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“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

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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.


Spreading the Word in Georgia

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You may know that Georgia is a state in the United States. But it is also a country north of Turkey.

Maryam, a 14-year-old girl in the country of Georgia, is a Christian. It’s not always popular in Georgia to talk about Jesus and the Bible in public.

But Maryam got permission from her school principal to pass out Christian books in the Georgian language to some of her classmates. Maryam also hands out the books, provided by The Voice of the Martyrs, on the street.

Praise God for Christian youth who share his love with others!


More Ways Kids Help

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Children all over North America have thought of creative ways to remember (Hebrews 13:3) and help (Galatians 6:10) persecuted Christians. Read below a few of the many ways kids helped in 2013.

From Hannah, age 8, in Seneca Falls, New York:

We raised money for VOM’s Safe Houses fund by selling friendship bracelets. Our friends helped us sell them.

From Chloe, age 10, in Seven Hills, Ohio:

My parents get your magazine, and after reading some of the stories, I decided to start a club to pray for organizations like yours.

Lisa, a Sunday school teacher in Fairborn, Ohio:

We wanted the children in our church to realize no matter how young or old you are, you can be a witness for Christ. We explained to them how they were blessed to be able to worship God and to have their very own Bible, and how in many places it is illegal to even speak about God. The children decided that they wanted to help others be blessed like they are blessed. So they painted piggy banks, and we displayed them in the back of the church to raise money for VOM.

Dana from Vancouver, Washington, is a leader of a Bible Bee group. For the second year in a row, members of the group have earned $1 per verse from an anonymous donor for reciting memorized Bible verses. In 2013, the group recited verses to earn money for Christians in Sudan. (See the photo above of the kids with the Sudan poster they made.)

(Edited from original sources for space and clarity.)


A Unique Request of Santa

Texas

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following letter from Texas.

“Hi. My name is Gabby. I’m 12 years old. My little brothers and sisters and I have asked Santa to give the dollar amount that he would spend on toys for us to you for the families in need.”

To Discuss
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Who are “those who are of the household of faith”?