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 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 (October 2021):
Greetings in the name of our Lord,
We trust all is going well with you. By God's grace we are doing well, though a little behind on our updates!
Our daughter, Deborah, is almost fully recovered from her blood-clot episode from a few months ago. She will continue taking anticoagulants for a couple more months, but she has been back to her full-time study routine as she prepares for her second go at the Brazilian Bar Exam this Sunday afternoon! Thanks for those who have prayed for her and her parents as we have gone through this trying experience. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
Deborah and Edineia
Speaking of help, the Lord has opened the door for another pastor, a Brazilian pastor, to become a part of our pastoral ministry team. Pastor Denis Ferreira will be officially joining our church ministry staff next month, which will increase our staff to two...he and I! Though we are still a small mission church, there are so many needs and so many opportunities that are before us. Pastor Denis comes with spiritual gifts and talents that will greatly enhance the work of the ministry and most importantly, the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. He also comes with his precious wife, Fernanda, and young daughter, Helena. We are so happy to welcome him to assist with the pastoral duties and with our Anchored in Truth work. Pray for Denis and his family as they become a part of what the Lord is doing among us in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries.
Pastor Denis and Family with Kevin and Edineia
Lord willing, I will be traveling to Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) in a few weeks. I am scheduled to depart on November 8, and return to Brazil on November 17. I have been to this country several times to help coordinate conferences for pastors and leaders. On this trip I am going to offer spiritual support and encouragement for a group of local pastors who have taken the initiative to organize a conference for pastors based on what they have seen and learned from us. How exciting! I will be going as a representative of AIT, and taking with me one the most gifted African preachers I know, Pastor Samuel Quimputo. He will be preaching at the conference, then afterwards he and I will be meeting with local pastors and missionaries to consider starting an AIT Pastoral Training Institute in the near future. Pray for us and the plans for the Institute, that the Lord will direct our steps (Prov. 16:9).
Pastor Samuel and Kevin
We continue to preach the Word and disciple men and woman at Grace Baptist Mission (Congregação Batista da Graça). We also have a weekly Art Class for Women and children, which includes a devotional and prayer time. Edinéia has also organized a church library that offers a wide arrangement of books that are available for members and visitors. Solid Christian material in the hands of young believers can make a great impact. One member has read more than ten biographies in the past few months. He had almost never read any books before...especially good Christian books.
Women's and Children's Art Class
A special thanks to Anchored in Truth, our home church, and other supporting churches and individuals that faithfully give to the Lord's work here. Your giving helps our family, ministry and other special needs, that we might reach others with the gospel and the truths of God's Word. As Jesus said to His disciples, you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16)! May the Lord continue to use us for this purpose and for His glory. Thank you for your investment in the lives of those in the Portuguese-speaking world!
Marching on in His grace,
Kevin, Edineia, Deborah, and Stephen Millard