FaithWORKS Report [March 2013]

April 22-24
Hosted by Thompson Road Baptist Church | Lexington, KY | Dave Parks, Pastor
Block these dates and plan to attend.

The theme for our Conference is “O LORD, REVIVE YOUR WORK!” based on Habakkuk’s prayer in Habakkuk 3.2.

Be checking our website’s FaithWorks Blog and Events pages for the complete Conference program. One of the prominent features of this Spring Conference will be the presence of two of our most veteran missionaries: Harold Bratcher and John and Alta Hatcher. Brother Bratcher is retiring from 53½ years of active and faithful overseas service and is relocating here in the States. John and Alta Hatcher are marking 58 years of missionary service in Brasil. We will be blessed to have these faithful servants of the Lord in our Conference services – and we want to take this opportunity to recognize them and express our love and gratitude to God and to them for their exemplary service.

LBC ALUMNI BREAKFASTPicture courtesy of

WHEN: Thursday, April 25 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
[This will be the Thursday morning following the conclusion of the BFM Spring Missions Conference.]
WHERE: The old Ashland Avenue Church Building at 163 North Ashland Avenue; Lexington, Kentucky
COST: No cost for the breakfast
Alumni, Family, & Friends Welcome!

For more information, please correspond with Michael Campbell at jacknjackie [at]  


Our General Fund supplies the essential disbursements we make to our missionaries each month for their salary, standard expense funds, hospitalization premiums, and their correspondences with you through this Mission Sheets.

The total disbursement each month just for these Essential Maintenance Transactions is $46,039.61. That amount must be supplied each month from the General Fund to supply these commitments. If we don’t receive sufficient offerings to meet these commitments, then we will necessarily have to REDUCE the deposits we make to your missionaries’ accounts.

We want to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU who gives faithfully and generously to our General Fund each month. We do talk with some of you as we meet up with you from place to place and try to express our profound gratitude to God for you. YOUR OFFERINGS TO THE GENERAL FUND DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY PREVENTED US FROM HAVING TO REDUCE OUR MONTHLY COMMITMENTS TO OUR MISSIONARIES DURING THIS MONTH OF MARCH. For that, we thank you – and thank God for you!


You will note in the Contributions Record in this issue that an additional $1,250.00 was given for our current Thanksgiving Offering last month. We bless God for each one of you who has given to this offering. We are still running $4000.00 behind last year’s total offering – and last year’s Thanksgiving Offering did not carry us through to the end of 2012 to meet our missionaries’ support services. But, we know that you who have given have done so faithfully, generously, and faithfully – and we bless God for every one of you.

The offering is still open for your contributions – or re-contributions as God supplies you with the ability to give.

These offerings are essential to fulfilling the financial benefits and commitments we have made to provide for their needs and to support all the activities required to keep their ministries going.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY TO GOD – AND ASK HIM TO GIVE YOU A GENEROUS OFFERING TO CONTRIBUTE! ‘THANK YOU!’ to every one who has contributed this year to make this offering what it is!


June is our Founders Month and we will be asking you again for a special Founders Month Offering. We want to revive this giving ministry to help us continue to provide for our missionaries’ needs. Nothing we ever ask for or do is for any personal benefit to any of us – but everything is so we can continue to meet the commitments we have made to our missionaries so they can continue their daily ministries unhindered and undistracted by a lack of financial supplies.

Will you be praying ahead to June – and plan to participate with your church in a fellowship-wide FOUNDERS MONTH OFFERING?


Harold Bratcher is retiring from 53½ years of active and faithful missionary service in Manaus, Brazil, and is relocating to live here in the States. He is selling his home in Manaus and is seeking to purchase a home here. If you wish to contact him before he establishes a permanent address, you may contact him at: 859.277.3716 / 1012 Balsam Drive, Lexington KY 40504 / or through his email address:


  • MIKE AND BEV CREIGLOW – PRAISE GOD for God’s continuing work through all the ministries of First Baptist Church, Cruzeiro do Sul
  • JOHN AND ALTA HATCHER – PRAY that God will give them a good and safe trip to the States for our Spring Conference – and that God will sustain them with physical and spiritual strength.
  • JOHN AND JUDY HATCHER – PRAISE GOD for increasing interest among the young people they are reaching. PRAY for God to make the Word-seed grow in the hearts of those who recently completed their Bible reading adventure.
  • A.J. AND BARB HENSLEY – PRAY for two Conferences they are planning this year. PRAISE GOD for the people He is bringing to their new church plant and for the open doors of witnessing the Gospel.
  • NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD – PRAY always for the struggling church plant in Shangalamwe. They are continuing to instruct and encourage indigenous church independence and growth.
  • ROGER AND JULIE TATE – PRAY for God to make His work grow in Kenya. PRAY over his letter and chart outlining their groups they are forming under the leadership of Titus.
  • SHERIDAN AND ANITA STANTON – PRAISE GOD for a safe return to Peru and for delivering them through many obstacles. PRAISE GOD also for increases in their missions and new converts to Christ.
  • BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER – PRAY for God to raise up a pastoral leader for the new mission work in Corbelia. PRAISE GOD for the continuing open doors God is giving them for sharing the Gospel.
  • PAUL AND WANDA HATCHER – PRAISE GOD for the continuing good news from their church plants and for the harvest of converts God is bringing in.

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