Holidays that Underscore the Love of God

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.”

December 9, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for praying for Jean-Luc Veuillet, who was in the hospital being treated for a torn carotid artery. He is out of the hospital and was well enough to have Thanksgiving Dinner with Philip, Amanda and their family. A young lady who is muslim was also with them for the meal. She is a High School friend of Abigail’s who has attended youth meetings for years and sometimes comes to church meetings. Amanda and Judy have a good relationship with her and she often seeks counsel from them. We are praying for her salvation.

The Holidays are an excellent time to live out the light that we are in Christ. There are a number of reasons that this is true. Studies show that people are often depressed at this time of the year. This may result because the loss of family members and friends is evident as we get together for seasonal gatherings. On the positive side, the reality that Christmas as well as Thanksgiving clearly underscore the love of God for humanity makes it a good time to more easily direct conversations toward the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving in France

In addition, people are just a bit more open at this time because of the commonality that we share in these special events. Visitors and immigrants to America or people who have no connection with Christianity are often curious about the basis for the Holiday. So, let’s pray for God to give us opportunities to be light to those who walk in darkness.

Today as Judy and I were doing some Christmas shopping she mentioned to me that during our present time in the US she has noticed that there seems to be a greater disconnect between believers and the world at large. I agree with her and think that it is a trend that began decades ago. Should we ask ourselves if we are obeying Jesus? “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Though we are not presently in France, we are still missionaries. Missions is a worldwide responsibility. We want to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time.” If you would like for us to share the passion God has given us with your church, please contact us at Our primary desire is to encourage God’s children.

May God bless each of you.
Serving with you,
John and Judy

John Mark & Judy Hatcher

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