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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

Hats Off to You

China

The following story comes from Stef, the children’s magazine of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. It is told from the viewpoint of a boy in the Netherlands who read the story of David in Nigeria.

I was walking to the library on a Wednesday afternoon. I’m reading a very exciting series of books. Every two weeks I pick up the next book in the series.

At first, I didn’t notice that a black van was parked on the sidewalk. There was only room on the sidewalk for me to squeeze myself past the van.

Suddenly the van door opened. A man jumped out wearing a ski mask. He put a bag over my head and grabbed me. I kicked my legs, but it didn’t help. Before I knew it I was lying in the van. Then I was tied with ropes, and the van drove away.

My heart pounded. Why was I being taken? After a short drive, I was taken from the van. The bag was removed from my head, and I saw we were in an abandoned factory. Four guys stood in a circle around me. They had guns in their hands.

One of the men said, “You horrible curious little man, we know about you. You always want to read stories about Christians who are persecuted. Maybe you’ll be curious about your own story.” He pointed his gun at me and demanded, “Say that Jesus doesn’t exist, or I’ll shoot!”

I started to sweat. “This can’t be true!” I thought. “Kidnapped out of the blue? Because I’m a Christian? In Holland? During the day?

I hoped someone saw the kidnapping and called the police. Did I hear a siren?

Read the rest of the story in the next post.


Spotlight Story

David in Nigeria, Part 2

David on the cover of Stef

The previous post told about David, a boy from a Christian family in Nigeria. His story was in Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. Read more about him and his family below, as told by David.

My Dad
My dad was a leader in a church. Strict Muslims in our country want to make our country Muslim. Unfortunately they do a lot of really bad things.

One evening I was awakened by a very hard pounding on the door. What happened afterwards still doesn’t seem real. Men came in with guns, and they asked my dad if he wanted to become a Muslim.

My dad said no. One man said to him, “So you want to die as a Christian?”

“I want to,” said my dad. Then the man shot my dad in the head. I thought for sure he was killed but miraculously he could still talk.

My mom tried to get help after the man left, and I sat the whole night next to my dad. That’s all I want to say about it.

Fireworks Are Stupid
Thankfully my dad did not die.

Last year during Christmas somebody lit some fireworks. I heard loud bangs, and I thought fighting had broken out. I was very scared. Only the next day did I realize my fear wasn’t necessary.

Now I can laugh at it, but then I thought fireworks were really stupid.

I want to talk about something nice — about my teacher, Hassan. I think he is really cool because he knows so much. Later I want to become a professor or a teacher because I love learning so much.

Bye, David.

(Source: SDOK, translated and edited)

To Talk About

  • Why did David’s family move?
  • Why are radical Muslims attacking Christians in Nigeria?
  • Why was David scared of the fireworks?
  • What can you pray for David?

Spotlight Story

David in Nigeria

David on the cover of Stef
David on the cover of Stef

The following story comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. SDOK workers visited David in Nigeria and listened to his story.

David’s Story
Hi. I’m David, and I live in Nigeria, a large country in Africa. At home I haul water from the water well. Every day my mom needs several buckets of water to cook, clean, and wash clothes.

There is a lid on the well because I can’t imagine that my little sister, Gladys, would fall into it. Getting water is boring work. But thankfully my dad does it once in a while also.

Move
Not long ago we moved to a different house. I liked our first home a lot better. But we were living in a dangerous area.

I had a friend there named Joseph. I miss him every day. I would like to go just hang out with him and talk, but that’s not likely. “Much too dangerous,” my parents tell me. And of course I know that’s true.

Danger
Maybe I should share a little bit more about the danger. I don’t like to talk about it, because I always get a bad feeling when I do. But I really think you should know about this.

Read in the next post about what happened to David’s family in their old home.


Spotlight Story

Thanks for Bibles

Albanian Girl Praying
Albanian Girl Praying

Albania is near Greece and Turkey. It used to be an atheist country, and no religions were allowed. (An atheist is someone who does not believe God exists.) Since 1990, religions have no longer been against the law.

Muslim countries have spent millions of dollars in Albania trying to convert the people to Islam, the religion of Muslims. Today the majority of the people are Muslims, but many are not serious about their faith.

The Albanian girl in the photo has received a new Bible distributed by The Voice of the Martyrs. The thank-you notes below are from two other Albanian children who also received Bibles.

  • My name is Matthew, and I am 10 years old. My family is made of my mom and dad and my baby sister. I was very glad when a friend of my mother gave me the Bible for children. I have read in this book many beautiful stories I never heard before. My mom is sick and for 6 months she has been away from home. She is being cured in Italy. The book has taught me how to pray to God in hard times. I thank those who gave me this book, and please pray for my mother’s healing.
  • Greetings from Maria. I am 11 years old. From the time I was born, I have had problems with my [vocal] cords, and I didn’t have a voice. Often people would ask me questions about this. When I was little, my mom would always tell me that I was created in a unique way, and that God wants to use me for a special purpose. Now that I read the Bible every day, I understand how much God loves me and how many wonderful things He has planned for me. My voice is now getting clearer and I’m encouraged by every word I read in the Bible. Thank you for this Bible.

(Testimonies have been edited for length and clarity.)


Feature Story

Saving the Auca

Tiffany P., 12-year-old daughter of a VOM worker, wrote the following post about Nate Saint, a missionary to Ecuador. Part of the post tells about Tiffany’s interview with Dory P., a VOM worker who grew up in Ecuador.

Nate
Nate Saint lived for God. He gave his all to open the door for Ecuador missions. Sadly, on January 8, 1956, Auca Indians killed this great missionary. Most of us know this tragic story, but what happened afterward?

I interviewed Dory P., who lived on the same base as Nate Saint, and she shared how the death of one man affected many lost people. Nate did succeed in his mission.

Dory’s Family
Shell Oil Company built an airstrip in Ecuador hoping to find oil in the jungle. Nate looked at this as a way to reach the unreached people group known as the Auca. Funded by the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Nate built a house right next to the airstrip. Over the years, other MAF missionaries build houses and joined Nate and his family.

One of these missionary families who moved in was Dory’s grandparents and their adopted son, who later became Dory’s father. Dory’s father was 2 when Nate was murdered. For the next 16 years, he and his parents lived on the base, working with the Auca people.

Dory’s father later lived in the United States, where he and his wife were called to be missionaries. When they contacted MAF, they were informed that missionaries were needed in Ecuador. Dory’s father was overjoyed, since he had once lived in Ecuador.

After prayer, they accepted the job. Dory lived in Nate’s house for two years of her early life. For the rest of her childhood, she lived twenty feet away in a neighboring house. During her childhood, Dory saw how the impact of Nate Saint’s life had melted the hearts of the Auca, or as Dory says, “the Waodani.”

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