BFM Winter Missions Conference 2024

JANUARY 14-15-16-17, 2024

3629 Crystal Street | Gotha, FL 34734

Ben Glover, Pastor | 407-719-9861 |

There are various prices and discounts for hotels within the area. The hotels with
better rates are by the Universal Studios, which is only about 10-15 minutes away.

Once available, a full schedule can also be found on the Calendar tab on our website.

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News & Reports – December 2023

The Online Edition of the December 2023 BFM News & Reports is available at the link below.
*Remember you can click on any headline to view the post/letter on our website.

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Please join us in our prayers to God for His continued – and increased – blessings on Baptist Faith Missions under our new leadership who will assume their ministry responsibilities in January 2024.

Pastor David Pitman (who also serves as our Field Representative) will be serving as our President succeeding Randy Jones who has served for the past twelve years. Pastor Philip duBarry will be serving as Executive Secretary succeeding Dave Parks who has served for the past twenty-four years.   

Dave Parks, Philip duBarry, David Pitman, Randy Jones

In addition, Pastor Jonathan Turner will begin serving as our Vice-President.

Philip duBarry, David Pitman, Jonathan Turner

All of these faithful servants of the Lord and BFM are pastors, BFM Directors, and “messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 8.23).

We are excited to see what the Lord has in the store for BFM in the years to come as we continue to partner with sending churches and their missionaries to go into the nations of the world to make disciples and establish New Testament churches for the Glory of God … and all in prayerful and confident dependence on the Grace of God.

We have never been more mindful of our need of God’s sovereign provision (“…for without Me, you can do nothing” John 15.5); and never more confident that He will supply it “according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.19).

We all are renewing our prayers to God to ‘enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah 54.1-2; Galatians 4.26-27). And we are also renewing our commitment to “Attempt great things for God; Expect great things from God.” Thank you for your continued partnership with us!

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Jud, Sarah, Raquel, Benjamin, Laura, & Melissa

Jud and Raquel Hatcher are third generation missionaries serving the Lord with their family in São Paulo, Brazil. They are part of the “SeedFactory” church planting initiative, which is a movement to plant churches in all 26 Brazilian capitals. Since 2006, at least 43 churches have been started in 5 states. Pray for their ministry and influence in Brazil.

Contact Info:
Jud & Raquel Hatcher
São Paulo, Brazil
(872) 400-6522

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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Meals: Great Opportunities to Discuss Spiritual Matters

Missionaries John and Judy Hatcher have been serving the Lord in France since 1999. They define their ministry as “disciple-making.”

November 17, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We hope this finds you enjoying blessings from the Lord and filled with gratitude during this Thanksgiving Season. Judy and I are very grateful to our Lord and Savior for all of the gifts we have received from Him.

The English Bible study in Mazere that began a month ago is going quite well. Two new participants were present and involved at the most recent session held the day before yesterday. This Bible study is for people who are interested in improving their English and getting to know the Bible better. The latest additions are an English lady who has lived in France for about twenty years and a French girl who is a senior in High School. The young lady’s mother was at our first Bible study and had returned. There are a total of seven people in this Bible study. The English lady has lived in France for about 20 years with her husband who claims to be an atheist. She certainly does not need to improve her English, but seems to be quite interested in knowing the Bible better.

This week seems to be banquet week. Tuesday evening, we had dinner in the home of the Iranian couple who participate in one of our Bible studies. There were twelve of us from the Bible study present and Sh____ put out quite a spread of traditional Iranian dishes. It is great to see this couple’s great interest in spiritual matters. Tomorrow we are having a Swiss fondue lunch with the members of our French Mazere Bible study in home of one of the couples who are a part of this group. We will have dinner in the evening in the home of our next-door neighbors. They have never attended the Sunday meetings but have indicated that they will do so. Meals are great opportunities for getting better acquainted with people and often lead to conversations about spiritual matters. Following the Lord Jesus’ example in sharing meals is one of the highlights of “making disciples” and we love it!

We also love being on the same team as you! Please continue to pray for us including the activities and contacts mentioned above.

May the blessings from our Father fill your lives,

Judy and John Hatcher

Contact Info:
John & Judy Hatcher
2 T Impasse de la Picardie
31830 Plaisance du Touch
Present USA phone 1-812-416-1033

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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2023-24 Thanksgiving Offering Update (November)


You have contributed $13,618.42 to our 2023-24 Thanksgiving Offering as of this writing, November 21st. We know that others of you have yet to receive your Thanksgiving Offerings, especially you who give as a church body. Thank you all for your generous participation and contributions!

