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From Hindu to pastor to starting Awana

Report by Awana missionary, William Gordon

Growing up as a Hindu in India, Gurnaam Chand didn’t hear about Jesus until he was 40 years old. He trusted Christ as Savior and was rapidly called to ministry. But he was completely unfamiliar with children’s ministry and had never really given it any thought. God blessed his church to grow very quickly, and by the time he was 48, he had a congregation of 500 people! Yet there was no Sunday school and no Awana club — and too many children who just stayed home every Sunday because there was nothing for them at church.

When Pastor Chand heard about Awana, he immediately saw it as a way to bring these children — and many others — to Christ and to begin growing them in the faith. In August 2005, his church launched its first Awana club, and today those 40 children are all believers in Jesus Christ! The commander and Awana leaders have all memorized Scripture along with the children.

They were so excited that they even took Awana to two nearby villages to begin playing Awana games with the local youngsters and to share the message of the gospel. They are touching an additional 100 lives in these two villages. All this could not have happened if an Awana representative had not visited with Pastor Chand and introduced the concept. We are thankful for our missionaries who travel from church to church, helping Indian churches get organized and begin presenting Awana.

 

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