Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on May 16th, 2018
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.
What You Can Do Story
Published on May 15th, 2018
Teachers and Parents: Churches have used 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.”
(The Kids of Courage VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.)
Published on May 14th, 2018
In the United States, Ramadan will begin on the evening of Tuesday, May 15, 2018, and end on the evening of Thursday, June 14. (Dates may vary slightly.)
Muslim adults and older children are supposed to fast from food and drink during the daylight hours of Ramadan. This can be especially difficult when Ramadan falls during warm months, as it does this year. After sunset, they get together with family and friends to eat a meal called “iftar.” Muslims celebrate a three-day “Eid al-Fitr” festival at the end of Ramadan. Children receive gifts, and families buy new clothes, decorate their homes, and visit friends and relatives. Schools and businesses in Muslim countries close for the holidays.
During Ramadan, some Muslims read the entire Quran, give extra money to charity, and try to avoid saying harsh words. Many Christians pray for the hearts and minds of Muslims to be opened to the truth about Jesus during their Ramadan month of spiritual reflection.
In some Muslim countries, people enjoy watching TV programs aired just for Ramadan. “The thing about Ramadan TV is that it’s not like [your favorite shows] only come on once a week. No, this is every single night for a month,” said one Middle Eastern Muslim.
News reports said that Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa spend an extra 57.6 million hours on Facebook during Ramadan. Pray that Muslims who watch more TV and access more social media during Ramadan will find Christian programs and information that will lead them to Jesus.
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Published on May 11th, 2018
They planned to be baptized, but Sarala’s father, who wasn’t a Christian, ordered them not to follow through with their plans. Then, on the day of the baptism, he locked Sarala in the house.
However, Sarala’s mother did get baptized. (You can see a photo and read the story here.) Her father kicked them both out of the house. He said they couldn’t come home unless they denied Christ. They didn’t come back, and he searched for them so he could force them to return to Hinduism.
Sarala and her mother feared he would hurt them. For safety, they took refuge in a “safe house” provided by The Voice of the Martyrs for Christians who are at risk of persecution.
On Mother’s Day, remember mothers and children who have lost homes, families, and friends after deciding to follow Christ.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife, or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29).
Published on May 10th, 2018
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs often meet persecuted Christians who, by God’s grace, are able to forgive — and even love — those who have persecuted them.
Jesus said, “ But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:35).
And He said, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:44-45).
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who started The Voice of the Martyrs, had more to say about being kind, even to those who may not be grateful for your kindness.
“Be always on the side of the hungry, even if they are hungry because they are lazy,” Pastor Wurmbrand said. “Be on the side of the thirsty, even if it was their neglect not to have dug a well….Be on the side of the sick, even if they have destroyed their health through vice. Be on the side of prisoners even if they are criminals, only being careful not to favor them above their victims who were also men innocently persecuted.”
To Talk About
*Which of Jesus’ commands in the verses above would you find difficult to obey without God’s help?
*Which of the people Pastor Wurmbrand described would you find it hard to be kind to?
*According to Jesus, who is God kind to?