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Ten Facts About VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum

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.


Ancient Egyptians’ Religion

Islam, the religion of Muslims, is the main religion in Egypt today. But ancient Egyptian pharaohs were not Muslims or Christians.

Many centuries ago, Egyptian rulers had their bodies preserved as mummies. Their false religion taught them that preserving their bodies would help their soul survive properly.

You can make a “mummy” using oven-bake clay, washable acrylic paints (white or off-white, and other colors), paint brushes, and a very thin brush (such as a liquid eyeliner brush).

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using the clay. Create the body, including the legs, arms, head, and head covering separately out of clay. The back of the mummy can be flat. Connect the arms, head, and head covering to the body. Smooth the clay together where the parts connect. Cross the arms over the chest. Bake and let cool. Paint the top of the mummy with white or off-white washable acrylic paint. Use two coats and let the paint dry between coats. You can use additional colors to decorate the mummy. A very thin brush will be helpful in painting any lines.

To Discuss
Visit this page to read more about the ancient Egyptians’ religion. Then talk about three ways the religion of ancient Egyptians’ was different from biblical Christian beliefs.


Fax Blasts and a Brave Daughter

Fax: An image of a document transmitted by a telephone line. Fax machines are used less often today because advances in technology have improved other methods of sending documents.

Dr. Eric Foley, the president of VOM-Korea, told the following story about a creative way that Christians found to send the gospel message into North Korea.

Dr. Foley: Underground Christians in North Korea gathered more than 650 fax numbers of North Korean officials, hotels, government offices, and others. They sent those to us. Christian North Korean students living in South Korea wrote out gospel testimonies and Scripture every week. We would blast fax all those faxes inside North Korea, and we would change the fax number every week. It drove the North Koreans crazy.

You know, there are certain things the North Koreans hate. They hate radio, they hate Scripture balloons, and they really hated the faxes. So they responded with a fax to an embassy in Europe, but it was really to us. It said, “We know you dirty people. We know who you are, and it will not go well for you if you continue.” I remember sitting down with our kids, and saying, “What do you think about this situation? We don’t want to put you guys in danger.” Our daughter said, “Dad, that is what being a Christian is.” She was 13 at the time.

Fear is an entirely understandable reaction to North Korea, but I would challenge all Christians that any time they feel a fear related to news from North Korea that they would stop themselves and say, “Instead of being afraid, I want to intercede for the people of North Korea.”

Radios: Learn more here.
Balloons: Read more here.

Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length, age-appropriateness, and clarity.


Can Your Faith Be a Secret?

Do you bow your head and close your eyes when you pray? Do you know why Christians customarily do so? Many Christians believe bowing their heads and closing their eyes shows respect and humility, and helps those who pray become less distracted.

But in North Korea today, believers can go to prison if they are caught praying to God. So sometimes they pray with their eyes open to keep others from knowing what they are doing. They may look at the person they are with as if they are having a conversation with them. And instead of referencing God, they may use a phrase like “Dear Leader.” (“Dear Leader” is a title used for former leader Kim Il Sung. In this case, Christians are using the title to talk secretly about God.)

Instead of bowing their heads and closing their eyes, they might look at the person sitting next to them and say, “I am so concerned about Sister Kim, who is sick. But I am thankful that our Dear Leader will show special care for her as she needs love and attention.”

What do you think?
• Is it okay for North Koreans to pray without bowing their heads and closing their eyes?
• Is it okay if they are very careful to share their faith with only a few people who might be open to hearing the gospel?
• Is it ever okay to keep your faith secret when Jesus said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven”? (See Matthew 10:32-33, ESV.)

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available from VOMBooks.com)


Torchlighter Activities

The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and DVD set, available at VOMBooks.com, includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, challenging coloring pages, extreme dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the 16 heroes on the accompanying Torchlighters DVDs. Learn more here.

The torch maze below is taken from the activity book.

In the Bible, torches light the way to God’s truth. (See Isaiah 62:1.) In some instances, God is revealed through fire, as to Moses in the burning bush and to Israelites in a pillar of fire.