Open Opportunities to Share about the Savior at Breakfast Meetings, Piano Recitals, Dinners

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

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

September 1, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our house has seemed a bit empty the past week since David, Dulce and their children returned home to Chicago. We enjoyed immensely the time we had with this part of our family.

I am getting this letter off quickly before heading over to the next town to have dinner with Philip and his family in the home of one of their neighbors. The host family is a young couple with a two young boys that have had a good relationship with Amanda and Philip for several years. Judy and I had only a visual acquaintance with them until a couple of months ago when we got to know them better at a piano recital of Amanda’s music students. The young man recently started taking piano lessons with Amanda. After the recital this young man seemed quite interested in discussing spiritual things. Pray for this and many other ongoing relationships that we and all of our congregation has with friends and family members. Over 90% of people who trust Christ hear of Him and become convinced that He is the Savior through the influence of friends or family members.

Service at Philip and Amanda’s

Service at Philip and Amanda’s

This morning we had breakfast with the men of our congregation. We try to do this about once a month. These our great times of fellowship and are an important way to encourage one another to love and good works. This morning seemed to be one of the best breakfast meetings with have had. Two of the men spoke of the impact our church has had on them and their families. One of these men grew up in a non-religious family and the other in a catholic family. They expressed their gratitude for what they have learned and experienced with us in getting to know God and in the fellowship of the congregation. Another man, Yoann, who perhaps loves these breakfast meetings more than any who come has not confessed faith in Christ. He has met with our church regularly along with his believing wife and children for several years. He began our conversation by sharing how God had protected him and his family during their recent vacation trip to Italy. They had crossed the bridge in Genoa less than two days before it collapsed on the 14th of August killing 37 persons. The conversation developed along the lines of eternity, our life on earth, eternal life and witnessing to those who do not have faith in God. Yoann told about conversations with his brother who is a virulent atheist. Both of their parents, who died when their children were teenagers, were atheist. Please pray for the salvation of these brothers.

During the time that David and his family were staying with us this summer, our Sunday meetings were held in the home of Philip and Amanda. It is wonderful working together with them here. I am including a couple of pictures of this past Sunday meeting in their home.

Thanks for your prayers and support,
John and Judy

John Mark & Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

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Encouraging Month of Events in France

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

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

November 6, 2016

Dear Partners in the service of the Lord,

The month has seemed to pass so quickly. Sitting near bedtime after a wonderful Sunday I remembered that I was overdue on sending you news of how things have been going here.

The events of this month have been very encouraging to us. Earlier in the month we had Vacation Bible School and most of the teaching was done by those who years ago participated as children. They have trusted the Lord and have a good knowledge of His Word as a result of daily Bible reading, good teaching and mentoring. It is great to see the commitment and development of these young people.

Our youth meeting this past week was again well attended with 16 young people. A couple of these were here for the first time. The interest of teens who keep coming and show an interest in the Bible studies causes us to rejoice. Two young ladies who have been attending the youth meetings for some time were in church for the first time this morning.  One is from a Muslim family and the other from a family that has no religious practice.

We are very encouraged by what is taking place in the Bible Study centered in Mazere. This Bible Study is now meeting on a rotating basis in 4 different homes and the folks in this area are really stepping up to the plate. There are more participants and the interest is very good. Seeing believers grow up and reach out to others is very encouraging.

There are a number of other ways that we see God at work in the lives of His children and seeing how He has answered our prayers is very encouraging. Our church has meetings in 8 different cities now.  However, there are still many all around us who need Christ. Please pray with us that God will give them a hunger for Christ and that they will respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

There are scores of cities within an hour’s driving distance of us that have no Gospel witness of any kind; no church of any kind that gives even the most rudimentary presentation of salvation in Jesus Christ. Please ask God to open doors, to raise up messengers of the Good News, and to enable us to effectively present Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your faithful support.

