Attacks in Paris: the Emotional Aftermath

In light of the recent terror attacks in France (see last paragraph for a summary from the news), several of our missionaries to France sent newsletters about the emotional climate. Here is a recent update: –from missionaries to France “Several people contacted us to ask how the shooting at Charlie Hebdo has affected France, our

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First Blossoms of a New Church

Soon after we moved into our house, Carolyn bought a bougainvillea vine that she envisioned one day flowering over our front door. We pruned, trained, and fertilized the shoots for years, but no flowers appeared. Then, just as we prepared to move out, Carolyn noticed the first flower! During the last four and a half

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Turn Up the Quiet

The Christmas season, if we’re honest, can be more stressful than enjoyable. The voice of our High Priest that “shields my soul” and “scatters fear” can so easily be drowned by the noise of the cooking, the shopping, and the festivities. Talk about seeing the trees rather than the forest! I want to encourage you

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Avant’s Ambassador–Seymour Goes to the Bahamas!

Please join us in welcoming Avant’s newest traveling ambassador: Seymour the Lion! Here is a little background information on Seymour: Education: Wild-About-Jesus Bible College Favorite Verse: Hosea 11:10 (NLT) “For someday the people will follow me. I, the Lord, will roar like a lion. And when I roar, my people will return trembling from the

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Taco Seasoning In Asia

I looked around the table and chuckled to myself. In our travels through Western Asia, Carrie and I stopped in Istanbul to share a meal with our Korean friends. Per their request, we brought a large container of taco seasoning all the way from America. As we sat down to eat, our friends explained that

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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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