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One Key Man By Kirk Hickok Our family moved to the city of Sertãozinho in the interior of São Paulo state in 1976 after having completed language study in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso. Knowing it was going to be difficult for a foreigner to start a work without some Brazilian help, I asked the Lord to save a key man who would be able to help me in the ministry. In April 1979, just before our first furlough, Agenor de Souza Almeida and his wife, Maria, were both saved. Oscar de Barros, a very capable layman, took over the responsibilities of the church during our first furlough. Upon our returning to Brazil in 1980, Oscar desired to go into radio evangelism and so for seven years we had a radio program called “Sons de Esperança” (Sounds of Hope). It was transmitted to many cities and was a blessing to scores of people. All the while, Agenor had been growing in the faith and had been faithfully helping in all the services of the church. A call for help came from the nearby city of Pontal in 1982. A discouraged missionary was leaving the work and we took the challenge. Agenor helped with this work and did much preaching there. We also had the help of Missionary Phillip Allen for a year and in 1985 Missionary Melvin Vaughn came to help. Under his leadership the work went forward, land was purchased, and the church building was erected. With the work in Pontal in capable hands, we were able to turn our attention to starting a Bible institute in the church in Sertãozinho to train men for the ministry. Agenor was among the first students. He led five men to the Lord who all graduated from the Bible institute and who are pastoring churches today. Also during this time, he became pastor of the church in Pontal, and later the pastorate was turned over to one of his converts who had graduated from the institute.