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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.

Readers Talk to Us Story

Praying for VOM


A girl in Virginia wrote the following letter to The Voice of the Martyrs.

Dear VOM,
My name is Susannah S. I am 10 years old and I would like you to know that I am praying for you. I think that you are doing very well. I hope that you understand what this must mean to Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. I think that you are really brave to go into the countries where Christians are restricted. Love and God bless.

VOM workers appreciate readers’ prayers for them and for suffering Christians.

Spotlight Story

Proud to Fail

Kids in Turkey
Kids in Turkey

Children’s Day is celebrated on April 23 in Turkey. The president and other government officials turn their jobs over to children for the day.

Some Christian children do not have an easy time at schools in Turkey. Nuray was a junior high school student at a public school in Turkey. More than 1,100 students went to her school, but Nuray was one of the few Christians.

Nuray used to be a Muslim like most of the other students. After learning about God’s love for her, she became a Christian. But she still had to take a class about Islam, the religion of Muslims. To pass a written test for the class, Nuray would have to agree that Islam was the truth. Instead, she left the questions blank. She failed the test. “I’m proud to have failed a test like that,” she said.

The principal tried to get Nuray to return to Islam, but she refused. Nuray is not afraid to stand up for her belief that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Readers Talk to Us Story

Bibles Appreciated

Chinese girls reading a Bible

Emily W. from Arizona recently sent the following letter to The Voice of the Martyrs. The letter said:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My name is Emily, and I live in a household of 8. Me and my brothers and sisters were able to save some money. We hope that it will be able to buy a lot of Bibles for China! We saved it by adding coins from around the house and by giving dollar bills to the fund.
Your sister in Christ,

People in China who have a hard time getting Bibles appreciate VOM supporters like Emily and her family. Below are some of the thank you notes from Chinese people who received Bibles from VOM.

“Thank you, servants whom God elected to send Bibles to us. When we saw the Bible and studied God’s Word, we thought of you. May God bless and thank you very much.”

“The Bible is God’s Word. People who understand it will get spiritual life. Only if my spirit is rich can I evangelize others. Especially me. I am a Sunday school teacher. The teacher needs knowledge to teach children.”

“I had only heard of the Bible. I didn’t know the meaning of it. Now I know this book is number one in the world. God rules all universes, the heavens and the earth, our life, and our souls. Thank you for sending Bibles.”

“Thank you for giving me this super book. Thank you for giving me light in darkness.”

“When we got the Bibles, we were moved. Even though we are separated on two sides of the world, Jesus’ love connects us together.”

Learn more about how Christians in China and other areas receive Bibles through VOM’s Bibles Unbound program. Find out about VOM’s Bibles to Captive Nations project at

Spotlight Story

New Student


Deborah is an 8-year-old Nigerian girl. Radical Muslims came to her village and attacked Christians. Her father’s right hand was severely injured in the attack, and he could no longer work to support his family.

Deborah now lives at Stephen Centre, a home and school supported by The Voice of the Martyrs. Children whose parents have been injured or killed in Muslim attacks learn from older students and from their teachers how to forgive Muslim persecutors and serve the Lord.

Pray for Deborah and other new students at the school. Pray for an end to the violence in Nigeria.

Feature Story

“I Want to Be Ready to Stand for Christ”

Daniel Scot
Daniel Scot

The Voice of the Martyrs holds regional conferences throughout the year in various locations around the U.S. VOM recently received the following note from someone who attended one of the conferences.

“Thank you so much for organizing the VOM conference in [our area]. It was incredible! My 9-year-old daughter and I attended and walked away just saying WOW! What a day packed with incredible stories of how God is working and such good resources. We hope and pray there will be another in our area soon.”

Sarah, the 9-year-old daughter, had a birthday last month and is now 10. VOM contacted her to ask more about her experiences learning and serving the persecuted church.

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