In comparison with the United States, Brazil is considered the South American melting pot. However, it is not just a melting pot of immigrants. It also is a mix of religions. Evangelical Christianity is bursting with growth there, but people combine it with Catholicism and spiritism. They need solid Biblical materials and good training for leadership—two hallmarks of the Awana ministry. Awana exists in Brazil to reach kids with the incredible news of the gospel, equip leaders there with courage and proven training methods, and to change the lives of many who wonder if life can provide something more.
Reaching Kids in Brazil
There are over 48 million children in Brazil today under the age of 15. Many face danger as street children in the larger cities. But all of them hunger for meaningful and fun activities. Awana Brazil is able to work through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since one of the first international clubs began there in the mid-70s, 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 Brazil reaches 7,778 children with the gospel in their heart language through 130 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Brazil
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, a need particularly felt in the emerging Brazilian church. 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.
In Brazil, there are four missionaries or missionary couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders. A national director provides training and oversight for the missionaries.
Changing the World in Brazil
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. In Brazilian cities, they have few places to go for safe fun. When a church starts the Awana program, children have a meaningful, fun, and safe 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 Brazil with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 130