Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher in Brazil [October 2012]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

Dear Brethren and Fellow-Workers,

When I realized that Jesus died for me, I was nine years old. At that moment I felt such shame for my bad deeds; at the same time I felt the great love that Jesus had for me—to die on the cross to save me. During 78 years of my 87, Jesus has been my all in all. Even during the time of my weakness and failure during the war, He was faithful to answer the prayers that I had prayed with love and sincerity as a child and young man. I cannot imagine what life would be without Him. For this reason my only desire is to tell people who Jesus is and what He has done for sinners.

ASSAI—The work in Assai continues to be the most difficult we have had in our entire ministry. We go there each Sunday and our attendance is from one to three or four persons. Pray for this city of twenty thousand population.

WALKING TO EVANGELIZE—Two or three mornings each week I walk for physical necessity and to evangelize persons with whom I encounter. A few days ago ten men who work for the city were at a street corner waiting for the truck to pick them up. I asked permission to have a minute of their time. I gave each of them a visual of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. They listened patiently and I thanked the Lord for the opportunity.

At the gasoline station I had the opportunity last Saturday to witness to two men of Japanese origin. They listened with much care.

Three days ago I came to a man who was in a wheelchair. He was unkempt, middle-aged, and weary. His name is Alberto. Pray for him. I gave him a lift, pushing his wheelchair for a city block. Stopping in the shade of a tree, I asked if I could tell him about Jesus. He listened well and seemed to be moved as the expression of his face revealed. The greatest joy of the day is when there is an opportunity to tell someone about the Savior.

VISIT OF KATHY & ODALI—Two weeks ago, Kathy and Odali came to visit us for two days. Odali brought a special cut of meat and prepared a delicious meal for us. Kathy is the only one of our children who we can see each three or four months. We really get homesick to see the others but we praise the Lord they are faithfully serving the Lord. Dear Friends, if the lost die without Christ they are lost forever; if they die without hearing about Jesus, their blood will be on our hands.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support through many years.

In His Precious Name,
John and Alta Hatcher

Caixa Postal 112
Urai, PR, Brazil 86280-000
jhatcher[at]uol.com.br

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