Praise the Lord for a great month. It has been a busy and enjoyable time. We began the new year in south Brazil at my parents’, John and Alta Hatcher. On the weekends, we visited the mission at Assai, where Dad is starting a church. It was a blessing to be with them.
We also visited the church at Uraí, where I preached twice. It’s always good to see the believers we know and rejoice that new believers are being added to the church.
The first full week of January, several of the churches from the state of Parana and São Paulo have family camp. I spoke in the morning services. We always have a great time when we see our friends and Pastors in South Brazil. The distance from Manaus to Uraí is nearly 2,600 miles (distance between Detroit, MI and San Francisco, CA); and, we don’t see them very often. I always love to see how God is blessing each of the churches.
Near the end of last year, the Lord opened the doors to start two new missions in homes here in Manaus. Let me tell about one of the churches. We are in a poor subdivision and the houses are small and built wall to wall. That is, each house shares two walls; the wall on each side is the neighbor’s wall also. The width of the house is twelve feet and we meet in front in an area twelve by sixteen which reaches right out to the street curb. The street is narrow and the gate to the house across the street is about thirty feet away. The main drug trafficker in the subdivision lives there. As we have our Bible Study and services, druggies come and go. We started a few months ago with a handful of people. The Lord has blessed. Two Sundays ago six were baptized and six more are waiting to be baptized next time. At our last service we had forty-two adults crowded in the space. They are growing in knowledge and trust in Jesus our Lord and Saviour. What is very noticeable in the community is how they love and help each other. This has been the greatest influence in bringing the neighbors and the new converts’ own families.
Praise the Lord! May the Lord bless each of us as we invest in spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Paul and Wanda Hatcher
Avenida J. Carlos Antony, 172
Amazonas, Brasil SA