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Kids of Courage VBS: “An Amazing Experience”

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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.


Movies, Bunk Beds, and Pizza

North Korea
North Korean school boys

Every day, there are people in North Korea making plans to escape from their country. The government controls the lives of the citizens, and often there is not enough to eat. Many North Koreans believe they will have better lives if they escape.

Learning to Share the Gospel
After they escape to other countries, some of the North Koreans hear the truth about Jesus and begin to follow him. Christian teachers help them learn more about Jesus and the Bible. Then some of the North Koreans make a bold, surprising decision. They decide to go back to North Korea and share the gospel with their friends and relatives! It’s a risky decision because Christians in North Korea are often arrested and treated harshly in prison.

Korean Orphans
Some North Korean women marry men in their new countries after their escape. Their children are often not treated well because they are part North Korean.

The Voice of the Martyrs has received a report about five of these children. The mothers of the children had been caught and sent back to North Korea, or they had left the family. Their fathers and grandparents are too poor to care for them, so a Christian missionary let them live in his house.

At first the children were disobedient, did not do their schoolwork, and stole each other’s possessions. However, the missionary is teaching them well, and the stealing has stopped. The children are copying Psalms and Proverbs by hand.

New Experiences
Recently, some of the North Korean adult escapees who have decided to follow Christ secretly met with the children from the missionary’s home. The escapees showed the children the Jesus: He Lived Among Us DVD. It was the first time the children had ever seen an animated Christian movie.

Then the adults took the children to an amusement park and a zoo, and ate pizza with them. The children had never eaten pizza. According to the adults, one of the boys laughed that day for the first time.

The escapees also bought the children bunk beds. The orphans were grateful and realized that the gifts were provided by God. They even said they wanted to be more like Jesus. The adult visitors prayed for the children and encouraged them to grow closer to God. Maybe someday they, too, will share the gospel with their North Korean relatives.

To learn more about North Korean Christians, download Bold Believers in North Korea from the Downloads section.


Kids of Courage Forgive Others

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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.


Homework and Academic Fair Ideas

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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

Hope in North Korea

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Parents and Teachers: The September 2013 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold North Korean Christians. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our 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.

“Mrs. Kim” grew up in North Korea. At school, the teachers taught her that Christians are mean monsters. “I really believed everything that was taught to us,” Mrs. Kim said, “so I thought the Bible was made up.”

Life in North Korea is difficult. Many people do not have enough to eat, and the government controls every part of the citizens’ lives.

After Mrs. Kim grew up and had children, life became even more difficult. One of her daughters was put in prison after officials caught her trying to escape the country. Her son disappeared after he deserted his job in the North Korean army. The government punished the entire family by sending them out of the city to live in the harsh countryside.

Mrs. Kim was very sad.

A New Life
Mrs. Kim didn’t know where her son was, and she feared he might be dead. But one day she had a vision of someone touching her son’s body. Two years later, her son returned! He told Mrs. Kim, “God saved me.” Mrs. Kim didn’t understand at the time, but later she came to believe that the person in her vision was Jesus.

Mrs. Kim escaped from North Korea and moved to South Korea, a much freer country. She began going to church, and accepted Christ as her savior two years later. “Now my life belonged to God,” she said.

A New Calling
Mrs. Kim is now 80 years old, and she has started a new ministry! She wants to reach North Koreans for Christ. “I want to give them hope,” she said.

Mrs. Kim talks to North Koreans about Jesus by cell phone. In five years, she led 28 people to Christ over the phone! The North Korean government does not allow people to make such phone calls, and any North Koreans caught doing so risk going to prison.

Mrs. Kim transmits her gospel messages through a contact in North Korea who owns one of the illegal phones. The calls cost about $10 an hour. Mrs. Kim shares Bible passages with her family during the calls, and her family writes them down. Sometimes they make up tunes to help them remember the words.

Mrs. Kim even led her cell phone contact person to Christ! “I want to be God’s salt and light,” Mrs. Kim said. She prays that she will stay healthy enough to continue her work. “Even if I die,” she said, “I’m going to die in the middle of doing God’s work.”

To Think About and Do

  • Ask a friend to read you a Bible verse over the phone while you write it down. What if the only Scriptures you owned were verses you wrote down? Do you think you would take good care of the verses and read them often?
  • Try to make up a tune that will help you remember the verse you wrote down.
  • Do you think you could share the gospel with someone over the phone like Mrs. Kim did? Try telling someone three reasons Jesus is special to you over the phone.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)