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Learn a Bible Verse

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14, NIV).

Every day, bold Christians around the world show us what it is like to follow 1 Corinthians 16:13–14.

Can you memorize the verse as a reminder of their faithfulness and as encouragement to be a bold believer yourself?

Listen to a song that can help you learn the verse.

(Source: Kids of Courage VBS curriculum)


Praising God Around the World: A QR Code Activity

Instructions for Parents and Teachers
Print the QR codes and descriptions below, cut them out, and attach them to the corresponding country on a world map on the wall or in an atlas. Download any QR code reader app on your smartphone or tablet. Have students use the app to scan the QR code and watch videos of Christians around the world praising God.

QR Code Description: Most of the people in Turkey are Muslims. A camp in Turkey gives Christian children the opportunity to spend time with other Christians. The words “Isa Masih” in the song mean “Jesus” in Turkish.
QR Code Description: Watch children in Bangladesh singing, jumping rope, playing cricket (a game like baseball), threshing rice, and riding on a bus. Dutch Christians took the video, and the captions are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands.
Bangladesh has the fourth largest Muslim population in the world. Less than one percent of the people are Christians.
QR Code Description: A refugee is someone who flees from a place of danger to go to a safer place. The video shows Christian refugees in Indonesia who left their homes after Muslims attacked their area several years ago. They are singing about their joy in the Lord.
QR Code Description: Iranian Christians dance while chanting the names of God. On the video, their faces have been hidden to protect their identity because Christians in Iran are in danger of persecution by Iranian officials.
QR Code Description: A few years ago, officials in Vietnam warned members of a house church that it was against the law to display a “Joy to the World” banner at Christmastime. The officials also said the church could not have a Christmas celebration with neighbors and friends.

Officials in Vietnam still give tribal Christians a hard time, and the Christians still sing of their joy in Christ.

QR Code Description: Watch Christians worship at a church in Cuba, where freedom of religion is not always observed, and persecution still happens.

What the Bible Says About Persecution

Some Muslims would like all of Nigeria to be ruled by Muslim law. Those Muslims have persecuted Christians who did not want to follow their rules. The Bible tells Christians what to do when they are persecuted for their faith (Matthew 5:12). To find out, solve the math for each letter below. Each answer stands for a letter in the seven-letter word represented by numbers at the bottom of the page. Write the answer in the blanks above the numbers.

  • 2+5=E
  • 3+2=J
  • 9-1=O
  • 8-7=R
  • 6-3=C
  • 2+2=I
________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________
1 7 5 8 4 3 7

Bold Believers in Afghanistan

Bold Believers in Afghanistan

Very few countries have lower life expectancies than Afghanistan (women: 51 years; men: 48 years). Most Afghans have short, harsh lives and many never learn the truth about Jesus.

But bold Christian believers are working to change things! Afghans are hearing the good news of Jesus while living in other countries as refugees, or from Christian radio programs broadcast from outside of Afghanistan. After giving their lives to Christ, the new Christians look for ways to share the truth with other Afghans.

Read more about Afghanistan’s courageous Christians in Bold Believers in Afghanistan, available for free download in the Downloads section of this website.

The color photos, true stories, activities games, recipes, and country facts in the book can help you learn about past and current believers in a country that is often in the news.


Make a Prayer Basket

Prayer Basket

Needed: Small yogurt or other plastic containers, scissors, various colors of yarn, felt, glue, craft sticks

Starting at the top edge, use scissors to cut the container sides into strips that you can weave around. Make cuts from the top to the bottom, ½ inch to 1 inch apart at the top, the same distance apart all the way around the container. (Wide strips are easier for beginners.) You may want to measure and mark the container before cutting to help you make all the strips the same size. There should be an odd number of strips.

Place the end of a long strand of yarn between two strips so the end is on the inside of the container. Weave the yarn over and under the strips. When you get back to your starting place, push the row of yarn tightly toward the bottom of the container. Continue weaving, being sure to weave over strips that you previously weaved under, and pushing rows down until you are ready to change colors. Cut the yarn and glue the end to the inside of the container.

Start a new color of yarn for the next row upward in the same way you started the first color, continuing to weave over and under the strips alternately. Weave to the top of the container, using as many colors as desired. You may want to glue a round piece of felt to the inside bottom of the container.

Write the names of people or places whose stories on are this site on craft sticks. Put the sticks in the basket. During a class or family prayer time, take out a stick and pray about what is written on the stick.