Kevin Millard serves as the Director for Portuguese-speaking countries for Anchored In Truth. He is a graduate of UNA and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife have been serving the Lord as missionaries for over 25 years. They served in Albania for five years before arriving in Brazil in May of 2000. From 2002 to 2007 they helped to plant a church in the city Niteroi. In 2007 they were invited to work with Fiel Ministries in Sao Jose dos Campos (Sao Paulo), where Kevin served as the director of a pastoral library program, which helped Portuguese-speaking pastors in Brazil and other countries attain Reformed literature. Kevin has also helped with a children's ministry call AME, where he shares weekly devotionals and offers spiritual counseling to the children. Kevin is presently the Interim Pastor at Grace Baptist Mission in São Jose dos Campos. He and his wife, Edinéia, have two grown children, Deborah and Stephen. Grace Life Church and Anchored in Truth have been faithfully involved in the Millards' lives and ministry all of these years through giving and praying.
Update from Pastor Kevin Millard (May 2022):
Hello from Brazil!
Our winter season has arrived and we are enjoying cooler temperatures. Our climate is very similar to Central Florida, but we have mild winters from May to August, since we are south of the equator. We are thankful to the Lord for the different seasons He gives us to enjoy. "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endures forever." (Psa. 107:1)
Church events! Last month we had a three-day Easter Weekend Retreat (first 3 photos) with our mission church at a location outside of the city. While we had time for relaxation, fellowship and recreation, the focus was on teaching the true Easter/Passover story, from the Exodus from Egypt to the Resurrection of Christ in the gospels. We had a wonderful time in the Lord and His Word! There were a few lost folks among us and we are praying that the Lord will bring them to saving faith in the coming days. “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)
Church services! We continue to have well attended church services and small group studies on Sundays. Along with our Wednesday night prayer meetings, we have also resumed some discipleship meetings for men and women, along with youth meetings twice a month. We had a wonderful Mother's Day service this month (photo). It has been good to get back to regular church activities and add new ones! "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." (Heb. 10:24)
Upcoming trip! Lord willing, I will be traveling to Mozambique on June 1st for a week of ministry with AIT missionary, Francisco Jose Vieira. Francisco, or FJ as he is normally referred to, was included as an AIT church-planter/pastor in 2021 and I will be traveling over together with Pastor Samuel Quimputo to lead an ordination service for a few men who will be ordained as pastor/elders and deacons. It will be a first for the young church as it grows into a biblical heathy local body. I am so glad that Pastor Samuel could join me (photo). He has accompanied me on a few other African trips, and as a native African himself, he is always warmly accepted and loved. But most of all, he is a man of God and a gifted preacher/teacher of the Word of God. Please pray for us as we travel to Mozambique, June 1-9, and for extra expenses involved with the trip. "Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ..." (Col. 4:3)
Family news! Well, in our last letter I shared that Deborah (photo) was seeking to enroll in a Bible college in Florida. She was accepted to enroll, but certain things did not fall into place for us to pursue this direction, so we decided to wait on the Lord. Last week she received not one, but two job offers in law firms. One in Sao Paulo, and the other here in our city of Sao Jose dos Campos. She accepted the offer closer to home, which we felt was the best for her at this time. Lord willing, she will start next week! Thanks to those who prayed for her...she is excited to get started. We pray that she might be a light to those in her new workplace! "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 5:1)
Thank you! A special "Thank you" to our supporters--those who have given financially, and those who have regularly lifted our names up before the Lord! It was this month, 22 years ago, that we began our labors in Brazil, and by God's grace we are still here. Many of you, including our home church in Memphis, South Woods Baptist, and our present mission organization, Anchored In Truth, have been a part of our support network since before we arrived here (Albania from 1993-98)! Several individuals are also among our long-time supporters...and we regularly thank the Lord for each one of you. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." (Phil. 1:3)
- Kevin and Samuel's trip to Mozambique - June1-9
- Mission Church: services, discipleship, Pastor Denis, VBS in July
- Future ministry plans: children's outreach, AIT meetings with local pastors, English classes
- Kevin's possible trip to the states in September (for 40-year HS class reunion, visit churches, etc.)
- Deborah's new job/Stephen's job search
Kevin, Edineia, Deborah and Stephen