Comprised of islands off the coast of Venezuela, the Netherlands Antilles include the islands of Curacao, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba, and the Dutch half of St. Maarten. Christian teaching there appears to have been sporadic and disconnected. Few seem to truly understand the gospel message and thus be able to convey it to others. Nominalism and spiritism prevail, mixed in with various Christian teachings. Awana Netherlands Antilles provides churches with a clear, unadulterated message of the gospel in ways even young children can understand. Awana exists in Netherlands Antilles to reach kids with the incredible news of the gospel, equip leaders there with mentorship, courage, and proven training methods, and to change the lives of many who wonder if life can provide something more.
Reaching Kids in Netherlands Antilles
There are 40,000 children in Netherlands Antilles today under the age of 15, many of whom do not have solid Biblical materials in their own language. Strong translations, like that of the Awana program, go a long way toward reaching the islanders with the gospel. Providing mentoring and discipleship, Awana Netherlands Antilles is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1996, 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 Netherlands Antilles reaches 435 children with the gospel in their heart languages through 6 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Netherlands Antilles
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 Netherlands Antilles’s emerging evangelical church, which struggles to provide a clear message of the gospel without adding other religious elements. 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.
Changing the World in Netherlands Antilles
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 Netherlands Antilles with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 6