The vision and driving passion of Awana is that all children and youth will come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. We carry out this vision through relationships with local churches. We assist local church leaders to develop and lead ministries related to children and youth in a way that works in their particular setting.
For us, the greatest blessing is serving those who disciple children and youth across Missouri.
Our greatest challenge is encouraging churches to be resilient disciplers using multiple methods during this time of Covid-19.
Jamie was a guest of a friend who needed to bring someone to pass a section during Awana. A couple from Baptist Bible College in Springfield ministered to Jamie as they drove the church bus. From there, he learned verses, found friends, trusted Jesus as his Savior, and developed a passion for serving. As a bus kid himself, he has a love for those who find themselves without that important at-home Christian influence. As the position of missionary came open with the retirement of Mark and Marjorie Schoonover in 2013, the calling of the Lord was loud and clear. It was time to step up to the role that God had been preparing Jamie and Donna for.
Donna spent her childhood in church, and at 9 years old, she realized she was in need of a Savior. After being saved, she continued to go to church and youth group. Being in a Christian atmosphere at a Christian college gave her opportunities to be a part of ministries on and off campus. Finding her ministry in a public school, she has been blessed with eighteen years of teaching fourth-grade students and is now in her eighth year as the school librarian. She serves alongside Jamie in their role as Awana Missionaries.