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Embarrassed at School

KOC VBS

The following skit is part of the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. For information the curriculum, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.

Samir at School

Based on a true story from Egypt

Characters:

  • Samir [sah-MEER], a male elementary school student. Later he becomes Narrator.
  • Teacher
  • Other students

Samir and other students are sitting at desks in a classroom. The teacher is at the front of the class.

Teacher: Samir?

Samir: Yes, ma’am?

Teacher: Are you a Christian?

Samir: Yes, ma’am.

(The other students snicker.)

Teacher: (to class) Are any of the rest of you Christians?

Other students: No way, not me, no, etc.

Teacher: We’re all Muslims, right?

Other students: That’s right, yeah, definitely, etc.

Teacher: Well, Samir, do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Samir: Yes, I do.

(Other students laugh, giggle, make disapproving noises, etc.)

Teacher: (Walks to Samir’s desk holding a Quran. She talks as she walks.) But Jesus walked on earth. (stops by Samir’s desk) So how can He be the Son of God? Does God walk on earth? Does God eat? Does He sleep in a bed? (holds up the Quran) Our holy book, the Quran, says that Jesus ate food. It also says Jesus was a prophet and not the Son of God. Why don’t you understand that?

Other students and Teacher freeze. Samir, now the Narrator, gets up from his desk and walks to center stage to talk to the audience.

Narrator: Hi, I’m [real name]. Things like that don’t really happen at my school in America. But it did really happen to Samir, a kindergarten student in Egypt, where most people are Muslims. Samir felt alone when the students and teachers made fun of him. Philippians 2:6–11 tells about how Jesus came to earth as a man. But Samir did not know how to explain that to his teacher and friends.

Samir is now an adult. But children in Egypt are still teased for being Christians and pressured to give up their faith. Today Samir publishes a magazine for Christian children to help them learn how to stand up for their beliefs. We can ask God to help the Christian children in Egypt stay strong for Jesus.


Kids of Courage VBS: “An Amazing Experience”

VBS

The following messages are from teachers who have used VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum in their churches.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids, we had four kids accept Christ, and so many kids who said [afterward] they want to be missionaries when they get older.” — Florida

“I absolutely loved the curriculum. I have directed VBS before, and this was by far the most meaningful.” — Georgia

“I sent home a newsletter every night with information about the countries and questions about the lesson. Parents said it was totally different than anything they’d done before, and they liked it.” — Georgia

“We all loved the program. It was easy to teach, and it was very moving and educational for the children.” — Idaho

“This [curriculum] caught my attention, but I was worried about the heavy content. It turned out to be an excellent VBS! What I loved about it was its real life applications and the fact that kids could learn, not just Bible truths, but learn about other countries and cultures.” — Pennsylvania

Can you share information about the curriculum with churches in your community? Go to www.kidsofcouragevbs.com for more information and samples from the curriculum.


Kids of Courage Forgive Others

VBS

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 above material is from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. The curriculum teachers that Kids of Courage:

  • Trust God
  • Get Prepared
  • Remember Persecuted Christians
  • Forgive Others
  • Witness Boldly

Each kit includes:

  • Five teachers’ guides, one for each country
  • Director’s guide
  • Skits and plays book
  • Games, snacks, and activities book
  • Craft and classroom activities book
  • Photo CD; Music CD
  • Resource and project guide
  • VOM prayer map

The official VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.


What If Christianity Were Illegal?

Perpetua

The Voice of the Martyrs’ representatives visited an Arabic church in the United States. Members of the church are from Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. The representatives showed the children at the church a DVD about Perpetua. [Learn more about Perpetua here.]

“At first, the children were sad that Perpetua and her friends died, but then they wanted to see it again,” said one of the VOM representatives. “They were truly inspired by her courage and faith.

“We asked the kids what they would do if they woke up one day and it was illegal to be a Christian. Their responses were interesting and honest.”

Read below what some of the children answered. As you read their answers, think about what your answer would be. [Read this post about a girl who was not sure if she would be strong enough to face persecution.]

First child’s answer: I would give my life for him [Jesus] because if I die and I believe in Jesus, then once I die, the next second I’ll be living [with Jesus].

Second child’s answer: I would stay a Christian.

Third child’s answer: If we hadn’t watched Perpetua…then I would have said “No, I’m not a Christian.” I would lie. But when I saw them standing up for what they believe in, that made me stronger inside.

Fourth child’s answer: I would say, “Okay, fine, I’m not a Christian anymore.” I’ll just lie, but I really am a Christian. Or I’ll just be a Christian and not tell anybody if I’m a Christian or not a Christian.

Fifth child’s answer: I would say that I am a Christian just because I know that if I die for Jesus, I would go to heaven and have a really happy life.

Sixth child’s answer: I would die for Jesus because if I die for him, my body will still stay here, and my soul will be up there. But it’s okay, because I would be with Jesus and I’d be in the best place in the world.


Homework and Academic Fair Ideas

Bold Believers in Nigeria

Are you looking for a topic for a school report or academic fair project? The free Bold Believers activity books in the Downloads section of this site provide information about many unique subjects. Read the list below to find examples of some of the topics featured in the books.

(Find additional homework help ideas in our posts Homework Help and Write a Report: Be a Voice.)

Bold Believers in Nigeria
Nigerian languages
Shariah law
Bold Believers in Pakistan
9/11, the Taliban, al-Qaida
Blasphemy laws
Bonded laborers
Pakistani culture
Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia
Who are the Khmu?
Buddhist beliefs
Bold Believers in North Korea
Robert Thomas, missionary
Learning About Islam
Muslim beliefs and practices
Comparing Islam and Christianity
The Quran
Women in Islam
Bold Believers in Burma
Buddhism
Bold Believers in Colombia
Comparing Marxism and Christianity
Bold Believers in Turkey
Smyrna, a Turkish city
Bold Believers in Gaza and the West Bank
Jerusalem
Bold Believers in Eritrea
Eritrean Christians
Bold Believers in Egypt
Making papyrus
Comparing Christianity and the ancient religion of the Pharaohs
Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs
Who are the Uygurs?
Bold Believers in China
Papermaking
Big things in China
Christians in China
Bold missionaries who went to China
Bold Believers in Iraq
Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims
Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia
Christians in North Africa (also see Bold Believers in Morocco and Egypt)
Berbers and Berber cave homes (also see Bold Believers in Morocco)
Bold Believers in Indonesia
Religions of Indonesia
Islands of Indonesia
Bold Believers in India
The states of India
Hinduism
Bold Believers of the Hmong People
The Hmong people
Bold Believers in Vietnam
The religions of Vietnam
Children of Christian prisoners
Bold Believers in Nepal
The religions of Nepal
Bold Believers in Chiapas (Mexico)
Christians in Chiapas
Bold Believers in Ethiopia
Ethiopian culture
Bold Believers in Uzbekistan
Uzbek culture