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Kids of Courage VBS: “An Amazing Experience”

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The following messages are from teachers who have used VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum in their churches.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids, we had four kids accept Christ, and so many kids who said [afterward] they want to be missionaries when they get older.” — Florida

“I absolutely loved the curriculum. I have directed VBS before, and this was by far the most meaningful.” — Georgia

“I sent home a newsletter every night with information about the countries and questions about the lesson. Parents said it was totally different than anything they’d done before, and they liked it.” — Georgia

“We all loved the program. It was easy to teach, and it was very moving and educational for the children.” — Idaho

“This [curriculum] caught my attention, but I was worried about the heavy content. It turned out to be an excellent VBS! What I loved about it was its real life applications and the fact that kids could learn, not just Bible truths, but learn about other countries and cultures.” — Pennsylvania

Can you share information about the curriculum with churches in your community? Go to www.kidsofcouragevbs.com for more information and samples from the curriculum.


“Don’t Think About the Horrible Things”

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Refugee camp in India

(The story below is from SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. It has been translated and edited from the original.)

Dhiren lives in a refugee camp in India. At the moment, the camp is his home. He didn’t always live in the camp. A few years ago, everything was different. Back then, he still had a house and a dad. He can remember it well, but he doesn’t want to think about it often. “It only makes me sad,” he said.

But on this day, he is thinking about it. His mother is telling visitors to the camp what happened. “My husband and I had three children and we loved the Lord Jesus a lot,” said his mother. “My husband loved to teach others from the Bible.

“A lot of Hindus lived in our neighborhood,” Dhiren’s mother continued. “Many of them were not happy with us, but I did not expect it would get out of hand the way it did.

“One day there was an attack, and I fled with my children into the woods. My mother-in-law lived in our house, and my husband stayed with her. Angry Muslims lit our house on fire.”

Sadly, Dhiren’s grandmother and father died from injuries received during the Hindu’s attack. “And our house is gone, and that is why we live here,” said Dhiren’s mother.

“When I think about what happened, I lose hope,” she continued. “But then I pray. God is alive, and he gives me strength and comfort.

“Now that you’ve heard my story, don’t think only about the horrible things that have happened,” Dhiren’s mother urged the visitors. “Think above all about our special God who even in all this misery is very close to us. He is full of love and gives us comfort in our grief.”

Will you pray that Dhiren and all refugees will be comforted by God in their sadness?

(Source: SDOK)


Kids of Courage Forgive Others

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Kids of Courage forgive others who have caused them trouble. What does it mean to forgive someone? When you forgive someone, you pardon or excuse them for doing wrong. You don’t hold their sin against them.

In one country where the government did not like Christians, a policeman put many Christians in jail. One day, a 12-year-old boy came to the policeman’s office holding a flower. “Sir,” said the boy, “you put my mother and father in prison. Today is my mother’s birthday. I always give her a flower on her birthday. But because of you I can’t be with my mother today.

“My mother is a good Christian,” the boy continued. “She taught me to love and forgive my enemies. She taught me to repay evil with good. So I thought I would bring a flower to your wife, the mother of your children. Please take it to her. Tell her about my love and the love of Christ.”

The policeman hugged the boy. Because of the boy’s love, the policeman didn’t want to put any more Christians in jail. He quit his job. Then other policemen put him in jail. He thought it was an honor to be in jail with followers of Christ.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44, NIV). As VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand noted, “Jesus fears and hates no one.” He said that when persecutors cause problems for Christians, “they will not succeed in making us hate them.” Pastor Wurmbrand taught that persecutors will just make us more determined to bring them the Christian message. If they understand what Jesus taught, they will no longer want to persecute others. Kids of Courage practice love and forgiveness even when they encounter persecution.

The above material is from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. The curriculum teachers that Kids of Courage:

  • Trust God
  • Get Prepared
  • Remember Persecuted Christians
  • Forgive Others
  • Witness Boldly

Each kit includes:

  • Five teachers’ guides, one for each country
  • Director’s guide
  • Skits and plays book
  • Games, snacks, and activities book
  • Craft and classroom activities book
  • Photo CD; Music CD
  • Resource and project guide
  • VOM prayer map

The official VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.


A Visitor from India

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A child in India

The Voice of the Martyrs recently received this message from a visitor to the Kids of Courage website.

“I am currently serving the Lord by taking care of children and teaching them in our home in India. I was able to download the activities you offer on your website, and you have no idea how glad I am right now. You surely are helping many, and I pray the Lord uses these things to bring many sons to glory.”

Check the map of visitors to see if anyone has visited this site from India this week. From how many countries have people visited the site?

Download Bold Believers in India from the Downloads section to learn more about Christians in India.


Diwali 2013

A Hindu temple
A Hindu temple

Diwali is a Hindu festival that began on November 3rd this year. The celebration lasts for several days. Read more information below from the Kids of Courage archives.

An important Hindu festival is Diwali, the Festival of Lights (also spelled “Divali” or “Devali”). More than 900 million people in the world are Hindus. India has the largest number of Hindus.

Diwali is celebrated in many countries where Hindus live. In India and some other places, people of other religions also celebrate Diwali.

During the days of Diwali, people light lamps, set off fireworks, eat desserts, give gifts, and recall legends about gods and goddesses honored in Hinduism.

Hinduism
God has made us with a longing in our hearts to be close to him. (See Acts 17:26–27 and Ecclesiastes 3:11.) Many Hindus feel that longing, too. But they do not believe, or have not been told, that the way to be close to God is through his Son, Jesus. So they try to fill that longing with other gods, rituals, and works.

Some Hindus add Jesus to the list of gods they honor, but do not forsake other gods. The Bible tells us we must have no other gods.

Pray that Hindus will meet Christians who can tell them about Jesus, the light of the world, and that they will open their hearts to him. Pray especially for radical Hindus who oppose Christianity in India and other places.

Note: Main locations where Hindus live include India, Nepal, Malaysia, Guyana, Suriname, and Sri Lanka. More than 1 million Hindus live in the U.S. (Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts) Do some research and find out if there is a Hindu temple in your state or region.

Photo credit: Shivakant Tripathi, Wikipedia