January 14, 2019
Dear friends and family,
We hope your end of year 2018 was AWESOME! We totally enjoyed our Christmas with our family. We had our daughter Mary K, her husband Pr. Walmir, and their two daughters Chelsea and Ashley from Brasil, as well as our son Bryan K, his wife Jill, and our other grandchild Briley. It has been over three years since we have all been together. It is great to have family together on such a wonderful holiday where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our grandbabies from Brasil just knew that they would see some snow. Just about every day they would ask, “Is it going to snow today?” Sadly, for them, most of our time together was in spring-like weather. So, we enjoyed the attractions in and around Lexington, especially the Christmas lights. Their time here came to an end on the 10th and as we were leaving to take them to the airport there was a small flurry and they cried because they would not be here to see what that flurry would bring. For those of us that would like to pass the winter without snow we do not understand their great desire to see snow, but they have not experienced snow and so desperately wanted to.
So, we the grandparents are escaping the snow and will be in Florida for the BFM Conference. We will also be able to spend some time with my brother there in Florida. We are looking forward to an AWESOME Conference. Please pray for all those who are planning to attend.
We are working diligently on our schedule for 2019 for the Seminary. As of now we have scheduled 14 different classes. We have changed two classes, SBC 107 and 108 New Testament and New Testament to Lexical Greek 108 and Lexical Greek 107. We will be in Brasil in March, June, September and October. The courses for the year are: Biblical Proclamation, Introduction to Apologetics, Survey of Church History, Systematic Theology, Old Testament Survey, Pastoral Ministries, Theology of Evangelism, Lexical Hebrew and Lexical Greek. These classes will be taught in four cities, Orlandia, São Paulo, Garca and our newest city Campinas.
As we are planning this intense year of Seminary classes we need to keep our purpose and goal in mind: (1) training Pastors and Church leaders in Brasil (2) to provide these Church leaders with a solid understanding of God’s truth in the Scriptures and to equip them to effectively evangelize, disciple, and build God’s kingdom in Brasil through the local Church.
I ask you to pray with me for all those involved in these classes: interpreters, translators, local Church leaders who will help with class organization and locations and our American Pastors and Professors who make these classes possible. AWESOME!!! Also pray for travel mercies and added resources to help with scholarships for some of the less fortunate Pastors.
As we travel to each of these locations we ask that you keep us in your prayers. Pray for health, travel mercies, the ones who go and the ones who attend. Also, for stamina for me to meet the needs in each of the locations for the professors and the students so that we bring honor and glory to the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Aj and Barbara
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Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
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