A small country in the Himalayan mountain range of southern Asia, Bhutan is one of the world’s least evangelized countries. Christian churches operate undercover and normally in people’s homes. Evangelizing there to Buddhists is illegal, which means that many do not hear the life-saving gospel of Christ. Yet, Awana Bhutan is still growing! Awana exists in Bhutan 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 Bhutan
There are around 200,000 children in Bhutan today under the age of 15. More than 20% live in poverty and have to help their parents in managing a subsistence livelihood. Awana Bhutan offers learning through fun activities and trained leaders, and it is able to work through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 2000, the gospel of Christ has shown each child in Awana that he or she is precious to God and created specially by Him!
Every week, Awana Bhutan reaches 4,693 children with the gospel in their heart language through 195 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Bhutan
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, and discipleship is key for the Christian minority in Bhutan. 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 Bhutan, there is one missionary couple serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Bhutan
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Sometimes children in Bhutan have to labor alongside their parents instead of attending school. They 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 Bhutan with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 195