Legacy in the Jungles of Ecuador

My heart is warmed by studying the Gospel of Mark. This book of the Bible has been special to me since we lived with the Shuar people in the jungles of Ecuador. After Frank and I had invested many years in learning their language and working with other missionaries to translate portions of Scripture, we

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It’s Not a Coincidence

A common term at Avant Ministries is “divine serendipity.” It is the understanding that what seems like coincidence to us is really God’s sovereign purpose at work. Well, even before our team began the transition to Western Asia, God already started working… In June, I connected with a friend regarding our plans to move to

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Our Broken World: Chattanooga Shooting

On July 16, 2015, a 24-year-old man gunned down four Marines and injured two others in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This story hits home for me because I lived there for several years and still have many friends in Chattanooga. As I read this story and have followed the speculations on the shooter’s motives, it reminds me

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Charleston Church Shooting: Lessons from Emanuel AME

While on vacation I heard the news about the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and I prayed for the members and the community. Since the shootings at Emanuel AME Church, more than a half-dozen churches have been burned in the south.[1] The recent news reminded me of

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Cappuccino Hour

Need a coffee break? I’m guessing that if you have a heartbeat, you can appreciate taking a break to stop and refresh. At the Avant Ministries headquarters in Kansas City, there’s a regular rhythm that speaks well beyond a simple break. This break, which I’ve dubbed “Cappuccino Hour,” involves many staff members from Avant and

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The Kiosk Guy

In March, I was looking for a store in the mall that had relocated and decided to ask a man at a kiosk for its new location. After he gave me directions he quickly asked me if he could show me something. I reluctantly nodded, knowing that I had just forfeited the next several minutes

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11 Days of Prayer-DAY 11

Prayer Focus: “A Time to Laugh, A Time to Dance” Scripture: Psalm 100 Devotion by Rachael Adcock, Communications Coordinator We all come into this world with the ability to ask. A baby’s first screams are asking for (demanding) milk, comfort, or rest. This natural self-focus finds its way into our definition of prayer. When I

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11 Days of Prayer-DAY 10

Today’s Prayer Focus: “A Time to Speak” Scripture: 1 Peter 2:6-12 Devotion by Phil Pace, Director of Missionary Preparation What is Hindering Your Proclamation of the Gospel? Baseball legend, Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” Good thing for us is that scripture gives us instructions that

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11 Days of Prayer-DAY 9

Today’s Prayer Requests Pray that all people will KNOW that we are His disciples because of our great love for God and one another. John 13:35 Pray for sending churches of Avant missionaries to demonstrate care for their missionaries, through encouragement as well as financial support. Pray for our missionaries and teams to “put on

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11 Days of Prayer-DAY 8

Prayer Focus: “A Time to Gather” Scripture: Luke 10:1-2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2 ESV) In Luke 10:2, Jesus is talking to the 72 disciples whom He sent

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