Displaced by the Rwandan civil war in the 90s, many people migrated to nearby Burundi and stayed despite overwhelming poverty. The country is still trying to make accommodations for the tribal groups that brought their conflicts with them. Thankfully, Christianity in Burundi has flourished, and changes in people’s lives go deep. Awana Burundi is a part of that change; it 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 Burundi
There are over 4 million children in Burundi today under the age of 15, almost half of the total population. To reach the children of Burundi is to reach the entire country! Many children are illiterate and lost at least one parent in Burundi’s many conflicts. Providing mentoring and discipleship, Awana Burundi is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there recently in 2014, 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 Burundi reaches 21,872 children with the gospel in their heart languages through 181 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Burundi
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 Burundi’s emerging evangelical church. Many of the pastors have had no theological education. Awana Burundi reaches out with training to support them: each Awana program is built upon leadership that is trained to reach children, like those who use our Leader-Based Strategy (LBS) curriculum. The fast growth of Awana Burundi is testimony to its well-taught leaders.
National missionaries, who understand the complexity of their countries, assist the churches which use the Awana program.
Changing the World in Burundi
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 Burundi, 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 Burundi with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 181