Considered the “Bible Belt” of the former USSR, Ukraine’s evangelical churches have experienced tremendous growth over the past few decades. However, as in many European countries, churches in Ukraine have lost many of the younger generation. Awana Ukraine wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. It supports those 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 Ukraine
There are over six million children in Ukraine today under the age of 15, the time of life when they will be most open and receptive to the message of the gospel. Many Ukrainian youth fall into destructive habits, such as abusing alcohol and drugs. Good mentorship, such as that in the Awana program, can help in ways that protect them from developing these habits. With the largest Awana presence in Europe, Awana Ukraine 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 Ukraine reaches 18,241 children with the gospel in their heart language through 425 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Ukraine
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 Ukraine’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 Ukraine, there are three missionary couples and four coordinator couples 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 Ukraine
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 Ukraine with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 425