Guatemala is distrustful of foreign organizations, and for good reason. After the Mayan people resorted to violence to achieve independence, other countries like the U.S. joined with the Guatemalan government to eradicate the Mayans from the country. This violent pattern continues; Guatemala has the highest number of murders each year in Latin America. But there is hope for Guatemala as Christian ministries, like Awana Guatemala, unite to help. Awana exists in Guatemala 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 Guatemala
There are over 5 million children in Guatemala today under the age of 15, which equals over 40% of the total population. To reach the children with the gospel is to reach the people of Guatemala! Awana Guatemala is able to come alongside 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 Guatemala reaches 5,456 children with the gospel in their heart language through 70 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Guatemala
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 Guatemala’s emerging evangelical church. Poor church leadership leads to people embracing a mix of religions. 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 Guatemala, there is a missionary and a coordinator couple serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Guatemala
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Guatemala 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 Guatemala with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 70