Randy was named, Area Director Latin America and the Caribbean for Awana International as of July 16. Awana has 29 countries and nearly 60,000 children in these countries. The area is divided into three regions, S. America, Central America and Caribbean, and Brazil (for language reasons). Each region has a regional director who will be working closely with Randy for the development of program and oversight for that area. Joy will be able to travel to some of the countries as part of her ministry to the fields and to the wives.
We will be based out of Quito for the next two years. The C&MA and Awana strategic partnership will continue for that time. One of our focus will be that of linking Alliance churches with the Awana program in each country. Traditionally, children's ministry has not been a priority for churches in Latin America so part of our task is raising awareness of the need for children's and youth ministry.
Pray for wisdom as we seek to help develop Awana in this area. Alliance churches in most countries have yet to get involved in Awana as a children's ministry.