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ODALI & KATHY BARROS—PRAISE GOD for the way He is working through the community outreach events! PRAY for those who attend and also for those who are learning to serve.

MIKE AND BEVERLY CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for the new building in Porto Walter and the way God has worked there over the past 90 years to have His Gospel prevail! PRAY for the newly baptized believers in Porto Walter.

JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for those attending Bible Studies and for those who host them. PRAY for John Mark’s health. PRAISE GOD and PRAY for the youth they are ministering to, especially the unsaved. PRAISE GOD for the 7 communities their church is reaching out to!

AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for the group from Georgia’s help! PRAY for AJ as he continues radiation treatments, specifically for great results and good tolerance.

NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAISE GOD for two of the thieves being caught! PRAY that things would be peaceful in Kitale. PRAY as their daughters start school.

ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for the marriage of Emily and Igor and PRAY as they start their new life together. PRAY for the Tates as they resume their ministries in Kenya.

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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.

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]

Friday - October 21, 2016
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