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Proclaim the Lord’s greatness with me.
Let us exalt His name together.

Psalm 34:3 CSB

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Praise God for His faithfulness and His work around the world, even through the challenges of this past year. Here are some highlights of how God was at work through Avant in 2021. Thank you for your partnership that makes this ministry possible!
9,000 Audio Bibles for the Tanzanian People

We reached our goal of purchasing 9,000 audio Bibles this year! As these Bibles are being distributed, people are hearing the Gospel for the first time in their mother tongue and coming to faith in Christ. One man who received a Bible said, “I have heard the truth in the Bible, and I believe in Jesus Christ!”

Your generosity to this project was so great, that we exceeded our original goal. Later, we learned that the cost of the audio devices had gone up since the estimates were made. The increase in cost for 9,000 Bibles was the exact amount we thought was additional income. God knew what the total amount would be and provided exactly what was needed!

Please pray with us for the ongoing distribution of Bibles. These Bibles are going to difficult areas where Satan’s dominion is strong. Pray that God’s Word will be spread, and His name glorified.

“I have never had a Bible and I cannot read. I was dependent on someone to read to me and there are few that I know that read. Now I have my own Bible that I can hear the Word with my family and children. Thank you so much!”

     -Testimony from a man who received an audio Bible

New Churches Planted

In 2021 we celebrated new churches in Poland, Western Asia, East Timor, and Slovenia. Praise God for drawing people to Himself, and for growing His Church all over the world!

Please pray for each of these churches, that God would continue to unify believers in Christ and that they would be a beautiful testimony of Christ's love to the world.

Solar Panels for Brazil Harvest Radio

Praise God the solar panels have been purchased and the land has been cleared and leveled for instillation. Once the panels are in use, they will significantly cut costs for Harvest Radio and ensure that the people of Brazil receive uninterrupted biblical teaching.

As our team has worked with an engineer and other local workers on this project, they've had opportunities to witness to them. Please pray with us that God will work in their hearts and that He will open more opportunities to share the good news with them.

New Appointees from the Global South

Since our first Spanish missionary training in December of 2020, 17 long and short-term missionaries from Latin America have been appointed to serve in 6 different countries. As they continue to receive training and raise full-time support, this project will provide for some of their one-time startup costs to help them get to the field sooner. Thank you for being a part of sending missionaries to the least reached.

Please pray for our new members who are working hard to raise their support. Many have found it to be a slow and difficult process post pandemic. Pray that God would encourage them in this journey and provide for their needs.


Waterwheels in Central Asia

Thanks to your generosity, we have funds to install three new waterwheels in different villages! The waterwheels are helping meet peoples’ physical needs and are also opening doors for spiritual conversations.

A waterwheel was newly installed in a village, bringing much needed water to the community. After it was installed, our workers sat down to eat with some of the recipients of the waterwheel. They were eager to have spiritual conversations, so they asked one of the men, "how are you preparing for eternity?" The man was taken back by the questions and responded, "we can't take anything with us so how can we prepare?" Our worker clarified, explaining that we can prepare ourselves spiritually for eternity. Seeing that the man was listening and not opposed to the conversation, our worker took the opportunity to tell him how Jesus says we can prepare for eternity and shared with him a simple Gospel message.

Pray for this man, that he will hunger to know God and that we will have more opportunities to share the Gospel with him. Please pray for our team as they install more waterwheels and interact with people who have never heard of Jesus.

Growth at Comunicando Vida in Spain

Comunicando Vida, a ministry in Spain that holds workshops and provides counseling for people in need of emotional and spiritual healing, has seen incredible growth and success! In the context of the pandemic, and with the help of the internet, Comunicando Vida expanded their capacity for ministry, holding more conferences and workshops than they ever did prior to this year.

Two new staff members have been added to the Comunicando Vida team, and there are a growing number of volunteers who desire to serve in this ministry. A workshop was recently held to organize and train volunteers for this outreach. Over 60 people attended. Comunicando Vida is rapidly growing to help people find healing and hope in Jesus Christ.

New Building for Mani del Maestro

Mani del Maestro, in Genoa Italy, serves hurting residents who are struggling with unemployment, substance abuse, and prostitution. This ministry seeks to meet people's physical needs while also sharing the message of Christ love and forgiveness.

