Wednesday nights you will find our building stuffed to the brim, overflowing with hundreds of children and all that includes: laughter, competition, shouting, crafts, games, pizza and general mayhem.
But AWANA is about SO MUCH MORE than this. It’s discipleship. It’s community. It’s spiritual growth. It’s connection. Each week, within the hearts of our kids, we are speaking into their identity and giving them deep roots that will bear fruit throughout their lives.
Scripture memory is one way we are planting seeds. For three weeks in April, we held a verse contest. 80 kids said 495 verses! The contest winner said 51 verses, won a prize and got to pie a leader. In fact, 30 leaders were pied in the face.
Our AWANA leaders really believe in planting these seeds…
I can’t believe how much my kids have grown spiritually over the past few months – especially my son.
A few days ago we went over to a neighbor’s yard so the kids could play. The neighbor kids were straight up mean to them, and ran away from him and ignored him when he tried to talk to them. When we got home I was prepared to talk him through anger and sorrow, but I only got as far as, “I’m sorry those kids were so mean,” before he looked at me, grinned, and said “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God has forgiven you.”
Whoa…I was kinda mad at those kids for being mean to my babies, so HE schooled ME on that one! I am so amazed and glad that he has internalized Scripture and God brings it to his mind right when he needs it. So thank you for all you do!An AWANA Momma
Pretty amazing, right? Clearly, we don’t have to wait until they are adults to see the fruit.
In fact, there is one night on the AWANA calendar that truly represents the heart and soul of AWANA. This night stands out as a beautiful testimony to the work that God is doing in the hearts of these children.
And that’s the night when we celebrate baptism into new life in Christ.