August 4, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing this letter to you from the Chicago where we will be during the month of August. On July 19, Téo Hatcher was born to David and Dulce Hatcher. He is their third son and our 10th grandchild. A few days after the birth we arrived to help the family. We are grateful for the good health of mother and child, that we have this wonderful privilege of being here with them and to visit with others in our family.
Philip, Amanda and their children just returned to France after visiting with family in the USA this school vacation. God has provided the means for them to do this once every two years. Things would be very different in France if we did not have Philip, Amanda and their children working together with us. We thank God for placing us together in the endeavor that He has set before us.
During the one Sunday that neither Philip or I were there, the services took place with the participation of the French believers. The report we received is that things went very well. Our long term goal is to leave behind us completely self supporting, autonomous churches with leaders from among those that God has provided. We see progress on many fronts, but would like to see committed leaders from among those that have come to Christ there. Please, pray with us for progress in this area.
Yesterday, I had the joy of meeting with the East Keys Baptist Church in Springfield, IL. We had a wonderful day in the Lord. I had promised Dan Hillard that I would visit the church where he is pastor during the next trip to the USA. The loaned car from Adam and Lydia Reece made it possible to drive to Springfield to spend this blessed day with these folks that we love in the Lord. Thank You brothers and sisters of East Keys Baptist church for sharing this day with me. And, thank all of you churches and individuals who support us faithfully and have done so for such a long time. We will not be able to see most of you during this short visit to the USA .
As my parents and Paul and Wanda Hatcher are on furlough, I will be with them for a few days. I write this letter with great joy, grateful for the parents, children and grandchildren that God has given us. Judy and I both were led to the Lord by our parents who also taught and set a good example for us. As we observe how God is working in the lives of our children and extended family our “cup is full and running over”.
Rejoice in the Lord this month. He has and is doing great things.
Serving with you,
John and Judy
John and Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France