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Juanita Garland

Status: Furlough
Location: South America
Field: Brazil
Ministry: Church Planting


John and Juanita Garland served together in Brazil from 1978 to 2016. 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.

In over 30 years of church planting in the Federal District of Brazil, the Garlands saw 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 turned the work over to a national pastor and made plans to move to another location upon returning from furlough begun in 2016. In April 2017, John was diagnosed with cancer and two weeks later was called home to Heaven on May 1.

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. When she returns to Brazil, Juanita will move to their location and continue the ministries she has done for many years.

To view John and Juanita Garland's photo gallery, click the picture below.