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.
- Pray for the seminary (Bible Institute) as we continue training leaders for the local churches in Brazil.
- Pray for K, a lady sent out by the FWB churches in Campinas, Brazil, who serves as a worker with Syrian refugees in a middle eastern country.
- 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.
- Pray for the FWB hospital in Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa. They are hoping to receive a FWB doctor from Cuba. Pray that the necessary legal requirements might be met.
- 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 as they prepare to move from Cuba to Uruguay to revitalize a church in Montevideo.
- 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 lead us to one or more of these groups.
Updated Dec. 19, 2017