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By Emma Philbrook
The Times 

Awana Coming to Waitsburg

Program for kids will be held Thursdays at Waitsburg Christian Church


Emma Philbrook

Six-year-old Laila Long is shown here modeling her Awana vest at Waitsburg Christian Church last week, with a little help from her dad, David Long.

WAITSBURG -- "A-W-A-N-A! I'm gonna build my life God's way!" chanted the autotuned voices of children over Waitsburg Christian Church's loudspeakers. On July 17, a small crowd of community members listened in the pews, tapping their toes or following along with the lyrics on a projector screen.

If Naomi Long gets her way, that song will blast through the church's sanctuary every Thursday night, and the crowd will be a lot bigger – and a lot younger.

Long and her husband, David, are hoping to bring Awana – a worldwide organization which describes itself as "the global leader in child and...

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