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Model Missionary Plane

Plane

Christians from all over the U.S. are finding creative ways to increase awareness about persecution in other lands. When people are aware of the situation faced by Christians around the world, they can pray for the Christians in those situations.

A man in North Carolina, Mike L., built a model of a parachute-dropping airplane. The real airplane he depicted dropped Bible-carrying parachutes into guerrilla-controlled jungle areas of Colombia before it was decommissioned and placed at the VOM headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

People at a missions conference at Mike’s church learned more about VOM’s work in Colombia with the help of his model.

See the “100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church” poster in the Downloads section for ideas about how to increase awareness of persecuted Christians.


Kids of Courage in Russia

KOC in Russia
Дети отваги
(Children of Courage)

The U.S.S.R. (often called “the Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries.

People in the smaller countries have their own languages. But many still speak Russian, the language of the Soviet Union.

Russian-speaking Christians have started a children’s website using Kids of Courage stories.

Go to the Map of Visitors page on this site to see if anyone in the former Soviet Union has recently visited Kids of Courage. The countries formed when the U.S.S.R. broke up are: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.

You can find out what life is like for Christians in some of those countries in the Countries section of this site.


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.


“Tween Time” Assists Persecuted Christians

Tween Time

A group of girls from the Tween Time ministry in Texas helps and prays for persecuted Christians. The group includes about 20 sixth grade girls who attend various churches and two different public schools.

Their leader, Marilyn M., used clippings from VOM newsletters to make a poster about suffering Christians in Sudan and about VOM’s Action Pack project.

When groups or families order Action Packs from VOM, they receive special bags and a list of items to put in the packs for Christians in Pakistan, Iraq, and Sudan. Examples of items include blankets, jackets, socks, writing pads, pens, and other needed supplies. The bags are shipped back to VOM for distribution.

Marilyn wrote Action Pack items on sticky notes, one item on each note. She attached the notes to the poster. Each girl took a sticky note home and shopped for the item with her family. The group then packed the packs, enclosed photos of their group, and sent them to VOM. They also made Africa “Prayer and Aware” magnets for their school lockers. The magnets remind them to pray and to let others know about the persecution of Christians.

VOM is receiving reports and testimonies from Sudanese Christians telling how they have been blessed by receiving Action Packs and by finding out that Christians in America care about them. The reports will be featured in an upcoming VOM newsletter and Kids of Courage blog posts.


VBS Kids Remember the Persecuted

USAThe VOM prayer map painted on cloth for the VBS

Last summer, Christ Hamilton Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, held a two-week VBS for more than 200 children in their community. The theme of the VBS was “We Are the Church.” The church designed their own curriculum and included resources from Kids of Courage and The Voice of the Martyrs.

As an outreach project, the VBS children planned to fill 24 VOM Action Packs. Two months before the VBS, the church printed a list in the church bulletin of items members could donate to fill the packs. For three Sundays in a row, offering envelopes were inserted in the bulletin to allow the congregation to contribute to the project. VBS organizers announced their plans in a church service and showed an Action Pack to the congregation.

During the VBS, the children watched nine of the Torchlighters DVDs. (Younger children watched selected 10-minute segments.) Before the VBS, teachers had received training about presenting the topics.

The 23 VBS classes took turns packing Action Packs, with each child choosing something from the collected items to put in a pack. Each class also chose a different country to learn more about and made a poster of that country. The children displayed the posters during the closing VBS program and throughout the summer at the church. Visitors to the closing program received VOM prayer cards to encourage them to pray for persecuted Christians.

“Our congregation and our VBS attendees all have an increased awareness of the plight and needs of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Nancy R., one of the VBS teachers, “and hopefully, an increased depth of faith in our Lord and Savior as they consider the real cost to follow our Lord.”

Check the Resources page to introduce children to stories of the persecuted.

Go to www.kidsofcouragevbs.com to find information about a complete Kids of Courage VBS curriculum suitable and affordable for small or large churches.