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== An Auto-Biographical Witness ==

For many years we have tried to put together a biographical witness of the Restoration Movement in Brazil, a kind of Brazilian Missionary Encyclopedia. We would like to enlist your help. Below you see a list of known missionaries, please review the list of the various missionaries we have so far, if the name is in RED it indicates we have no updated information. Here is how you can help. Look down the list and seek the pages that are missing(missing pages will show in RED). If so, please add them to your sheet and write them the plan for the auto-biography and ask their participation. This will only work with everyone's cooperation, and understanding. It is not a BLOG, FORUM site, but one that will provide a witness of those that have worked so hard to share the New Testament Church message.

    Note where Missionaries have not contributed, we are using previous auto-biographies from various sources:
    Horizon Magazine; Mission Services; Missionary Newsletters; Missionary Relatives; Johnson Bible College; 
    Manhattan Christian College; Emanuel Christian College; many others


The Restoration Movement in Brazil

This nineteenth-century unity and restitution effort by Barton W. Stone , Alexander Campbell and Thomas Campbell produced several distinct religious groups: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches, and the Disciples of Christ. The wider historical context also includes the Christian Churches of James O'Kelly and the Christian Connexion of Elias Smith and Abner Jones. Also the A Capella Church of Christ should be included.

Romans 1:8-12: First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each others faith, both yours and mine.

In our studies we have found that the earliest entry to Brazil by Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement missionaries to have been in 1927. Missionaries Orlando and Ethel Boyers and Virgil Smith went to the State Pernambuco. In 1929 they were joined by the George Johnson family. They planted approximately twenty churches in Pernanbuco and neighboring states of Ceara and Alagoas. However these churches either disappeared or turned Pentecostal. Without adequate logistical support these early missionaries went through many hardships and the work could not continue being made. Another factor also contributes to the lack of support for this work of evangelization, the missionary team experimented with Pentecostalism. Soon after this fact the missionaries joined the Assemblies of God where Orlando Boyer came to occupy a position of national prominence. Virgil Smith, however, after a life dedicated to this church in the South, ended his days as a member of Church of Christ in Plano Piloto (Brasília - DF) and professor of Christian evangelism in the Theological Faculty of Brazil - FTCB.

