that the only way people can change is from their heart. He decided to follow Jesus, and he began to share his faith with others in China.

The police put Mr. Fu and his wife in jail for “illegal evangelism.” Later they fled China and came to the U.S. with only the clothes on their backs and what they could carry in their hands.

Today, in the U.S., Mr. Fu leads China Aid, a group that promotes religious freedom in China.

To Think About

If you had to leave home with only the clothes on your back and what you could carry in your hands (not a suitcase), what would you take?

More and more students are coming from China to attend U.S. schools and colleges. Do you know someone from another country who might like to be invited to church? Do you think they would like to receive a Bible as a gift?

Visit www.biblesunbound.com to learn about VOM’s project to send Bibles to China.


Feature Story

“Prayers Saved My Life”

Abdi is a Christian in Somalia. One night when he and his family were asleep, Muslim al-Shabab terrorists searched his neighborhood. They burst into Abdi’s one-room house and began flinging things everywhere as they searched. Abdi’s three children started crying.

The terrorists found pages from a Bible in a bag. They tied Abdi’s hands behind his back, blindfolded him, and put him into the back of a pickup truck. After a long drive, the truck stopped, and the terrorists threw Abdi into an underground cell.

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