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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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Bible DVDs for Children

China

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following note from a Christian in China.

“My hometown is located in a remote mountain area, its transportation is poor and people’s income is low, so many young people go to the cities to work. Most members of our church are old people. And the people in the village are either children or old people.

“Without their parents at home, the children are very mischievous and not interested in the gospel; they think the gospel is for the old people. I have been wondering how to share the gospel to them. I am happy when I heard that you have the gospel DVDs. I can share some with the children, so they can start to follow Jesus from their childhood.”

(Edited from the original for clarity.)

The photo above shows Chinese children watching a DVD provided by VOM. How many children can you see in the photo? Pray that they and other Chinese children will learn about Jesus and follow Him.

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


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Children’s Bibles

Albania
Stela with Joldi and his little brother

“No religion was allowed to exist in communist Albania from 1967. The ban was lifted in 1990, but no legal provision for religious freedom was made until 1998.” — Operation World

A Christian in Albania wanted to help her neighbors learn about the Bible. The Christian sent the following report to The Voice of the Martyrs.

“There is a little store, and I read the Bible to the shopkeeper. The neighbor kids go there every afternoon to buy their daily snacks. I keep some children’s Bibles on hand in the store so they can read to me while I’m there. They take turns reading. They ask each other questions. They want to continue doing this.”

In the photo above, you can see 9-year-old Stela and 11-year-old Joldi reading the Bible. Joldi has his arm around his brother. Pray that Stela, Joldi, and other Albanian children will learn about Jesus and follow Him.


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Gifts for Children in Kenya

Kenya

Two previous posts told about Frida and Elizabeth, two Christians in Kenya.

Every year, The Voice of the Martyrs and Kids of Courage readers sponsor Christmas Care Packs for children in countries where Christians are persecuted. In 2104, VOM distributed packs to children in several countries, including Kenya.

The photo shows children in Kenya enjoying their Christmas gifts. They are thankful for the VOM supporters who provided the gifts.


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Valentine in Prison

St. Valentine

Christian history describes several men named Valentine (or Valentinus), and a woman named Valentina. Legends tell about the courage of a Valentine who died for his faith on February 14th. The legends encourage Christians to boldly stand up for Jesus in the face of struggles.

The following legend is from The Story of St. Valentine: More Than Cards and Candied Hearts by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden. To learn more about this and other children’s resources, visit the resource page.

Valentine was imprisoned for honoring God above the emperor and false gods. The story begins during Valentine’s time in prison.

One day while Valentinus was in his cell and Marcus stood guard, he began to pray, “Lord, Jesus, You are light. Fill this prison with Your light in such a way that those who are here will know You are God.”

When Marcus heard his prayer, he turned toward Valentinus and said, “You say God is light. My daughter has been blind since birth. If your God can make her see, then I will believe in your God.” So Valentinus prayed God would cause his daughter’s blind eyes to see.

The next morning Valentinus was awakened by the sound of feet hitting the hard earth. As soon as he sat up on his straw mat, Marcus grabbed the bars of his cell and shook them, exclaiming: “She can see! My daughter can see!” And he and his entire family decided to believe in Jesus.

Read more about Valentine here.


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Union Day

Myanmar

Visit this link to find a game and a craft from Burma.

Burma (also called “Myanmar”) celebrates Union Day on February 12th. The celebrations remember the time in 1947 when leaders agreed to unify all areas of Burma into one nation.

The majority of people in Burma are Buddhist. “Some teachers at government schools reportedly still require students to recite Buddhist prayers….” Many classrooms display Buddhist altars or idols. (Source: U.S. State Department) Christians have been persecuted on their jobs, and officials sometimes attack and arrest Christians.

Jesus prayed that His followers would serve Him in unity. (See John 17:21.) At times, disagreements have kept Christians in Burma apart. (Source: Operation World).

Pray that Christians in Burma will work together and stand firm in their faith.

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


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