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Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum


The Kids of Courage VBS curriculum introduces students to real Kids of Courage at risk for their faith today in five countries: China, Egypt, Nigeria, North Korea, and India. Students learn how bold believers around the world live, worship, and play.

The lessons teach children how to pray for those who risk everything for their faith, and how to become Kids of Courage themselves. They learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Remember Persecuted Christians, Forgive Others, and Witness Boldly.

Visit to see samples of the materials and to read feedback from churches that have used the curriculum for Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, and mission weeks.

Activities Story

Clock Prayer Activity

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin this year on March 8. Not all countries observe DST. (See the map.) Read the information below about time differences between the United States and some countries where Christians are persecuted.

Nigeria: Nigeria does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 12:00 noon in Abuja, Nigeria.

Iraq: Iraq does not observe DST. During DST 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Iraq.

Syria: Syria observes DST, but it starts and ends on different days than in the U.S. During most days at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 1:00 p.m. in Syria.

North Korea: North Korea does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 8:00 p.m. in North Korea.

Maldives: Maldives does not observe DST. During DST at 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Maldives.


  1. Draw six clocks on paper or cardboard. What time is it where you are now? Draw hands on one clock to show the time to the nearest hour.
  2. Using the information above about time differences, figure out what time it is now in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and Maldives. Label the clocks to show what countries they represent, and draw hands on the clocks to show what time it is in each country.
  3. What might children in those countries be doing now? Eating a meal? Sleeping? Getting home from school?
  4. Pray for children in the five countries. If you need more information about the countries, enter their names in the search box to locate facts and stories.

Dear Heavenly Father, please watch over children in North Korea who may be going to bed cold and hungry. Please meet their daily needs. Let them learn that Jesus loves them and that he can help people get through hard times. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Feature Story

March VOM Newsletter


Parents and Teachers: The March 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of bold Christians in Colombia. 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.

This website and other Kids of Courage materials convey the struggles endured by persecuted Christians without including graphic descriptions or photos, or age-inappropriate concepts. Nevertheless, parents and teachers are encouraged to preview the materials before sharing them with their own children, as they know their children best.

Feedback received from parents, teachers, and children since VOM began publishing resources for children in 1996 has indicated that Kids of Courage materials are educating and encouraging children in appropriate ways. Additional feedback about any of the materials is welcome. Use the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of this page to send suggestions.

From the Kids of Courage comment section:

I work with children and they have a far greater depth of knowledge than we sometimes give them credit for. They may not always be able to vocalize their thoughts clearly, but they try. If there is a major event on the news or in the local area, they initiate the conversation wanting to discuss what it all means, to them and others.

Children are affected by life’s struggles and joys just like adults. When they’re babies we feed them milk, then wean them and take them on to harder foods. As they grow they choose what to eat as independent individuals. Give them credit for being able and often willing to discuss and learn about tough life issues and experiences that others, or sometimes even people they know, suffer/go through. — Alison L.

Spotlight Story

Purim and Esther


Purim is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated every year. In 2015, Purim will be observed on March 4th and 5th. During the celebration, Jewish people give to the poor, share food with friends and relatives, read the Bible Book of Esther, and follow special Purim customs.

The Book of Esther tells the story of a Jewish girl who became a queen. But the king did not know that Esther and her family were Jewish.

Followers of God have always had enemies. In some countries today, non-Christians want to get rid of all the Christians in their country. In Esther’s time, Haman was an enemy who wanted to rid the kingdom of Jews.

The rules of the kingdom said that the king could put to death anyone who appeared before him without his permission. But Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, told her that she must try to plead with the king to save their people.

God may have allowed Esther to become the queen just so she could save her people. “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Mordecai said.

Esther bravely appeared before the king, he listened to her, and her people were spared.

To Discuss

  • Why might Esther not have wanted to appear before the king, even though it was the right thing to do?
  • What are some things that you don’t like to do, even though they are the right things to do? Are your tasks as difficult or as risky as Esther’s?
  • Have you ever been scared to tell someone the truth?
  • Esther told the king about the struggles of her people. Can you tell another Christian something you have learned about the struggles of Christians around the world? Would you ask them to pray for persecuted Christians?

Activities Story

Hidden Missionaries

Mary Slessor and her adopted children

Missionaries are Christians sent on missions, often to other countries, to spread the good news of Jesus among people who don’t yet know Him. Sometimes their work is risky. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted as He was. (See John 15:18–22.)

Find the names of six missionaries in the sentences below. Do some research to find out more about any whose stories you don’t know.

Search for the following names. (If they have a first and last name, search only for the last.)

  • Peter (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Andrew (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Cecil Dye
  • John and Betty Stam
  • Mary Slessor
  • Bruce Olson
  1. James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
  2. Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
  3. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
  4. In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
  5. Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
  6. In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Name Search Answers

1. Stam
James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
2. Peter
Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
3. Olson
Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
4. Andrew
In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
5. Dye
Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
6. Slessor
In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Spotlight Story

Secret Bible Distribution

Youth in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and Kids of Courage readers donate money to provide Bibles for Christians who live in countries where Bibles can be hard to find. Read a story here about a boy who raised money for Bibles.

Do you ever wonder what happens after VOM receives the money and takes the Bibles to Christians in other countries? The story below tells about workers from VOM-Australia handing out Bibles in Nepal.

We had arranged with pastors to meet Christians at a secret location. Our VOM team loaded 4-wheel drive vehicles with Bibles and drove for several hours. Then we left the road and drove across stony river beds with water halfway up the tires.

When we got to the secret location, we saw 600 people dressed in colorful clothing walking toward us. The pastors told us that the believers had walked six hours to get there. We had only 20 minutes to distribute the Bibles to 600 people. Then they had to leave for their own safety.

The people were quickly and quietly divided into groups, and we passed out the Bibles. When they received the Word of God, many of them kissed the cover. Some opened the pages and then kissed them. Some women covered their heads in respect for receiving the Word of God.

The Christians began to pray, thanking God for the precious books. The children looked in amazement at the colorful pictures in the Bible, pointing to them and discussing them with each other.

There was no food given on that day, only Bibles for 600 believers, but we felt that a tremendous feeding of the soul had begun for those who received His precious Word.

Source: VOM-Australia. Edited from the original for clarity and length.

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