This week was a big one in our house. My children are involved in the AWANA children's program, and this week was the Awards Ceremony. We brought home some serious hardware.
My eldest, Heather, has been in AWANA for 15 years. Since she was three. She's completed 15 years of Bible memory, service projects, and Bible study. She's learned more than 500 Bible verses, read through the entire Bible, learned about world missions, supported AWANA clubs in foreign lands, and for the past six years has served as an AWANA leader in the Cubbies pre-school program. She has faithfully attended the weekly club, missing no more than a handful of meetings in 15 years.
All this hard work came to fruition when she was awarded the AWANA Citation Award. The highest award offered by the program. (Think Eagle Scout) I'm so proud of her!
Then there's my son, James. He received the Meritorious Award for completing eleven AWANA books, and he's set his sights on the Citation Award as well. I'm so proud of him, because memorization isn't his strong point, and he has to work hard at it. For the past two years, he has served as a Leader-in-Training in the Sparks (K-2) program. I've seen him grow by leaps and bounds (not just physically, though that has happened too) as he's lead his group of Kindergarteners.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my husband here as well. Peter has been an AWANA leader for more than 25 years, since he was in high-school. His heart for kids shows in his faithfulness to this ministry.
Congratulations, Heather, James, and Peter. I'm so very proud of all of you!
For those of you who don't know what AWANA is, I encourage you to check out their program at http://www.awana.org/