Bryan and Cheri Stensaas are Independent Baptist Missionaries working presently in the country of Uganda, East Africa. They are sent out from a great church, Calvary Baptist Church in Marshall, Missouri and sent through BIMI in Chattanooga TN.
Bryan received Christ in the military in Rota, Spain and Cheri received Christ at Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee where Bryan was attending Bible College. They began their ministry in 1979 as missionaries to the military, starting churches for military families outside of US military bases in Europe. Bryan began working with Dr. Edward Woodfield in Torrejon, Spain and later pastored the church there. While in Spain, Bryan and Cheri helped start other churches throughout the country.
After eight years they returned to the states and pastored the Faith Baptist Church in Sedalia, Missouri for two and one half years. It was there that the Lord directed them to Africa where they have been since 1994. They live in Mbarara, Uganda which is in the south western part of Uganda. Bryan has started several churches there and throughout Uganda.
Bryan and Cheri have both taught in the Bible Institutes which were started to train the Ugandan men and women to serve the Lord. Cheri also teaches the "Women of Faith Bible study and has her own 5 day a week radio broadcast called "Ladies Tea Time." Cheri has also been involved in teaching children's Sunday School classes and teaching English to many of the church family.
One of the highlights of their ministry is Christian Radio. Bryan started three Christian radio stations in Uganda. Calvary Radio in Soroti and Life Radio in Mbarara and Way of Life Radio in Kanungu. He is currently the Director of two of these stations where the Gospel is proclaimed throughout the Abankole region 18 1/2 hours a day.
They have been involved in a ministry to the Pygmies (pictured below).
There are many orphan children because of AIDS so they have a ministry to the orphans as well. See the Project H.O.P.E. page to see the orphanage project.
They also have school ministries and operate various church planting ministries.
Because of a bad Runyankore Bible translation we have a Bible translation ministry.
We operate a local Bible Institute, a mobile institute where we take the institute to the village and train the men in their village and a Tri-annual Bible Institute where we bring those training to become pastors in for training.