From France,
John and Judy Hatcher

John and Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

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God Connects Believers in Unique Ways

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

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

August 6, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Yesterday evening about 9pm, as I was lying back in a garden chair enjoying the sunset and talking to the Lord, I realized that I had not yet written my August newsletter. So, here it is a bit late. Judy and I have been back home in France for about a month. At the beginning of July we enjoyed a wonderful week with all of our children and grandchildren. It had been 10 years since we had been together with all of our children and since then God has given us 8 more grandchildren for a total of 12.

As in the US, this is the vacation time between school years and therefore our attendance is reduced considerably. Most of the families in our congregation are originally from other areas of France and moved to this area for jobs. During vacation they often return to be near their extended families elsewhere in France. However, we have had good services and Bible studies with those who are here.

We have also had the opportunity to spend some time with some of our neighbors who need the Lord. Inviting neighbors for dinner is a great way to share Christ. We have had several good conversations during the last couple of weeks. One of our backyard neighbors informed us that the folks who had moved in across the street from them were “protestants” and so she had told them about us. We had been watching to catch them at home to invite them to services. A couple of weeks ago there was a knock on our front door and it was the sister of the new “protestant” neighbor asking about services. A couple of days later, she, her son and her brother were here for Sunday services. They indeed are believers who have moved here from an African country. Their father is a pastor. This illustrates a number of things: News spreads fast and people take note of the arrival of believers in their neighborhood. Christians are noticeable because they are a small minority. Only about 1 in every 200 people claim to be evangelical believers in France and most of these are immigrants from other countries.

Speaking of immigrants from other countries, about the time we arrived home I was contacted by Bruno, a Baptist young man from Portugal. His wife is a pediatrician and they have lived in France for a year. They live about 120 miles north of us and we are the closest Baptist church to them that he has found. Baptist believers are very scarce. Only one in every 21,667 people in France claim to be Baptist (of any kind). That is less than 0.005%. Look up the statistics for your state. So, you understand how I often realize that the picture is not so clear to many American believers when some well-meaning person in America says to me something like, “Things are about as bad spiritually here as they are in France.”

So, the couple I just mentioned are planning on driving down to be with us tomorrow.  He was saved 6 years ago when he attended a baptismal service of a Baptist church in his town in northern Portugal. He was formerly a devout Catholic. So, you may be asking, “How did he find you?” This is what he wrote to me, “aujourd’hui, Dieu m’a mis dans ma tête de rechercher dans les liens de missions américaines. Dans le lien https://www.baptistfaithmissions.org/John_Mark_and_Judy_Hatcher.aspx, je vous trouvez comme missionnaire en France. Quelle merveille de Dieu! “—which translates as, “Today God gave me the idea of looking up links for American missionaries. On the site www.baptistfaithmissions.org/John_Mark_and_Judy_Hatcher.aspx I found you who are missionaries in France. What a wonderful blessing from God!”

So, take time now to thank God for the work that Sarah Wainright and others do and have done to make our news available online! This is not the first time we have been found this way.  And, be careful what you post online including Facebook! The world is watching!

Thank all of you for your faithful support and prayers.  May God richly bless you.

Joyfully serving in France,
John and Judy

John and Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

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Missionary Update: John Mark & Judy Hatcher in France [May 2016]

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

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

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.

A young 7th grade lady accompanies the congregation on piano.

A young 7th grade lady accompanies the congregation on piano for the first time.

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
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

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Missionary Update: John Mark & Judy Hatcher in France [July 2013]

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

July 1, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Cast your bread upon the waters,
For you will find it after many days.
In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.
(Ecclesiastes 11:1,6)

The preceding passage in the concluding portion of Ecclesiastes has often been an encouragement to me. The value of this inspired advice was once again evident in some of the events that took place in June. I will share a bit that might also encourage you.

