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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.

Feature Story

William Tyndale, English Bible Smuggler

Tyndale

Why Smuggle Bibles?
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and spread the gospel.” (See Mark 16:15.) He knew some places in the world would have laws against obeying his command. When officials told Peter and the other apostles not to teach people about Jesus, the apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Bible smugglers through the centuries have agreed with the apostles. They have taken Bibles into countries where officials do not approve of their activity.

William Tyndale
A long time ago, nobody in England could read the Bible in English. Bibles were written in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, but not English. Church leaders could read the Bible, because they had studied different languages in school. But few others knew what God’s Word really said.

The king of England and the church leaders did not want just anybody reading the Bible. “If anyone teaches the Bible in English, they must be punished!” the leaders said.

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Spotlight Story

Easter Prayers for Muslims

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The Quran is the Muslim holy book. Chapter 4, Verse 157 of the Quran says, “[They claimed]…’We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God,’ but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them…” (Sura 4:157, Yusuf Ali translation).

So Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified. During the Easter season, pray that Muslims will understand that Jesus died, rose again, and conquered death.

Pray especially for radical Muslims who persecute Christians. Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “They will not succeed in making us hate them.” Their persecution of Christians will just make us want to do more to bring them the message of Christ. If they understand what Jesus taught, they will no longer wasn’t to persecute others.


Spotlight Story

Bibles in Difficult Places: A Challenge We Accept

Newsletter

Parents and Teachers: The April 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold believers who distribute Bibles in difficult places and unbelievers whose lives have been changed by the Scriptures they received.

“Bibles are illegal in many nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith, and in other nations they are often hard to find and expensive. As more people come to faith in Christ in Asia and the Middle East, it’s a challenge to keep up with the demand for Bibles, but it’s a challenge we gladly accept.”

— The Voice of the Martyrs’ President
April 2015 VOM newsletter

Last year VOM distributed more than one million Scriptures in areas where Christians are persecuted.

Upcoming Kids of Courage posts about Scripture distribution and smuggling will include stories about the following:

  • William Tyndale, Bible translator and smuggler
  • Scriptures floated by balloons into North Korea on USB devices
  • An Iraqi Muslim transformed by the Bible
  • A Bible smuggled out of Iran
  • A Christian doctor who distributes out Bibles in Syria

To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit the subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.


Activities Story

Group Activity: Remembering Those in Prison

India
Christian bound in India

The Voice of the Martyrs’ ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3 (NIV):

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Activity
In some countries where VOM works, Christians are imprisoned in cells about 8 feet wide and 10 feet long. Measure off an 8- by 10-foot space. Ask six or eight volunteers to sit in the space and act as “prisoners.”

Give each pair of prisoners a 12- to 18-inch long piece of rope or string. Let one prisoner in each pair hold one end of the rope while the other prisoner holds the other end.

Have someone read Hebrew 13:3 aloud. The part that says, “as if you were their fellow prisoners” means to remember Christians who are in prison as if you were there with them. It would be hard to forget someone who was in prison with you, especially if they were chained or tied with you!

Let the prisoners talk about where they would sit, sleep, and keep their belongings if they had to stay in the cell for a long time. The paired prisoners who are bound together will have to take each other’s needs into consideration.

Have a class lesson or worship service while the volunteer group is in the cell. Remember Christian prisoners with whom we are bound together by invisible bonds. Share some stories about specific persecuted Christians. Encourage the group to remember one of the Christians during the week to be “bound” with in prayer as the volunteers in your group are “bound” to each another.


Spotlight Story

Families Still Sad

Nigeria
Captives of Boko Haram

Last year dozens of girls and young women were kidnapped by radical Muslims in Chibok, Nigeria. News reports told about the kidnappings.

People all over the world heard the reports and protested against Boko Haram, the group that kidnapped the girls. Some of the girls were able to run away from the attackers and escape. But most are still with the kidnappers, or they have been sold as slaves.

Months after the kidnappings, a pastor in Nigeria shared his thoughts: “My 20-year-old and 19-year-old daughters were both kidnapped by the Boko Haram…Day and night I feel the pain. My wife does not know what to do sometimes. She cannot cook. Even when somebody brings a meal for us, there is no taste that we can experience…

“I cannot explain my feelings with what was happened to my daughters as I am so sad.”

Today, fewer news reports tell about the kidnapped girls. Many people may have forgotten about them. But Christians are called to remember other Christians who are suffering.

Hebrews 13:3 (NIV) says, “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

One way to remember persecuted Christians is to pray for them. Read below some ways you can pray. Can you think of others?

  • Ask God to comfort the girls and their families.
  • Ask God to protect the girls from further harm.
  • Pray that radical Muslims will give up evil activities and decide to follow Jesus instead.

Read more about remembering persecuted Christians in the next post.


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