VMP: Harold & Ursula Draper

Harold and Ursula Draper served in partnership with BFM for 32½ years from July 1977 – December 2009. Harold describes it this way:

“We served in Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso from 1977-1979 in the Boa Esperanca Baptist Church.

We then went to Sao Luis, State of Maranhao for 8 years from 1980-1988.

Then, back to Mato Grosso for 21 years from 1988-2009.
Our ministry was in church planting, Bible teaching, and construction of church buildings.

Here are some of the churches we either started or nurtured:
In the State of Maranhao: Cruzeiro do Anil Baptist Church; Anajatuba Baptist Church; First Baptist Church, Sao Mateus.
In the State of Mato Grosso: Boa Esperanca Baptist Church; Primavera do Leste Baptist Church; Novo Diamantina Baptist Church; Altos do Coxipo Baptist Church; Jardim do Fortaleza Baptist Church; Characa dos Pinheiros Baptist Church.

We started or helped start at least 10 Baptist churches and preached in many public places during our time in Brazil. Most of these works are still doing well. Since we have left Brazil, two of them have merged and David Hatcher has assisted greatly with in the Novo Diamantina church.

We are presently pastoring Faith Baptist Church in Paducah, KY. We are both 76 years old and slowing down just a little. We’re ready to go to Glory when the Master calls.”

Pray for them!  Reach out to them through every means you can (call, write, e-mail), and let them know you still appreciate them and their service.  They would love to hear from you personally, or from your Sunday School class, or your church leadership.

Harold & Ursula Draper
P. O. Box 395 | Bardwell, KY 42023
270-628-9517 / home phone
270-562-0828 / cell phone
hmdubdbr@yahoo.com


When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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News & Reports – June 2019 Issue [Online Edition]

The Online Edition of June 2019 BFM News & Reports is available at the link below. Read how God is working through the lives of our faithful missionaries and continue to pray for them.

Click here to read the BFM News & Reports – June 2019 edition! 


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2015 Thanksgiving Missions Conference

2015 Thanksgiving Conference61st ANNUAL THANKSGIVING MISSIONS CONFERENCE
November 9-10-11, 2015 New Hope Baptist Church
Dearborn Heights, MI.-Pastor Terry Adkins
“FOUNDED ON THE WORD-FOCUSED ON THE WORLD”
JOHN 17:17

*For directions to New Hope Baptist Church or information on lodging please contact: Pastor Terry Adkins at 313-562-5579 or pastorterrynewhope[at]yahoo.com

MONDAY EVENING, November 9th

5:00 pm     Dinner
6:30 pm     Music
6:45 pm     Singing
7:15 pm     Message: Pastor George Sledd
Jordan Baptist Church, Sanford, FL
8:00 pm     Singing
8:25 pm     Message: Bobby Wacaser
Missionary, Curitiba, Brazil

TUESDAY MORNING, November 10th

9:15 am     Music
9:30 am     Singing
9:45 am     Message: Pastor Michael Jones
Zion Baptist Church, Taylor, MI
10:25 am   Singing
10:30 am   Message: Pastor Doug Armstrong
Lake Road Baptist Church, Clio, MI
11:10 am   Break
11:15 am   Message: Pastor Bob Hopkins
Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Holly, MI
12:00 pm   Lunch

TUESDAY AFTERNOON, November 10th

1:30 pm     BFM Advisory Meeting

TUESDAY EVENING, November 10th

5:00 pm     Dinner
6:30 pm     Music
6:45 pm     Singing
7:15 pm     Message: Pastor Dan Hillard
East Keys Baptist Church, Springfield, IL
8:25 pm     Message: Judson Hatcher
Missionary, Manaus, Brazil

WEDNESDAY MORNING, November 11th

9:45 am     Music
10:00 am   Singing
10:15 am   Message: Kerry Smith, Assistant Pastor
New Heights Baptist Church, Ringgold, GA
11:00 am   Singing
11:15 am   Message: Pastor Harold Draper
7th Street Baptist Church, Cannelton, IN
12:00 pm   Lunch

[You can download a Word document of the 2015 Thanksgiving Conference Schedule by clicking here.]


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Spring Conference Recap [Monday Evening]

 

Our 53rd Annual Spring Conference began this evening at Thompson Road Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

The choir from Thompson Road opened with “Revive Thy Work, O Lord,” and the congregation joined in on the final verse (a slightly different version of the lyrics can be found here), followed by “Holy, Holy, Holy.” ♪

In his opening remarks, Pastor Dave Parks said, “If we’re not doing the work of God, we’re doing the wrong work.” Bro. Kenneth White then prayed specifically for the health of Pastor Glenn Archer, the missionaries, for our hearts to be stirred, and for the Lord to revive His work.

