Published on April 23rd, 2014
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
- Samir [sah-MEER], a male elementary school student. Later he becomes Narrator.
- Other students
Samir and other students are sitting at desks in a classroom. The teacher is at the front of the class.
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.