Back from Brazil

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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.

June 18, 2022

Dear friends and family,

Since returning home from Brazil in April we have made plans for the next trip back to Brazil multiple times, only to have them cancelled multiple times. So here we are with the plans for a trip in September and October for classes and possibly our first graduation for our Masters class. The location is still being sought for availability. The Seminary is still being sought after and classes are still being prepared even though the in-person classes have been on hold for some time now. Continue praying for the Pastors there in Brazil as students, and the Pastors here in the States as Professors, that the desire to study and teach God’s Word never fades.

The Conference we were to attend in July has been cancelled for the third time and so we will wait for the class in September and October. Along with the classes, we will be in contact with some Pastors and prospective students preparing for the semester to start next year.

Sometimes it is easy to get ahead of our Lord and Savior. What we need to do first is pray and plan, then wait on the Lord. We MUST wait on the Lord’s will always. When we do that, we will accomplish what His plans are for His ministry.

In our March/April, visit we were able to participate in the celebration of the 8-year Anniversary of Caragua Baptist Church. It was such an honor to preach for them and to celebrate with old friends. It was AWESOME to see how God is growing His kingdom in that church. They are growing back as COVID is slowed down. It is a continuing work in process. How AWESOME is the God we serve.

While in Caragua, we were able to connect with the missionaries to two groups in Rio. The Guarani Indians and the Qulambo tribe of descendants of the slaves of Brazil. The missionaries are supported by the Caragua Baptist Church, so we also help them in their ministry.

Our church here in Florida has a sewing group that sews dresses for missions and we were able to take 100 dresses to these girls in Rio. These ladies are doing an AWESOME project and now several churches have joined with them, and they are also making shorts for the boys. They decided that the girls should not reap all the goodies so now the boys will receive some of the handiwork also. The pictures are of the dresses, and you can see the joy on their faces and see that it is not just the children who are happy to receive the dresses, but the adult women were also wearing the dresses too.

Thank each and every one of you for your prayers and your financial support. It would be difficult to do all that we do without you. We are always thankful for you that God has put in our lives.

In His service,
AJ and Barbara

CONTACT INFO

AJ & Barbara Hensley
30524 Mimi St
Sebring, FL 33870-0530
AJ: 859-539-2302 | Barbara: 859-539-1424
ajcaragua@gmail.com

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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Two Seminary Classes Planned for October

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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.

August 24, 2021

Dear friends and family,

With all the things going on in the world, we all need to stay focused on the main thing: Jesus Christ our Savior, and how we can help others by teaching them about Him.

So, let’s talk about the Seminary and the progress we have been making in Brazil. We had plans made to go in October to have our first face-to-face classes in almost two years but AGAIN the COVID has interrupted our plans. But thanks to the internet and ZOOM, even though the trip has been called off, the classes are going to go on. We will be having the two classes as planned, just in a different venue. We have used the motto of the Marines: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. Dr. Derek from Lexington and Dr. Edge from Texas will be giving their lectures online. God is so AWESOME in every circumstance. He provides a way if you are faithful to wait on Him.

Pray for these professors, the translator, and the Brazilian pastors that are participating. These Brazilian Pastors are challenged spiritually, financially, and physically. The registering will begin on the 4th of October and will last for two weeks. Pray for the class to be full of open minds and willing spirits.

I am going to include two pictures of one of our biggest classes to graduate with certificates of completion. This was the first four classes that was offered by Bluegrass Baptist Seminary. Just to show that despite all the drawbacks, God has been and still is working within the Seminary.

There is a song that has spoken to me during this time. It is called “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be.” It makes me even more determined in my mission to “train Pastors and reach Brazil for Christ”. Pray for us to not lose our vision of reaching Brazil through the Bluegrass Baptist Seminary.

Thanks to Baptist Faith Missions for the support that keeps us going during these difficult times. And thanks to the prayer warriors who constantly pray for us. It is because of all of you that keeps us doing our job of reaching Brazilians for Christ.

CONTACT INFO

AJ & Barbara Hensley
592 Emery Court
Lexington, KY 40505
AJ: 859-539-2302 | Barbara: 859-539-1424
ajcaragua@gmail.com

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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A Visit to Caraguatatuba

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.

July 22, 2021

Dear friends and family,

It has been totally AWESOME to have been in Brazil and then good to have come back to the States. Brazil is about where the United States was about 9 months ago with the COVID virus. Our travel was restricted, but while there, we found the enforcement was loosely applied.

The Church services were observing social distancing and using masks. It was a pleasure to get to preach in all services and to also visit other Churches to tell about the Seminary. Also was able to preach in those other Churches (while using no mask).

The COVID in Brasil is limiting the in-person classes and it is also limiting the classes financially as the Pastors are unable to work their second job and that limits their income.

AJ with the widow who helped them start the last church plant

While we were in Caraguatatuba, we were able to visit the widow that helped us as we began the last Church plant. It was on the very porch that this picture was taken that we had the first services. We remained there until we were able to rent a building. We were also able to talk with some more people that are interested in the Seminary classes. We are looking at holding these classes in the Hotel where we have held Pastors conferences in years past. The owner of the Hotel has always worked with us when we have asked for his help. He has also attended our classes in years past.

We have not let this COVID stop us from teaching the classes. We have used the same methods that many pastors here in the States have used: the internet. We have had 4 zoom classes but the pastors are chomping at the bit to get back to the face-to-face classes. Pray for the upcoming classes and the people who will be impacted by these classes. In everything we do, we see the AWESOME hand of God.

Thank you in advance for your continued prayers for the Pastors and others that will be continuing their learning about our Savior and how to spread the GOOD news about our returning Savior.

Continue praying for our granddaughters Chelsea and Ashley as they are going through some serious health problems. Also pray for their parents as they search for the right doctors to treat them.

Thank you for your continued support for us in prayer and financially. Thank you to Baptist Faith Missions for believing in us and for always giving us the added backing to continue the good fight.

In His service,
Aj and Barbara

CONTACT INFO

AJ & Barbara Hensley
592 Emery Court
Lexington, KY 40505
AJ: 859-539-2302 | Barbara: 859-539-1424
ajcaragua@gmail.com

Click here to give online.


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