Partners in Missions

Jud and Raquel Hatcher are third generation missionaries serving 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, at least 43 churches have been started in 5 states.

October 28, 2023

Dear friends,

I am sending several pictures and writing less this month. Please, view each picture prayerfully and receive our full expression of gratitude for your partnership with us in missions.

What an incredible time with David and Kym Pitman while they were in Brazil. During their 14 days with us, we traveled to 21 different cities, covering 2055 miles. Visited 24 churches, ministered to 20 pastors and their families in their homes, David Pitman preached 9 times, participated in two debate panels with Brazilian pastors, ministered at 5 Sunday services with 320 people in all, preached at the Saturday Churches’ Gathering in Paraná with 130 present. Spoke at the pastors & leaders’ breakfast meeting with 43 participants in Garça, Sao Paulo. Kym Pitman had 4 speaking engagements with women. We visited the foster care center Raquel coordinates in São Paulo and were joined by 250 people at the September Conference in Lupercicio, São Paulo. There were 48 decisions made (salvation, baptism, reconciliation, and call to ministry).

My parents (veteran missionaries, Paul and Wanda Hatcher) came to Brazil in October. During their trip, we had two leadership conferences where he spoke to the men and she spoke to the women, one in Cornélio, Paraná state, and the other in Alvara de Carvalho, São Paulo State. We visited several pastors and their families in their homes. We also had the opportunity to visit the foster care center Raquel coordinates. It was a significant time with them for us as a family and had incredible moments together at the lake, at the park, at home at the kids’ school, and at church gatherings.

We humbly reach out to you, our faithful supporters, with two pressing fundraising needs:

a)     Sound System, Stage, and Tent:

To enhance our church planting and network gatherings, we need a sound system, stage, and tent. The estimated cost for this essential equipment is 10,000 US dollars, considering the higher expenses for such equipment in Brazil.

b)     Second Car Purchase:

Due to the increasing demand and rising expenditure on transportation, we urgently need to acquire a second vehicle. The estimated cost for this much-needed resource is also 10,000 US dollars.

As we step into the new month, we ask for your continued prayers and support. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Let’s continue partnering in this Kingdom work.

Grateful always,

Judson Hatcher

Contact Info:
Jud & Raquel Hatcher
São Paulo, Brazil
(872) 400-6522

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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68th Annual Thanksgiving Missions Conference

68th Annual Thanksgiving Missions Conference
November 13th – 14th – 15th, 2023
New Hope Baptist Church
Dearborn Heights, MI – Pastor Terry Adkins

“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His Name: make known His deeds among the people.”

– Psalm 105:1

Do you have any questions about Baptist Faith Missions, about who we are and what we do? Please join us at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday for our BFM advisory meeting (bring your questions and/or suggestions). EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.


5:00p.m.  Dinner 

6:30p.m.  Music  

6:45p.m.  Singing

7:15p.m.  Message, Pastor George Sledd

                  Jordan Baptist Church; Sanford, FL

8:00p.m.  Singing

8:25p.m.  Message, Missionary Bobby Wacaser

                  Curitiba, Brazil


9:30a.m.  Singing

9:45a.m.  Message, Pastor Peter Santisteban

                Victory Baptist Church; Russellville, KY

10:30a.m. Worshipping in Song      

11:00 – 11:10a.m. Break

11:10a.m.  Message, Pastor Mark Pyles

                    Grace Baptist Church; Fairborn, OH

Noon  Lunch


1:30p.m.  BFM Open-Forum Advisory Meeting

                  All are welcome to attend.


5:00p.m.  Dinner

6:30p.m.   Music

6:45p.m.   Singing

7:15p.m.  Message, Lay Pastor Dave Parks

                   Buck Run Baptist Church; Frankfort, KY

8:25p.m.  Message, Missionary Mike Creiglow

                   Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil


9:45a.m.   Music

10:00a.m. Singing

10:15a.m.  Message, Pastor David Sears

                     Immanuel Baptist Church; Monticello, KY

11:00a.m.  Singing

11:15a.m.  Message,  Pastor David Pitman

                     Addyston Baptist Church; Addyston, OH

Noon Lunch

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26 Mile Hike to Remote Tribe

Odali and Kathy Barros served the Lord in Sao Paulo, Brazil together from 1987-2013. In late 2013, they transitioned to Manaus in Northern Brazil to start sharing the Gospel and planting churches in villages along the river.

August 11, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We pray and hope that all are doing well and blessed by our Lord and Savior Jesus. We are doing well, thanks to God. We want to thank each one of you for your prayers and support. You are an important part of our ministry.

