John and Juanita Garland have been serving in Brazil since July of 1978. John was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. He came to know the Lord as his personal Savior while studying at Clemson University after receiving a gospel tract on the university sidewalk. A group from Bob Jones University was instrumental in discipling him, and after graduating from Clemson with a degree in agronomy and a minor in animal science, John went to Bob Jones University for two years of post graduate studies in preparation for the mission field.
Juanita was raised on the mission fields of Peru and West Africa and met John while teaching in a Christian school in South Carolina. When they were married in June of 1975, their honeymoon was an eight-week mission trip to Canada with the Bob Jones University mission team, through which they received invaluable training and a confirmation of God's call to the foreign mission field.
After over 30 years of church planting in the Federal District of Brazil, the Garlands have seen the small body of believers grow into a missions-minded group that helps support six Brazilian missionaries.
In October of 2007 the church sent out its first "home grown" missionary to Mozambique, Africa, as a full-time missionary. The Garlands would like to turn the work over to a national pastor and have begun a new church in the Federal District.
Three of the Garlands' four daughters were born in Brazil, and two are married to Brazilians. Along with her husband, one of these daughters is serving as a missionary among the Indian tribes of Brazil.
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