Awana has held a national event for high school students for several years called Summit. I have desired to attend Summit for several years, but my full-time job and economics have prohibited me from attending. This year, Summit was held just a few hours away and I was able to attend for the first time. I was able to be be a volunteer for the AwanaGames, watch the gold round of quizzing, and attend the closing Citation ceremony.
What impressed me the most was the youth. Several youth growing in the Lord, sharing their talents in fine arts, showing their Biblical knowledge in quizzing, showing God’s love in the competitions, and I could only imagine how God has used, and will use, these youth to reach others.
The encouragement I would give these youth is the same that Paul gave to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12,
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
They were a great example to many around them, and they will continue to be so as they follow Jesus.
You may not have known that Awana had a youth ministry. If you didn’t, then I would encourage you to take a look at AwanaYM. Many people think that Awana ends with T&T, but that is only the beginning of the discipleship Awana offers. Take a look, I think you will be amazed at the Awana Youth Ministry.
Do you use AwanaYM, Trek and/or Journey? If so, then please comment and share about your AwanaYM experience.