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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum


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 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

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 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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Spotlight Story

A Wise Father

Pastor Li and his wife

On Father’s Day this year, pray for fathers around the world who are preparing their children to serve God in difficult circumstances.

“I want to talk to you about an unusual gift,” the father said to his daughter. She smiled; she loved it when her father shared special lessons about God. He loved Christ, and everyone who knew him was touched with his kindness and compassion.

He opened his Bible and began, “This gift is found in the book of Philippians 1:29. It says, ‘For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him.’ Something that is given to us is a ‘gift,’ the value of which will be fully realized only in heaven.”

The daughter smiled. “Thank you, Papa,” she said as she reached up to hug him. “I understand.”

The girl grew up to be the wife of Pastor Li Dexian, who has been arrested and beaten by the police many times. She carries on the work with him, persevering because she learned at a young age that godly suffering is a gift. Pastor Li and his wife have won countless souls to Christ in China under a constant threat of arrest.

(Source: Extreme Devotion)

Read about another wise father in the post Corrie ten Boom.

Spotlight Story

A Mother’s Advice

Children in Albania

Valerii, a Christian boy in Albania during the time when Christianity was against the law, tattooed a cross on his hand. He wanted everyone to know about his faith in God.

Because of his faith, he was arrested and put in jail. Valerii’s mother went to his trial. The judge said to her, “Tell your son to change his ways so he can go free.”

Valerii’s mother thought for a while. Then she responded through tears, “Valerii, my advice to you is to stand firm and not deny Christ.”

Valerii had to stay in prison.

Later his mother wrote to Christian friends, “I attended the trial, which was so hard on me. I wished I could have taken his place. The hardest thing was when they asked me in court to advise Valerii to change his ways, but I could not do it.

“The world accuses us, his parents, for his being sentenced, saying it is the result of our influence. Even some Christians cannot understand why I did what I did. But then I remember that Jesus was misunderstood. …God gives me the power to bear everything. Please pray for me.”

(Source: Extreme Devotion. Edited for length and reading level.)

In Albania, it used to be against the law to follow Jesus. Read stories about The Voice of the Martyrs’ work in Albania today in the posts Children’s Bible for Albania and Children’s Bibles.

Spotlight Story

Explaining Ramadan

Heather Mercer was a prisoner in Afghanistan because of her Christian activities. During a visit to The Voice of the Martyrs, she talked about the meaning of Ramadan to Muslims, and about how Christians can pray for the Muslim world during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month on the Muslim calendar. Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during the month.

This year, Ramadan will occur from June 18 through July 17, with some differences depending on the location in the world.

To read more about Heather and her time in prison, see Bold Believers in Afghanistan in the Downloads section.

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