Missionary Update: Harold Bratcher on Permanent Furlough from Brazil [September 2013]

Harold Bratcher served the Lord in the Amazon Valley for 52 years from July 15, 1959 through December 29, 2012. His dear wife, Marie, faithfully served with him for 51 years until her death in February 2011. The Bratchers organized over 20 Baptist churches and many other missions in Brazil. He is now on permanent furlough in Kentucky, still in the service of the Savior.

September 10, 2013

Dear Brothers of the Blessed Lord and Sisters of the Savior:

Once again we (Asa Mark and I) greet you not from the Amazon Valley of Brazil, South America, but from our temporary warm 88 degrees and cloudy Kentucky home where the sun is not shinning bright right now. We thank The Lord that we do have a home in Lexington, Kentucky, in the Hamburg area, that we hope to move into before the end of this month.

This Mission Sheets month began July 10 and finishes today. During this period I heard 14 sermons, or Bible studies. I also had the privilege of preaching at the Labor Day Conference, at the East Keys Baptist Church, in Springfield, Illinois where Bro. Dan Hillard is the esteemed pastor. I was the first speaker on Monday, after hearing Bro. Bob Jones, Bro. David Pitman, Bro. Bobby Greene and Bro. Steve Wainwright. We enjoyed a most blessed time of great hospitality, great food and fellowship. We also participated in a small way in a good offering for Baptist Faith Missions. Thank you East Keys Baptist Church for the good accommodations and love offering. We also appreciate Bro. and Sis. Greene, who drove us to and from Springfield. They were excellent traveling companions and we look forward to going with them to the Thanksgiving Conference, The Lord willing. I am scheduled to be the second speaker on Tuesday morning, the 26th of November. Looking forward to speaking and seeing many of you there.

During this Mission Sheets period, we have also attended services at the following churches: Linden Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Ky; Clays Mills Baptist Church, Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, and our home church, David’s Fork Baptist Church, all here in Lexington. We also had the privilege in July of celebrating dear Sister Ella J. Casey’s 92 Birthday. She has been a blessing to the Bratchers for over 60 years and still is.

I hope to continue to be a blessing to and see many of you, during this first year of my permanent furlough. I would like to report and thank each of you that have supported us during these past 53 years. The Lord permitting, until next month.

Yours in the Service of the Savior,

Harold Bratcher.

Yours in the Service of the Savior,
Harold Bratcher

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