Awana is a worldwide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for children aged 2-18. Awana gives children the opportunity to know, love and serve Jesus, regardless of their background.
Founded in the USA in 1950, Awana now reaches more than 4 million children and youth in over 47,000 churches around the world. The name Awana is an acronym of Approved workers are not ashamed and comes from 2 Timothy 2: 15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Through a proven strategy based on a club format, Awana leaders are able to share the gospel with children and youth and provide long-term discipleship as they grow towards adulthood.
Awana in Cambodia
Awana Cambodia originated in 2013, with the first training of leaders beginning in 2016.
Awana Cambodia's vision is for "every child to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ in leading the nations to live in harmony with the blessings from mighty God".
Awana Cambodia's mission is "to equip national and local leaders to effectively evangelise and disciple children, youth and families".
Awana Cambodia's values are:
- We proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity and urgency.
- We are Spirit-empowered, Christ-centred, and Bible-based in everything that we do.
- We are a ministry of multiplication.
- We value long-term discipleship in children, leaders, and families.
- We are mission-focused and will prioritise mission over method where the message is unchanged.
- We value the power of team and desire to see each person fully express the gifts with which they have been entrusted.
- We value partnerships and will resource churches and parents with training and materials to go far beyond our reach.
How We Can Help
Awana Cambodia has four strategic goals.
1. Mobilise pastors and leaders to embrace the vision of making disciples among children and youth.
Awana Cambodia has so far mobilised nearly 300 churches in seven out of Cambodia's 25 provinces. Many more church leaders need to catch the vision.
2. Train and equip local church leaders to evangelise and disciple the children in their communities effectively.
Awana Cambodia has trained almost 800 club leaders. Running training courses requires funds for travel, subsistence and training materials. We can help with this.
3. Adapt programmes and materials so they are contextualised and culturally relevant.
Not only do resource materials have to be translated into Khmer, but they may also have to be rewritten to fit Cambodian culture. This work and the printing of resources have to be paid for. We can help with this.
4. Advocate for and promote the ministry to children and youth.
Whether they live in scattered rural communities or busy cities, children need to be made aware of Awana clubs and encouraged to attend.
CCC and Awana Cambodia
Cambodian Communities out of Crisis and Awana Cambodia established a partnership in 2018. We are committed to supporting the propagation of Awana clubs throughout Cambodia and we particularly want to contribute to the training of leaders and adaptation of resources.
Your one-off or regular gift can help take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the children of Cambodia through Awana. You can give online now at our Giving page, or please contact us if you would like to support Awana Cambodia with a regular donation.