Despite the oppressive Communist government, Christianity is thriving through house churches in Cuba. Although some Christians try to escape persecution by emigating to the U.S., others have chosen to stay and provide hope through ministries like Awana Cuba. Awana exists in Cuba 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 Cuba
There are over 1 million children in Cuba today under the age of 15 in this Caribbean island country. Many of them suffer from malnutrition; however, education is prized, and there is a high rate of literacy for children. Awana Cuba 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 1994, 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 Cuba reaches 5,775 children with the gospel in their heart language through 191 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Cuba
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 Cuba. 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 Cuba, there are three missionary couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Cuba
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. They may have few outlets for enjoyment. Normally Bible materials for children have not been translated into their language. When a church in Cuba 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 Cuba with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 191