11 Days of Prayer 2014

The global Avant community will join together for 11 Days of Prayer on May 29 (Ascension Day) through June 8 (Pentecost). During those days from Ascension to Pentecost we understand from Acts 1:14 that the followers of Jesus were devoting themselves to prayer. We as a mission community want to follow the example of the

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Lessons Learned on the Field

- from a missionary in Uruguay As our team ministers in Uruguay, I often have a pretty clear idea of the ways I think God should be at work: what I think He should be doing, how I think He should be establishing His church here, and who I think should be a part of

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Searching for Little Lila in the Bolivian Market

by Heidi I had just arrived home after helping two teenage moms with their sick babies, when my phone rang. It was one of our volunteers. After two long days of sick children and translating at doctors’ visits, I selfishly thought “they better not be calling to say they can’t come in this afternoon, I’m

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Two New Christians in Uruguay

From a missionary in Uruguay The past two Sunday evenings, two of our friends, Gabriela and José*, declared their personal faith in Jesus as their Savior! For Gabriela the pivot came as she heard about God’s promise of forgiveness about a past action, and experienced the overwhelming peace that came from accepting His forgiveness; for

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New Missionaries Appointed

KANSAS CITY, MO—Avant appointed 17 new missionaries to serve on church planting teams and in church support ministries around the globe. The appointees were commissioned at the end of Avant’s two week Candidate Orientation Program (COP) where they took a more in-depth look at cross-cultural ministry, leadership development, team building and support raising. “When I

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Jesus: the baby and the man

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7    Every year during the Christmas season it always astounds me the focus people put on Jesus. Young, old, converted, unconverted, all look to

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How to Bless a Missionary

Do you think the missionaries talk about you to their new friends on the field? You might be surprised. “People in Uruguay often ask how we are able to work among them and yet not earn any money,” said one missionary in Uruguay. “We tell them of the dear folks in North America who love

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A Summer with the Nations

Meet Kevin, an intern with Avant, as he gives you an inside look at living and ministering among refugees and immigrants in the diverse Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City. Avant: Had you been to Kansas City’s Northeast neighborhood before your internship? Kevin: I’d only been once or twice. I didn’t expect as many layers to

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Gospel at Work at Echo Ranch

Justin, one of Avant’s former missionaries to Spain who is now an Avant mobilizer in the U.S., took his first trip to speak at Avant’s Echo Ranch Bible Camp in Alaska. Here’s his inside look at what God is doing this summer at Echo Ranch. What was your first impression of Echo Ranch? Justin: It

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