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ODALI & KATHY BARROS—PRAISE GOD for how He is using Mr. Levi! PRAISE GOD for the church in the middle of the river and how He has blessed that community! PRAY for the upcoming evangelistic conference.

MIKE AND BEVERLY CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for how He is working in the Foz do Breu/Peruvian region. PRAISE GOD for the large crowds and for bringing the army and local police department in for a service! PRAY concerning the motor that needs to be replaced.

JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for how He is using Abigail! PRAY for the high schoolers she is witnessing to. PRAY for the visitors from L’Union. PRAY for Blandine.

JUD AND RAQUEL HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for how He has worked in the children’s schooling! PRAISE GOD for the conference in Marília! PRAY as they wait on the Lord about a place to lease for their church gatherings.

AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for the pastors and workers who will be coming to the seminary classes! PRAY for Michael who will be translating for the first time. PRAY for this year’s professors as they travel and minister.

NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAISE GOD for Emmanuel sharing the Word of God with others! PRAY that the Lord would raise up other Kenyan men like him.

ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for those who are coming to hear Biblical teaching from Colossians! PRAY for the three men Roger invited to the Chapel.

BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER—PRAISE GOD for the doors He has opened through the English classes! PRAY for Athanasios. PRAISE GOD for the man who was recently saved!

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"As the Father has sent Me, so I send you."

- John 20:21


Tribute to Marie Bratcher



"...'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'"  -Matthew 25:23

Marie Bratcher, one of our beloved missionaries to Brazil, peacefully entered into the joy of her Master at 10:39 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011.  Hattie Marie Moore Bratcher, was born in Richmond, Kentucky, and married Harold Foley Bratcher on December 27, 1954. The Lord blessed them with three sons: Dr. Asa Mark Bratcher, Pastor Stephen M. Bratcher, and Joel Bratcher, who drowned in the Amazon River at the age of 6. 

The Back-Story

On February 5, 1919 Dr. Lewis Malen Bratcher arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This event began a 90 year love ministry of the Bratchers in Brazil that continues to this day.  For the next 35 years, Dr. L.M. Bratcher would labor faithfully in the cities and on mule trails preaching the "good news" (as boas novas) of the saving Gospel of his Lord Jesus Christ.  In June of 1939, he traveled to the Amazon Valley to begin a long awaited and planned Amazon River missions trip with the pioneer Baptist missionary Erik Alfred Nelson.  Soon after the trip began, on June 15, 1939, E.A. Nelson, 76 years of age, went home to be with his Lord.  He served in Brazil for 48 years.  After assisting at the funeral at the First Baptist Church of Manaus that Nelson founded in 1900, Dr. L.M. Bratcher decided to continue the river trip, this time having to inform the Brazilian people of E.A. Nelson's death and "home going."  He stated in his memoirs, "Just Longing," (Saudades) that he would never forget the reaction of the villagers at each stop.  Tears would come to their eyes, and the sorrowful question would be asked "Now who will come and tell us about Jesus?"

The Answer to the Call

Exactly 20 years later, almost to the day, Harold and Marie Bratcher answered that question.  They arrived in the Amazon Valley on July 15, 1959, to begin a 52-year love ministry with the people of Brazil.  In their nearly 52 years of service together, the Bratchers organized over 20 Baptist churches and many other missions in the Amazon Valley. Marie once stated that she "never received a specific call to be a missionary," but always strongly affirmed her call of being a faithful loving wife to Harold, therefore following him as he followed the Lord. 

Muito Obrigado, Sister Bratcher, for faithfully giving 52 years of your life to Brazil for the sake of the Gospel.

Funeral

Marie's funeral was held Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.  Her son Asa Mark conducted the service.  Over 1,000 people went to the church during the two days that Marie's body lay in state. There were over 120 cars in the funeral procession to the cemetary and over 300 attended Marie's memorial service at the Comunhao Baptist Church on Sunday evening, February 13. She was buried next to her son Joel in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery of Manaus, Brazil, where the Missionary E.A. Nelson, "The Apostle of the Amazon" is buried as well. 

As Bro. Bratcher aptly stated, "The Lord buried the worker, but the work goes on. Thus, the work must go on till the final battle for Christ is won." 

"Disse-lhe o seu senhor: Muito bem, servo bom e fiel; sobre o pouco foste fiel, sobre muito te colocarei; entra no gozo do teu senhor."  -Mateus 25:23

 

 

 


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