Despite the devastation it caused, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti also caused a global outpouring of aid and unity in the church there. The evangelical church is steadily growing despite spiritism and voodoo, but it needs solid Biblical materials and good training for leadership—two hallmarks of the Awana Haiti ministry. Awana exists in Haiti 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 Haiti
There are over 3 million children in Haiti today under the age of 15. Up to 80% are illiterate. They benefit from Awana program materials that are easy to read and accompanied by eye-catching visuals. Children’s programs keep them from pursuing the path of violence that many teenagers take due to poverty and hopelessness there. Awana Haiti is able to come alongside through local churches to help with these needs. Since the first club began there in 2000, 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 Haiti reaches 7,243 children with the gospel in their heart language through 144 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Haiti
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 Haiti’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 Haiti, there is one associate missionary couple serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Haiti
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Haiti 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 Haiti with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 144