Blessed by Students Ministering to Kenyans

The Tates have served the Lord in Kitale, Kenya since January 2008. Their main ministry is church planting.

October 8, 2023

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ,

I continue to be impressed with our students at Moffat and their willingness to study and learn and minister in the name of Jesus and for the Kingdom. In the “summer” break before their final year at school, all students go out on what is called their “practicum ministry.” They do practicum ministry every weekend while at school, but this one in the summer before their final year is a three-week missionary trip that they take somewhere within the country of Kenya. They do not all go to the same place but are scattered around Kenya mostly in pairs but sometimes they go by themselves. Their main job is to help or work with a church in Kenya to minister the gospel and propagate the Kingdom. At the beginning of the first term in their final year, the students return and report on their activities, blessings, and challenges they encountered while out on their respective practicum ministry.

What impresses me about these Kenyan (and South Sudanese, Ugandan, Congolese, and Indian) students is their willingness and desire to propagate the Kingdom even in hardship and trials and then to return excited about how God used them in their various ministries. The students are given an assignment at a specific church in a specific location and are basically given enough money to travel to that location and eat for one day…and that’s about it. It really takes a lot of faith for them to go out and minister in this way, that God will take care of them and provide for their needs. This is not my decision to send them out like this, and I don’t know that I would suggest it as a good idea, but it is nevertheless the way that they are sent out.

When asked about the challenges of their practicum ministry, here are some common responses: 1) I didn’t have a bed to sleep in and I had to sleep on a dirt or concrete floor and covered myself with my jacket; 2) I daily had to walk 10 to 20 kilometers (6-12 miles) every day to get to my actual place of ministry and then back again to my lodgings each evening; 3) Besides some bread and chai in the morning and a little rice in the evening, I didn’t have anything to eat. I think I would hate this experience and come back complaining about it. But instead of that, these students return excited about what they were able to do and how God used them in the Kingdom. Here are some common comments: 1) I was able to lead three people to the Lord; 2) I taught children and youth every day about Jesus and how to be saved and follow Jesus; 3) I played soccer with the kids and then afterward taught them the Bible; 4) I went to about 100 homes every day and shared the gospel in each home; 5) My favorite part was the all night prayer meeting we held in the village. Are these not most excellent testimonies? Kenyan men and women reaching other Kenyan men and women with the gospel message of the love of Jesus. One lady student returned who had been assigned to a mortuary (a ghastly place in Kenya. Definitely NOT a sanitized, American, funeral home). Her assignment was to be there each day of her three-week trip and to meet with the families coming to collect the remains of their loved ones (sometimes 50-100 families per day) and pray with them, comfort them, and attempt to minister to them in whatever way she could. Oh, God, please bless this lady student and her work at the mortuary. Bless those who she prayed with and ministered to who had lost loved ones. May her work and the work of many others of our students be used by your Holy Spirit to bring many Kenyan people to saving faith in Jesus and to your Kingdom. Lord, I pray also that you would bless the rest of us, myself and my readers, as we minister in your name and for your Kingdom. Bless our work and our ministries for the good of your people and the glory of your name.

Blessings to all,
Roger, Julie & Chloe


Roger & Julie Tate
Moffat Bible College
P.O. Box 70
Kijabe, Kenya 00220

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
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Life On Mission

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Jud and Raquel Hatcher are third generation missionaries serving the Lord 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, 43 churches have been started in 5 states.

July 16, 2022

Dear friends,

We are grateful for your prayers and financial support.

Sarah is halfway thru her two-month mission trip in the Amazon with Jonatas and Charis. She is actively engaged in the daily ministry activities in four different locations on the outskirts of Manaus. There are Evangelism and discipleship opportunities during the home visits and church gatherings throughout the week. It has been a fantastic experience for her. We are delighted by her heart’s willingness to serve and learn under the leadership of godly friends and the ministry team. Jonatas and Charis are part of the leadership team in Brazil. I invited them to come to the States this last January for a month of mentorship and exposure—a customized training trip to 3 destinations, 3 universities, and 3 churches.

Laura is on a 7-day mission trip to Cleveland, OH, with a group of 54 high school students and 18 adult leaders from Wheaton Bible Church. The team will:

  1. Run a children’s day camp at a local Baptist church.
  2. Package medical supplies for overseas shipping.
  3. Separate donated clothing for distribution in the inner city.
  4. Assist at a homeless shelter.
  5. Paint an elderly couple’s home.
  6. Engage in sharing their personal salvation testimony at every opportunity.

Benjamin recently returned from a 5-day mission trip to Harvey, IL, with a group of middle school students. They served at a non-profit organization that provides hope and life-changing opportunities to recovering addicts, at-risk youth, families, and seniors struggling in poverty. They assisted in running programs for elementary-age children, helped in the thrift store and food pantry, met some of the men and women in their recovery programs, and worked in the neighborhood garden. It was an intense week of ministry with spiritual growth for Benjamin. He made new friends and made some critical decisions. We are excited to see how the Lord will continue to use Him for His glory.

In August, Nova Baptist Church (where David Hatcher is pastor) is hosting the largest church ministry conference within our Brazilian fellowship of churches/ church plants. Through your financial contributions, we are sponsoring 8 pastors, 3 pastor’s wives, and 4 church leaders from 5 different states to fly from their cities into Manaus. (Most will be in the airplane for 8 hours or more just to get there!) This conference happens every two years, but COVID caused it to be postponed twice. I prayed the Lord would allow as many pastors and leaders from our churches & church plants to attend this unique gathering. If you desire to sponsor a Brazilian pastor or church planter in any amount (costs $350 per person), please make a financial contribution thru Baptist Faith Missions and designate “Jud Hatcher – Conference training.” Please visit to give online.