This past year, God blessed us with a new building, and it is incredible to think that just one year ago we were only beginning to launch this project. We encountered public office closures due to Covid, supply shortages, and significant price increases related to the building renovations. Despite these obstacles, we finalized the building purchase, obtained necessary work permits, completed renovations and since late November, all regular activities for both the church and Mani del Maestro are being held at the new facility. 

This is significant because one of the primary reasons for a new building was the need for a larger space. Capacity limitations, due to the pandemic, meant that only half the church could meet at one time. Mani del Maestro’s weekly grocery distribution was also hindered since the number of volunteers present meant that only three clients could enter the building at a time, leaving everyone else outside in the cold. The new building has brought much relief, tripling the maximum capacity.

Praise God for his faithfulness and provision, even in the midst of a difficult season. Pray for the Mani del Maestro team as they continue ministering to needy families in Genova. Three men recently placed their faith in Jesus and are considering taking next steps in baptism. We pray they are the first of many to use the baptismal in the new building!  

Progress on the CuriosiTEA Garden in Senegal

Renovations and construction on the CuriosiTEA Garden continue, with hopes to open in the Spring of 2022. The tea garden will be an inviting place for relationship building, purposeful conversations about life and faith, and discipleship.

Our worker on the ground in Dakar says, “We are super encouraged to see the progress of physical change on our property.  Considering the culture in which we live, it really is amazing to see all the work that has happened in just three months.  We’ve also been encouraged by the positive feedback we have received regarding this idea of ministry here in Dakar."

Please pray with us for perseverance and favor in obtaining legal documents and permits for the property. Pray for ongoing construction. Pray that CuriosiTEA will be a place where the name of Jesus is boldly proclaimed, and that people who visit come to know Christ as their Savior. 

New Missionaries Appointed

16 individuals completed our training in 2021 and were appointed as missionaries. In a year where travel and in person gatherings were difficult, we are praising God for working to make this possible.

Please pray with us that the Lord will raise up more workers to go.

27 Global Missionaries Appointed in 2020

In 2020, even with COVID and its related challenges, Avant appointed 27 missionaries from 7 different countries to serve on 5 different continents.

Response to Beirut Blast
  • 300 packages of food were distributed among six churches in Beirut near the explosion area. These packages were primarily given to poor families among their church members and through their contacts who were affected by the tragedy.
  • Each food package includes, either audio Bible, a New Testament , or gospel of John.
  • We prayed with each family and shared Christ. Many of them were crying, hurt, and crippled by fear of the unknown.
  • We also filled about 200 prescription medicines for needy families. Most of them are elderly, widows, or families with no help around.


A Church in West Asia Reaches More People in New Ways
Amid the global pandemic, God opened opportunities for Avant missionaries to share the gospel with thousands of people this year in new ways. One church planting team in West Asia, who had their largest church attendance of 32 people before the crisis, reported that over 200 people attended their online service during the first week of quarantine, and over 1,700 people tuned in to hear the gospel the following week!

An Avant family in West Asia reports: “When the pandemic broke out, we decided to teach our believers a new worship song based on Psalm 52, "But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God." This became our theme song throughout a two-month lockdown, and we continued to sing it every week when we finally returned to our building. God has certainly answered our cry to stay "green." Since the beginning of the pandemic, three people have come to new faith in Christ. One of these new professions was during a Zoom Bible study with fifteen other people watching. One college student got baptized. Enthusiasm is up, and our church is more crowded now than ever before. We praise God that He has kept us "green" during such difficult days.

Bibles for the Nyamwezi and Sukuma peoples of Tanzania

This year, 4,000 audio Bibles have been purchased to reach the Nyamwezi and Sukuma people of Tanzania. Many of these people cannot read, but with the audio Bibles, they are hearing the Word of God for the very fist time!


