Despite its high incidence of AIDs—ranked seventh in the world—Zambia stands to offer much to its surrounding countries. Refugees from Angola and the Congo, among others, regularly pour into Zambia for its relative stability and agriculture and mining jobs. Zambia’s freedom of religion has opened the door for Christianity. This provides many opportunities for Christian ministries like Awana Zambia to minister through its grassroots methods like already established churches. Awana Zambia exists 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 Zambia
There are over 6 million children in Zambia today under the age of 15, almost half of the total population. Many of them are illiterate and hunger for materials they can understand. To reach Zambia’s children is to reach Zambia itself! Providing mentoring and discipleship, Awana Zambia is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1984, 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 Zambia reaches 168,594 children with the gospel in their heart languages through 1,319 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Zambia
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 Zambia’s evangelical church. Discipleship connects people to the church and gives them roles for service within the church and the community. 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 Zambia, there are two missionary 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 Zambia
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 Zambia with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 1,319