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Sharing the Good News in Karnataka

Karnataka
Delivering Bibles in Karnataka

The Ice Cream Man
Daniel, age 13, lived with his brother, sister, mom, and dad in Karnataka, a state in India. His dad, Pushparaj, was an ice cream man. He sold ice cream from a small ice cream cart.

When Pushparaj sold ice cream to his customers, he also gave them a Christian pamphlet. The pamphlet explained how Jesus saves people from sin.

Because of his Christian witness, radical Hindus beat him up several times. “Jesus was beaten, too,” said Pushparaj. “My beatings were just little ones.”

Daniel and his family were kicked out of their home and rejected by neighbors. But they gained new friends among those who decided to become Christians

Source: Kids of Courage archives

Pastor Gowda
Pastor Gowda, a VOM worker, distributes Bibles in Karnataka, where Daniel and his family live. Last year he supervised the delivery of 10,000 Bibles in a region of Karnataka where Christians are persecuted by radical Hindus.

Who received the Bibles? Here is a list of some of the kinds of people who received them.

  • Some Christians had never owned a Bible and were too poor to buy one.
  • Twelve families were sharing one Bible. Each family got a new Bible.
  • Radical Hindus destroyed many Bibles. The Bibles were replaced.
  • Some who received Bibles had been fasting and praying for a Bible for two or three years.

Before the Bibles were delivered, workers prayed for each Bible and for the pastors who would help distribute them. They asked God to use His word to bring light to the hearts of those who persecute Christians.

Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter


Solar Lamp Helps Spread the Gospel

A pastor in a tribal area of India is happy to have a solar-powered lamp provided by VOM. He will use the lamp to read the Bible and to meet with other Christians at night.

Vani in Jail

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Vani and her daughter pray together after her recent release from prison.

Vani is a 30-year-old widow in India. She has a 7-year-old daughter. Most people in India are Hindus, but Vani and her daughter are Christians.

In early February, Vani talked about Jesus with a teenaged girl in her town. The girl’s parents were angry, and they reported Vani to the police, falsely claiming Vani had kidnapped their daughter and forced her to become a Christian.

Because of the parents’ false report, Vani spent 15 days in jail. Vani shared the gospel with more than 70 women in jail with her, 14 of whom then began to trust in Jesus as their Savior. The jailer saw a difference in the new Christians and encouraged Vani to continue praying for and sharing the gospel with the other women.

“It sounds like she did more damage to the kingdom of darkness while in prison than she did while free,” said a VOM worker.

Vani has since been released, but she is still interested in prison ministry.


Kids of Courage Trust God

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VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum includes true stories of children from 5 countries: Egypt, China, North Korea, India, and Nigeria.

Kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared (by learning about how Christians in other countries and in the Bible faced difficulties), Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about trusting God.

If you trust someone, you know what they say is true. How can we find out what God says? We can read the Bible! In the Bible, God says that those who follow his Son Jesus will have trouble sometimes. But he promises to always be with us, in good times and bad. Kids of Courage believe what God says in the Bible and trust him to be there when they need him and when others need him.

Kids of Courage trust God even when they don’t always understand why God allows certain things to happen in their lives or in the lives of others. The Bible says, “Lean not on your own understanding,” which means we can’t always trust our own understanding of situations, though we can trust God.

To Think About: If we are sick, hurt, or having problems, does that mean we can’t trust God to help us? If everything is going right, does that mean we don’t need to trust God because we can handle things ourselves?

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


Persecuted Country Lesson Plans

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Teacher and Parents: Are you looking for VBS ideas or lesson plans for summer Sunday school classes?

Visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com for information about VOM’s complete VBS curriculum.

Check the links below for additional printable supplementary materials/lesson plans.