Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher of Brazil [December 2011]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

December 1, 2011

Dear Brethren,
We thank the Lord for each of you for your prayers and support for the many years we have been in Brazil. We thank the Lord for the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren He has given to us. Every day is filled with His blessings. In spite of advanced age and some physical problems on my part, “Jesus is the sweetest Name we know, and He is just the same as His precious Name and that is why we love Him so.”

Building in Assai
Last week Brother Carlos Chaves and his wife, Linda, were guests at our home. They are from the Chapada Baptist Church in Manaus, the first church plant we made in Brazil. He came here to start the preliminary work on finishing the building in Assai. I went with him to Assai the first day to introduce him to certain persons and places where materials can be bought, room and board can be planned and the City Hall.

During the month of January a group of ten men are coming from the Chapada Church to finish the building. Praise God for the generosity of that church who is sending the men and paying the expense of materials and building. Praise God with us for their gift.

Personal News
Alta and I are rejoicing for the success of her cataract operations. She never stops. I have had some problems with dizziness. One morning I fell two times: One getting to the bathroom and another in the bathroom. The fall in the bathroom was bad and I hit my head on the tile wall, but, praise the Lord, no broken bones, just a few bruises.

Kathy was down to visit us for a few days and that is like a breath of sunshine. Her son, Jonatas, came with her. She came on our wedding anniversary and said she wanted to take us to McDonald’s for lunch. That is in the city of Londrina and I do not drive there, so that was a joy. My three earthly loves are: McIntosh, McDonalds and McKeehan (Alta’s maiden name). Alta and I were married sixty-four years on December 20th. God has blessed us beyond our faintest dreams. All glory and honor to Him!

Great News From Children
In France, God has shown special blessing in new contacts in the work there. We rejoice with John Mark and Judy in His blessings.

This end of the year the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where Paul is pastor, has established about fourteen new churches and ordained twelve new pastors. Paul and Wanda will be arriving December 29th. He will be the speaker at our annual camp in the first week of January.

The Chapada Baptist Church presented for twenty-two days a Special Drama starting with Creation and ending with the resurrection of Jesus. During the presentations over 50,000 persons attended the event and 2,523 persons made professions of faith in Christ. The largest TV in Brazil gave them a three minute coverage on national TV. There is a follow up on those who trusted Christ as Savior.

Rejoice with us as we begin the year of 2012.

Sincerely, in His Name,
John and Alta Hatcher
Caixa Postal 112
Urai, PR, Brazil 86280-000