The culture in Portugal is very post-modern, with less than 1% of people in the entire country professing to be Evangelical Christians. This means that there are 11 million Portuguese including 2.5 million children who do not know Christ yet! Portugal is a first-world country whose residents have everything they could want, but they are missing the one thing they need: a Savior! Portugal did not encounter the Reformation, but Catholicism is dwindling in influence anyway. Increasing instead are occult practices and spiritualism. However, unity among Protestant churches is filling the gap as young people look for a genuine spiritual expression. Awana Portugal can help to provide this for the next generation as it reaches the children of today. It supports the churches by reaching kids with 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 Portugal
There are around 2.5 million children in Portugal today under the age of 15, the time of life when they will be most open and receptive to the message of the gospel. Well educated, children here need the kind of Biblically solid, Christian materials Awana Portugal is able to provide. Bringing kids to Christ and mentoring them along the way will raise up a new generation of Christians. Since the first club began, 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 Portugal reaches 254 children with the gospel in their heart language through 11 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Portugal
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. The children of Portugal need strong, moral leadership to help them bypass the disillusionment the younger generation appears to develop. Each Awana program is built upon leadership that is trained to reach children, like those who use our Leader-Based Strategy (LBS) curriculum.
In Portugal, there is one coordinator couple serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Portugal
In Europe, people tend to see Christianity as “old” and uninteresting. Awana debunks those myths! Unlike many American churches, most European churches have no children’s ministry. 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 Portugal with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
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- Total Number of Clubs: 11