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Love in Action! — November 2021 Prayer Letter


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Dear Praying Friends & Family,


The Lord is always good, through the ups and the downs. The last two months have been no exception. The ministry in Colombia is thriving, and our family is moving forward in the power and grace that God gives. 

Love in Action

Our fourth and newest church, Agape Biblical Baptist Church, celebrated its first anniversary in November. We are now averaging over a hundred people every week, with a constant flow of new professions of faith and new believers getting involved in discipleship and ministry. It is phenomenal how Christ is building his work! We have encouraged our people to think creatively in reaching others in addition to personal evangelism. Since October, several of our members have taken up this challenge. In conjunction with a local barber school, one man organized a community event in which we offered free haircuts to men and boys. Over a hundred came, and each received a one-on-one presentation of the Gospel. Another member organized a community concert for around a thousand people, in which I was able to preach the Gospel in the intermission. Another teamed up to do community service with our youth ministry at a local non-profit foundation. We also hosted a Thanksgiving meal for several American families we have met in our city over the years. Some of these people are not yet believers. Agape is the Bible word for God’s perfect love. We truly are seeing love in action.

Opportunity for Youth

Our churches received an invitation to participate in a youth camp in January with other Baptist congregations from all over Colombia. I know the church that organizes this camp, and they do an excellent job! I love camp ministry. At a Christian camp around 23 years ago, God called me into missions. Many of our teens would love to go but are limited in their finances. If you would like to sponsor one of these young people, the cost is around $60 per person. Send me a note if you want to get involved in this project. 

Family News

Aubrie had surgery to remove a benign uterine tumor in October. The surgery was a success, and she is recovering well. She also just began treatment for her severe endometriosis. We are hoping that this treatment will help her avoid another surgery. And yes, we were finally able to move into our new house at the end of November. It is nice to put down roots here in Colombia and continue serving as long as the Lord allows. We’re here for the long haul. 

Upcoming Furlough

We are planning a short furlough for the second half of 2022. Though we have not finalized the dates, we would love to hear from you if you would like us to come to your church and give an update. We will also be seeking opportunities to present the ministry to new potential partners as we reach Colombia for Christ. Send us an email if you are interested.


Once again, thank you for your faithful prayers and support. We have had an odd year, full of blessings and challenges. But it is so helpful to know we have an army of prayer warriors and supporters holding the ropes for us as we live and minister in Colombia, South America. We wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year.  

In Love,
Aaron & Aubrie Vance
(Along with the girls: Amira, Anabel, Aris & Alethea)

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

1 Corinthians 16:23-24

Grace At Work In Colombia! — September 2021 Prayer Letter


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Dear Praying Friends & Family,


God’s grace is amazing! He pours it out on us for salvation, and then he continues to let it flow as we serve him. We are learning more each day to rely on his grace. The ministry in Colombia continues to grow only by the grace of God. 

Grace For New Believers

“I finally understand how the Gospel is good news. It’s the best news!” This is what a young engineer told me as I was counseling him. He began attending our church services with his girlfriend. He has continued coming, even after they broke up. I told him that his primary need was to be reconciled to God by Jesus. Over the past few weeks, we have been meeting and discussing the Gospel. It’s great to see it finally taking root in his life! He has believed and is growing in his faith. Over and over, we get to witness this work of God’s grace in people’s lives. If only I could tell you all of their stories! We do have the best job!

Grace For Faithful Churches

We recently celebrated the 7th anniversary of our first church in Colombia, El Faro. We have been mostly absent from this work since leaving it in the hands of Pastor Félix and other leaders to start another church last year. I am amazed by how well everything has continued to grow and flourish.

Our second church, Café Madrid, is also doing very well. Around 75 children and 25 adults gather each week to study the word and worship together. Pray as we are in a transition with the pastoral leadership of this church. It has been a challenge, but God’s people are evidencing grace to continue ahead.

Our third church, Girardot, recently began to meet again in a new place. Since we opened this church just before the pandemic hit and everything closed, it has been like starting over again. It is being led now by Pastor Ernesto.

Our fourth church, Ágape, is where we are currently working. In September, we signed the legal documents to constitute as a church. It was a wonderful day! After less than a year, we’ve been averaging around 80-90 people each week in our services. God’s grace is changing lives.

More Bible studies and future churches meet each week under the leadership that we have trained and are training. It’s incredible to see how God’s grace is working beyond our limits.  

Grace In Family Blessings And Trials

My health has been excellent since having surgery in June. We thank the Lord for this. However, now Aubrie is having several health issues. Surgery is scheduled for October 20th to remove a tumor in her uterus. They believe it is benign, but it is causing problems. Another pending surgery will be to provide relief from her endometriosis. She had surgery for this just before we moved to Colombia around eight years ago. It is again causing so much pain and discomfort. Pray that God provides the finances for this need, as well as grace to get through this trial.

