KANSAS CITY, MO—Avant appointed 14 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. While some candidates come to COP with a ministry field in mind, for others it is a good opportunity to explore potential ministry opportunities and, as one missionary put it, “wait on a phone call from God” to discern where they should serve.

“It’s exciting how God brings the right people for the right location,” said Mark Bruner, director of church planting research and development. “It was a really diverse group with very cool and interesting backgrounds. They all had a great level of enthusiasm for what God has in store for them.”

Some of the new missionaries are heading to Africa with a church-based team, others are joining teams to Europe and three bonded and formed a new church planting team to Uruguay in South America.

“How can you not be excited when you meet 14 people who are being obedient by taking a step of faith to be a missionary?” said David Hansen, vice president of global partnerships. “COP is the entry door into the Avant family. It is a wonderful time to confirm them as part of the Avant family and begin the process of training. It is only the beginning of a journey that we as Avant staff will walk with the missionaries.”

Avant is currently recruiting for more church planting teams to Africa, Europe and South America. To explore current and future opportunities, click here. To learn more about the ministry of Avant, click here.

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