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Abraham and Fabiola Avila 2017-02-02T15:23:39+00:00

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ABRAHAM AVILA FAMILY

SERVING IN PERU SINCE 2012

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Abraham Birthday 05/28
Fabiola Birthday 03/22
Abraham & Fabiola Wedding Anniversary 06/01
Marco Birthday 05/14
Leilani Birthday 04/25
Joaquin Birthday 01/18
My wife Faby and I are products of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Our parents came to this church when we were both very young. We both graduated in 1998 from City Baptist Schools. We were married on June 1, 2002. We have three children: Marco, Leilani, and Joaquin.
I work in the Spanish Department of First Baptist Church as the superintendent for the Primary Department (six- and seven-year-olds) and the Reformers Unanimous program. I also sing in the choir for the Spanish Department and have been a deacon at First Baptist since April 2009.
I began working with children in early 2000. I quickly saw the importance of early biblical teaching for the young. I am amazed at how early a child can be taught the difference between right and wrong. A child’s mind and heart are too tender to leave to the teachings of this world.
Pastor Schaap hosted a men’s all-night prayer meeting on the grounds of Hyles-Anderson College in mid 2009. My six-year-old son Marco accompanied me to his first all-night prayer meeting that year. There Marco and I prayed that the Lord would show him what He wants him to be “when he grows up.” Around 1:00 a.m. as we were praying by a tree near the HAC pond, the question popped into my head, Abraham, what do you want to be when you grow up? I laughed and quickly brushed it off. I continued to pray with Marco that God would speak to him. As the night continued, I kept thinking on that question more and more. I asked God if He wanted me to do more.
The following week after Wednesday night church, my friend asked me what I thought about Peru. I stated that I had never been there but would love to visit one day. He laughed and reworded his question. He asked me if I would ever consider working in part with a mission team planting churches in Peru. I laughed and asked him if he was serious. He maintained his smile and said “Yes.” He didn’t push the question anymore but simply stated, “Think and pray about it.” I asked God if that is what He wanted me to do. A few months went by, and my friend approached me once more. After many nights of prayer and conversing with my wife, I had a definite answer for my friend Dan Hubbard—“Yes.”
I thank God for this great opportunity. I am eagerly looking forward to working with the second generation, the future adults, the children of South America.
-Abraham Avila
First Baptist Church of Hammond

fbchammond.com

507 State Street

Hammond, IN 46320

(219) 932-0711

 

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Caminos del Inca 2780, Block-C Departamento #504 Urb. Prolongacion Benavides Surco, Lima 15039, Peru
Caminos del Inca 2780, Block-C Departamento #504 Urb. Prolongacion Benavides Surco, Lima 15039, Peru

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Abraham Avila Prayer Letter: Talking About “Life”

Abraham Avila Prayer Letter: Talking About "Life"They stood there talking about “life.”

We showed up for our scheduled Saturday soul-winning meeting, thinking it was going to be another usual Saturday. Little by little, our Sunday school children began to show up. We handed the tracts to the Sunday school children as we prepared ourselves to leave. I asked God to allow us to see someone saved that day in a way that would impact the Sunday school children. We headed up a hill and found a group of children playing with tops. One of our children approached the group, and as soon as she opened her mouth, more kids surrounded her to listen. My wife and an older lady from church aided in witnessing to the group. All in all, 6 boys accepted Christ that afternoon.

I was quickly transported to a memory of the first group of boys I witnessed to when my family and I arrived in Peru in 2012. I remember asking God that day to show our children something that would impact them. One of the boys in that group was Carlitos. He was a sweet-spirited, respectable boy who still showed signs of lingering, healthy baby fat. He instantly became my shadow and stuck by my boys whenever he could. I spoke to him as if I was speaking to one of my sons. He appreciated my candor and my caring for him. We became close to his family and occasionally invited him over for lunch. Unfortunately, our paths had to separate for a couple years, as my family and I left that church to help Bro. Zach Foust in the church he started. Carlitos and I still kept in touch via social media, but we both knew it was not the same. In January of this year, my wife and I were invited to teach a special teen class in Carlitos’ home church. My son Marco jumped at the opportunity to invite Carlitos to that special teen class. It was wonderful to see these two, now teenagers, pick up from where they left off a few years ago. Mind you, they had not seen each other during that duration, only written to each other. They stood there talking about “life” and other seemingly important older-boy stuff, like sports and what gel is best for their hair. I smiled and thanked God for their friendship. Then I quietly prayed that God would show those two young men something that would impact their lives.

It truly is a deafening and colorful sight to see.

The table was being set for another spectacular Christmas event at IBI San Gabriel, the church Bro. Foust and his family started. Our Sunday school children were even more excited than the adults, as they knew presents were involved. Bro. Foust decided to do their Chocolatada in the church this year. Chocolatada is a Peruvian tradition of taking hot chocolate, sweet bread, and gifts to impoverished areas. We had a great turnout.

A few days later we celebrated the New Year together in IBI San Gabriel. Many families showed up, and beautiful displays of homemade pyrotechnics were enjoyed thereafter. You can literally climb to your roof, sit back, and enjoy the fireworks that the neighbors put on display for you. It truly is a deafening and colorful sight to see.

A few weeks later, we celebrated the birthday of Joaquin, my youngest son. It’s hard to believe my baby boy is now nine years old. I can still remember waiting for the midwife to arrive as I aided my wife. I remember how cold it was that January night as my wife gave birth to him in our bedroom. I remind him constantly of the miracle that he is. I am really excited to see what God has in store for our children.

To be continued . . .

I am thankful for praying and giving friends such as you. If it weren’t for you, my family and I would not be able to be here in Lima, Peru. We love you and pray for you often. I pray that the Lord continues to bless you and your family.

Prayer Requests

• Safety for our family, our team leader Bro. Dan Hubbard, and the other families of Team Peru
• Additional monthly financial support
• Health for the families of Team Peru
• Bro. Hubbard’s health
• My dad’s physical therapy
• The spiritual lives of one our faithful supporter’s two sons, that God would grant the parents grace as we join them in prayer for both of their sons, ages 20 and 14

Blessings

• We saw 56 souls saved.
• Our Sunday school class children are soul winning and bringing visitors to church.
• My dad is gaining more movement through his therapy.
• Many children and families came to our end-of-the-year activities at church.
• New families have joined the church.
• Joaquin turned 9 this year.

Thank you once again for your prayers and support.

Your co-laborers to Peru,

Abraham, Fabiola, Marco, Leilani, and Joaquin Avila

March 6th, 2017|Tags: , |

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