March 15, 2013
VOM’s Kids of Courage resources help parents and educators teach children ages 5 to 13 about persecuted Christians around the world. The resources also provide opportunities for the children to serve and pray for suffering believers.
After some minor editing changes, the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum is again available.
Kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared (by learning about how Christians in other countries and in the Bible faced difficulties), Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.
Learning about persecution does not have to include graphic details. Kids can understand from a young age that we can trust God when we are afraid or having problems, and that we can praise Him even in adverse circumstances. Kids can be introduced to the concept that some people have false ideas, and that non-Christians may get angry with people who tell the truth and do the right thing.
Children can discover that persecuted Christians may experience joy and victory in times of struggle, and they can learn about obedience to God and perseverance in tough situations. They can also learn about forgiving and praying for enemies.
The VBS is being used in small and large churches, and is quite affordable for all groups. Some children’s workers are finding that the curriculum includes so much information, they can also use it in Sunday school and other settings after their VBS is over. Several groups have said they plan to use it for two years.
The curriculum includes opportunities to share and explain the gospel to children who have not yet trusted in Christ as their Savior. Directors who have used the curriculum report that children have come to Christ during the VBS.
Each kit includes:
- 5 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
www.kidsofcouragevbs.com has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors. www.kidsofcourage.com provides additional resources, including free downloads of material similar to what is in the VBS.