My trip with my son Zinho was wonderful. Quite an experience! Just to get to the tribe was very hard. We walked 43 kilometers (26.7 miles). But God was wonderful and gave us strength. The people of the tribe plan on making the path a little wider so they can use a 4-wheeler to help carry things to the tribe and when there are people sick, they can bring them to go to the city for help. We plan on helping them with that. One of the things needed is to buy 2 chainsaws to help them widen the path.

Now that I’m back, we will get back to working at the camp building and the work at the church building at Cacau. The Lord willing, we should be able to get more done since it is not raining as much.

We are planning on having a special day on the river fishing for the couples in the church. We are also planning a festival at the church. The Lord willing, all will go well and be a blessing and will be a way to reach out to those near us to share God’s love and His salvation.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

God bless each one of you!

Love in Christ,

Odali and Kathy

Contact Info:
Odali & Kathy Barros
Iranduba, Amazonas
Brasil, SA

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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66th Annual Thanksgiving Missions Conference

in the interests of Baptist Faith Missions

November 8-9-10, 2021

New Hope Baptist Church | Dearborn Heights, MI
Pastor Terry Adkins | 313.920.7389 |

BY FAITH WILL YOU…GIVE (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Do you have any questions about Baptist Faith Missions: who we are or what we do?  Please join us at 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon for our BFM Open Advisory Forum. Bring your questions and/or suggestions. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE.


5:00 p.m.  Dinner

6.30 p.m.  Music  

6:45 p.m.  Singing

7:15 p.m.  Message, Pastor George Sledd

                Jordan Baptist Church, Sanford FL

8:00 p.m. Singing

8:25 p.m.  Message, Pastor Mark Pyles

                 Grace Baptist Church, Fairborn OH   


9:15 a.m.  Music & singing

9:30 a.m.  Message, Pastor Jonathan Turner

                 Richland Missionary Baptist Church, Livermore KY

10:15 a.m. Message, Missionary Judson Hatcher      

                  San Paulo, Brazil

11:00 a.m.  Break

11:15 a.m.  Message, Pastor Bill Brooks

                   Gethsemane Baptist Church, Taylor MI




Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about BFM, our missionaries, or our activities


5:00 p.m.  Dinner

6:30 p.m.  Music

6:45 p.m.  Singing

7:15 p.m.  Message, Pastor Dan Hillard 

.               Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Wyandotte MI

8:00 p.m.  Singing

8:15 p.m.  Message, Pastor Peter Santisteban

                 Victory Baptist Church, Russellville KY   


9:45 a.m.    Music

10:00 a.m.  Singing

10:15 a.m.   Message, Pastor Darrell Messer

                   Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bellbrook OH

11:00 a.m.  Singing

11:15 a.m.  Message, Issac Heil

                   Addyston Baptist Church, Addyston OH

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News & Reports – August 2021

The Online Edition of the August 2021 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.
*Remember you can click on any headline to view the post/story on our website.

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Introducing Our New Field Representative: Pastor David Pitman

Pastor David Pitman, BFM Field Representative

William Carey preached his famous sermon from Isaiah 54:2,3, and summed up its teaching in these two important statements: (1) “Expect great things from God,” and (2) “Attempt great things for God.” Carey appealed for a mission to India but also proved his sincerity by volunteering to be a missionary to India. Andrew Fuller, likening the souls of sinners to hidden treasure, had said, “There is a gold mine in India; but it seems as deep as the centre of the earth; who will venture to explore it?” “I will go down,” responded William Carey, in words never to be forgotten, “but remember that you must hold the rope.”

My ministry, deeply embedded in pastoral and educational work nearly 50 years, has always moved me to be a “rope-holder” for missionaries. And now at my request, the Directors of Baptist Faith Mission have asked me to serve as our Field Representative. It is a voluntary, unpaid position; but a vital one -strengthening the hold on that rope in every pastor’s hand who sends and in every missionary’s hand who goes.

The field representative serves as an ambassador for all our missionaries. He promotes through church, conference, and media services, the resources for the missionaries and the reports from the missionaries. What his ministry actually looks like will depend on your requests and your encouragement.

Let’s begin by communicating. You may reach me by text: 513-708-5607; social media:
Twitter: @pastorpitman
Mail: PO Box 286 Addyston, OH 45001

Will you help us “hold the ropes?”

David & Kym Pitman

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Always on the Mission Field

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.”

February 11, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You never know when the Lord may open the door for you to speak to someone about Christ. I was flying back from Florida this past Friday night and a young man sitting next to me told me that it was only his second time to fly. His first airplane flight was just a week earlier on his way down to Florida. He was from western Kentucky.

