Once again it is that time of the year 2015 when we take the opportunity to send you a progress report on how Awana program has impacted the lives of your supported children and the community where we minister.
Awana was introduced as part of the program in April 2013 as a tool to be used to reach out the lives of these younger people and their families, including the community at large. In this report I address myself to various activities that take place during Awana sessions. The name Awana stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed which was taken from the Bible, and the reference is 2 Timothy 2:15. Awana is normally conducted on Wednesday of every week throughout the course of the year. Through these sessions I experienced the heart of servanthood and the spirit of teamwork in the teachers and the children.
We have seen a great change happening in the lives of these precious ones. Different activities are carried on, like praising and worshiping through songs, praying to God while children presenting their needs and families to God, reading of God’s word through which their memorize and recite scriptures which enables them to reach out their caretakers and the communities where they come from. This year Awana club has served 301 students.
Many children have given their lives to Christ and have been baptized at Christ’s Church Uganda, and many attend Sunday school. Others minister in the Sunday school choir of Christ’ Church Uganda. We see increased fluency in Bible reading, mastering of memory verses and reciting of Bible verses. Children can preach the word of God confidently and they development talents like singing, preaching and others. They are gaining knowledge of God’s word and how to apply it in their lives. We also hear testimony of families coming to Christ, and children’s character has been built morally.
Our challenges include lack of enough reading materials like Bibles and story books, picture books and prayer books about Jesus. Club uniforms, awards at the end of the term*.
A task of liberating children from the sea of ignorance demands strong minds, great hearts, and faith. I do thank God that Awana club has helped our children to understand the greatness of God in their lives.
- Mutebi Rose
for Bridges for Children, Uganda
*Please note that shipping expenses are prohibitively high, so do not ship materials. Instead, these materials are purchased locally in Uganda. These needs can be attended to through the program budget once the needs of children for life and education are met.