Conference on Loss and Grief Takes on New Significance During Pandemic
From Jonathan Baker, Puebla, Mexico:

In the spring of 2019, Barbara and I planned and organized a conference on grief. We had a great team working with us (Mexican leaders and Avant missionaries). In Mexico, when someone dies, they are buried within 24 hours. There is no time to grieve. People in Mexico, actually all over the world, don't know how to grieve. At this conference we had close to 300 people attend. Many, for the first time, were able to share their stories. People from other cities asked if we could do a conference. Late 2019, we met with our team and all were available to repeat the conference.

Then Coronavirus hit. We had to postpone our plans. As the virus continued to grow, we felt God leading to restart the conference plans, this time online. At the time we were in the US taking our son to college for the first time. We began online meetings (Zoom). We met, planned, and prayed.

On October 10 and 11 we carried out a Zoom conference. We covered 5 different themes (loss of dreams, loss of health, loss in general, loss of security and loss of loved ones). We had 5 different people, all with experiences with loss, share about their about their loss and how Christ helped them in the process. The gospel was presented clearly.

Over the 2 days (2 hour conference), around 250 participated (Mexico, US, Canada, Guatemala, Argentina and other countries). We uploaded the conference and videos online (YouTube). Those videos have been viewed over 500 times. We also compiled a list of resources for people that can be found on Obrerofiel.com.

Since our conference, we continue to receive emails and comments. Some people have asked for help with various needs. We look forward to see what God will continue to do through this ministry.

Kid's Discipleship Online during COVID
When COVID shut the doors to churches in Colombia, Kyu was faced with the reality that many kids, new in their faith, had no good way to receive help in their Christian walk. So Kyu and his family started a YouTube channel called "Descubriendo la Biblia KIDS" (Discoverying the Bible for Kids).

There are now over 30 episodes, providing weekly spiritual encouragement for the youngest generation in the Spanish speaking church around the world.

Effective New Christian!
Niky is a young woman we met through conversational English classes and has been studying the Bible with us since April 2019. Since the very first meeting we’ve been reading and studying the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus. We’ve also had many conversations about Niky’s response to this faith.

In October 2020 it became clear that she has believed the good news and has chosen to put her faith in Jesus! Having already had five of her friends attend at least one Bible study session with us, in November a new invitee of Niky’s seems to be a new regular participant!
First New Member Orientation in Spanish for Latino missionaries

In October and November, Avant's Latin America office in Guatemala hosted 11 candidates for our first-ever candidate's school in Spanish. 11 candidates from 6 countries in Latin America are preparing to serve with Avant in Europe, Asia and the Middle East!

Generosity during the economic impact of the COVID crisis

Avant donors and members alike shared in providing nearly $50,000 in distributed support for our field workers most adversely impacted during the early months of the COVID crisis.


Missional Church Network Launched
A network was launched to help churches in Latin America become healthy and missional, capable of sending missionaries to the unreached, and engaged directly in fulfilling the Great Commission. More than 200 churches are connected so far, and more than 150 pastors have been trained in La Transformación de la Iglesia (Transformation of the Church). Additionally, more than 20 pastors are being trained as mentors and nearly 30 churches are being mentored in a 5-month missional health program.

In March, we launched a Red de Iglesias misionales (Missional church network) for pastors and church leaders in Latin America. God is calling people from the Global South to serve as missionaries. Churches are anxious to get involved. But many pastors lack the resources and training or do not understand how to make the necessary changes within their local churches in support of this movement. We are providing 12 weeks of training followed up by 5 months of mentoring to help pastors and church leaders make the changes necessary to live and serve missionally. Some 20 pastors are being trained as mentors.

So far, more than 200 churches are connected to the network, and more than 150 pastors have been trained a "Transformation of the Church" curriculum.  


Online Training for Latin Leaders

Our online discipleship and leadership training courses for Spanish speakers has trained over 1,500 believers in the Global South this year alone. Many who desire to grow and be used by the Lord will never have the opportunity to go to bible school or Seminary. Our 4 programs prepare believers to serve others and participate in the mission of God around the world.

Personal Development Opportunities for Avant Missionaries
During COVID and its resulting limitations in travel & ministry, many missionaries have invested time in personal and professional development, further equipping themselves for new seasons of ministry to come.

These are only a few of the highlights and stories of what God did in and through the people and ministries of Avant worldwide in 2021. See more stories of God's great global impact, or explore our stories on Facebook.