May 14, 2014
Wanda and I have been in Brazil for 40 years. During this period we have taken only one full year furlough. Surprise! We have now begun a year furlough to help our elderly parents find a place and accompany them. John and Alta Hatcher have been in Brazil for nearly 60 years and are now 89 years old. Wanda’s mom, Willa McGary, along with Wanda’s deceased dad, served as missionaries in Appalachia for 35 years. After Wanda’s only sibling, Ross McGary, passed away in December, her mom came to live with us in Brazil. Being away from friends in an all Portuguese environment with different customs made life very difficult for her at 89 years of age.
For the time being, the five of us are living at the mission house in Lexington. We hope to soon relocate to Florida to allow us better access to the work in Brazil.
We have all been enjoying the company of long-time friends and family, many of whom we had not seen for many years. We had an enjoyable time at the spring mission conference. It was uplifting and edifying. Dad and I were both privileged to speak and tell about the great things God is doing in Brazil. Thompson Road Baptist, under the leadership of Pastor Dave Parks, was a great host. We wish to express our thanks to the pastor and members and all who contributed to make the conference a great time of enjoyment and fellowship.
We thank you for your financial support and, most of all, your prayers.
We will be available to speak and share missions. We can be contacted at: (239) 227-6551 or rphatcher[at]gmail.com.
Paul & Wanda