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MIKE AND BEVERLY CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for a full missions conference. PRAY for those who are waiting to be sent to the field. PRAISE GOD for saving Cosma! PRAY for all our missionaries as they are apart from their families.

JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for the many opportunities Philip & Amanda have to minister to young people! PRAY for the college-aged girls who are studying 1 Peter. PRAISE GOD for using ordinary (and sometimes painful) things to deepen relationships with others!

Read about how missions is God’s work. PRAISE GOD for the wisdom God has given them that they gladly share with us!

PRAISE GOD for the baptisms of the four young ladies! PRAY their families would trust in Christ. PRAY also for the salvation of the young married man.

AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for the man who was saved at their eye clinic! PRAY as they learn how to use the new sound system. PRAY God will provide the funds for the doors they need. PRAISE GOD for 50 years of marriage!

NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAISE GOD for His sovereignty! PRAY that Nathan would be able to wrap things up quickly in Kenya to join his family for furlough. PRAY that things in Kenya will settle.

ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for the opportunity to teach pastors and church leaders hermeneutics! PRAY specifically that the Lord would use the truths Samuel has learned to reach South Sudan for His glory.

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

- John 20:21


John Hatcher Story



John Hatcher Preaching
John Hatcher preaching at Chapada Baptist Church in Manaus,
where his son David is now pastor. (circa 1960)

The idea of the ministry was not mine. It was between my mother and the Lord before I was born. At the end of 64 years of missionary work I am thankful to the Lord and my mother. After three years in the Merchant Marines during WWII, I enrolled in Georgetown College. There I met my wife, Alta, and in six months we were married. Our missionary life together began. My first work as missionary was in Shelbyville, Kentucky at the Second Street Baptist Mission. I went to substitute for another and the first day there was the big crowd of one twelve-year-old girl. I prayed that God would give me that mission. He answered my prayer and the next week there was a hundred percent increase in attendance. The girl brought her eight-year-old brother. (I was hooked on church planting ministry.) In a year and a half, 47 persons were baptized and the Second Street Baptist Church was established. (Today it is the Highland Baptist Church.) While there, Alta and I were married and our first daughter, Lynn, was born. While at Georgetown a veteran missionary from Brazil, W.W. Enete, spoke and told of the great need for missionaries in Brazil. That night I surrendered my life to Brazil.

After three years in Shelbyville I was called to pastor the Beattyville Baptist Church where there were six missions. After three years I was called to pastor the Peoples Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois. At Alton our fourth child, David, was born. God indicated to us that it was time for us to go to Brazil. God had given me a godly wife who was saved at seven and gave her life to be a missionary at nine. We made application to go through Baptist Faith Missions and in two months we were on our way. I went by boat because of baggage and Alta flew to Belem, Brazil with our four children.

There are 26 states in Brazil, whose territory is larger than the 48 continental United States. We have work in more than one-half of these States. Today, I have 64 years of ministry. Alta has more than 250. She has been a godly wife and godly mother who produced and trained five children to be missionaries. Lynn, with her husband, Ross McGary, a missionary to mentally deficients. Paul and David missionaries in Brazil. John Mark, missionary in France with other works in Spain and Portugal; and Kathy, and her husband, Odali, missionaries in Brazil.

PROGRESS IN THE WORK:
Manaus had about 70,000 population when we went there. Today, it has about two million people.

Paul is pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist in Manaus. They have established more than forty new churches.

David is pastor of the Chapada Baptist Church that was founded in 1956 with 24 members. (It was the first church plant we made in Brazil. David, our son, was one of the charter members.) Today, the church has a weekly attendance of about three thousand.

During the month of December 2011, they presented a Biblical drama from the Creation to the Resurrection. Some days the drama was presented two or three times. Over 50,000 persons attended and there were over 2,000 people who made decisions to trust Jesus as Savior, including a Catholic priest.

The biggest chain of TV gave the drama a three-minute coverage on national TV. The work is the Lord's. It demands our best. He deserves our all. May He find us faithful!

[written January 2012]


Wednesday - June 29, 2016
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