. That's Italian for "Onward Italy
," and it is also the name of a forward-moving mission team composed of college graduates or people of college-graduate age who have devoted two years of their life to spreading the Gospel in Italy regardless of their personal career choices or national origin.
Avanti Italia (A.I.) had a forerunner in the 60's and 70's, but the new program was initiated in 1986 by Howard and Doris Bybee who continue to work with the program as State-side recruiters.
David and Debbie Woodroof direct the team at our home base, the Florence Bible School in Scandicci, Italy, a suburb of Florence.
The mission team is sponsored and carefully guided by the College church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas, through a subcommittee appointed by the elders.