Cheryl Rose teaches Christ to today’s youth | Education
In 1983, 19-year-old Cheryl Rose agreed to volunteer for a new children’s program that was coming to her church. The then pastor and his wife decided to bring AWANA to the Evangelical Church in Zion.
Almost 40 years later, Rose continues her involvement in the program – as the AWANA Commander.
âI was in the game from day one. And I obviously wouldn’t be involved if it weren’t for something I’m hooked, line, and plumbed, âshe said. “It’s just an amazing children’s program.”
AWANA is an international children’s ministry that focuses on the Bible-based discipleship and evangelism program for children ages two to 18. Many churches in the area offer an AWANA program. At Zion Evangelical Church, they offer programs for children ages 2 to 14.
The word AWANA actually comes from a Bible verse, Rose said. It is an acronym for “approved workers are not ashamed,” a phrase taken from the Second Timothy 2:15 verse, which states, “Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and correctly handles the word of truth. “
The idea is to instill the Word of God in the hearts of young people, Rose said. To achieve this, the AWANA program has three main components: a game, large group time, and small group time. The game attracts the children to come, the large group time provides a period of devotion, and then the small group time is dedicated to learning the Bible, reciting verses, and discussing prayer requests.