Meet Kenneth and Rejane Eagleton, IM Missionaries to Brazil
We, Rejane and Kenneth, have lived in Campinas, Brazil, since 2006. Our ministry is focused on leadership training and the development of the Alliance of Free Will Baptist Churches in the country. Kenneth teaches at the Escola Teológica Batista Livre (FWB Theological School) and began expanding the availability of the training of leaders to satellite centers in other churches where we have worked. We have also been busy developing training manuals and translating FWB books into Portuguese. Previously, we served as missionaries for 18 years in Ivory Coast, Africa.
The Eagleton’s story
Our ministry assignments have changed considerably over the 38 years that we have been with IM. Over time, it has become evident to us the real need of preparing national leadership to assume more and more responsibilities in carrying out the ministry in their country and the expansion of evangelism and church planting. Missionaries will not remain on the field forever and national leadership needs to be adequately prepared to give the work sustainability and foster multiplication.
While we ministered in remote areas of the Ivory Coast, it was quite exciting to enter villages that had never heard a gospel presentation, preach, and see people come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, what proved to be a challenge was the process of discipling these new believers, many of which were illiterate. A discipler needed to come live in the village or be there frequently to nurture these believers and guide them in reaching out to other villagers. We did not have trained leaders that could do this work. Through this situation, the Lord called me (Kenneth) to devote myself to the training of leaders. This strategy has paid off in Ivory Coast, permitting the national Church to assume all responsibilities for evangelism and church planting in that country.
We are currently doing the same thing for Free Will Baptists in Brazil, preparing them to sustain the work that was started in the country without needing the presence of resident North American missionaries.
How they are ministering
Kenneth has written several manuals in Portuguese on different subjects related to Bible teaching and ministry development to be used in leadership training in Brazil.
2Teaching in Theological School
Kenneth has been teaching several courses at Escola Teológica Batista Livre in Campinas (FWB Theological School).
3Translation of books
Rejane has worked in the translation of books and Bible studies from English into Portuguese.
4Bringing unity to the denomination world-wide
Kenneth has worked with leaders of our churches to bring them together into an Alliance of Free Will Baptist churches for fellowship and to work together to advance Kingdom work.
How you can pray for the Eagletons
- Pray that the Lord of the harvest would call more leaders to be involved in ministry and pray for their training.
- Pray for pastor Marcelo Baço as he leads the training program in Brazil.
- Pray for unity of vision and purpose for our churches so that they will work together.
- Pray that the Brazilian Church would have a vision for outreach, multiplication, church-planting, and missions.
Kenneth and Rejane Eagleton
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