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Chin Chin: A Nigerian Snack

Find the recipe below in the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, which includes lesson plans, games, additional snack recipes, skits, and other materials for a complete VBS, mission week, or Sunday school program. Visit here for more information.

Combine 2 cups flour, 1-1/3 sticks softened butter, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix until smooth. Knead the dough about 20 times on a floured surface, then roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into 1/2- to 1-inch squares. Fry the cubes in a deep fryer until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.


Bookmarks for Prisoners

A VOM volunteer designed bookmarks for prisoners who are featured on The Voice of the Martyrs Prisoner Alert website. Follow the instructions below if you want to make an encouraging bookmark.

 

1. Click on a country at PrisonerAlert.com, then on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Print a copy of a verse in the prisoner’s language shown under “Available Phrases.”

 

2. Click “Add Phrase” (even if you are going to mail a bookmark to a prisoner instead of printing a letter), then “Continue” to find the prisoner’s address.

 

3. Glue the verse on thick paper or labels, or write your own encouraging verse or message. Laminate the bookmark and add small tassels or other decorations.

 

4. Use the address to mail the bookmark, and if you wish, a message or letter. Find suggestions for writing letters here.

 

5. Take your message and bookmark in an addressed envelope to a post office to see how much postage to include.


Luke Quiz

The previous story told about Nemrut, a boy in Iraq who had never read a Christian Bible. He read the Book of Luke in one night, and it changed his life.

Read the statements below to a group or class. Ask them to raise their hands to vote whether or not they think the statement comes from the Book of Luke. After you read all the statements, tell them the answers. Then tell them the story of Nemrut, a former Muslim whose life was changed by the Book of Luke.

Say: I’m going to read 10 statements. After I read a statement, raise your hand if you think the statement comes from the Book of Luke [NIV version]. (After the group votes, you may also want to ask those who did not think the statement came from Luke if they think it came from somewhere else in the Bible or from a non-biblical source.)

1. Blessed are you when people hate you.

2. Whoever loses their life for me [Jesus] will save it.

3. When you say these things, you insult us also.

4. He [God] has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

5. He [God] is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

6. A trustworthy person keeps a secret.

7. The wicked flee though no one pursues.

8. Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is the one who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking.”

9. It is to one’s honor to avoid strife.

10. Envy rots the bones.

Answer: Statements 1 through 5 are from the Book of Luke, and 6 through 10 are from the Book of Proverbs.


Torchlighters: Perseverance Cryptogram

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Perseverance is diligence and determination in completing something despite difficulties or delays.

The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available for $4 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 Torchlighters DVDs.

The cryptogram below is taken from the activity book. Print (or copy) and solve it to find a Bible verse from Romans 5:3-4 (NIV). Hints to help you solve it:
1. The letter “T” stands for “E.”
2. The word “perseverance” appears twice. (And it is the only word with 12 letters.)

Check your answer in a Bible.


Kids of Courage VBS Skit

The complete Kids of Courage VBS curriculum includes a director’s guide, crafts, activities, five teachers’ guides, skits, plays, photo and music CDs, games, snacks, The Voice of the Martyrs prayer map, and more. Learn more here.

In the following skit from the VBS curriculum, a Christian prisoner recognizes that he is a link in the chain of faithful Christians from the past who have sacrificed for Christ.

Links in the Chain
Characters
Narrator
Prison Official
Prisoner
Several Links in the Chain

Props
Small table and chair
Paper and pen
Several signs with the name of a Christian martyr on one side and the student’s name on the other (see below)
Optional: strips of construction paper, partially completed paper chain, tape

Suggested Costumes
Old torn clothes for Prisoner
Uniform for Prison Official

(The Prison Official is seated at a table. A pen and paper are on the table. The Prisoner is standing by the table.)

Narrator: Several years ago, police locked a Christian in prison in a country where Christians were persecuted. The prison officials asked the prisoner to sign a statement. The statement accused other Christians of breaking the law. If the prisoner signed the statement, the other Christians would be arrested.

Prison Official: Sign this statement! Things will go easier for you if you just do what I say.

Prisoner: The chain keeps me from signing this.

Prison Official: But you are not in chains!

Prisoner: I am. I am bound by the chain of witnesses who gave their lives for Jesus throughout the centuries. I am a link in this chain. I will not break it.

(Prisoner and Prison Official exit.)
(Optional: Provide background music that includes a song about faithfulness to God.)

(Students, Links in the Chain, enter single file and stand in a line across the stage. As students take their places one by one, they recite the name of someone who sacrificed for Christ, and if desired, a phrase about that person’s sacrifice. Each student may hold up a sign with the name of a Christian on it. Examples include: “Stephen, the first martyr for Christ” and “Paul, who said ‘the word of God is not chained.’” Others can include heroes from Christian history and modern persecuted Christians.)

Narrator: The apostle Paul asked his friends to “remember his chains.” We may not be called to die for our faith. But we can be links in the chain by remembering those who are persecuted and by praying for them. We, too, are bound by the chain of witnesses who gave their lives for Jesus throughout the centuries.

Links in the Chain: (speaking one by one) I am a link in the chain. (As they speak, they may turn their signs over, revealing their own names on the back.)

(Optional: The audience can be allowed to respond by coming forward at the end of the skit, lining up, and saying one at a time when recognized, “I am a link in the chain.” If desired, have available a short paper chain made of construction paper and give students strips of paper for each to add to the chain as they say it. A teacher may help by taping the links as they are added.)


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