The founders of Awana derived the Awana name from the first letters of “Approved workmen are not ashamed” as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 of the Bible.
For nearly 60 years, Awana has been a leader in children’s ministry, helpinbg churches and parents worldwide raise youth to know, love and serve Christ.
What is Awana?
Based in the Chicago area, Awana is the only organization with fully integrated evangelism and discipleship programs for ages 2 to 18 that actively involve parents, church leaders and mentors. Each week, more than 2 million children and youth, 400,000 volunteers and 127 field staff take part in Awana in over 27,000 churches in the U.S. and internationally. (Learn about the prayer, vision, mission and values of Awana.)
Royal Ambassadors is still around, see here. With the direction the Boy Scouts have taken recently, the SBC sees an opportunity for more churches to start their own RA programs. Right now, about 3,000 churches sponsor Royal Ambassadors according to this article.