After, we sang the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” ♪ “As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.” ♪


Pastor Harold Draper, former missionary to Brazil 32½ years who now pastors Seventh Street Baptist Church in Cannelton, Illinois, was the first speaker. His text was from Psalm 51:12-13 about reviving the Lord’s work.

What is the Lord’s work? The souls of men. We are His workmanship! So if the Lord revives His work, it will be because He revives His workers. 

Revival fires are started with small pieces of wood–not wagon-loads.

If you want to get close to the Lord, get close to somebody who’s close to the Lord. H.H. Overbey

How can we be revived as His workers and thus His work be revived?
David had two requests in Psalm 51:
1) Restore the joy of His salvation
2) Anoint with His Spirit

Revival is when God’s people rejoice in their salvation.
We’re to never get over the thrill of our salvation! 

Our Salvation:

There was a time when you weren’t saved. At some point, you had to realize you were lost, confess to God you’re a sinner (Titus 3:3), and have a revelation that Jesus died for you (Titus 3:4). In salvation, you have complete and total justification (Romans 3:24) and regeneration–life where there was no life (Titus 3:5). Salvation is a creative act of God that will never go out of existence (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

Don’t take your salvation for granted. Let it motivate you and revive you. (Hebrews 2:3)

Then after you’re revived and made spiritually stronger, THEN you will be effectual in mission work and in the Lord’s work.

“Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.” -Psalm 51:12-13


 ♪ It was fitting to sing “Saved, Saved, Saved” following a message that left you so grateful for your salvation.  

All the Pastors in attendance stood up to represent their churches (probably 20-25??), all the way from Florida, Michigan, and Brazil!

The conference offering was then given (not taken ;)) as Bro. Stanley & Sis. Emily Keyes from Illinois ministered in song through trombone, piano, and voice.  ♪ He died for me!  ♪ This couple has been so faithful to come and play at the Spring Conference for the past 18 years–and what a blessing they are!

 ♪ We then sang “Send the Light.”


Missionary Harold Bratcher, who just retired from 53½ years of service in Brazil, brought the second message, mainly using Habakkuk 3:1-2. “I’m glad to be here, but–excuse my English–I’m even gladder to be saved,” he said, and then broke out singing “Blessed Assurance.” His message was soaked with Scripture and song.

Revival means to reserve something alive, to regain to life and consciousness, to give new strength and energy, to improve the position or condition of.

 ♪ O, the love that drew salvation’s plan. O, the grace that brought it down to man!  ♪

“O Lord, I have heard Thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” -Habakkuk 3:1-2

Bro. Bratcher read much Scripture in his familiar resonate voice–how encouraging!
Romans 1:16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Hosea 14:9
Romans 5:1-11

He reminded us to rejoice in the Lord always! Quit your complaining! Quit your bellyaching!

Do you have the blessed assurance that we have a heavenly Advocate?

He read a passage from Dr. Louis W. Arnold’s devotional book, found in the April 12 devotion, titled “Our Heavenly Advocate.” Satan accuses us day and night, but his accusations amount to nothing because we have an Advocate with the Father!

Safe am I in the hand of God. Isn’t it grand to be a Christian?! Using an illustration with his coin purse, he reminded us that no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand!

He ended his message by reading Romans 8:31-39. Romans 8 begins with no condemnation and ends with no separation.

“Nay, no, não!” he exclaimed. In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

♪ The Love of God is greater far… 


We ended the evening by singing, “He Hideth My Soul.”

♪ His perfect salvation. His wonderful love. I’ll shout with the millions on high! 

We hope you can join us tomorrow! [Schedule]


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June Bean is with the Lord

[Last updated 9:45 am, Thursday, December 13]

It is Wednesday morning, 12 December.  I am adding this update to the report below. Sister Bean’s daughter sent me this email this morning:

Bro Dave, Mom passed peacefully this morning.  We thought it was going to be last night,  and all her kids and grandkids that live in the area were here last night.  We cried and laughed as everybody had a story to tell about her.  She is at peace now.  Thanks for all your prayers and support. 