We mentioned several months ago that, by the grace of God, we were able to purchase a home here in Colombia with our savings. It has been a long process to get things repaired and ready to move in, as we found many issues to address with the house, but it will be well worth it in the end. It is almost finished. We hope to move in before our next prayer letter.


With so much going on personally and ministerially, finances have been tight, and time has been short. But God is faithful, and his grace is sufficient! Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

By His Grace,
Aaron & Aubrie Vance, and Family

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

1 Corinthians 15:10

Following is a video update we posted when we signed to constitute our newest church. (PS – Don’t miss a glimpse of the stuffed pig lunch we served!)

Live from Ágape Biblical Baptist Church

New Year, New Growth — February 2021 Prayer Letter


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Dear Praying Friends & Family,

It’s a new year, and God is still at work in Colombia and around the world! Aren’t you glad that our God was not surprised by the pandemic and other events of the past year?

New Baptisms And Church Growth

Our most recent church, Ágape Baptist Church, has continued to grow since its inception in November. We have seen new people attend weekly, and many are finally understanding the Gospel for the first time. Even last week, we were able to baptize three men who recently believed in Christ for salvation. We have around 30 adults attending a new members class this month, preparing to join us as we officially organize as a church in March. I am thrilled at how the Lord is building his church, and he is allowing us to have a small part. Thank you, again, to those who have prayed for and given specifically to this new work.

Faithful Men Training Faithful Men

Years ago, before we started the first church in Colombia, I asked God to give me one or two men to train for the ministry. Over these past seven years, he has called many more than I even asked for, and they have been faithful men. Our first churches are now running fully autonomously, and their leaders are even planning on how they can reach new areas with the Gospel. New Bible studies are being started, many times without our direct involvement. Some of the first generation of men we saw saved and trained are meeting with and training a new generation of preachers, who, in turn, will reach others. This multiplication process has been the goal since the beginning. I think only eternity will tell the total reach of this ministry. It is incredible to see and be able to participate in this work. Let us continue to be faithful in the process, and God will bring the fruit.

Setback in the Adopted Church

I mentioned in our last letter that we would be assuming leadership of a small nearby congregation. Right after we sent out that update, it seems that everything fell through, at least for now. The meeting place, the logistics, and even the people’s will seemed to all fall apart. It may have been because of the Christmas season, but we will see. Pray that God gives us wisdom in how, or if, we should proceed.

Family News

It appears that Aubrie and a couple of the girls contracted COVID at some point in January. Thankfully, their symptoms were mild, and they have fully recovered. Since late last year, my health has been a big concern, as I have had five random abdominal attacks. The doctors haven’t figured out the issue yet, so we appreciate your prayers. We also are happy to inform you that we could take from our personal savings over the last 11 years and purchase a home debt-free in February. This is a huge answer to prayer! The whole ordeal was clearly a work of God. The house is quaint and may need a little work, but the location, price, and timing were perfect. Pray as we try to get the necessary repairs done and move during the next couple of months. 

Thank you once again for your prayers and support. Let us be faithful until Jesus comes.

In Him, By Him, For Him,
Aaron, Aubrie, Amira, Anabel, Aris and Alethea Vance

PS – Here is a video update with the content of this letter that you can share with your church.

This new church would not have been started, were it not for COVID!

Jersson is one of several men who were recently baptized.

It’s exciting to get photos like these, another adult Bible study being led by the men we trained.

The “Santísimo” is a large statue of Jesus that overlooks our city. We look forward to the day Colombia can know the real Jesus!

The kids all pitched in to make over 100 sandwiches to distribute to the homeless on Christmas Eve.

Aubrie is an amazing wife and mom. We celebrated her birthday in February.

Two New Churches! — November 2020 Prayer Letter


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Dear Praying Friends & Family,

Let’s just say it — 2020 has been crazy! However, even amidst the craziness of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict lockdowns, natural disasters, and the wild political climate, nothing can stop the spread of the Gospel! 

A New Congregation Is Born!

On November 22, we launched the Agape Baptist Church. We invested two months into establishing and edifying our core group, as well as endless hours into preparing our meeting place. We have consistently had over 50 in attendance since then! God has allowed everything to fall into order. We are already working with some of the new believers in home bible studies and discipleship. We want to give a special thank you to those who gave generously to this new church plant. God is already adding fruit to your account!

Another Congregation Is Adopted!

Recently, I received an interesting request from another pastor close to our city. He left the charismatic movement years ago and has tried to lead his church to be more biblical. They have followed our ministry for a while now. He is moving away and does not have anybody to take the church in his absence. So, the day before we launched Agape Baptist Church, I met with this pastor and 35 of their members who want us to take over and lead their church. I will be going once a week to do a service in a facility lent to us by the local city government. The idea is to find them a permanent meeting place eventually and for one of our men to take over as pastor. This church was another utterly unexpected opportunity God has brought us. I think the name of the church is appropriate — Open Door Baptist Church. Pray as we go through this open door.

