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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.

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Grown-Ups Learn Bible Stories

North Korea

Children who grow up in North Korea do not learn about…

  • Jesus and His love for them
  • Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem
  • Adam and Eve
  • The God in heaven who created the world
  • Daniel and the lions’ den
  • David and Goliath

…or any other Bible stories.

The government of North Korea does not allow anyone to teach Bible truths to the citizens. People who escape from North Korea often learn about God and Jesus from people who help them settle in their new land.

The Voice of the Martyrs supports Christian classes for North Koreans outside of North Korea. The teachers in the classes tell Bible stories to North Korean adults who have never heard the stories before.

One day, after learning about creation, Adam and Eve, and sin, students in one of the classes made “creation cups.” The cups will help them remember the Bible stories they learned from the Book of Genesis.

To Try

  • Read or listen to an audio version of Genesis 1.
  • Remove the paper from a travel cup with a removable insert.
  • Draw something that God created on a piece of paper the same size as the insert.
  • Insert your picture in the cup.
  • Remember and pray for North Koreans when you see the cup.

Download the book Bold Believers in North Korea from the Downloads section of this site.


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India Bible Trip

India

Supporters of The Voice of the Martyrs send financial gifts to VOM to purchase Bibles for people in other countries. VOM then distributes the Bibles in places where it is often hard to find or buy a Bible.

But a lot happens between the time when VOM receives the money and someone in another country reads the Bible!

Watch the slide show to see photos of a recent VOM Bible distribution in India. The photos show how the Bibles got to the people, and they show some of the people who received the Bibles.

Read about a missionary to India here.


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David’s Search for the Truth, Part 3

Muslim youth in Indonesia
Muslim youth in Indonesia

The previous two posts told about David, a Muslim boy whose search for truth led him to Jesus. Fearing that his family would be angry about his new faith, David decided to keep his it a secret.

David waited until his father went to sleep, then he watched Christian TV programs. One night, the preacher on TV shouted the name of Jesus and woke up David’s father, who shouted at David in anger.

David found that he felt bolder rather than more fearful after his father’s outburst. He found the courage to try to share the gospel with his father several times.

After David was baptized, his father lost all patience. He chased David out of their house and down the street with a large walking stick. Neighbors were alarmed as he screamed at his son and tried to strike him with the stick.

David moved into the home of an evangelist and began to study to become an evangelist himself. He called his father to make peace. But his father said, “If you want to be my son, deny Jesus.” When David refused, his father stopped speaking to him.

David finished his training and returned to his own village. He passed out copies of the Book of Luke and showed DVDs about Jesus. Many listened to the message and believed in the God of the Bible.

But others were angry.

David met once more with his father. David’s father saw that Jesus had changed David, but he still refused to believe.

David continues to share God’s love among his people. He longs for all of them to come to know the truth about Jesus like he did. He says he is not worried about persecution; Jesus is his Lord and will strengthen him.

Read the three posts about David and his search for the truth, then discuss the following questions with your family or group.

  • Why do you think David continued to contact his father even after his father chased him with a stick and kicked him out of the house?
  • What did David’s Christian friend do when David mocked him? What do you do when someone mocks or teases you?
  • Were all David’s problems solved when he became a Christian?
  • Why did David decide to keep his faith a secret at first?
  • Would anyone be angry if they knew you were a Christian? When you first meet someone new, how long would they have to be around you before they realized you were a Christian?
  • Name all the people in the story. How might you pray for each of them?

Download the book Bold Believers in Indonesia from the Downloads section of this site.


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David’s Search for the Truth, Part 2

Muslim youth in Indonesia
Muslim youth in Indonesia

The previous post told about David, a Muslim boy in Indonesia. His search for truth led him to Christians who explained the good news of Jesus. David was confused about what he heard and was not ready to leave his Muslim faith. But his search for truth continued.

David then heard another evangelist explain that Jesus is the only way to heaven. The evangelist invited David to his home where he taught David more about truths in the Bible. David began to attend a study group at the home every week.

David wanted to find the truth, but he was also afraid of making his family angry. Then David’s Muslim friends started to mock him because he talked to Christians. They called him an infidel, and they quit spending time with him.

David saw that his Christian friends were kinder and more loving than his Muslim friends. The Muslims’ mockery and insults helped him to finally decide to follow Jesus.

Then David realized that his search was over. He had found the truth. David felt peace in his heart.

But he was still afraid of his family. He decided to keep his new faith a secret.

Read more about what happened when David’s father discovered that David was a follower of Jesus in the next post.


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David’s Search for the Truth

Muslim youth in Indonesia
Muslim youth in Indonesia

The following story comes from The Voice of the Martyrs-Australia. Find out more about VOM’s sister missions around the world here.

David was one of five children in a Muslim family in Indonesia. His father was the village imam. (An imam is a Muslim leader.)

David’s parents separated, and David’s four siblings went to live with their mother. David was the only child who lived with his father. When David turned 10, his father sent him to the local Muslim school. David learned all about the Quran, which is the Muslim holy book.

But David was not satisfied. He felt like he was looking for something and couldn’t find it.

One of David’s former classmates had become a Christian. Village Muslims insulted the boy and called him an “infidel” — which means “unbeliever.” David’s curiosity overcame his fear, and he asked the boy about his faith. The boy took David to meet a Christian evangelist.

The evangelist told David about Jesus and explained how He saves people from sin. “Would you like to believe in Jesus?” he asked David.

“No!” David answered angrily. He felt that the invitation to believe in Jesus was a threat to his Muslim faith. On the way home, he mocked his Christian friend and said, “You are a true infidel!” But his friend remained silent and did not argue.

David still felt no peace. He knew he would keep searching for truth.

Read more about David’s search in part two and three.

(Story edited from the original for length and reading level.)


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