Despite a guarantee in the country’s constitution, there is little actual religious freedom in Belarus. All religious activity must be registered with the government. But registration is a tedious, expensive, and often times impossible process. To ensure the continued growth and vitality of the Church in Belarus, the next generation of mature disciples of Christ needs to be raised up. That’s where Awana Belarus steps in. It supports Belarusian churches by reaching kids with the incredible news of the gospel, equipping leaders with discipleship, courage, and proven training methods, and changing the lives of many who wonder if life can provide something more.
Reaching Kids in Belarus
There are almost 1.5 million children in Belarus today under the age of 15, the time of life when they will be most open and receptive to the message of the gospel. Widely educated, children here need the kind of Biblically solid, age-appropriate Christian materials Awana Belarus is able to provide. Along with program materials, mentorship is also a huge need that the clubs meet. It comes alongside local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1999, the gospel of Christ has shown each child in Awana that he or she is precious to God and created especially by Him!
Every week, Awana Belarus reaches 1,238 children with the gospel in their heart language through 22 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Belarus
Awana is a proven program for reaching kids with the gospel. But it disciples the rest of the church through equipping the Awana club leaders. Discipleship is a particular need in Belarus’s evangelical church, where trained leaders of any type are few and churches are tightly monitored. Each Awana program is built upon leadership that is trained to reach children, like those who use our Leader-Based Strategy (LBS) curriculum.
National missionaries, who understand the complexity of their countries, assist the churches which use the Awana program.
Changing the World in Belarus
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. When a church starts the Awana program, children have a meaningful and fun place to go as they learn about the gospel. Adults are discipled and trained to make more disciples. Awana seeks to reach more children in Belarus with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 22