On Wednesday nights, I have Bible study with a young man named Samuel. We have studied through the Gospel according to John and are now in the letter to the Romans. This young engineer had not made a profession of faith though we have been studying the Bible together weekly for nearly a year. Because he comes straight from work we enjoy Judy’s good cooking each Wednesday evening before diving into the Bible. As we ate a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned how long we had been having the studies together and I did not quite see where the conversation was heading. However, at the end of our study that evening, he again said something similar and then added, “I was wondering when I could get baptized.” He then went on to share how he had always seen Christianity as do, do, do and that now he could see that it was a joy to live out what Christ has done for us. He has trusted Christ and will be baptized next Sunday.

In the middle of the month, the community choir that I sing in had a planned a retreat. I was not particularly interested in going because my worldview is so different from the other members of the choir. However, remembering that I joined this choir to make friends to whom I could witness of Christ, I signed up to go. Most of the members of this choir are atheists or agnostics. You could count on the fingers of one hand those who are religious and they know nothing about the Christ of the Scriptures. During this weekend, I was able to “sow the Good Seed” in several lengthy and in depth conversations. I do not know “which will prosper” but I will mention an event that happened the following week that underscores the importance of sowing.

As Judy and I were praying Wednesday morning following the above mentioned retreat, there was a knock at the front door. When I opened the front door a lady from the next block over was standing there with her two young boys. We met this lady at the annual neighborhood picnic a year ago. She immediately asked if we had Bible instruction for children. We had invited these two boys to our last “Vacation Bible Club” and they did not come. We often speak to this lady as we pass in front of her house walking. We pray for her and many of our other neighbors nearly every day by name. A school mate of the oldest boy informed him that God was still alive. He came home and told his mother who decided that they needed some instruction about God. However, she told us that she did not want them to be taught lies so she came to us. The two sons have been to Sunday school that last two weeks. Their mother told me that when they arrived home the first Sunday, they said, “We want to make sure and go back next Sunday.”

The mother expressed an interest in studying the Bible with Judy and I, along with her husband. Yesterday, we had this year’s neighborhood picnic and once again made new friends to whom we can witness. We had some good conversations about spiritual matters. One of the neighbors, who lives across the street from us, announced to several of us who were sitting together what a blessing it was to listen to our services from his house. He also mentioned how much better our Sunday School was than Catholic Catechism.

So, “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)

Sowing in France with your help,
John and Judy Hatcher

4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

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Missionary Update: John Mark & Judy Hatcher in France [May 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 Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We hope this finds you enjoying the Lord’s blessings. Thanks for your faithful support. We have had good church meetings during this month with a good attendance. Several of those who come are not believers. The believers seem to be growing in the Lord.

My brother Paul and his wife, Wanda were here for a 10 day visit. This was their first time to come to France. We enjoyed immensely the opportunity to converse about the things of the Lord. It had been many years since we had been able to do so. Paul spoke to our congregation one Sunday and also to the youth in the young peoples meeting. None of these young people have made a profession of faith but we see indications that the Lord is at work in the hearts of some of them. Once there are young people participating, if they feel loved, they will bring their friends. We are thankful for the open door that God is giving us with this age group.

We now have adult Bible studies on-going in the Book of the Revelation, Luke, I Timothy, John (3 different studies), Ephesians, and another which is topical. Our goal is to help believers grow up in Christ as they study God’s Word and put it into practice in their lives.

French people tend to spend a lot of time outdoors. Sunny weather and longer days give us many opportunities to visit with people and this opens doors to share the gospel. One of our neighbors organizes a neighborhood potluck dinner at the beginning of each summer and this will happen again this year. As we eat with folks, they are often inquisitive and open to hearing about our faith in Christ. We would be grateful for your prayers concerning these contacts.

Yesterday, the citizens of France elected a new president. In a few weeks we will have legislative elections. Presidential elections are approaching in the USA. This should remind us to pray for all men, especially for those who are in positions of leadership as we are instructed to do in I Timothy chapter 2.

Thanks again for your faithful support and prayers. God is using you to help us in the Cause of Christ and the spread of the Good News here.

Gratefully in Christ,

John and Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

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