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Leaders share the “news” at a KOC VBS

Teachers and Parents: Churches have used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum in unique ways and settings. Read some of their ideas below.

Children’s Coordinator, Kentucky: I coordinate the church’s children’s curriculum. The group ranges in age from 5 to 9. I mapped out five months of lessons [from the VBS curriculum], and we are studying a different country each month. They learn to pray for the country, learn a memory verse, and do the stories and activities. Our young ones are being exposed to the information, and hopefully their parents are being reminded about it as well.

Alabama Children’s Worker: We used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum for mission week. We set up three classrooms with three different countries. The children learned about the country and did activities from the curriculum. We even set up a “secret church” for China that the children had to climb through a tunnel to get to. It was so much fun, and I believe the children learned a lot.

Tennessee Children’s Worker: I was looking for a children’s program to offer at our church and happened upon your VBS curriculum. I soon realized I had not only enough information to get the kids through the spring semester but also through the fall semester as well…. We divided the year up into 5 units with a different country to focus on for each unit…. We love how your VBS program was adaptable to our needs and how wonderfully it is opening up the worldview of our kids so much that we are planning on doing a year two…. Thank you for making KOC affordable and full of depth.”

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


Exile Night

“We did the [Exile Night] with our youth group last fall. We camped out on our farm between the woods and the corn field in a small hay field. We set up a couple of tents, but most of the kids slept outside! It was a moving experience and gave the kids a greater appreciation of what exiled Christians might have to endure. Thanks for the amazing resource.” — Youth leader

Student groups all across the United States have experienced a small part of what displaced believers face every day through “I Am N” Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. Whether inside or outside, the goal of Exile Night is for students to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, and to be encouraged by their faith in Christ.

Click here for more information about how to hold an Exile Night with Christian students in your area. Most of the materials are available for free download. Additional materials are available for purchase, or you may substitute stories, videos, and activities from this site and VOM’s Prisoner Alert site.


Prisoners to Pray For

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Prisoneralert.com website lists Christians around the world who are in prison for their faith. The site provides a way for readers to write letters to the prisoners and to officials of their countries.

The story of each prisoner’s arrest and imprisonment are also available on the site. Can you visit the site and choose one or more prisoners to pray for? Some of the Christians have been in prison for more than 10 years, so praying for them may be a very long-term commitment.

However, several prisoners were released during the past year.

“One of [the] things I enjoy doing is crossing out names I have been praying [for on] my prisoner list,” wrote Marilene, a commenter on The Voice of the Martyrs’ Facebook page. “God is gracious.”

But sometimes ex-prisoners are not safe from further problems with the authorities. The Prisoneralert.com site lists the names and stories of released prisoners,too. You can pray for their protection and for their ministries to bring many to Christ.


Pakistan: Smog Problems

A brick kiln

Thick smog covered parts of Pakistan this month, causing car accidents, airplane delays, and illnesses. The smog also hindered The Voice of the Martyrs’ work in Pakistan, where workers deliver Action Packs and other aid and encouragement to persecuted Christians.

Some of the smoke that causes the smog comes from brick kilns. Many Christians in Pakistan work at the kilns because better jobs go to Muslim workers. Watch a video of a Christian girl working at a brick kiln.

Christians have been praying for Pakistanis who suffer from the effects of the smog. This week, rain improved the situation somewhat, but Pakistanis know the smog will return.

You can visit VOM’s I Commit to Pray website and add your prayer to the prayers of other Christians who are praying for Pakistan.


Adopt a Country or Worker

Todd Nettleton of VOMRadio.net recently interviewed Peter Smith, an American who has “adopted” a country to pray for. Read some suggestions from the interview below.

*Think about, pray about, adopting a country. Maybe it is Iran, maybe it is Saudi Arabia, maybe it is North Korea. Somewhere that God would just lay on your heart that, “That is the country I want You to pray for every day. I want you to pray for My people there. I want you to pray for a move of My Spirit there.”

*Get a map…that shows the 60-plus countries [where Christians are persecuted]. Put the map on your table and ask the Lord, “Which country do you want me to [pray for]?”

*Start with the family first. In any country that you adopt, there are husbands and wives, and there are children. So the same types of things you pray for [your own family] will be a great way to start praying for the people in the country you adopt. Then there are schools, and there are businesses.

*People in [other countries], when they get up in the morning, they have aches and pains, they have children who are going to school. They have a job, in fact, many of them have three jobs. So who will be the person that needs a special touch by God? Why not begin to pray that somehow they will have an encounter with God that leads them?

VOM Radio’s Mr. Nettleton invites readers, “You can send me a note if you have adopted a country, and let me know that. I would love to hear what country you have adopted.” (See “submit comment” on VOMRadio.net.)

If you’d like to pray for a Christian worker as well as a country, click here to find out how to sign up for VOM’s “Adopt a Front-Line Worker” program.

 


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