El Salvador: “the Savior” in Spanish. True to its name, this small Latin American nation, known for its coffee crop, is producing a harvest of another kind. The evangelical church is bursting with new converts, growing from 2.3% in 1960 to over 30% of the population in 2010. Yet, it needs solid Biblical materials for children and good training for leadership—two hallmarks of the Awana ministry. Awana exists in El Salvador 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 El Salvador
There are over 1.7 million children in El Salvador today under the age of 15. Because of high unemployment rates, many children do not have fathers in the home as the men have sought employment in the U.S. Once they become teenagers, boys without fathers in the home tend to join powerful gangs. Women need their churches to help them in teaching and discipling their children. Awana El Salvador is able to come alongside through local churches to help with these needs. Since the first club began there in 1993, 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 El Salvador reaches 2,873 children with the gospel in their heart language through 46 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in El Salvador
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 El Salvador’s fast-growing 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 El Salvador, there is a global missionary serving the churches with Awana clubs. She helps the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in El Salvador
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. Children in El Salvador 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 El Salvador with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 46