A Month of Quarantine with 4 Kids in Brazil

Raquel serves the Lord with her husband Jud and their family in São Paulo, Brazil. Their main ministry is church planting.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I hope this letter finds you well and joyful, despite the circumstances. As you can imagine, we also are facing the threat of this new virus. The city of São Paulo has been in quarantine since March 20th. All schools, public and private, were closed, as well as non-essential businesses. Those who can are staying at home as much as possible. Our kids transitioned from traditional schooling to online home schooling. That in itself has been a major challenge. I thank God for my husband, who has helped them adjust to distance learning, and daily assists our four children in their studies. We had two computers, now we are trying borrow two more in order to accommodate their needs. Overall, they are doing amazing. Laura had all A’s this past quarter, Sarah and Benjamin also had A’s and B’s. Melissa has more difficulties, as she was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and memory problems, although she was also placed in the superior range for IQ. We ask your prayers regarding this subject. We do our best to find strategies and didactic approaches to teach her, but we notice that, in many ways, it has affected her self-worth. But we are blessed. Sarah turned fifteen on May 30th and Ben turned twelve on May 24th. Laura will be fourteen on July 20th, and Melissa will be nine December 1st. During this time of social distance, they have not left the house, so we try to keep them busy with different fun family activities, tasty meals and treats. They also enjoy videoconferencing with friends and family.

Hatchers at Home

Regarding myself, I have been substituting for a missionary friend in his coordination position of a Christian Fostercare Project. He asked me to replace him temporary, as he needed to be with his family. He and his wife have five children and one of them, a 10-year-old boy, has battled leukemia for almost two years. A few weeks ago, he received a bone marrow transplant, but he is in critical condition. He has been hospitalized for the past seven weeks. There are hundreds of people interceding for his life and for his family. Please, pray for them also.

Our church, like most of them here in Brazil, has been meeting online to pray and encourage each other. One of the ladies who meets with us also has cancer and she does chemotherapy. Pray for her, and her husband and daughter.

I would also like to share about another friend of mine; we were neighbors during my graduate school, and since then we have been best friends. One year and six months ago, she was diagnosed with cancer in her pancreas. During this time, she did all the treatment she could at John Hopkins Hospital. For some months it was in remission, and it seemed to be fine. But now, she is sick again, and with little hope any treatment will help. I have been supporting her during this long journey, and I feel very sad. She adopted a little boy just five years ago. I ask you to please pray for my friend, her name is Vanessa Martiny. She lives in Pennsylvania, she is a believer in Jesus, she has a strong faith, and she holds on to the hope she has in Christ.

We sure live in difficult times. But we remember what the apostle Paul said in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are the happiest people in the world because we know there is so much more ahead of us. Thank you for reading. Thank you for praying, thank you for supporting us with your finances, thank you for caring. May God give you peace and joy.

Much love,
Raquel Hatcher

Raquel teaching kids at church

Contact Info:
Jud & Raquel Hatcher
São Paulo, Brazil

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Day Camp with Great Fellowship, Special Guest Speaker

Jud and Raquel Hatcher serve the Lord in São Paulo, Brazil. They are part of the “SeedFactory” church planting initiative, which is a movement to plant churches in all 26 Brazilian capitals. Since 2006, 43 churches have been started in 5 states.

December 6, 2019

Dear friends,

May the Lord bless you in 2020. We pray for you to have an incredible time during this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Christ with family and friends.

Melissa’s Birthday
This last month we celebrated Melissa’s 8th birthday. We are blessed to celebrate Melissa’s life in our family. She is so creative, funny, full of life and brings so much joy into our daily lives. She loves to read, to be read to, and to listen to bedtime stories. Something unique about Melissa is that she can dribble two basketballs simultaneously – one in each hand (since she was 6 ½ years old).

We enjoy celebrating our children’s birthdays for multiple reasons. 1. I love to see my children grow physically and spiritually. It is a special moment to celebrate the life that the Lord has given and keeps on giving them. 2. It gives us a reason to invite unsaved friends and family to our home and lead them one step closer to the Savior.

Day Camp
A few weeks ago, we had a one-day camp with our church folks. It was a great time of sharing laughter, meals and great conversations in the Lord. We spent over 12 hours together. I have attached a few pictures.

Special Guest
This last weekend we had Pastor Carlos Chaves as our special guest speaker. He is the senior pastor at the first church my grandfather John Hatcher started in the state of São Paulo in the early 1970’s (Center of Garça Baptist Church). It was a tremendous blessing to have Carlos and his wife (Linda) at our home for the weekend. They drove 6 hours to be with us and minister to our people. We had a couples meeting on Saturday evening and he preached on Sunday at Igreja Batista Maria Virginia.

Just this last week we had two ladies request for baptism. Hopefully, we will begin the New Year with several baptisms.

Thanks for your prayers and support. Continue to pray for the churches – Imagine, Hope and Maria Virginia. Continue to pray for our health and new ministry opportunities.

Grateful always,
Judson Hatcher

Judson & Raquel Hatcher
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