Missionaries to Brazil

BRAZIL PERSONNEL CHART
Date
Missionary
Mission
Area

1948-

L. David and Ruth Sanders

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

Brasilia

1950-1963

Richard and Carolee Ewing

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

Brasilia

1950-1964

Ruth Spurgeon

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

Brasilia

1952-1954

Ellen Case

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

Brasilia

1952-1969

William and Virginia Loft

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Central Brazil Mission

Belem

Brasilia

1952-1983

Robert and Fern Smith

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Church Of Christ Mission

Belo Horizonte Christian Mission

Belem

Macapa

Belo Horizonte

1953

Kenneth and Catherine Fox

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1954-1955

Don and Virginia Woodstock

Brazil Church of Christ Mission

Sao Paulo

1954-1969

Richard and Sarah Robison

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1955-1958

Ed and Edna Bartlebaugh

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1956-1959

Kenneth and Clarice Mathis

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

1956-1968

Edwin and Lula Knowles

Brazil Christian Mission

Brazil Christian Publications

Goiania

1956-

Clinton and Phyllis Thomas

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Missao Igreja De Cristo

Macapa

Urucara

1957-1961

James and Katherine Morgan

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1957-1964

Art and Marlene Carter

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Church Of Christ Mission

Belem

Belo Horizonte

1957-1966

Lew and Vida Cass

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Brazil For Christ

Belem

Brasilia

1957-1973

Eugene and Pat Smith

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Brazil Christian Evangelism

Sao Paulo

Belo Horizonte

1957-

Merlin and Gertrude Shields

Brazil Christian Mission

West Brazil Mission

Goiania

1959-1961

John and Bettie Nichols

Sao Paulo Christian Mission

Sao Paulo

1959-

David and Beverly Bayless

Christ for the Amazon Valley

Belem

1959-

Gerald and Mary Holmquist

New Churches for Brazil

Anapolis

1959-

Paul and Shirley Lanham

Brazilanham Christian Mission

Goiania

1960-1961

Boris and Eloise Dutka

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1960-1961

Marlin and LaVonna McNeil

Amazon River Evangelism

Macapa

1961-1963

Betty Cole

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

Brasilia

Sao Paulo

1961-1966

Maurice and Jean Pierce

Brazil For Christ

Anapolis

Brasilia

Ceres

Recife

1961-1967

Frank and Edna Horn

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1961-1977

William and Lora Metz

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Brazil Mission Fund

Belem

Brasilia

Sao Paulo

1961-1981

Dale and Carol McAfee

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

Ceres

Brasilia

1961-

James and Mary Moreland

Araguaina River Evangelism

Brazil Evangelism

Macapa

Nova Olinda

Araguaina

Itaituba

Maraba

Guarai

Balsas

1962-1965

Jennie Lee Titus

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Brasilia

1962-1966

Audrey Dodson Fenner

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1963-1966

Stan and Donna Wohlenhaus

Christ for the Amazon

Belem

1963-

Harry and Elaine Scates

Brazil Christian Mission

Brasilia

Uberlandia

1964-1975

Charles and Anne Kent

Brazil Christian Publications

Goiania

Brasilia

1964-

Tom and Libby Fife

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

Brasilia

1965-1969

Lee and Nicki Donnell

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1966-1969

Jim and Donna Pomajevich

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1966-1971

Jerry and Rebecca Hall

Southern Brazil Christian Mission

Belem

Brasilia

Belo Horizonte

1967-

Carol and Barbara Dilley

Brazil Christian Mission

 

1967-

Francisco and Sue Leite

Brazil Christian Evangelism

Maranatha Christain Mission

Belem

Brasilia

Goiania

1967-1973

James and Alvenus Jones

Amazon Christian Mission

Belem

Santarem

1967-1973

Lynn and Julie Cleaveland

Christ for the Capital Evangelism

Belem

Rio de Janeiro

Uberlandia

1967-1980

Dale and Huelia Mason

Operation Amazon

Belem

Urucara

1968-

Carol and Barbara Lowe

Christian Literature Assoc. of Brazil

Goiania

1968-

Harry and Deloris Douglass

Christian Mission to Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

1968-1970

Marshall and Ann Combs

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1968-1973

Wade and Carolyn Pope

Brazilian Evangelism

Belem

Brasilia

1968-

Norman and Patricia Maddux

Brazilian Evangelism Assoc.

Belem

1969-

John and Joyce Bush

Northeast Brazil Christian Mission

Recife

1969-1973

Gary and Kathy Meyers

Brazil Christian Mission

Belem

1969-1977

John and Norma Rodgers

Brazil for Christ

Fortaleza

Santa Ines

1969-1977

Lanny and Pat Maddux

Brazil Missions

Belem

1969-1977

Vicki Rhodes

 

Araguaina

1969-1980

Harry and Margaret Baird

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1969-

Allen and Darendra Kisner

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1969-

Earl and Ruth Anne Haubner

Central Brazil Mission

Sao Paulo

Ceres

Goiania

1970-

Gary and Pam Burrell

Brazil Christian Evangelism

Goiania

1970-1986

Rich and Lynn Hicks

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1972-1975

Lonnie and Sharon Bennett

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

Belem

1972-1975

Steven and Christine Stauffer

 

Ceres

Belem

1972-1977

Carol Garber

 

Belem

1973-

Dave and Eleanor Reynolds*

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1973-1975

Mary Crone

 

Belem

1973-

Bill and Janet Moreland

Brazil Evangelism

Araguaina

1974-1983

Jim and Carol Sturgeon

 

Uberlandia

1974-

James and Sandra Bunch

Bunch Mission Fund

Uberlandia

Cuiaba

1975-1978

Ronald and Jean Riess

 

