Seventeen-year-old Cassie G. and her parents, John and Jennifer, are VOM Voice Volunteers. (Learn more about VOM Voice Volunteers here.
Last summer, Cassie helped her mom hold a Kids of Courage VBS at their church in Indiana. Pre-K kids through 8th graders attended the event. Jennifer used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum for the younger children and VOM’s I-Am-N curriculum for the junior high students. Cassie acted in the VBS skits and served as an assistant teacher.
Here’s what Jennifer told VOM about the VBS:
“We loved the themes for each day and the way the curriculum focused on how the children could be bold believers. We also loved the exposure the children were able to have to other cultures and countries. The Bold Believers booklets on your website were tremendously helpful as we prepared and taught.
“The World Lab was begun by getting your passport stamped before you could enter the room, and then finding the country of the day on a huge world map. We had a different rubber stamp for each country — a dragon for China, pyramids for Egypt, a lion for Nigeria, an Asian coin for North Korea, and an Indian elephant for India. We found these rubber stamps online.
“We would then talk about the time difference and demonstrate it on two large clocks, show them pictures of the country’s animals and plants, talk about the government restrictions … the dominant religion and compare it to Christianity, and [teach] them a word or phrase in the country’s language. We also made available a taste of something from that country, and tried to do a meaningful activity that would help them remember the country. Each child was given a booklet each day for the country we were covering, which was downloaded from your materials — we just created card stock covers. … Praying we will train a new generation of bold believers, and that we will be examples of boldness and courage for God.”
Later in the year, Cassie organized a garage sale where she shared information about persecuted Christians with customers and raised enough money for more than 15 Action Packs! (Learn more about Action Packs here.)
The Voice of the Martyrs is grateful for Cassie and her family and other volunteers who join us in our mission of serving persecuted Christians through spiritual and practical assistance and leading other members of the Body of Christ into fellowship with them.