FaithWORKS Report [February 2013]

April 22-24
Hosted by Thompson Road Baptist Church | Lexington, KY | Dave Parks, Pastor
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The theme for our Conference is “O LORD, REVIVE YOUR WORK!” based on Habakkuk’s prayer in Habakkuk 3.2.

Be checking our website’s FaithWorks Blog and Events pages for the complete Conference program. One of the prominent features of this Spring Conference will be the presence of two of our most veteran missionaries: Harold Bratcher and John and Alta Hatcher. Brother Bratcher is retiring from 52½ years of active and faithful overseas service and is relocating here in the States. John and Alta Hatcher are marking 58 years of missionary service in Brasil. We will be blessed to have these faithful servants of the Lord in our Conference services – and we want to take this opportunity to recognize them and express our love and gratitude to God and to them for their exemplary service.


You will note in the Contributions Record in The Mission Sheets that an additional $5,883.00 was given for our current Thanksgiving Offering. We bless God for each one of you who has given to this offering. We are still running significantly behind on what we will need to complete the commitments for our missionaries through the current year. But, we know that you who have given have done so faithfully, generously, and faithfully.

The offering is still open for your contributions – or re-contributions as God supplies you with the ability to give.

These offerings are essential to fulfilling the financial benefits and commitments we have made to provide for their needs and to support all the activities required to keep their ministries going.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY TO GOD – AND ASK HIM TO GIVE YOU A GENEROUS OFFERING TO CONTRIBUTE! ‘THANK YOU!’ to every one who has contributed this year to make this offering what it is!


Our General Fund supplies the essential disbursements we make to our missionaries each month for their salary, standard expense funds, hospitalization premiums, and their correspondences with you through the Mission Sheets.

The total disbursement each month just for these Essential Maintenance Transactions is $46,039.61. That amount must be supplied each month from the General Fund to supply these commitments. If we don’t receive sufficient offerings to meet these commitments, then we will necessarily have to REDUCE the deposits we make to your missionaries’ accounts.

Please do this right now – note the amount given each month to the General Fund [click here to view the January 2013 Mission Sheet in PDF format] and compare it with the above amount of standing committed disbursements. Please give all you can to the General Fund to help us NOT have to reduce the disbursements we make to them.

If every one of us increases our contributions to the monthly General Fund by even a few dollars, we can more than supply these essential needs for our missionaries.

Our love, praises to God, and repeated ‘THANK YOU!’ to each one of you who gives to the General Fund each month!

“For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings to God!” 2 Corinthians 9.12


Harold Bratcher is retiring from 52½ years of active and faithful missionary service in Manaus, Brazil, and is relocating to live here in the States. He is selling his home in Manaus and is seeking to purchase a home here. If you wish to contact him before he establishes a permanent address, you may contact him at: 859.277.3716 / 1012 Balsam Drive, Lexington KY 40504 / or through his email address:


  • ODALI AND KATHY BARROS – PRAISE GOD for increases in their church’s outreach and God’s work in transforming lives.
  • MIKE AND BEV CREIGLOW – PRAISE GOD for God’s work especially in interior mission works – and how about that 9-year-old protégé, Carlos!  PRAY that we will be calling ‘Timothy’ in coming years!
  • JOHN AND ALTA HATCHER – PRAY that God will give them a good and safe trip to the States for our Spring Conference.  Continue to PRAY also and always for God’s hand to work in Assai.  PRAISE GOD also for these faithful and fruitful evangelists and church-planting warriors – 58 years and still going!
  • JOHN AND JUDY HATCHER – PRAISE GOD for continuing ‘providential encounters’ God gives them to witness the Gospel to unbelievers.  God is at work even when they walk the dog!
  • A.J. AND BARB HENSLEY – PRAY for their new church plant, Caragua Baptist Church.  PRAISE GOD for the people He is bringing and for the life-changes the Holy Spirit is working.
  • NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD – PRAY always for the struggling church plant in Shangalamwe.  PRAY also for their move out of their current home into a new one.
  • ROGER AND JULIE TATE – PRAY for God to cover them and shield them with His Spirit from the discouragements of ministry and many adversities – and also that the Lord will establish the infant church at Shangalamwe.  PRAY also that the Lord will direct their works going forward.
  • SHERIDAN AND ANITA STANTON – PRAISE GOD for a safe return to Peru and for delivering them through many obstacles.  PRAISE GOD also for increases in their missions and new converts to Christ.
  • BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER – PRAY for them and their church as they seek to reach other neighborhoods, especially Corbelia.  PRAISE GOD for progress and growth in their church.
  • JUD AND RAQUEL HATCHER – PRAY for God’s direction in a possible new church plant [already!] in another state, Goias.  PRAY and PRAISE God for growth in Active Baptist Church – and for growing problems and pains.
  • HAROLD BRATCHER – PRAY for his continuing health and strength and for the sale of his house in Manaus.