Ecuador can be described with A, B, and C: the Amerindians are close to half of the population, bananas are one of the major exports, and Catholicism is firmly entrenched. This differs in the native population of Quichua people (called Quechua elsewhere in South America), where the gospel of Christ has brought hope and life to more than 50% of the people in some areas. The extreme growth rate results from the translation of solid Bible materials, like the Awana program, into the Quichua language. Awana exists in Ecuador 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 Ecuador
There are over 4.5 million children in Ecuador today under the age of 15, many of whom need to work rather than attend school. They benefit from Awana program materials that are visually interesting and age-appropriate. Awana Ecuador is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1988, the gospel of Christ has shown each child in Awana that he or she is precious to God and created specially by Him!
Every week, Awana Ecuador reaches 4,421 children with the gospel in their heart language through 65 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Ecuador
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 Ecuador’s emerging evangelical 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 Ecuador, there are two missionary couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Ecuador
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Ecuador may have few outlets for enjoyment. 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 Ecuador with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 65