Because of drug-related violence, Colombia has the world’s second-highest number of internally displaced people. Through the violence come stories of the gospel at work there, however, and Christian ministries like Awana Colombia are working to provide hope and make peace. Awana exists in Colombia 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 Colombia
There are more than 11 million children in Colombia today under the age of 15, many of whom have been displaced and turned into vulnerable targets for drug cartels or traffickers. Awana Colombia offers a safe environment and learning through fun activities and trained leaders, and it is able to work through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1987, 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 Colombia reaches 11,723 children with the gospel in their heart language through 215 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Colombia
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, and discipleship is key to growing the next group of Christian leaders in Colombia. 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 Colombia, there are two missionaries serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Colombia
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. They have few outlets for enjoyment. Normally Bible materials for children have not been translated into their language. When a church in Colombia starts the Awana program, children have a meaningful and fun place to go as they learn about the gospel through their heart language and age-appropriate means. Adults are discipled and trained to make more disciples. Awana seeks to reach more children in Colombia with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 215