Abraham and Fabiola Avila 2017-05-30T08:18:44+00:00

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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

507 State Street

Hammond, IN 46320

(219) 932-0711


Information Packet


(219) 378-8617
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




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: Dedication to Move Forward

Abraham Avila Prayer Letter:  Dedication to Move ForwardThey finally got to meet her Sprite supplier.

My family and I enjoyed a long-awaited trip to the States in May. Before we departed Peru, we were saddened to know that one of our Sunday school children’s grandmothers had passed away. We had befriended Sra. Josepha a few months prior. She was bedridden and didn’t want to eat or drink anymore. I quickly gained her trust and built a good rapport with her. I understood that her favorite drink was a cold Sprite. Therefore, every visit I presented her with one. Later I learned that she looked forward to our Saturday visits. She loved to see our family and the Sunday school children who always accompany us on Saturdays. Sadly, a few days before we departed Peru, she passed away. We attended her wake and felt a little “out of place,” as we didn’t know the distant families that were present. We tried to start conversations with them, and we could tell that they were grieving heavily. I took out the last cold Sprite I would ever bring Sra. Josepha and placed it near her casket. Immediately, the family members started to talk to each other, and a smile came upon their faces. One lady walked over to me and asked, “Are you the brother from the church who would always bring her a cold Sprite?” I smiled as I nodded, “Yes.” She thanked me for doing this and stated that Sra. Josepha always spoke highly of our church and our Sunday school children. She also added that Sra. Josepha always told her bedside visitors about the “brother” who brought her the cold Sprites. They finally got to meet her Sprite supplier. They thanked me and our church for all the love we gave their mom and grandmother, Sra. Josepha.

Dedication to move forward doing the Lord’s work.

Our trip in May, although short in time, was going to have us visiting various churches. Unfortunately, we were greeted with sad news: Bro. Dan Hubbard would no longer be our Team Leader and would no longer be with us in Peru. We were deeply saddened and hurt. I found myself staying close to our home church in the event that they needed me for anything. I was really hurt because I knew my family looked forward to visiting churches. I actually had to turn an invitation down. Needless to say, we were greatly blessed to be in our home church. It was good for us to hear good, solid preaching live and in our language. I was able to teach in some adult Sunday school classes. I was also able to see two of my family members graduate from high school. I remember holding one of them in my arms when she was only a few months old—talk about feeling old. We spent quality time with our immediate family.

Upon our return to Peru, we were greeted with special visitors, Pastor Wilkerson and his wife. Pastor Wilkerson gave us an encouraging message. The churches took the earlier mentioned sad news with great spirit and dedication to move forward doing the Lord’s work. Bro. Zach Foust will be taking over the leadership of FBMI Team Peru.

She thanked me for reintroducing her to Jesus.

I was standing in line to make a bank deposit and noticed a flustered lady behind me. She was about my mom’s age and seemed really agitated. I asked her if she was okay, and she scoffed as she said, “No.” My number was finally called, and I asked the lady behind me for her ticket as I handed her mine. She either didn’t know what I was saying, or she was just shocked at the gesture. The young man behind her angrily told her to give me her ticket and then pointed to the teller window and said, “You’re next.” A good 15 minutes went by, and I was now done with my bank deposit. I walked out of the bank, and the lady was waiting for me at the door. She stated that she was having a bad day, as she had just been given horrible news regarding her family. She stated that she was very upset with humanity and all the evil in the world. I apologized for her troubles and sympathized with her. She stated that my kind gesture gave her hope. I smiled and asked her if she had a few minutes to talk. A good 30 minutes went by, and Sra. Margarita received Christ as her Saviour. She thanked me for “making her day” and for reintroducing her to Jesus.

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.

I have included links below for more information and pictures of the various ministries of Team Peru (IBI). Please feel free to share them with friends and families who may ask, “Hey, what is Team Peru up to?”

Home Page

Prayer Requests

• Safety for our family, our new team leader Bro. Zach Foust, and the other families of Team Peru
• Additional monthly financial support
• Health for the families of Team Peru
• My dad’s physical therapy
• My wife’s grandmothers, who are experiencing medical complications with every year


• We saw 51 souls saved.
• 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.
• Marco celebrated his 14th birthday.
• I celebrated my birthday in May.
• My family and I had the opportunity to visit our home church and spend time with our family members.

Thank you once again for your prayers and support.

Your co-laborers to Peru,

Abraham, Fabiola, Marco, Leilani, and Joaquin Avila


August 16th, 2017|Tags: , |