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July 29, 2010

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BCF Brazilian Certificate graduate Annanias.

When BCF Graduate and former Trustee Richie Allen, founder of LINC-UP Missions, Inc., approached Thomas A. Kinchen, President of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF), about training men and women in Brazil for areas of ministry, he had no idea what a tremendous impact this ongoing relationship would be for Brazil.

"Nearly four years ago, LINC-UP Missions and The Baptist College of Florida decided to do something radical," said Allen. "We proposed to take theological education to the interior of Brazil, where it had been hitherto inaccessible. At that time, little did we know how God would use this joint effort to multiply disciples and expand His kingdom."

Members of the first graduating class in Brazil have been accepted by the Baptist State Convention of Maranhão to serve as pastors and ministry leaders. The Home Mission Board of Brazil recently accepted the BCF certificates awarded to these graduates as sufficient to certify and qualify these men and women to serve with the board as missionaries.

According to Allen, "These zealous leaders are aggressively taking the gospel to the unengaged and unreached in the most remote areas of northeast Brazil."

Two letters were sent to Allen via email from a graduate named Annanias. Allen joyfully shared their translations:

"Today, I am very happy. The Brazilian Home Mission Board has just approved me to serve as a missionary. Now, I am officially a missionary. Thank you so much for all that you have taught me. This never would have happened without your training and the certificate in Pastoral Leadership from The Baptist College of Florida. Please continue to pray for me. I am going to my target city on July 15. God is faithful!"

Two weeks later, the second letter arrived. Annanias wrote the following, "Well, I have been on the field now for nearly two weeks. We have been heavily involved in evangelism and Bible studies. We have already seen 40 people come to faith in Christ. Keep praying!"

Allen excitedly shared, "This is just one of the many examples of the fruitfulness of what God is doing through our efforts in Brazil. Once again, He has exceeded all of our expectations! For that, we are indeed grateful."

Another class of Brazilian leaders is expected to graduate in November 2010. "Next year, we have the opportunity to start the program in three more key locations. The possibilities of what the Lord will do are unlimited," declared Allen.

For more information on LINC-UP Missions or certificate programs offered at BCF, please call 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.