Home of the Romas, the Romanian gypsies, Romania has the fourth largest evangelical population in Europe. It is considered one of the more spiritually receptive European nations. That could be partially because of its needs: Romania has widespread poverty, and children tend to be the ones most at risk from neglect. That’s where Awana Romania can help. It supports Romanian churches by reaching kids with 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 Romania
There are more than three million children in Romania today under the age of 15, the time of life when they will be most open and receptive to the message of the gospel. Romanian children face some of the greatest dangers today for children: abortion, abuse, and trafficking are commonplace. Good mentorship, such as that in the Awana program, can step into some of these gaps. Awana Romania 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 Romania reaches 2,173 children with the gospel in their heart language through 52 clubs.
Equipping Leaders in Romania
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 Romania’s 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 Romania, there is one missionary couple serving the churches with Awana clubs. They help the churches to implement the program and train the leaders.
Changing the World in Romania
Other countries are not like the U.S., where kids have an array of choices for activities. 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 Romania with the gospel and equip more leaders there.
You can join Awana in changing the world!
- Total Number of Clubs: 52