Abraham and Fabiola Avila 2017-11-02T10:47:58+00:00

Project Description




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


507 State Street

Hammond, IN 46320

(219) 932-0711


Information Packet


(219) 378-8617

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




You can financially support our family and ministry by giving here online, or you can mail checks to FBMI, 507 State Street, Hammond, IN 46320, and designate your giving to Missionary #6604.



Abraham Avila Prayer Letter: Goldfish Sunday!

Abraham Avila Prayer Letter:  Goldfish Sunday!

It’s like we were old friends.

My wife and I worked extra hard to get out of our comfort zone at the early stages in our marriage. We learned that “outside our comfort zone” is the best place to grow. One of the ways we put this into practice is by meeting new people. My children know all the security guards and neighbors by name. It’s not uncommon to see a security guard every other block in Peru. We as a family strive to have a pleasant disposition with everyone we meet, even if the person we encounter is unkind. I tell my children that one never knows how much a smile and a kind word can mean to stranger who is having a bad day.

We find ourselves in a midweek service at our Surco church. A visiting young couple, Josh and Iris, just finished walking through our doors. My family and I smile and shake their hands. We welcome them and show them to their seats. I have an opportunity to speak to Josh and learn a lot about him. After we are done speaking, he states that he enjoyed the conversation. After the service I was able to witness to Josh and Iris. Afterwards we chat a little more, and I ask, “I can tell you liked the service. What’s one of the things that pleased you about the service?” They looked at each other and then said with a smile, “This church is very friendly, and we love how everything that is taught is Bible based.” They stated that they really appreciated my family’s sincere smiles and conversation. “It’s like we were old friends and were catching up after not seeing each other for a while,” said Josh. They live over an hour away from IBI Surco, yet they attend faithfully. Praise the Lord!

This is the last time we take a goldfish home.

We have started to promote the San Gabriel Spring Program for a couple of weeks now. I could tell that the children were getting excited for the first Sunday, Goldfish Sunday. Goldfish Sunday finally arrived, and the children came in droves thanks to the hard work of our IBI San Gabriel teens and our Sunday school children. We starting to get worried, as we thought we would not have enough goldfish for the children. It all worked out perfectly. We actually had goldfish leftover. I tell myself every year that this is the last time we take a goldfish home, yet there we are adding five more goldfish to our family every year. Many of the visitors have stayed for the following Sundays. Please help us pray that more families and children will continue to come and choose to call IBI San Gabriel their church.

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
• Our Spring Program in San Gabriel, which has begun


• We had 62 souls saved.
• Our Sunday school class children are soul winning and bringing visitors to church.
• My dad is gaining more movement through his therapy and is starting to become more confident in his mobility.
• My children have made more friends.

Thank you once again for your prayers and support.

Your co-laborers to Peru,

Abraham, Fabiola, Marco, Leilani, and Joaquin Avila

October 27th, 2017|Tags: , |