Abraham and Fabiola Avila 2018-04-24T16:21:15+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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Hermanos Santos Garcia 395, Dept. 301, Urb. Valle Hermosos, Santiago de Surco, Lima, Peru 33

Hermanos Santos Garcia 395, Dept. 301, Urb. Valle Hermosos, Santiago de Surco, Lima, Peru 33

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Abraham Avila Prayer Letter: She Could Tell I Was a Foreigner

Abraham Avila Prayer Letter: She Could Tell I Was a ForeignerShe could tell I was a foreigner.

It was a regular bus ride to Downtown Lima. I sat there listening to my audio detective mystery show. A young mom sat next to me with her toddler on her lap. My stomach made its pre-lunch growl—that was my cue. I opened my backpack and removed my cookies and tangerines. I saw the little boy’s eyes dart to my hands. I smiled and asked his mom if I could share my tangerine with him. She smiled and nodded, “Yes.” He was already waiting with an outstretched hand. I asked him if he wanted to share with his mom or with me. He said “Mom.” He shared a tangerine with his mom while I ate my other tangerine and shared a conversation with his mom. She had come to Lima from provincia about six years ago. Provincia is the region outside the capitol city of Lima. Unfortunately, a majority of those areas are not as modern and are quite cut off from the modern world. Many regions lack an established modern medical facility or schooling system. The mom, Gaby, came to Lima to find a job to help her family back in provincia. She offered a little of her story, which was quite sad to say the least. Now here she was on a bus, headed to work in a market in Downtown Lima, with her toddler son. Needless to say, after our long conversation, we got to talking about the Bible, and I was able to share the Gospel with her. She trusted Christ as her personal Saviour right there on the bus. She stated that she could tell I was a foreigner because no one talks to each other on the bus, especially if they don’t know each other. She thanked me for taking the time to talk to her. She was feeling very depressed that morning and was losing hope. She thanked me for not being like everyone else and for taking the time to share the Gospel with her. I confessed to her that I, too, was feeling rather down that day for personal reasons. I offered that I always ask God to put the correct people in my path to allow me to be a blessing to someone throughout my daily journeys and that I was thankful for being able to be a blessing to her.

What a great responsibility God has given us.

Recently I was reflecting on the opportunities God has given me here in Peru. I had the opportunity to be involved in bringing the discipleship booklets, Foundations of My Faith, to Peru in the Spanish language. I also had a great opportunity to teach the series in our IBI Surco sister church. It was a beautiful experience. I also had the opportunity to teach a few lessons on child rearing at a family conference in another sister church, IBI Chorrillos. There was a great turnout. It was humbling to teach the notes on child rearing, as the first lesson taught is how we as parents are the number-one examples to our children. What a great responsibility God has given us. One couple came up to me after the conference and stated that the lessons had inspired them to be more proactive in their child rearing. I told them that WE ALL will suffer from complacency throughout the years. Stay strong. May we never get lazy in our home-based ministry, our families. May we always strive for continuous improvement.

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. Zach Foust, and the other families of Team Peru
• Additional monthly financial support
• Health for the families of Team Peru
• A couple team members will be traveling in the next few months.

Blessings

• We saw 54 souls saved.
• Our Sunday school class children are soul winning and bringing visitors to church.
• We get to watch our children grow and develop into fine young individuals.
• Faby celebrated her birthday this March 22.
• Lani celebrated her 13th birthday this April 25.
• We had Pastor Luis Martinez visit Team Perú for a missions conference.

Thank you once again for your prayers and support.

Your co-laborers to Peru,

Abraham, Fabiola, Marco, Leilani, and Joaquin Avila

 

 

June 18th, 2018|Tags: , |

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