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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Holbrook Appointed President

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The international board of directors for Avant Ministries announced May 24, 2013, that Scott Holbrook, CPA, MBA, has been appointed to the role of president, effective immediately. Holbrook has served over 30 years with Avant. Prior to being appointed to the role of president, he served as interim president and chief financial

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Water is a Sword

From Team Central Asia The waters of baptism are restive and unpredictable, their depth—unknowable, too cold for comfort. All she wanted to do was run away from their edge. Accusing faces looked at her, maligning her to shame. They saw her for who she was: naked. Though her long dress covers her body, she is

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