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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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Kids of Courage Forgive Others

Egypt display at a KOC VBS

In VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about Forgiving Others.

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


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Kids of Courage Witness Boldly

KOC VBS jail skit

In VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about Witnessing Boldly.

Witness Boldly
To witness means to give a testimony. A testimony is a statement of what you have seen or heard. A Christian testimony tells what you know about Jesus, and may include how you came to believe in Him and how He has changed your life.

Jesus told a man He healed, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you” (Luke 8:39). Jesus was telling the man to witness for Him.

In Acts 4, the officials told Peter and John to stop talking about Jesus. Peter and John said, “We cannot but speak of things which we have seen and heard” (v. 20). They witnessed boldly. If someone acts boldly, they do not stop doing the right thing, even if it means someone will not like what they do.

Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15). He knew it would not always be easy. In some places, those who witness might be made fun of, bullied, or treated very harshly. Some countries don’t even allow Christian missionaries to come into their country. Bold witnesses might need to be creative in figuring out secret ways to get the Bible into those areas.

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


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Kids of Courage Get Prepared

In VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about Getting Prepared.

Get Prepared
In the Bible, God says that those who follow his Son Jesus will have trouble sometimes. Kids of Courage trust God to help them in hard times. Kids of Courage get prepared so they will be ready when hard times come.

One way to get prepared is to pray every day. If you have a habit of praying about what’s going on in your life, prayer will come naturally to you in times of trouble. Another way to get prepared is to read the Bible to find out what men and women of God do when they have problems. You can also read stories about missionaries and others who follow God even when life is difficult.

Kids of Courage can get prepared by memorizing Bible verses. Many Christians are comforted by reciting verses when they are sick, lonely, can’t sleep at night, or are even when they are in prison. I Corinthians 16:13 is a verse that encourages people to stay strong in their faith. Learn a song about the verse here.

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


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Kids of Courage Trust God

Kids get their prison bags scanned at the VBS “airport.”

In VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about trusting God.

Trust God
If you trust someone, you know what they say is true. How can we find out what God says? We can read the Bible! In the Bible, God says that those who follow his Son Jesus will have trouble sometimes. But he promises to always be with us, in good times and bad. Kids of Courage believe what God says in the Bible and trust him to be there when they need him and when others need him.

Kids of Courage trust God even when they don’t always understand why God allows certain things to happen in their lives or in the lives of others. The Bible says, “Lean not on your own understanding,” which means we can’t always trust our own understanding of situations, though we can trust God.

To Think About: If we are sick, hurt, or having problems, does that mean we can’t trust God to help us? If everything is going right, does that mean we don’t need to trust God because we can handle things ourselves?

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


Activities Story

Chin Chin: A Nigerian Snack

Find the recipe below in the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, which includes lesson plans, games, additional snack recipes, skits, and other materials for a complete VBS, mission week, or Sunday school program. Visit here for more information.

Combine 2 cups flour, 1-1/3 sticks softened butter, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix until smooth. Knead the dough about 20 times on a floured surface, then roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into 1/2- to 1-inch squares. Fry the cubes in a deep fryer until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.


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