Because of its strategic location and the Canal, Panama is a melting pot of many races. The country’s motto is “Panama, Bridge to the World, Heart of the Universe”. The country’s hearts are turning towards the Lord as churches use solid Biblical materials, like the Awana program. Awana exists in Panama 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 Panama
There are just under a million children in Panama today under the age of 15. Many of them are in poverty despite the wealth from trade flowing into the country. Awana Panama 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 Panama reaches 1,300 children with the gospel in their heart language through 20 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Panama
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 Panama’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 Panama, there is one coordinator serving the churches with Awana clubs. He helps the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Panama
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Panama 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 Panama with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 20