Serve with brothers and sisters in Christ as they work to reach the heart of their city.

Mexico City is the largest city in Latin America, with approximately 21.2 million people in the entire metropolitan area. It is a hub for business and culture in Mexico and a leader in Latin America.  Accordingly, it is an important and strategic location for ministry outreach in multiple areas.

It is also a city, which contains a clear mixture of prosperous and poorer neighborhoods. Community development projects are important in many of the poorer communities. Mexico City is also the home to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest university in Latin America. This university serves a little over 187,000 students.

Mexico City is a massive urban complex, with an effective transportation system which includes a subway, light rail, a modern train system in the north of the city, various forms of public buses, taxis, bici-taxis, etc.  It is also a cultural and historical center with many world-class museums, locations of interest, theaters, fine arts centers, etc.

Every year, since 1971, young people — just like you — have come to Mexico City through Avance to serve alongside the Mexican church to see Mexico impacted for Christ.

Jesus took on flesh and dwelt among us in our broken world, becoming a servant. As you take classes to understand the language and culture, participate in a local body of believers, and serve in ministry under Mexican leadership, you will learn how to effectively minister in this context.


 

 

Erik & Kaylie Cole

Director of Avance Mexico

Erik and Kaylie first met in 2014 while serving in Mexico City as participants of the Avance program. They returned to the United States for a time to get married, spend time in ministry together, and discern how the Lord was leading them in ministry as serving Mexico City was always the end goal. In January of 2020, Erik and Kaylie returned to Avance as staff. Erik had been working in higher education, specifically in Residence Life, where he spent a few years building up leaders on the Marquette campus in Milwuakee, WI.

The need for building leadership and education throughout the growing church is urgent and the Coles have been called by the Lord to respond. Erik spent two years serving as the Equipping and Education Coordinator for Avance Mexico and now is utilizing his Master’s in Transformational Urban Leadership to mentor and train young adults as Director of the Avance Program in Mexico. 

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Amalia Harsany

Program Coordinator

Amalia is from Charlotte, NC. She studied Psychology with Childhood and Family Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Amalia first started serving in missions with United World Mission as an intern in 2017 at the home office in Charlotte her junior year of college. Her time serving in the home office is what lead her to begin serving as across cultural missionary in Mexico City, Mexico with Avance. After a rather abrupt change in her missional plans, God brought her to Mexico to serve with Avance in 2021 as a yearlong participant and once being in Mexico she accepted a position to stay on staff as the Program Coordinator . Her main roles and responsibilities include planning, preparing, and coordinating the Summer, Year-Out, and Second Year programs for all Avance participants. Everything from orientation schedules, training schedules, implementing Avance curriculum, and more; Amalia works to help equip all participants to learn and grow in their cross-cultural experience with Avance. 

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Rosie Sawatzki

Project Manager

Rosie grew up in many places, but her main US homes are located near Fort Worth, Texas and Seattle, Washington. She studied Spanish and Education at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Rosie’s first experience with international ministry was a short term trip to Baja California in 2013. This prompted her desire to continue her Spanish studies and pursue ministry opportunities in Latin America. After graduating university in 2019, Rosie served for two years with UWM and GoCorps in San Jose, Costa Rica, working with a bilingual church in youth and kids ministry. As her two year commitment ended in early 2022, she felt God calling her back to the first Latino country she had fallen in love with- Mexico- as God was opening doors for her to join the Avance staff in Mexico City.

Now Rosie serves Avance Mexico as Project Coordinator. Her main roles are working with special projects as they arise- expanding Avance to international locations, visiting universities in the US to aid mobilization, and visiting partner ministries in other Latino countries. She also provides Spiritual Formation support to participants and staff by organizing prayer retreats, leading prayer and accountability groups, and mentoring participants in one on one environments. Rosie is thankful for the opportunity to pour into young people desiring to grow in their abilities to serve God in new contexts.

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David Ulloa

Ministerial Relations Coordinator

David and Arantxa grew up in the North of Mexico. With the dream of serving in an urban context, they moved to Mexico City knowing it would be the ideal place to accomplish that dream. David has worked in youth ministry with teenagers, college students, and young adults. He is passionate about discipling and ministering to the next generation. This passion prompted him to join the Avance team. His wife, Arantxa is a chemical engineer. She graduated from Anahuac University and is passionate about technology and the engineering industry. She desires to serve God by discipling young professionals, bringing her faith into her secular work place. 

David and Arantxa have a huge heart to serve God in the areas of young adult ministry, church planting, and mobilizing young Mexicans to serve in God’s global mission. David serves Avance through coordination of churches, ministries, and host families. His greatest desire is for young adults to reflect God’s glory in all nations.