In August, Raquel is attending the CAFO Summit at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. This conference is on adoption, foster care, and global orphan care. She recently completed training and was certified in Trust Based Relation Intervention (TBRI) and EMDR (for traumatic memories processing). With these tools, Raquel can assist children and adults in working through traumatic experiences. I (Jud) am currently undergoing my first year of doctoral studies at Columbia International University. I will graduate in May 2024 with a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. My dissertation is a qualitative study on Steward Leadership influences on succession planning amongst Baptist pastors in Brazil

We aim to recruit, train, place, and network pastors, church planters, and leaders to serve in Brazil. This additional education for us and our team brings practical knowledge for application in Brazil. We are grateful for personal growth.

Our prayer requests:

1.      Sarah (17yo) has one more month on her mission trip in the Amazon. Pray for her learning, spiritual growth, and impact as she serves.

2.      Laura (15yo) is part of WBC’s mission trip to Cleveland, OH. Pray for her learning, spiritual growth, and impact as she serves.

3.      Jud & Ben (14yo) are attending a 2-day leadership conference in Aug. Pray for a great learning experience.

4.      Jud & Raquel’s studies.

5.      Upcoming trips to Ottawa, IL, Teays Valley, WV, and Findley, OH. 

Thank you for your love, the care you demonstrate to us, your financial investment, and your regular prayers. We are thankful and are deeply encouraged by you.

Grateful always, Jud Hatcher

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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Missionary Update: AJ & Barbara Hensley in Brazil [November 2012]

The Hensleys have spent nearly 15 years serving in Brazil. They run a vocational school and orphanage in Caraguatatuba and have also established a church and mission points throughout the city.

Friends and family,

The Lord is sooooo good!!! The work here in Caraguatatuba is going just AWESOME! Two weeks ago we had yet another baptism and God added three more souls to the kingdom.There were two more that were scheduled to be baptised but could not be on that date. Now we have those two plus three more. God is being honored here in Caraguatatuba. Sometimes we don’t know why things don’t go the way we think they should but we fail to remember that God sees the big picture and He sees and knows what is good for us and the hour that is right.

For some more AWESOME news, We now have a micro-bus (25 passengers and 1 driver) We took the van to the dealership and drove home with the micro-bus. That is with the van and the money that has been given for this purchase we are now the proud owners of a bus. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. The trip from the dealership was about 4-1/2 hours and we made it without any problems. The bus is a 2000 model so there are some things that will need immediate attention and then some things that can wait to be fixed a little at a time. My mechanic says that we need springs and shocks and we will need 4 or 6 new tires to begin with and about 1/2 of the lights work. But having this bus is such a blessing that I would not dare to complain. If you were not able to help with the purchase of the bus, maybe you are now able to give to help on these needed repairs. We are hoping to have the bus back in top notch shape before May of next year as we are planning on hosting 6 mission groups in 2013. Two of these groups will be work groups and others are planning Bible schools and other mission-related activities. It’s going to be an absolutely AWESOME year. Pray for the success of these groups and projects.

The vocational school is in progress. The last group this year put up the doors and now the glass is needed in the windows. We need the bathrooms done and the kitchen done, then we will be ready to open the dorm. But without the dorm being finished, we are planning to begin with a new group of boys on the first of the year. We have been in contact with a boys’ correctional facility and they are very interested in our vocational school. What they are asking us to do is take the boys that are incarcerated and teach them a trade so that when they go back into the real world, they will be prepared to be a functioning part of society. These young men are between 14 and 18 years old. They also are interested in us teaching English to these young men. God is opening many doors for us here. We have talked to the wardens and told them that we were greatly concerned in training these young men to have a vocation but our main concern is their spiritual lives. So we are going to have devotional with them each time we are together before we start our classes. After several meetings we have been asked to be on the board of the prison as a religious advisor. So we will begin with these young men no later than next week.

The ladies of Novo Tempo had a Ladies retreat this month with around 80 ladies in attendance. There were ladies from 4 different Churches. They had 3 days of fellowship and Bible studies. Many lives were changed and many were given new hope through Bible study. We have these retreats each year and the ladies always come home renewed in spirit and ready to tackle all problems for another year. Our men are now wanting to have a retreat for themselves since the ladies came home so pumped up.

This month, our old brick layer had a tragedy in his family. One of his sons died with cancer. He had fought this disease for over 2 years but he lost the battle. The praise about this is that when a group of Americans were here we were able to talk to him about his salvation and he told us that he had Jesus in his heart. And then later in the month our son-in-law visited and reaffirmed with him his salvation. This helped in this time of grief to give console to the family. Also one of our Church members passed away and it was unexpected. He was just 58 years old and he is definitely missed.

Our granddaughter had her 4th birthday on the 30th so we made the 8 hour trip to celebrate with her. My son-in-law asked me to preach in the Church there in Sales. So we were able to bring Mary and the 2 girls back to Caragua for a short vacation.

We got back to Caragua last night and today myself and three other preachers will be traveling to Garca for a conference with various other pastors for three days. So as you can see our life is full of doing and going. Please pray for our stamina to hold out so that we can reach more souls for the Kingdom.

As I said we are having 6 groups this coming year but there is still room for you to come and see what God is doing with your mission dollars. Let me know when you want to come and we will turn down the bed and put some more water in the beans. We will be waiting for your call.

In His service,

Aj and Barbara

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