Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on March 16th, 2018
Young Patrick thought he was dreaming when he heard his father’s footsteps in the hallway outside his bedroom door.
“Wake up! Wake up! Pirates are invading our villa!” But before Patrick could leap to his feet, a pirate grabbed him by the arm. “You’re coming with me!” he gruffly scowled and hauled his prisoner away to the wicker boats on the sand of the shore below.
Patrick was a teenager when kidnappers seized him from his home. The kidnappers sold him as a slave to a master in Ireland. Patrick feared that he might never see his family again.
Patrick cried out to God for help, and he grew closer to the Lord while he was a captive. Later Patrick was able to escape and return home to his family. But he didn’t forget that people who had captured him did not follow Jesus.
Against his family’s wishes, Patrick went back to Ireland to share the gospel. He faced many challenges and obstacles, but he continued to serve God. Patrick died on a March 17th many centuries ago. We remember him every year on St. Patrick’s Day.
The story above comes from the book The Story of St. Patrick: More Than Shamrocks and Leprechauns. To learn more about this and other children’s resources, visit the resource page on this site.
The book ends with the following prayer:
Dear Jesus, I have friends who do not know You. I ask for boldness and graciousness to tell them about the promise of heaven You have offered to each of us who chooses to receive it. If they make fun of me for following a God they cannot see or for believing in a promise they do not understand, help me to stay close to You, and not be ashamed of You. Amen.
Published on March 15th, 2018
One night, Duhra had a dream about a big, white building. The building looked like a mosque where Muslims worship. But it had a cross on top.
Even though Duhra was a Muslim, she had seen crosses before. Some Coptic Christian students at her elementary school in Egypt had cross tattoos on their wrists or hands as a symbol of their faith.
The dream comforted Duhra, so she began drawing a cross on her own wrist. Duhra’s strict Muslim grandmother, who was raising her, was upset. “Christians can hurt you and they do many bad things,” Duhra’s grandmother told her.
When Duhra was in fifth grade, she was walking outside one day when she saw the building from her dream. It was a church! For then on, she often secretly left her house to visit another nearby church.
“God is Really With Me”
Duhra’s grandmother died, and Duhra’s mother returned from working in another country to care for her. Christians at church and in her neighborhood helped Duhra understand more about Jesus and the meaning of the cross. She placed her trust in Jesus as her Savior.
Duhra’s mother was not a strict Muslim, but she didn’t want her daughter to follow Christ. She mistreated Duhra, and when Duhra was old enough, her mother arranged for her to be married to a Muslim man.
When Duhra and her husband had a baby boy, Duhra gave him a Christian name. Her husband angrily kicked her out of their house, without their son. Now Duhra has not seen her son in 11 years.
Duhra’s life is difficult. She still has medical problems as a result of her mother’s abuse. But she remains faithful to God and prays that her relatives will come to know the Lord. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping Duhra with her medical needs. She is thankful for VOM and grateful to the Christians in her church who have become her new family.
“God is really with me,” Duhra said. “I think all the suffering and struggles strengthened me.”
To Talk About
* 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Duhra was a child when she saw crosses on her classmates’ wrists. But she didn’t learn the true meaning of the cross until a few years later. If someone asked you what the cross means, how would you answer? Ask a mature Christian to help you prepare an answer if needed.
*What can you pray for Duhra’s son?
Published on March 14th, 2018
1. The VBS curriculum teaches kids about Christians in China, Egypt, Nigeria, North Korea, and India.
2. Kids learn that Kids of Courage trust God, get prepared, remember the persecuted, forgive others, and witness boldly.
3. The complete $30 curriculum kit includes nine books, about 400 pages of materials, a photo CD, and a music CD.
4. The curriculum includes opportunities to share and explain the gospel to children who have not yet trusted Christ as their Savior.
5. The lesson plans are adaptable for small and large churches.
6. The format allows each teacher to present one country at all sessions, reducing preparation time.
7. Students discover that persecuted Christians may experience joy and victory in times of struggle.
8. The curriculum is age-appropriate for kids 5 through 13 and older, and presents Christian persecution in a sensitive manner without talking down to kids or overwhelming them.
9. VBS directors have reported positive feedback from teachers, parents, and students. (See “Feedback” here.)
10. Children and youth workers have also used the curriculum in Sunday school classes, homeschool co-ops, missions conferences, and other settings.
For more information and to preview samples, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.
Published on March 13th, 2018
You may have heard about or seen the Torchlighters DVDs about Christian heroes. But have you heard the Torchlighters theme song? The song begins with the following words.
Carry the torch and spread God’s light
There’s so many who’ve never heard
Carry the torch and spread God’s light
Come on kids, let’s stand for God’s Word.
Listen to the complete song here.
Published on March 12th, 2018
Kaylin M., a youth pastor in the U.S., recently sent a message to Kids of Courage. “I am a youth pastor, and my kids are very affected by all the shooting happening in the schools,” Kaylin wrote. “I’d like to show them how God can turn something like that into a powerful testimony.”
Kaylin asked for stories to share with her students. One of The Voice of the Martyrs’ five main purposes is: “To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.” So VOM workers hear many stories about how God has used persecuted Christians to demonstrate His love to persecutors.
Two of the stories are told in videos about Amin and Miriam, kids from Iran and Iraq. Kaylin plans to show the videos to her youth. “I want to show them that God loves the shooter or the attacker just as much as he loves them,” she said. “I think it will really help them see how huge and unconditional is God’s love and mercy.”