The people of Russia today enjoy freedom of religion, and statistics show that most of the population is Christian. But only 10% have a meaningful connection to a church. The fall of the Iron Curtain has brought many opportunities for evangelism, church planting, and Biblical training—the kind that happens in Awana Russia. It supports Russian churches by reaching kids with the incredible news of the gospel, equipping leaders with discipleship, courage, and proven training methods, and changing the lives of many who wonder if life can provide something more.
Reaching Kids in Russia
There are over 23 million children in Russia today under the age of 15; many of them are orphans or street children, vulnerable to violence and abuse. In turn, they tend to develop destructive habits such as abusing drugs and alcohol at an early age. Good mentorship, such as that in the Awana program, can help to protect them against developing these habits. Awana Russia is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1995, 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 Russia reaches 3,178 children with the gospel in their heart language through 140 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Russia
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 Russia’s 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 Russia, there are two missionary couples and three coordinator couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Russia
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for 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 Russia with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 140