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.
Published on October 20th, 2017
North Korea is one of the most isolated nations on earth. Do you think Jesus knew about North Korea when He told His followers to, “Go in all the world and preach the gospel”? Of course He did!
But the North Korean government does not allow Christians to share the good news of Jesus with their citizens. So Christians have to think of creative ways to obey Jesus’ command. Sometimes they launch helium-filled weather balloons carrying gospel tracts and New Testaments into the country. By including a GPS transponder in the balloons, Christian workers can even track their paths and see where the balloons land.
VOM contacts study weather patterns carefully in order to choose the best time to launch gospel balloons into North Korea. The winds must be just right to ensure that the balloons reach populated areas.
VOM also uses radio broadcasts to reach into North Korea over the airwaves. The North Korean government often tries to jam the radio signal, but by repeatedly changing frequencies, VOM has been able to continue sharing Christian teachings.
North Koreans who have escaped their country read the Scriptures over the air in a slow, deliberate manner so listeners can write down passages of God’s Word themselves. These handwritten verses are likely the only Bibles that many North Koreans will ever have.
Published on October 19th, 2017
Practice saying “praise the Lord” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song that includes the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.
Iran. Farsi: KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan. Punjabi: RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China. Chinese: tzahn-may joo
Colombia. Spanish: GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan. Russian: SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries. Arabic: MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea. Tigrinya: gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei. Malay: Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal. Nepali: jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh. Bangla: ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk
Published on October 18th, 2017
Have you been praying for Yklas, the Christian father of eight children who was imprisoned for sharing the gospel in Kazakhstan? A recent post told about his situation.
Praise God, Yklas was recently released after 780 days in prison!
Pray that he will quickly adjust to life with his family and that he will boldly use his testimony to continue sharing the gospel.
Visit PrisonerAlert.com to find more prisoners to pray for.
Published on October 18th, 2017
Practice saying, “Jesus loves me” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the words from another language wherever the phrase occurs in the song.
Note: English is an official language in Nigeria and South Sudan. Hausa and Dinka are additional languages spoken in those countries.
China. Chinese: Yeh-soo ai woh
Eritrea. Tigrinya: Yehf kee rehn nee yoo
Nigeria. Hausa: YAY-soo YEHN-ah KOW-nah-tah
Dinka. South Sudan: YAY-choo ahn YAHR-ehn
Colombia. Spanish: KREES-toh may AH-mah
Published on October 17th, 2017
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.
Find this recipe in the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, which includes lesson plans, games, additional snack recipes, skits, and other materials for a complete week-long VBS program. Visit here for more information.