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Creative 20th Century Bible Smuggling

Jesus told his followers to share his teachings with all nations. But some nations don’t make it easy. They make laws against passing out Bibles to people.

Several decades ago, American Christian David B. took Bibles into a communist country where the government did not want people to follow Jesus. David carried a screwdriver in his pocket. After he settled into his private compartment on a train, he used the screwdriver to remove the wall inside the compartment. He filled the space inside the wall with Bibles from his suitcase. When security guards searched his luggage for illegal items, they found no Bibles. Before he arrived at the destination where he planned to share the Bibles, David put them back into his suitcase.

Christians have to be creative sometimes.

VOM Flashback: Snow Sculpture


VOM supporters in the Unites States found a unique way to inform others about the persecuted church in 1998. They entered a model of praying hands in a snow sculpture contest, and they won! Can you think of a new way to let people know about the need for prayer for persecuted Christians?

Letter from a Tennessee VBS Director

VBSKids of Courage VBS Curriculum

“Dear VOM, About this time last year I was looking for a children’s program to offer at our church and happened upon your VBS curriculum. I purchased the workbooks [Kids of Courage Bold Believers activity books] that coincided with each of the countries to help me flesh it out as I (incorrectly) assumed that I would need them. And while they helped, I soon realized I had not only enough information to get the kids through the spring semester but also through the fall semester as well…. We divided the year up into 5 units with a different country to focus on for each unit…. We love how your VBS program was adaptable to our needs and how wonderfully it is opening up the worldview of our kids so much that we are planning on doing a year two…. Thank you for making KOC affordable and full of depth.”

— Hillcrest Baptist Church

Ask a VOM Worker: Getting Prepared, Part 2


Q: What else can kids do to prepare?

A: I think being friends with people from other cultures is good. That’s not what comes naturally. We’re friends with the people who it’s easy to be friends with.

It’s also good to know what some people have to endure as Christians. Just because you’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean everything is going to be great, but it’s definitely worth it.

We need to be thankful, too, but not just for material things. We are very blessed in America. Because of that, we need to be on guard and keep our faith in God at the front.

Also, just keep praying. That’s the most important thing.

Ask a VOM Worker: Getting Prepared, Part 1


Q: What kinds of things did you do as a child that helped prepare you for your work now?

A: This is kind of a funny one, but I think being open to eating other kinds of food. I always wanted to try new things. Just trying is good. Now when I go to India I can eat curry, fish heads, and the food that they love.

Also, getting a heart for other nations at a young age. My fourth grade teacher had been a missionary, so I was made aware of the need for the gospel in other countries. Then when I was in middle school, we would come to VOM headquarters and volunteer at the warehouse. Even when I was in Boy Scouts, I did my community service hours at VOM. That’s how I got involved, and later God opened the door for me to come work here.