May 4, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We were glad to hear through my parents that you had a good Spring Conference. Thanks, Thompson Road Baptist Church for hosting this conference and for all who worked so hard to make it happen.
The past month has been marked by meetings with people from the past in whose lives God is working. Sometimes we just about give up on any progress taking place in lives of people but continue to pray for them. Then God surprises us by bringing them back across our path or bringing about notable changes in them. That has been the case with several people this month and has been very encouraging.
Near the end of this month we are planning a baptismal service. Two believers have asked to be baptized and we hope there will be several more. There are others who come regularly and who have made professions of faith but have not been baptized. Although only about 2% of people attend the Catholic church with any regularity in our town and over half claim to be atheist, they usually come when asked to a baptism. In the cultural mind, it is similar to being invited to a wedding and you would not want to hurt the invitee’s feelings. So, we have always had a number of guests at baptisms and we give a short message clearly presenting the gospel.
One of the men in our congregation led the service for the first time three weeks ago and did an excellent job. Also, last Sunday, a young 7th grade lady who is the only one in her family (neighbors and friends of ours) accompanied singing for part of the music worship. I am including a picture Judy took of her playing for the first time in Church service.
Judy and I are in good health. We thank God for your faithful support which enables us to be ambassadors for Christ here in southern France. God has enabled us to have a ministry which touches a number of cities. You are a part of this ministry. May God bless each of you, provide for your needs and use you where you are.
In Christ in Southern France,
John and Judy
John and Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France