WE NEED TO REACH FOR OUR $50,000.00 THANKSGIVING OFFERING GOAL! Will you pray about and consider giving your personal offering toward the THANKSGIVING OFFERING?

Please prioritize your most generous Thanksgiving Offering right now while it is on your heart!

(Read more about our Thanksgiving Offering by clicking here.)

Giving Options:
You can give your Thanksgiving Offering either through your church’s offering, or by mailing your personal check to our Treasurer, or by giving online through our website ‘Give’ tab and typing in Thanksgiving Offering in the memo field.

Click here to make a one-time donation.
Click here to set up a recurring donation.

Pastor Terry Adkins welcomed Mark Campbell, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Salyersville KY, as he presented their Thanksgiving Offering to Treasurer George Sledd at the annual Thanksgiving Conference. We are so thankful for every gift and every giver.

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Bluegrass Baptist Seminary Adding PhD Program

The Hensleys have served the Lord in Brazil, South America since 1996. They have worked with orphanages, started mission points, established churches, and are presently conducting a seminary to train Brazilian pastors.

November 20, 2023

Dear friends and family,

This month we made a trip to Brazil to attend a missions conference. We were granted the privilege of telling about the Bluegrass Baptist Seminary to over 200 Pastors and Missionaries from various countries. We had a wonderful time and the Lord we serve was AWESOME with His presence there. It was even better than we had prayed for in that we got to talk to everyone there and many were interested in participating in Bluegrass Baptist Seminary. For example, there was a missionary from Argentina and they have a Seminary there in Argentina, and want all 15 of their teachers/Pastors to enroll in Bluegrass Baptist Seminary’s Master’ s program. Many of their Pastors/ teachers have completed a four-year Seminary but their schools are not accredited; but for a window of time they can take a State course to get that training accredited, and that is important because we require an accredited diploma to enroll in our Master’s program.

Also present was one of the lead pastors from Temple Baptist Church in São Paulo City and we got to sit down with him and plan another graduation for the pastors there in São Paulo. Nine of them have finished their thesis and are now ready to receive their diplomas. It will be a grand ceremony for the Master’s of Pastoral Ministries, which is only given to pastors. AWESOME!

Also in January 2024 we will be initiating into Bluegrass Baptist Seminary an accredited Ph. D program. AWESOME IS THE GOD WE SERVE!!!! NOTE: we already have two students ready to enroll, one of which is a missionary to the Jews in São Paulo City.

We were able to set up a table with all our information about the Seminary and the classes for the coming year. The classes begin in January. Our family there in Caraguatatuba were a big help in manning the tables and talking to those interested in the Seminary.

As you know, it has been an uphill battle to get this Seminary running. Many prayers, tears and much sweat and dedication of our professors (all of whom are doctors and PHDs and are from the USA). These Professors donate their time as a gift to the Bluegrass Baptist Seminary. THANKS!!!

All this being said, it would have not been possible without Baptist Faith Missions and all of the AWESOME people who give regularly and pray for the missionaries and the works of Baptist Faith Missions.

In His service,

Aj and Barbara


AJ & Barbara Hensley
30524 Mimi St
Sebring, FL 33870-0530
AJ: 859-539-2302 | Barbara: 859-539-1424

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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First Baptism of Two Ladies from the Deaf Ministry

Mike and Beverly Creiglow have served the Lord in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil together since 1971. In addition to pastoring First Baptist of Cruzeiro do Sul, Mike builds his own boats and frequently travels up and down rivers to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

November 20, 2023

Hey! Still not home, but maybe in a couple more weeks, by God’s grace and mercy. In the meantime, here is a little news. The pics are of Tatiana with the 2 ladies who were baptized yesterday and the team along with several of the deaf folks who attend our services. If you look really hard you will see my grandson, Alec, who is part of this ministry. My daughter Crissy also participates as well as her daughter Kayla.

The video clip is of Pastor Wilem in action. It is awesome, to say the least.

I have also included a photo of Dad and me. I visited him again yesterday and gave him a haircut. He recalled cutting my hair with those old handheld clippers and ripping out more hair than was actually clipped! His mind is sharp as ever.

Thanks to all and God bless.

Mike C

Pastor Wilem baptizing the first two ladies from the deaf ministry


Mike & Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
69980 Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre
Brasil, SA

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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