The other half of the island it shares with Haiti, the Dominican Republic is also split in faith and economics. Its history of huge plantations and resultant slavery means that there still exists a wide gap between rich and poor. Many of those who claim the Catholic faith do not practice it in any meaningful way and instead practice a mix of Christianity and voodoo. When given solid Biblical materials, like the Awana program, many Dominicans understand the gospel and come to faith in Christ. Awana exists in Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic
There are almost 3 million children in Dominican Republic today under the age of 15, many of whom belong to families who are newly converted. They benefit from Awana program materials that are highly visual and age-appropriate. They also need the mentorship provided by ministries like Awana Dominican Republic to grow their new faith in Christ. 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 specially by Him!
Every week, Awana Dominican Republic reaches 18,164 children with the gospel in their heart language through 306 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Dominican Republic
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 Dominican Republic’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.
Changing the World in Dominican Republic
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 306