The Gospel Still Works

Since arriving in Colombia 7 years ago, God has done spectacular things. I would have never imagined the extent we would be able to plant churches and train leaders in so little time. But none of this success is because of any merit or giftedness on our side. It’s all God’s grace and his Gospel! Can I encourage you to believe that? Wherever you are, may we hold the conviction that the Gospel is still the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.

Blitz Trip To The USA

Thanks to a supporting church in Florida, I traveled to the US for two weeks in November. During this time, I preached 11 times and got to squeeze in several other meetings and see some family. What a blessing! Since I traveled alone, I was happy to get back quickly to my wife and kids. 

Thanksgiving

After enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, our family went around and prayed, thanking God for something special he has done this year. Alethea (who just turned 3) said, “Thank you, God, for the virus!” In everything, we must give thanks, right? We don’t know why God has permitted this year to be such a crazy one, but I’m glad he did. He works all things out for his glory and our good. We are grateful for his grace, his love, and the hope of his return. We are thankful for you too! Many of you support us with monthly or one time gifts, which permits us to live and work here in Colombia. Many of you pray for us regularly. Your prayers are obvious, given the blessings on the ministry here. Thank you! We trust you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Holiday. 

For The Gospel,
Aaron, Aubrie, Amira, Anabel, Aris and Alethea Vance

We praise the Lord for the new church and the beautiful place to meet.
The children have a great space now, as well as workers to show them God’s love.
Christian Media International (CMI) has partnered with us in getting our media ministry and studio set up. We praise God for this incredible investment!
This is the church that Pastor Daniel wants us to take. We’re meeting in a government building as of now.
I married Félix and Schantall in October. He has assumed the pastorate at our main church. I remember when he first wandered into our church 6 years ago. God has done a great work in his life!
Alethea turned 3 in November. She brings loads of joy and smiles to all those around her.

Churches Gather Again, & A New Church Starting Soon! — September 2020 Prayer Letter


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Dear Praying Friends & Family,

The total lockdown quarantine has ended in Colombia! After six months of isolation, we’re gradually easing back into a sense of normalcy (whatever that is). We continue to move forward in the ministry in which God has placed us. There are spectacular things taking place in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and we get to have a part! Read on for more. 

We Meet Again!

September the 13th is a day I’ll not soon forget. It was the first day we met as a local church body since mid-March. Our gatherings haven’t been the same as before. There are now multiple services, attendance limits, strict safety protocols, per-registrations, masks, social distancing, and the like, but it feels like home. How is it that we don’t fully appreciate something until it is taken away? Though we’re not in the same circumstances, I am beginning to understand the Apostle Paul’s lavish expression of love toward the churches as he wrote letters to them, many times from prison. 

“But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.” 

(1 Thessalonians 2:17) 

May we never undervalue the great liberty and joy it is to assemble with other believers! 

Exciting Church Plant News

In mid-August, we got the keys to the building for the new work on our city’s southern side. We are working hard to prepare this building for public services, though there is still much to do. We thank the Lord for how he has already provided the funds and skilled workers amongst our people to repair the electric wiring, structural issues, and other needed renovations. God has also put together a fantastic core group of about eight families, and we have been meeting weekly to work out who we are and plans to launch the Agape Baptist Church very soon. I’m thrilled to see how everything is coming together! We still need some finances to get off the ground. If you’d like to help, any special offerings can be sent through our mission board and marked “A. Vance – Building Fund.” Following is a breakdown of things we still need:

  • 120 Plastic Chairs ($1,000)
  • Pulpit ($300)
  • Church Sign ($300)
  • Fans ($200)
  • Piano ($500)
  • Guitar ($200)
  • Water Dispenser ($200)
  • Basic Sound Equipment ($2,000)
  • Tracts and Literature ($500)
  • Basic Office Furniture ($500)
  • Security System ($1,000) 
  • Additional Building Repairs ($1,000)

Family Funnies

Kids learn new technology so fast! Alethea, our 2-year-old, recently found Aubrie’s cell phone and decided to go on a photo spree while we were talking one day. We looked up and heard her say, “What a handsome man!” She was admiring her photographic skills (and her “good-looking” dad!). 

Keep Holding The Ropes!

Once again, thank you! Thank you to those who support us monthly so we can live and minister in Colombia. Thank you to those who sent in special offerings during the last few months to help us get by and move forward in the Gospel Ministry. Thank you to the countless many who pray without ceasing for us. Thank you for remembering us. How can we pray for you?

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Aaron & Aubrie Vance & Family 

Everywhere we go now, the protocol to enter is basically the same. Here, Aris is getting her temp taken and hands disinfected to go into church.
All of our services are packed (with protocols) since reopening! We’ve even reached new families.
Meeting with our core group families to plan the start of Agape Baptist Church
We’re making progress on the new building. Hopefully, we’ll be able to show you the finished product soon!
Anabel and Amira once again enjoying an “arepa de choclo” (a sweet cheese & cornmeal cake).
September 19th marked a year since our son died. It hasn’t been easy, but thank God for His grace!
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