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April 24-26, 2017
Thompson Road Baptist Church, Lexington, KY

FEBRUARY 2017 News & Reports
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ODALI & KATHY BARROS—PRAISE GOD for the bus ministry in Pedras Vivas! PRAISE GOD for the works in Ubim and Iranduba growing and PRAY they will find new buildings. PRAY for the teens there. PRAY for the team in Multirao.

MIKE AND BEVERLY CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for professions of faith and new members! PRAISE GOD for new space already being filled. PRAY that God will give Bro. Mike wisdom, protection, and stamina.

JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for encouraging services and for men in the church who led services in December! PRAISE GOD for Paulette and her ministry to senior citizens. PRAY as she ministers to shut-ins and shares Christ with them and those she works with.

JUD AND RAQUEL HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for opportunities to serve English and Spanish speaking communities in São Paulo. PRAY for their family’s health, children’s education, and finances.

AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for the mission group from Mt. Eden who helped with construction and VBS! PRAY the Lord would supply more space for their growing children’s ministry. PRAISE GOD for all these children! PRAY for AJ has he struggles with health issues.

NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAISE GOD for bringing them through so many challenges in 2016! PRAY the Lord would help them stay healthier next term. PRAY the Lord would send playmates for their children.

ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for how He worked in 2016! PRAISE GOD for Roger’s desires for the new year and PRAY with him for these things. Also PRAY that more Kenyans would trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior. PRAY that Kenyans would truly grow in their relationship with Jesus. PRAY that new Baptist churches on fire for the Lord would be started.

BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER—PRAISE GOD for His blessings in 2016! PRAISE GOD for the new van and trailer! PRAY for those who attend the Missions Workshop. PRAY for the team from Bell Shoals in March.

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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]


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