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KOC VBS in Africa

Africa

Some missionaries in Africa recently held Vacation Bible School classes for children in their country using VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. “We had one VBS with about 200 kids and another with about 450,” said one of the missionaries. “It has been so impactful to see these kids learn about persecution. They were all really interested in China. We even had some Muslim kids in attendance, and they learned some things about Egypt and Nigeria that really shook them. We also played the VBS songs to a group of about 800 adults.”

Note: The KOC VBS curriculum teaches about kids in Egypt, Nigeria, China, North Korea, and India. To view samples, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.


News from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Interesting Fact
Though many Muslim men marry only one wife, Islam permits them to marry as many as four. In Saudi Arabia, a strict Muslim country, one man tried to settle an argument between his two wives by threatening to marry a third wife. The two women attacked him and took off part of his nose. He had to get stitches to get it sewn back on.

Christians in Saudi Arabia
Christians in Saudi Arabia do not have freedom of Religion. No church buildings are allowed, but some Christians meet quietly in homes.


Eva

Eva
Eva

Eva and her mother, Helen, lived in Eritrea. Helen sang beautiful songs with words from the Bible. She put them on a CD so other Christians would be encouraged by them.

One evening when Eva was 9, the police stormed into a house where Helen was teaching Sunday school. “Where’s the singer?” they yelled. They took Helen to a prison where the inmates were kept in shipping containers that were always too hot or too cold, and too wet or too dry. But Helen did not stop singing praises to God, even when she was miserable. “It’s easy to be a Christian when everything is nice,” she said. “But you have to follow Christ when it is difficult, too.”

The guards beat Helen when they caught her writing notes about God to other prisoners. She was injured so badly that she had to go to the hospital. Then she and Eva fled to another country. Helen is not about to walk very well because of her injuries, but she still sings about her Savior, Jesus Christ.

(Source: SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. If you want to see SDOK’s Dutch children’s website, visit http://stefweb.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=59)


Not Enough Shovels

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, was imprisoned for many months in an underground cell because he openly preached the truth about Jesus in Romania. He said, “There are not enough shovels on earth to bury the truth.” What do you think he meant by that?


Father’s Day

Sallie
Sallie

Sallie is a Christian girl in Vietnam. Her father is in jail for his Christian activities.

Sallie said:

There are not many Christians in my school. I have two Christian friends in my class. The kids who aren’t Christians don’t know God. They say God is not real. They don’t understand about sin. They say, “Your church is too small.” Our church is small and crowded, but we love one another. God brought Christians to encourage my mother. He helps her not to feel bad about my father being in prison.

My father has been in prison for more than five years. I have visited him four times. On the way, I vomited a lot, but I was not afraid, only tired. The guards would not let us speak our own tribal language. We had to speak Vietnamese so the guard could understand what we were saying.

My father looked very weak. But we were happy to see each other.

My family is sad when my father is in prison. My mother and I are in a difficult situation. She works in the fields and also clean house for someone. I pray that God will help her find a good job and that my father will come home soon. I had a dream that he was with me. I thank God for always being with me, for giving me food every day, and for taking care of my family.

Pray: On Father’s Day, did you pray for fathers around the world who are in prison for their loyalty to Jesus? Please also remember and pray for their children.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)