Once a British colony, Kenya is now highly Christian and sends out its own missionaries to surrounding African nations. Political corruption and the ensuing violence, however, create difficulties for Christian ministries. Awana Kenya provides a way for churches to mentor young people away from the violence that plagues Kenya. With the largest presence Awana has in Africa, Awana Kenya reaches kids with the incredible news of the gospel, equips leaders there with mentorship, courage, and proven training methods, and changes the lives of many who wonder if life can provide something more.
Reaching Kids in Kenya
There are over 18 million children in Kenya today under the age of 15, a whopping 43% of the population. To reach Kenya’s children is to reach Kenya itself! Providing mentoring and discipleship, Awana Kenya is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1992, 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 Kenya reaches 169,318 children with the gospel in their heart languages through 1,617 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Kenya
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 Kenya’s evangelical church. Church attendance tends to be low and nominalism high. Discipleship connects people to the church and gives them roles for service within the church and the community. 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 Kenya, there is one missionary couple serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders. A national director provides training and oversight for the missionaries.
Changing the World in Kenya
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for church activities. 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 Kenya with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 1,617