In Christ, Mary Ellen

Their other daughter, Cathy Pereira, sent us the following note of appreciation:

I just want to thank you for your faithfulness to my mother and father especially after dad went to be with The Lord. I am Cathy Pereira, George and June Bean’s other daughter. They taught us the love of Jesus and that is something that no one can take from us. They were loved everywhere they went and are remembered with very fond memories from friends in Brasil–believers and non-believers as well. They impacted many lives. Thanks for giving them the opportunity to serve their Savior as missionaries in Brasil and for us kids, the opportunity to be a part of that. For us it was home and having married Mauricio we go back as often as we can. And going we always visit the church and visit with our brothers and sisters there. We will miss mom but would not bring her back if we could and I’m positive she would say, “No thank you, I’m staying right where I’m at!” 🙂
Thanks again.

In Christ,
Cathy Pereira

We have posted the arrangements for Sister Bean’s memorial service here.

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Many of you will remember two of our faithful missionaries, George and June Bean. They went to serve the Lord in Brazil in 1964 and labored there for 31 years until their retirement in 1995 from active missionary service. For all of that time, they labored in Sao Luis in the northeastern state of Maranhao with the exception of a couple years when they went to relieve other furloughing missionaries.

Brother George Bean went Home to be with the Lord in May of 2000.  Sister Bean has been in declining health for the past several years and is now in the last days of her earthly life here. Their daughter, Mary Ellen [Bean] Jerden is caring for her now in her home. Mary Ellen sent us this note:

Date: December 9, 2012, 6:27:47 PM EST

Please pray for the Bean family. June Bean who was a missionary along with George Bean for many years in Brasil is not doing well. She has had dementia for several years, but has been declining in last six months. She has been receiving hospice care for about a month and has really been declining. This last week she must have had a stroke, and is just hanging on. Please pray that the Lord will be merciful and take her in a peaceful way. It is hard to watch her struggle to breath, and she looks so tired. I know it is not in our hands, so must wait on the Lord’s timing. One of her wishes was not to go to Nursing Home, and I’m thankful that we have been able to keep her at home. Will let you know when she does pass away.

Thank you, Mary Ellen (Bean) Jerden
maryjerden29 at gmail.com

Her mailing address is:
JUNE BEAN
401 County Road 213
Hollywood, AL 35752

Ada Mayfield Hunter

Also – Ada Mayfield Hunter is the widow of Del Mayfield. They served the Lord as missionaries in Peru for 18 years [1960-1978]. She, too, is in weak health and is currently residing in a skilled nursing facility in Litchfield. IL. She suffers from congestive heart failure with the accompanying shortness of breath and swelling from fluid retention. Their daughter, Loretta Hokenson, lives nearby and cares for her mother daily.

Please offer prayers to God also for her and her family.

You may correspond with Sister Mayfield-Hunter at Loretta’s address:
ADA MAYFIELD HUNTER
c/o LORETTA HOKENSON
305 South Street
Coffeen IL 62017

Harold Draper

Missionary-Pastor Harold Draper is still rehabilitating from his double-knee-replacement surgery on November 29. He has been receiving his rehab therapies in the Lourdes Hospital in Paducah KY – but as of today, Tuesday [December 11], he is being discharged home. He will continue his rehab exercises nearby where he lives. They request and appreciate our continuing prayers for him and Ursula.

Their home phone #: 270.628.9517
Their cell #: 270.562.0828

Their mailing address is:
HAROLD AND URSULA DRAPER
P.O. Box 395
Bardwell, KY 42023

All three of these dear servants of the Lord are faithful missionaries who have served in support partnership through BFM, and are currently receiving service pensions from BFM.


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HAROLD DRAPER SURGERY

Missionary-Pastor Harold Draper underwent double knee-replacement surgery yesterday,[Thursday, 29 November] at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah KY.  The surgery went well, for which we praise God.  He and his wife, Ursula, faithfully served the Lord in Brasil for more than 30 years as missionaries supported through Baptist Faith Missions.  He is currently pastor of the Seventh Street Baptist Church in Cannelton IN.

I spoke with Sister Draper about an hour after the surgery, and she told me everything at that time was going the ways they had anticipated. He was in recovery, and the surgeons had told her the two replacements were successful.

They anticipate he will be there at Lourdes for maybe 3-4 days, and then be transferred to a rehabilitation facility for an additional 7-10 days. Estimated time for total recovery before being discharged home – maybe two weeks.

The hospital switchboard number is 270.444.2444. He is in room #618.

Ursula was corresponding with me from his cell #: 270.562.5523.

She [and he] are especially requesting that we continue to pray for them.


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