The AVSTM Project was conceptualized and first realized in the MI 391 (Short-Term Missions) class in 2002. Since then, it has given students a chance to become involved in making a difference in the unreached and unchurched areas of Asia through short-term missions trips.A two-week intensive Pre-field Training prior to departure prepares and equips them for cross-cultural ministry opportunities in different ministry areas in Asia. Another benefit of the program is the preparation of students in having a long-term vision through their missions involvement. Other than going, students are trained also to serve as welcomers of missionaries, mobilizers of churches, intercessors, and senders.
As a PBTS program, AVSTM works in partnership with both sending and receiving churches and institutions.
This program is also open to non-PBTS students.