The number of evangelical churches in the Philippines is growing rapidly, with estimates at more than 40,000 throughout the islands. However, despite the spread of evangelicalism and interest in the gospel, few churches or Christian leaders have the resources or training to minister effectively to children. Awana Philippines can help; it supports the churches by teaching kids the incredible news of the gospel, equipping leaders with discipleship, courage, and proven training methods, and changing the lives of many who wonder if life can provide something more.
Reaching Kids in the Philippines
There are over 36 million children in the Philippines today under the age of 15, the time of life when they will be most open and receptive to the message of the gospel. To reach the hearts of Filipino children is to reach the entire country with the gospel! Over a million of these children live on city streets, seen as throwaways and unwanted. At Awana Philippines, they learn a different truth about themselves. Since the first club began there in 1982, 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 Philippines reaches 36,005 children with the gospel in their heart language through 700 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in the Philippines
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 with courage and joy in spreading the gospel. 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 the Philippines, there are four missionaries or missionary couples serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders. A national director provides training and oversight for the missionaries.
Changing the World in the Philippines
What a powerful combination for the people of the Philippines and the rest of the Pacific Rim: solid, Biblical teaching for kids with trustworthy discipleship for adults. Many are coming to know the Lord and be discipled in a progressive manner through the Awana program. It’s a program that works—across many demographics and denominations. Together, this combination can change the world within a church, a community, and a country.
You can join Awana in changing the world in the Philippines!
- Total Number of Clubs: 700