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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See

Spotlight Story

Thinking About Forever


“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our live as missionaries. They forget that they, too, are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” — Nate Saint, missionary

Read a story about Nate Saint here.

To Think About and Discuss
Something with “eternal significance” is important forever. Someone who has thoughts of eternity thinks of their future in heaven with God forever, not just their life on earth.

  • What do missionaries do?
  • What does “expending their lives” mean?
  • What do you think Nate Saint meant when he said, “when the bubble has burst?”
  • What are some activities that have eternal significance?

Photo credit: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos | GFDL 1.2

Spotlight Story

What Would You Do?

Sharing Faith
Christian sharing his faith with a Muslim

The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a report about a Christian in a Muslim nation. The Christian has been sharing information about Jesus with Muslims. The police took him to the police station to question him.

An officer told him he must stop sharing his faith with Muslims. What would you do in that situation? Which of the following do you think actually happened when the Muslim police were questioning the Christian?

  1. The Christian told the officer he was sorry for being a problem.
  2. The Christian shared his faith with the Muslim police officer.
  3. The Christian promised he would be more careful to talk about Jesus only with other Christians.
  4. The Voice of the Martyrs helped the Christian move to another country where it was safe to witness about Jesus.

B is correct.
Read Acts 4:18–20 and 5:27–29.

Note: The Christian’s face is covered to protect his identity. Read about protecting the identity of Christians in nations where they are persecuted here.

Spotlight Story

Iraqi Kids

Iraqi Kids

A VOM partner has asked that Christians pray for Iraqi refugee children who cannot attend school. Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items they need.

Two of the children are shown in the photo.

Make a Prayer Card
Print the photo, and tape it to an index card or another card. Write something on the card to help you remember what to pray for the refugee children.

Spotlight Story

Mary’s Story

Lebanese girl
Lebanese girl

Mary was 17 years old when Muslim fanatics raided her village in Lebanon. Mary and her parents had two choices: “become a Muslim or be shot.”

Mary boldly told one of the men, “I choose God. Go ahead and shoot.” Mary and her family were shot. Two days later, helpers arrived in the village and found a miracle. Mary was alive! However, she was paralyzed by the bullet wound.

Mary held on to her faith and prayed. Finally a strange peace came over her. She made the following promise to God: “Everyone has a job to do. So I will offer my life for the Muslims who tried to kill me. My life will be a prayer for them.”

Her prayers and witness for Christ brought many Muslims to faith in Jesus. Mary’s offering of her life also encouraged many Christians to stay in their country during a war to take a stand for Christ.

(Source: Extreme Devotion, available at VOM Books. Edited and paraphrased. Please preview the book before sharing the stories with children.)

Readers Talk to Us Story

Not Just for Summertime


Teachers and Parents: Churches are using the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum in unique ways and settings. Read some of their ideas below.

Children’s Coordinator, Kentucky: I coordinate the church’s children’s curriculum. The group ranges in age from 5 to 9. I mapped out five months of lessons [from the VBS curriculum], and we are studying a different country each month. They learn to pray for the country, learn a memory verse, and do the stories and activities. Our young ones are being exposed to the information, and hopefully their parents are being reminded about it as well.

Alabama Children’s Worker: We used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum for mission week. We set up three classrooms with three different countries. The children learned about the country and did activities from the curriculum. We even set up a “secret church” for China that the children had to climb through a tunnel to get to. It was so much fun, and I believe the children learned a lot.

Tennessee Children’s Worker: I was looking for a children’s program to offer at our church and happened upon your VBS curriculum. I soon realized I had not only enough information to get the kids through the spring semester but also through the fall semester as well…. We divided the year up into 5 units with a different country to focus on for each unit…. We love how your VBS program was adaptable to our needs and how wonderfully it is opening up the worldview of our kids so much that we are planning on doing a year two…. Thank you for making KOC affordable and full of depth.”

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