Many ministries exist to deal with Botswana’s AIDs victims, but not as many deal with the spiritual needs. There is hope, however; the stable government allows for freedom of religion, and the vast majority of the Botswana people claim to be believers. Typically, Christianity is combined along with traditional African spiritism. Coming alongside the churches, Awana Botswana exists to reach kids with the straightforward 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 Botswana
There are 700,000 children in Botswana today under the age of 15. Many of them are orphans due to the AIDs epidemic that has prematurely killed their parents. They desperately need mentoring and discipleship from their churches as extended families are stretched to provide for them. Awana Botswana can help to meet that challenge by coming alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1994, 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 Botswana reaches 1,914 children with the gospel in their heart language through 41 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Botswana
Awana is a proven program for reaching kids with the gospel. Yet it disciples the rest of the church through equipping the Awana club leaders, an essential need in Botswana’s Christian church. Responding compassionately to those devastated by AIDs is key, not to mention role models who live out their Christian beliefs by maintaining pure lifestyles. Awana Botswana reaches out with training to support each church’s leaders: each Awana program is built upon leadership 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.
Changing the World in Botswana
Countries in Africa are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. When a church starts the Awana program in Botswana, children have a meaningful, safe, 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 Botswana with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 41