A new year is here and that means new trainings and new clubs for Awana Children at Risk. We have many things planned for this year including trainings for leaders in Africa and South Asia. Lord willing, we will be launching into Indonesia and the Philippines. We’ll participate in the Ride for Refuge again too.
It is exciting to think about the new leaders that will be trained, new clubs that will be started, and the new clubbers that will be attending Awana clubs each week!
As we start off this year, I thought you would appreciate hearing this report that just came in from the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi where Awana recently held a follow-up meeting with churches that recently went through a Leadership training to learn how to start Awana clubs in their communities. 73 people attended representing 40 churches (39 of which have started new Awana clubs) and they reported that 1037 children are attending weekly in those clubs – Praise God!!
Here are some of the testimonies shared from this training:
|Awana leaders of Dzaleka identified a piece of land. On that land, they started building what they call, an Awana Centre. Unfortunately, the building collapsed before roofing due to heavy rains in December. Churches contributed some money to build the centre. This shows me how serious these people are with this program. They have embraced it to the point that they are able to use their limited resources, just for the children of Dzaleka. Praise God!“I want to thank Awana for bringing this thing to Dzaleka. We have already started seeing fruits of this program. Even parents who are not Christians send their children to an Awana club every Saturday. We are sure that one day, these parents will follow their children to church.” Anette Maenda
“After noticing the importance of children’s ministry, we want to extend this ministry to other churches here in Dzaleka. Please we need more materials because we will train more people, so they will need books.” Pastor Paul Mzareti
Isn’t that awesome! These leaders waited two years for training due to various obstacles that kept popping up; but after all of that, Awana clubs are thriving and children are being reached with the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You had a part in that! Thank you.
Children-at-Risk Project Manager