Nigeria—the African nation with the most people, the most corruption, and the largest prayer movement in the world. It has some of the strongest Christians and some of the most extreme Muslim fighters. With all these extremes, the challenge of Christian ministries is to bring peace with its gospel message. Awana Nigeria is a part of that peace-seeking mission; 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 Nigeria
There are over 76.5 million children in Nigeria today under the age of 15—an explosive number to reach with the gospel! Awana Nigeria can meet that challenge with its solid Biblical, age-appropriate program. Providing mentoring and discipleship, Awana Nigeria is able to come alongside through local churches in ways foreign organizations cannot. Since the first club began there in 1991, 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 Nigeria reaches 18,000 children with the gospel in their heart language through 190 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Nigeria
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 Nigeria’s emerging evangelical church. Persecution from Muslim extremists is common, and leadership needs to be strong in Christ to stand against it. Awana Nigeria reaches out with training to support each church’s leaders: 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 Nigeria
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 Nigeria, 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 Nigeria with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 190