Most Bolivians follow the state religion of Catholicism, but they freely mix it with spiritism and other indigenous religious practices. The evangelical church is steadily growing and reaching out to the native people groups, who are also coming to faith in Christ. They all need solid Biblical materials and good training for leadership—two hallmarks of the Awana ministry. Awana exists in Bolivia 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 Bolivia
There are over 3.5 million children in Bolivia today under the age of 15. Many—some statistics say up to half—are illiterate. They benefit from Awana program materials that are easy to read and accompanied by eye-catching visuals. Also, Awana Bolivia is able to work through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1974, 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 Bolivia reaches 5,591 children with the gospel in their heart languages through 141 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Bolivia
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 Bolivia’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 Bolivia, there are two missionaries or missionary couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Bolivia
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Bolivia 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 Bolivia with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 141