Missionary Update: John Mark & Judy Hatcher in France [June 2012]

Missionaries John Mark and Judy Hatcher have been serving the Lord in Tournefeuille, France since 1999. They define their ministry as “disciple-making,”

Dear Co-Laborers,

We thank God for the blessings He has showered on us during the past month. You are among those blessings. Your faithful giving enables us to continue doing the work God has called us to do. Your prayers make us effective. The Sunday meetings in Tournefeuille have been well attended and there is evidence of growth in those who are believers. The Bible studies in various locations are also doing well with interested participants.

About half of the attendees in the Bible studies and Sunday meetings have not professed faith in Christ. It is encouraging when we notice their interest in spiritual matters, especially when they ask questions which indicate the Spirit of God is at work in their hearts and the Word of God is having an impact on their thinking. This has been the case this month with some of those who have not yet made professions of faith.

Attentive listeners in a children's class at Tournefeuille

We have also had a number of opportunities to present the Good News in contacts outside of regular meetings. This is very important and usually results from a long term commitment to the process that starts with making contact and continues with the training of disciples after they have publicly committed their lives to Christ. Activities involved take place in this sequence:

  1. Look for opportunities to make new acquaintances.
  2. Spend time with people with whom we become acquainted
  3. Listen to people in order to know them and build up credibility to get a valid hearing for the gospel.
  4. Converse with people about God, His Word, and the Good News in Jesus Christ.
  5. Pray continually during all of these steps since we can do nothing. It is Christ Who works through us.
  6. Read and study the Bible with those who show an interest. We usually begin studying through the Gospel according to John.
  7. Continue to study the Word of God with those who make a profession of faith helping them discover and put into practice the commands of Christ. This includes Baptism and participation in the assembly of believers using the abilities that God has given each one for the good of the body of believers and a witness to non-believers.

A number of important activities are on the books for the next couple of weeks. They will be history by the time many of you read this letter. Those who received the news electronically can pray for the upcoming Youth meeting, Ladies day, and Gospel concert. Please pray for Yoann, the husband of one of the believers. He attends regularly and needs Christ.

Your team mates for Christ in France,

John and Judy Hatcher

4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France

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