Natal

1975-

Bruce and June Colson

Michiana-Brazil Christian Mission

Cuiaba

Brasilia

1975-

Jim and Vanita Davis

Christ for the Amazon

Belem

Maraba

1976-1978

Ernest and Luciene Moreland

Brazilian Christian Home

Brasilia

1976-1978

Gary and Linda Stilwll

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1976-1980

Darrell and Jan Smith

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1976-1984

Wayne and Gail Long

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1977-1978

Gary and Linda Stilwell

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1977-1980

Thomas and Janet Crowell

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Brasilia

1979-

Lowell and Kathy Hunefeld

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1979-

Philip and Tabita McAfee

Brazil Christian Mission

Goiania

1979-

Robert and Doris Myers

 

Belem

1979-1986

Lowell and Kathy Hunefeld

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1980-

Jerry and Aleta Kennedy

Brazil Mission Fund

Goiania

1984-

Damon and Glenna Martinez

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1984-1996

Rusty and Jan Thornley

Christian Missionary Fellowship

Campinas

1984-1997

Damon and Glenna Martinez

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1987-1991

Jeff and Patty Greene

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1987-1996

Jim and Holly Gullett

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1988-1994

Chip and Teri Stauffer

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1990-1994

John and Karen Wilson

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1990-1997

Bill and Marcie Smith

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1994-1996

Lowell Hunefeld

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1995-2000

James "Cris" Crisfield

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1995-2006

Tom and Amy Moen

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

1997-2003

Lowell and Blanche Hunefeld

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

2004-2005

Adam Suter

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

2005-

Michelle Harris*

Christian Missionary Fellowship

 

 

Bruce and Marineid Colson

Michiana-Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Dale and Carol McAfee

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

David and Carol Bayless

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

 

 

James Richard and Carolee Ewing

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Jeff and Monica Fife

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Jim and Donne Pomaseich

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Jim and Mary Moreland

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

 

 

Jim and Sandra Bunch

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

John and Ruth Navis

Amazon Valley Christian Mission

 

 

John Lynn and Julie Cleveland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth and Katherine Fox

 

 

 

Magno and Ana Lanham

Brazilanham Christian Mission

Goiania

 

Marybell Schriner

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Michael Haubner

Central Brazil Mission

 

 

Paul and Sheri Moreland

Amazon River Evangelism

Araguaina

 

Philip and LoAnn Moreland

 

 

 

Robert and Delarni Fife

Brazil Christian Mission

 

1985-

Rodney and Anne Anderson

 

Araguaina

 

Steve McAfee

Brazil Christian Mission

 

1981-

Timothy B. Thomas

GCCC--Teaching Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Neit

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Larry and Leigh Hinkel

Missionary Aviation Fellowship

 

 

Curtis and Rachel Kelley

Missionary Aviation Fellowship

 

 

Tim and Roxanne Ault

Missionary Aviation Fellowship

 

 

Jeyson and Stephanie Braun

Missionary Aviation Fellowship

 

 

Tim and Luce Johnson

Missionary Aviation Fellowship

 

1989-

Luiz and Starla Azevedo

Brazil Christian Mission

 

 

Wilson and Lori Kannenberg

Missionary Aviation Fellowship

 

Some of the Early Mission Groups

The Amazon Valley Christian Mission was pioneered by the Bill and Ginny Loft family in 1952. They also were instrumental in a children's home, evangelistic and literature program, a Bible College and other work in Belem, Para, northern Brazil; and moved to Brasilia when the new capital was beginning construction in 1959.

Brazil Christian Mission originally began as the "Lloyd David Sanders Missionary Fund", and had its genesis at Johnson Bible College in May of 1943 when the fiftieth anniversary graduation class and their sponsor J. Fred Bayless, conceived the idea of the fund. The purpose of the fund was to send their fellow classmate, Lloyd Sanders, to the mission field of Brazil and to supply him with equipment, supplies, transportation, and provision while on the field.

Christian Missionary Fellowship has been in Brazil since 1957, and all ministries are now overseen by Brazilian ministers and lay leaders. Although they do not have missionaries on the field, there is a vibrant Church Planting ministry in São Paulo state because of a CMF-led partnership of Brazilian and American churches.

Central Brazil Mission Earl Francisco and Ruth Haubner Michael Haubner

Mission Aviation Fellowship was founded in 1945 by a group of WWII pilots who had a vision for how aviation could be used to help spread the Gospel.


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