The Eagletons reside in Campinas, Brazil. Kenneth serves as director of field partnerships. In this role, he serves as the official representative of International Missions in joint projects with the national church in Cuba, Panama, Brazil, India, South Korea, Côte d’Ivoire, and five countries in Central Asia. He also represents IM in joint projects with organizations in other countries. Locally (in Brazil) he teaches at the Campinas Bible Institute, training workers for local churches. Rejane assists Kenneth in translating and editing literature.
Kenneth accepted Christ as Savior when he was eight years of age. Growing up in a Christian home and observing the evangelistic efforts of his parents, missionaries Ken and Marvis Eagleton, greatly influenced him and drew him to the Lord.
Rejane was born and raised in Brazil. She accepted Christ as Savior when she was 11 years of age. Missionaries Bobby and Sue Aycock and Jim and Shirley Combs had a great influence on her as she sat under their teaching in Sunday school and vacation Bible school.
Dr. Kenneth has been active in Christian service since his early teen years. He often spoke as a lay preacher and taught Sunday school. He was founder and leader of a mission church in São Luis de Montes Belos, Goias, Brazil, for two and one-half years. During this time he also practiced medicine at a Christian hospital in the area.
Since her teenage years, Rejane has been active in the work of the Lord. As a Brazilian Christian, she served as a counselor in youth camp, taught Sunday school and worked in vacation Bible school.
Appointed as associate missionaries in 1984, the Eagletons worked for a year at Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, before going to France in 1986 for language study. In January of 1988, they returned to Doropo to resume their ministry. Dr. Kenneth treated patients and served as the hospital administrator. In addition, he taught and preached in Doropo and mission churches in the surrounding area. In May of 1998, a milestone was reached when the administration of the Doropo hospital was turned over to African Christians.
From 1998 to 2002 Dr. Kenneth was involved in various levels of leadership training. He was appointed as director of the Bible institute in Bouna where he was teaching. He also participated with other missionaries in establishing a community health and evangelism (CHE) program. Kenneth and Rejane were evacuated from Côte d’Ivoire with other missionaries in October 2002 as a result of an attempted coup d’etat on September 19, 2002, and the resulting civil war.
After 18 years of ministry in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, in April 2003 Kenneth and Rejane received permission to transfer to Brazil. In March of 2004, they relocated to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to work in the mission church during Jim and Vicki Sturgill’s stateside assignment. Kenneth was also involved in training pastors and other church leaders through Bible institute classes. In 2006 they relocated to Campinas, São Paulo.
Kenneth and Rejane have four sons: Daniel, Paulo, David, and Ruben. They also have four grandchildren: Cody, Kiley, Caedon, and Conner.
First Bible FWB Church, New Castle, IN
Updated December 2017
- Pray for the leadership of the churches in Brazil, that there would be unity and a resolve to work together. Great strides have already been made in the past year.
- Pray for the seminary (Bible Institute) as we continue training leaders for the local churches in Brazil.
- Pray for Clóvis and Cristina Leandro of the Nova América FWB Church in Campinas who are serving as church planters in Boa Esperança, state of Alagoas, Brazil. They work in a town with no other evangelical Christian presence and minister to a very poor population. There are no other FWB churches in this part of the country. During the first few months of 2019 they have seen several people come to Christ.
- Pray for the FWB hospital in Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa. They just recently receive a FWB doctor (Dr. Katiuska) from Cuba. Her husband is a pastor and will be working as a missionary there. Pray for them as they learn French and adapt to a new culture.
- Pray for the church-planting project in Ghana being led by Pastor Thomas Appiah under the supervision of the mission’s committee in Ivory Coast. IM partner’s with our African brothers in this project.
- Pray for pastor Yosvanys, his wife Anita, and their two children, from Cuba, as they revitalize a church in Montevideo, Uruguay. The church is already experiencing some growth and they are trying to reach out to the community and help to reduce the violence in the neighborhood.
- Pray for the Seminary in Panama as they seek accreditation from the Panamanian government. It is a long process.
- India is a country of 1.3 billion people. There are still 715 people groups (ethnic groups) that have not been engaged with the preaching of the gospel. Pray that the Lord would help us to increase our “footprint” in the country. We are already partnering with two networks of Indian churches that are working among unreached peoples.
- As we partner with Bible Mission in Central Asia, pray that the efforts of the local workers in reaching the unreached will be fruitful. Pray also for the training of local pastors.
- Pray for the seminary that we partner with in Russia as they train pastors for a growing number of churches. In an area that I visited, they have seen an increase from 8 to 50 churches in a little over 30 years.
Updated Apr. 23, 2019