Political conflict and mass evangelization have turned many toward Christ in Nicaragua. The evangelical church is steadily growing, but it needs solid Biblical materials for children and good training for leadership—two hallmarks of Awana Nicaragua. Awana exists in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua
There are over 1.7 million children in Nicaragua today under the age of 15, many of whom are without a father in the home. Fathers overwhelmingly leave the country in hopes of supporting their families by finding work in Costa Rica, which has a much more stable economy. As a result, many of these young people benefit from the solid Biblical approach and mentorship in the Awana program. Since the first club began there in 2001, 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 Nicaragua reaches 1,188 children with the gospel in their heart language through 17 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Nicaragua
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 Nicaragua’s emerging evangelical church. Discipleship has been shown to be key for the Nicaraguan church; as a result of men leaving the country to look for work, the overall total population left in Costa Rica is mostly under 30. Many of them need guidance and mentoring.
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 Nicaragua
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 17