Missionary Update: Paul & Wanda Hatcher in Brazil [December 2013]

Paul and Wanda Hatcher have been serving the Lord together in Brazil for 36 years. Paul pastors Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manaus, Brazil. Their main ministry is church planting.

December 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

We thank the Lord for a great 2013. It seems to have gone by rapidly. We also thank Him for all the things He has accomplished in our life and in the ministries here in Brazil. We praise God to see His people strengthened and growing in the likeness of Christ.

Two thousand thirteen has brought about some interesting changes. As you know, for many years we have been involved in the administration and maintenance of a Christian Preschool, Elementary and High School. This school was started by my father, John Hatcher, in 1962, mainly to respond to the need of hundreds of illiterate children in our part of town. After fifty-two years, we felt led to end this phase of ministry. On Thanksgiving evening we had a great celebration of those years with the presence of hundreds of alumni and students. There were many great testimonies witnessing to God’s blessings. Our final graduation was December 3. Thousands of lives were touched throughout those years. This frees our time now to be devoted to evangelism, discipleship and church planting.

Thanksgiving Day, Wanda arrived with her mom, Willa McGary, to spend the winter months in Brazil. December 2, Wanda’s brother, Elton “Ross” McGary, age 61, went to be with the Lord after a massive stroke. We celebrate his life. He spent his life mentoring others and working with people who have special needs (a ministry called “Stone Soup” that he and his deceased wife, my sister Lynn, started many years ago).

As we write, Wanda and I are in Western Kentucky moving her mom to Brazil. We will be flying back December 19. Pray for Miss Willa as she adjusts to the heat of northern Brazil and a new way of life.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, happy new year. Thank you for your prayers and support.

God Bless,
Paul and Wanda Hatcher

Avenida J. Carlos Antony, 172
65063-150 Manaus
Amazonas, Brasil SA

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Pray for the McGarys

We sadly report that Ross McGary went to be with the Lord Monday, December 2. He had suffered a massive stroke a few days ago, from which he never recovered here. Ross is son-in-law to John and Alta Hatcher. His wife, Lynn, went to be with the Lord in 2009. Ross is also brother to Wanda Hatcher. Pray for their children, and for all of the family members during this time of their need of the Grace of God.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 

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