Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sharing persecution stories with kids

A VOM supporter recently shared the following letter with our sister mission, VOM-USA. In the letter, the supporter discusses how stories from the persecuted Church, when presented properly, can build up the faith of kids.

What do you think? Do you think it is a good idea to share with kids about the persecuted Church?
“When I talk with parents about persecution, a common concern they share is their hesitation to share this with their children. Many parents are afraid it might confuse or frighten their children. They worry that knowing about persecution might discourage their child’s young faith from growing.
“But what I have experienced is the complete opposite. If presented properly, it does not upset children, but builds up their faith. It triggers a loving response in them because they feel a connection with other Christians and want to reach out to them. This builds up their understanding of unity.
“The message of the persecuted church is not a message of hopelessness and fear, but of Christ empowering his followers with overcoming faith and strength.
“Read 2 Timothy 1:8. What an awesome way to impart to our children the fellowship of the body, and not just teach it to our children, but to live it with our children. What a tremendous opportunity we have to build up the next generation of believers!”
To help parents and educators tell kids about their persecuted brothers and sisters, VOM has developed a unique website with stories, activities, and other resources designed specifically for kids. You can check it out at KidsOfCourage.com.

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