As he spoke, I asked God to open the door for me to speak to him about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Maybe five minutes after that prayer Trenton asked me if I was speaking on the phone in another language when he first sat down next to me. I told him, “Yes, I was speaking in French.” This led to his inquiry about why I spoke French and I told him that I lived in France. Shortly thereafter he asked me if I was there for a job, and we were off… to heaven! So, for the rest of the flight we spoke of our need and Christ doing all necessary for us to be forgiven, become God’s children and live with an eternal purpose.  He did not make a profession of faith on the spot, but did speak of his need and how God had brought others unexpectedly into his life to talk about salvation.

All of us are always on the mission field. It is important to realize that this is the reason our Heavenly Father has left us here on earth.

So, why was I in Florida, anyway?  Paul and Wanda Hatcher were returning from Manaus, Brazil where they had been for the last 6 months. The Lord richly blessed their ministry to the Tabernacle Baptist Church and other churches during this time.  They were returning bringing with them our father, John A. Hatcher, who’s health has declined substantially.  All of us in the family are very grateful for the continual and demanding care that Paul and Wanda have committed themselves to provide for our parents during the past five years.  They have done this as a ministry to enable Judy and me, David and Pennie, and Kathy and Odali to give ourselves to ministry where God has placed us.

So, I was at their house in Florida to clean, sort and move things to provide the best circumstances for their return and sort through documents so that Paul and Wanda would have the all they needed to care for Dad in the home and provide for future care.

I then drove to Miami to pick them up and taxi them back to central Florida. The Lord worked everything out perfectly and I also enjoyed visiting with a couple of churches in central Florida where we have family and friends.

We are looking forward to being back with Emmanuel Baptist Church of Bellbrook, OH, February 21-23, for a series of meetings on following Jesus to make disciples.  If you live in this area and are interested, you can contact Pastor Darrell Messer for further information. We are also looking forward to being with New Life Baptist Church in Lexington, KY on March 1 and celebrate with them 23 years as a church.

We thank God for your prayers and faithful support.

May the Lord bless each of you,
John and Judy

John Mark & Judy Hatcher

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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Celebrating the Church’s 90th Birthday in New Building with New Professions of Faith!

Mike and Beverly Creiglow have served the Lord in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil together since 1971. In addition to pastoring First Baptist of Cruzeiro do Sul, Mike builds his own boats and frequently travels up and down rivers to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

June 18, 2019

Dear Brethren,

For a long time, we have known that we needed to expand our facilities if we wanted to continue to absorb growth. To that end we built a new steel building over the top of our old building. That was the easy part. Getting up the gumption to tear down the old building and rebuild was the hard part. It had to be done though, so on January 13th we held our last service in the old building. From there on out we held services on the third floor of the annex.

On January 18th we started the demolition. The goal was to move back in by the church’s birthday on May the 12th. Those four months were intense, to say the least. I only made three mission trips during that period. For the whole time I worked 10 to 18-hour days. Naturally, I caught a lot of grief from my wife (not so much because of the long hours), but because from time to time I was 30 feet above the ground in the rafters. The Lord protected us all and there were no serious accidents or injuries.

On May the 10th we held a three-day meeting to celebrate the church’s 90th birthday. Brother Joe Brandon organized the church with 13 members on May 12, 1929. Today the church has well over 1600 members including those who are in our 9 chapels here in town. Pastor David Hatcher was our guest speaker. On Saturday we had our annual pastors and missionaries meeting with over 100 workers present.

Our former seating capacity was 830. The goal was to double that with the new building. We put every available bench, pew and chair in there. We still had room for another 200 seats. We filled the building every night. The guys who take care of stats for me counted over 1400 on Sunday night. The best thing though was that during the meeting there were 24 professions of faith.

A few months ago, I designed the new pews for our new building. We managed to get 8 of those finished for the church to see in time for the anniversary services. We will be building over 100 of these to be able to fill those extra spaces and replace some of the older pews. I am telling this mostly for the following reason: I told the church that once we got moved back in, I was going to take off a month and rest. So just before I left Cruzeiro do Sul, I stretched out on one of the new pews to begin my rest!

Bev and I have been in the States for almost a month. We will be returning to Brazil on June 20. I still have most of the finish work on the building awaiting me besides 3 other building projects, not to mention all the other regular jobs that I must keep up with. So, pray and rejoice with us about all the great things that are happening in Cruzeiro do Sul.

Thanks for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.

In Christ,
Mike Creiglow

Mike and Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil 69980
mdcreig [at]

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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