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Anniversary for an Army

Catherine and William Booth
The Salvation Army founders, Catherine and William Booth

This year the Salvation Army is celebrating their 150th anniversary. Salvation Army members from around the world are gathering in London, England. Read below a story from the Kids of Courage archives about the early days of the Salvation Army.

Peter Monk was an Irish prize fighter. He was used to fighting people for money.

Peter went to a meeting where William Booth was preaching about how to follow Jesus. Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, and he ministered among the poor in London.

Even though Peter was used to fights and was not a Christian, he didn”t like it when the rowdy crowd gave Booth a hard time. He calmed the crowd and soon became a follower of Booth and of his Savior, Jesus.

People who didn’t like the Salvation Army continued to oppose the work. In one year (1882), 669 Salvation Army members were attacked and 69 meetings buildings vandalized.

(Source: 70 Great Christians)

The attacks did not stop the Army”s work. Today the Salvation Army serves God and the poor in 126 countries throughout the world.

Find free William Booth student and teacher’s guides in the Downloads section of this site.


William Tyndale, English Bible Smuggler

Tyndale

Why Smuggle Bibles?
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and spread the gospel.” (See Mark 16:15.) He knew some places in the world would have laws against obeying his command. When officials told Peter and the other apostles not to teach people about Jesus, the apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Bible smugglers through the centuries have agreed with the apostles. They have taken Bibles into countries where officials do not approve of their activity.

William Tyndale
A long time ago, nobody in England could read the Bible in English. Bibles were written in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, but not English. Church leaders could read the Bible, because they had studied different languages in school. But few others knew what God’s Word really said.

The king of England and the church leaders did not want just anybody reading the Bible. “If anyone teaches the Bible in English, they must be punished!” the leaders said.

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Bibles in Difficult Places: A Challenge We Accept

Newsletter

Parents and Teachers: The April 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold believers who distribute Bibles in difficult places and unbelievers whose lives have been changed by the Scriptures they received.

“Bibles are illegal in many nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith, and in other nations they are often hard to find and expensive. As more people come to faith in Christ in Asia and the Middle East, it’s a challenge to keep up with the demand for Bibles, but it’s a challenge we gladly accept.”

— The Voice of the Martyrs’ President
April 2015 VOM newsletter

Last year VOM distributed more than one million Scriptures in areas where Christians are persecuted.

Upcoming Kids of Courage posts about Scripture distribution and smuggling will include stories about the following:

  • William Tyndale, Bible translator and smuggler
  • Scriptures floated by balloons into North Korea on USB devices
  • An Iraqi Muslim transformed by the Bible
  • A Bible smuggled out of Iran
  • A Christian doctor who distributes out Bibles in Syria

To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit the subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.


Torchlighters DVD Guides and Student Handouts

Torchlighters

Torchlighters DVDs tell the stories of real-life Christian heroes who faced obstacles and stood up to persecution. (Read more about the DVDs in the Resource section of this site.)

Leaders guides and student handouts for each DVD are now available free from the Downloads section. The materials cover: Richard Wurmbrand, John Bunyan, Jim Elliot, William Tyndale, Gladys Aylward, Eric Liddell, Perpetua, William Booth, Amy Carmichael, Augustine, and Samuel Morris.

The leaders guides include a synopsis of the life of the hero, lesson plans for teaching children about the featured Christian, descriptions of key people who influenced the hero, historical background about the period of history when the hero lived, and a timeline.

Student handouts include coloring pages from scenes in the DVD, numerous games and activities, craft ideas, interview suggestions, story questions, and discussion starters.

View clips from the DVDs in the Videos section.
For further information, check Torchlighters.org.


Stick with Jesus

Elevator

Students at a school in England were asked to name the person they would most like to be stuck with in a broken elevator. A girl answered, “An elevator expert.”

In one sense, we are all “stuck” — not in an elevator, but in a world with many problems. Sometimes all the problems can seem too much to bear.

But Jesus is an expert in human struggles. When he was on earth, he was poor, attacked, and crucified. He offers the only solution to the world’s problems: the power of his resurrection.

Let us choose our expert over anybody else!

(Source: From the Lips of Children by Richard Wurmbrand. Paraphrased and edited for clarity. Elevator photo courtesy of Sam Howzit / Flickr.com.)