Leap of Faith

Franchesca MartinezDiscipleship, Featured, Locations, News0 Comments

TENNESSEE Katie Anna Sosebee Katie Anna Sosebee It’s Saturday morning, September second, and we’re stepping into a little clearing in a woodsy area of Signal Mountain, Tennessee. We behold before us a flat-topped, twenty-foot telephone pole with a ladder set against it, its top strapped to the pole’s waist. This is it: The Leap of Faith. My heart starts beating … Read More

Praying for Puerto Rico

Franchesca MartinezBelgium, Featured, News, Puerto Rico0 Comments

Our Abante family can plainly sense the pain of the people in Puerto Rico due to the devastation caused by both hurricane Irma and hurricane Maria. Beloved friends and family are still on the island with little to no communication and a small amount of resources. Former colleague and Puerto Rico native, Stephanie Rodriguez was in contact with us the … Read More

Photoshoot Day

Franchesca MartinezAtlanta, Event Photos, News0 Comments

CLEVELAND, GA Once again, a new team joins together for a day of flattering portraits and headshots. You can bet there were times you could hear someone saying, “make sure you get my good side” with a silly smile! Although the team has only known each other a little over a week, it’s evident that friendships are already beginning to … Read More

Commissioning Service

Franchesca MartinezAtlanta, Event Photos, News0 Comments

The Bridge Church Year Number Seven: Our Little Family is Coming Together Nicely! Whenever you start something, whether it is a new career, a new school, or a new relationship, among other things, there is a certain amount of anxiety that comes with it. For students coming in, there is the stress of leaving what is familiar to engage a … Read More

His Word or Yours?

Kellie CalhounDiscipleship, Germany, Global Perspectives, News0 Comments

KIEL, Germany As the Discipleship Director for Abante International, life does not always come so easy. Being in a leadership position, my actions are constantly watched by my disciples and there are certain expectations that have to be met. This all became very real to me while we were in Kiel, Germany this year. We had a good time of … Read More

How Could Pain Be Necessary For Me?

Kellie CalhounCzech Republic, Discipleship, Gap Year, Global Perspectives, Local Church Ministry, News0 Comments

HORSOVSKY TYN, Czech Republic Pain is necessary for the fulfillment of your purpose. Arriving to the Czech Republic brought much expectation and possibility. We had just left Belgium and I awaited the continued adventure, traveling for the next 5 weeks to all the countries, meeting all the people, and declaring all the truths. My appetite was a bit large and didn’t … Read More

Faith that Propels Us Forward: Europe

Kellie CalhounGermany, Global Perspectives, Global Relationships, News0 Comments

SCHWENNINGEN, Germany “This is our mission, and our suffering has not caused us to stop walking in the same direction. We march forward.”Brian Schlottmann When our international team arrived in Schwenningen this January, my spirit was torn. Reveling from an amazing semester the team experienced in Puerto Rico, I also was combatting the intense coronary heart disease of my wife, Beba. … Read More

An Abante Christmas

Kellie CalhounDiscipleship, Event Photos, Featured, Marketplace Missions, News, Puerto Rico0 Comments

Songs and singing are very popular at Christmas time in Puerto Rico. People like to carol singing, known as Parrandas (also sometimes called Asalto or Trulla). Friends gather late in the evening (about 10pm) and visit different houses. People are meant to be surprised and woken up by the music and singing of the ‘parranderos’ (those taking part in the … Read More