Located on the extreme eastern end of the Caribbean, Dominica is rather separated from the heavily toured islands. Its people tend to be nominally spiritual, with history in the Catholic or evangelical churches. Churches there struggle for a foothold due to volatile economics that are heavily dependent on a good banana crop each year. As a result, nominalism and spiritism prevail, mixed with various Christian teachings. Awana exists in Dominica 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 Dominica
There are more than 16,000 children in Dominica today under the age of 15. Providing mentoring and discipleship, Awana Dominica is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1989, 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 Dominica reaches 207 children with the gospel in their heart language through 8 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Dominica
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 Dominica’s struggling evangelical church. Pastors in Dominica typically have other full-time jobs in order to adequately support themselves. Other leadership in the church needs training to be able to help them. 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 Dominica, there are two missionary couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Dominica
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 Dominica with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 8