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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

Noisy Sunday School

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Students at a school in Indonesia

Muslim mobs did not want Christians meeting at a church in Indonesia. (Read another story about the church in the previous post.) When a court agreed that the Christians could go to their church building, the mobs became angry.

“Five times we had Sunday school there when we were sure the children would be safe,” said a church leader. “Hearing the mob shouting, the children would ask us, ‘Why are those people making so much noise?’ We would explain that because we are Christians, they try to disturb us.”

(Source: March 2012 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Think About: Would it be difficult to have a peaceful Sunday school meeting with loud, angry people outside? The Bible tells us that Christians can have peace even in difficult situations. How can we have this peace?

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you.” What does the verse mean?

In John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”


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Kids of Courage VBS Questioned

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The Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, like other KOC resources, teaches kids about the courage, joy, obedience, and perseverance of those who follow Christ in difficult circumstances.

An article in the March 2012 issue of Christianity Today says that some “children’s spirituality experts” are questioning whether the VBS “encourages children’s faith” or “burdens them with inappropriate information.”

The article presented ideas on both sides of the issue, including thoughts from a children’s director in Minnesota who used the curriculum and liked it. (For more comments from those who have held a KOC VBS, see the “Feedback” section at www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.) It was not clear whether the experts who questioned the curriculum had seen it.

“Six- or seven-year-olds can hear and process these stories,” said one professor who approves of sharing information about Christian persecution with kids.

What do you think? Should children be told about persecution if they are told in a way that is appropriate for their age?


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Ropes, Tarps, and Poles Form a Church in Indonesia

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Setting up a tent in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia sealed a church in Indonesia and would not let the members enter. So the congregation met for worship beside the road in front of the church. “The pastors who brought the sermons spoke about loving those who hate you,” said a church member. The church continued meeting outside for more than a year.

“When it looked like we would have rain on our church service, we used ropes, plastic tarps, and bamboo poles,” one church member said. “We would tie the big plastic tarps to the fence and run the ropes through the door handles of cars, making a big tent where we could worship. Then our photocopied hymn sheets would not get wet.”

Fact: “Indonesia is the most populated Muslim nation in the world…. In the last two years, at least 59 churches have been attacked, burned, or vandalized.”

(Source: March 2012 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Try: To make a “pole church,” tie or tape the corners of a sheet to four long poles. Secure them with rubber bands. Anchor each pole through the supports on a chair. Tape one end of each pole to a chair leg. Sit under the sheet and sing Christian songs as the Indonesian Christians do in their outdoor church. Pray for Christians in Indonesia.


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Lots of Bibles

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In 2011, The Voice of the Martyrs delivered 800,000 Bibles and New Testaments around the world with the help of God and generous supporters.

How many Bibles is 800,000? If it took one person five seconds to hand someone a Bible, it would take them 46 days, 24 hours a day, day and night, to hand out 800,000 Bibles.

VOM workers praise God for everyone who helped make the Bible deliveries happen. They pray they can distribute even more Bibles in 2012.


Activities Story

Malaysian/Indonesian Recipe: Chicken Satay

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Chicken satay is a favorite food in Malaysia and Indonesia. Slice 2 pounds of chicken into strips 1 inch wide and about 4 inches long. Mix 2 tablespoons curry powder, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon honey.

Coat the chicken strips with the mixture, and let them set in it for at least 30 minutes. Thread the strips onto skewers, 2 to 4 pieces per skewer. Bake the skewered meat in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. (They can be grilled if desired.)

If you want sauce for dipping the cooked meat, combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and ¼ teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.