I am thankful for the boys’ AWANA program.
AWANA is a non-denominational program for kids ages 3 through high school. Their mission to help “churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ.” AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and comes from the Bible verse 2 Timothy 2:15…
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Every week, the boys have a “Bear Hug” chapter (4-pages) for us to work on together. It includes a fun story using animals that relates a moral to them. They have a core truth section that ties the story we just read to a truth about God or Jesus in the scriptures. And there is a scripture for them to memorize weekly.
I love the time I get to sit down and work on their homework with them. Memorizing is sometimes a challenge. However, we work through it. AWANA does a great job of recognizing the kids’ hard work. Every week, after reciting their scripture to their leader, the child gets a sticker. After so many weeks, if the child has earned all their stickers in that section, they get a patch for their vest. At the end of the year, there is a big awards ceremony for the kids where each age group is recognized and where each child is awarded.
The boys’ time at AWANA is filled with non-competitive games, songs, crafts and puppet shows that help take the message about God even further. They are usually bursting with things to tell us about all the way home!
Brad usually takes the boys to and from AWANA. Last night upon returning home, I was still putting Ethan to bed. The boys were sooooo excited about their crafts and patches. They told me about them when I went in to kiss them goodnight and it was the first thing they showed me when we went downstairs this morning.
I love how excited the boys are about their program. I love that they are so excited about learning about God. They have such good questions and really love Jesus. And I love how we get to spend time talking and learning about God as a family.
To learn more about AWANA, check out their website: http://awana.org/welcometoawana/welcome-to-awana,default,pg.html