Kids of Courage forgive others who have caused them trouble. What does it mean to forgive someone? When you forgive someone, you pardon or excuse them for doing wrong. You don’t hold their sin against them.
In one country where the government did not like Christians, a policeman put many Christians in jail. One day, a 12-year-old boy came to the policeman’s office holding a flower. “Sir,” said the boy, “you put my mother and father in prison. Today is my mother’s birthday. I always give her a flower on her birthday. But because of you I can’t be with my mother today.
“My mother is a good Christian,” the boy continued. “She taught me to love and forgive my enemies. She taught me to repay evil with good. So I thought I would bring a flower to your wife, the mother of your children. Please take it to her. Tell her about my love and the love of Christ.”
The policeman hugged the boy. Because of the boy’s love, the policeman didn’t want to put any more Christians in jail. He quit his job. Then other policemen put him in jail. He thought it was an honor to be in jail with followers of Christ.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44, NIV). As VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand noted, “Jesus fears and hates no one.” He said that when persecutors cause problems for Christians, “they will not succeed in making us hate them.” Pastor Wurmbrand taught that persecutors will just make us more determined to bring them the Christian message. If they understand what Jesus taught, they will no longer want to persecute others. Kids of Courage practice love and forgiveness even when they encounter persecution.
The above material is from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. The curriculum teachers that Kids of Courage:
- Trust God
- Get Prepared
- Remember Persecuted Christians
- Forgive Others
- Witness Boldly
Each kit includes:
- Five teachers’ guides, one for each country
- Director’s guide
- Skits and plays book
- Games, snacks, and activities book
- Craft and classroom activities book
- Photo CD; Music CD
- Resource and project guide
- VOM prayer map
The official VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.