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Pray for a Change of Heart

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The Quran is the Muslim holy book. Chapter 4, Verse 157 of the Quran says, “[They claimed]…’We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God,’ but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them…” (Sura 4:157, Yusuf Ali translation).

So Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified. During the Easter season, pray that Muslims will understand that Jesus died, rose again, and conquered death. Pray especially for radical Muslims who persecute Christians.

We know that persecutors can repent and become followers of Jesus. Read the following story about a Muslim in Nigeria who had a change of heart.

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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum Available

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After some minor editing changes, the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum is again available. To order, visit VOM Books.

The curriculum includes true stories of children from 5 countries: Egypt, China, North Korea, India, and Nigeria.

Kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared (by learning about how Christians in other countries and in the Bible faced difficulties), Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Children will discover that persecuted Christians may experience joy and victory in times of struggle, and they learn about obedience to God and perseverance in tough situations. They also learn about forgiving and praying for enemies.

The VBS is being used in small and large churches, and is quite affordable for all groups. Some children’s workers are finding that the curriculum includes so much information, they can also use it in Sunday school and other settings after their VBS is over. Several groups have said they plan to use it for two years.

The curriculum includes opportunities to share and explain the gospel to children who have not yet trusted in Christ as their Savior. Directors who have used the curriculum report that children have come to Christ during the VBS.

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.


Snack and Share

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Some of the snacks that Nigerian kids enjoy are made of corn and peanuts. Try the corn and peanut snack recipe below. Can you share the snack with a Sunday school class or other group and tell them about Christian kids in Nigeria? Enter “Nigeria” in the search box on this site to find stories and information to share.

Recipe

  1. Thaw 2 cups of frozen corn to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Spread out the thawed corn in a layer on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake until the corn is light brown and starting to dry out (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  5. Remove the corn from the oven and let it cool.
  6. Put the corn in a bowl, and mix in 2 cups of peanuts.
  7. Sprinkle salt on top.

Keep the snack mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve and eat it.


A Testimony from Nigeria

Watch the video to hear about a man who was strengthened in his faith by persecution.


Brave Christian Saves Children from Bomb

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Awuna’s hand was injured by the bomb

Awuna was working as a volunteer at a hospital in Nigeria when he heard gunshots outside. Christians are often attacked in Nigeria, so Awuna decided to go home where he would be safer.

As he rode his motorbike toward his house, he remembered that it was Friday. The children at his church would be practicing for a Sunday school program. Instead of going home, Awuna went to the church.

When he got to the church, the children were crying. Awuna saw a can in the church with a wire hanging out of the opening. Awuna had never seen a bomb, but he thought the can might be dangerous to the children. He picked it up to throw it out the window. Awuna didn’t stop to think that it might hurt him. The bomb exploded in his hand.

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