VMP: Harold & Ursula Draper

Harold and Ursula Draper served in partnership with BFM for 32½ years from July 1977 – December 2009. Harold describes it this way:

“We served in Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso from 1977-1979 in the Boa Esperanca Baptist Church.

We then went to Sao Luis, State of Maranhao for 8 years from 1980-1988.

Then, back to Mato Grosso for 21 years from 1988-2009.
Our ministry was in church planting, Bible teaching, and construction of church buildings.

Here are some of the churches we either started or nurtured:
In the State of Maranhao: Cruzeiro do Anil Baptist Church; Anajatuba Baptist Church; First Baptist Church, Sao Mateus.
In the State of Mato Grosso: Boa Esperanca Baptist Church; Primavera do Leste Baptist Church; Novo Diamantina Baptist Church; Altos do Coxipo Baptist Church; Jardim do Fortaleza Baptist Church; Characa dos Pinheiros Baptist Church.

We started or helped start at least 10 Baptist churches and preached in many public places during our time in Brazil. Most of these works are still doing well. Since we have left Brazil, two of them have merged and David Hatcher has assisted greatly with in the Novo Diamantina church.

We are presently pastoring Faith Baptist Church in Paducah, KY. We are both 76 years old and slowing down just a little. We’re ready to go to Glory when the Master calls.”

Pray for them!  Reach out to them through every means you can (call, write, e-mail), and let them know you still appreciate them and their service.  They would love to hear from you personally, or from your Sunday School class, or your church leadership.

Harold & Ursula Draper
P. O. Box 395 | Bardwell, KY 42023
270-628-9517 / home phone
270-562-0828 / cell phone
hmdubdbr@yahoo.com


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News & Reports – June 2019 Issue [Online Edition]

The Online Edition of June 2019 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.

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Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher Stateside from Brazil [September 2015]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

August 18, 2015

Dear Brethren and Friends of Baptist Faith Missions,

The Lord has given us a varied and enjoyable month. Our granddaughter, Virginia McGary, the youngest child of Lynn and Ross McGary was married in Maryville, Tennessee. They invited our son Paul to officiate the Ceremony.

(Lynn and Ross worked with exceptional children and youth Nashville Tenn., and in five other States. Lynn suffered with cancer. After three operations she was told they could not operate any more.)

Virginia was nine years old when Lynn realized she did not have long to live. She asked the Lord to let her live until Virginia was the age of 16. God granted her that request. Ross, her father, passed away two years ago.

At the wedding, we rejoiced to see so many of our family members and friends who attended the wedding.

We are living with Paul and Wanda Clermont, Florida. We are attending an active Missionary Baptist Church that is about five minutes from our home. Our son, Paul and his wife, Wanda, purchased a house and invited us to live with them. Wanda’s  widowed mother, Willa, also lives with them. She and her husband were missionaries in Eastern Kentucky for many years.

Paul is still active in the work in Brazil.  He makes trips there about every three months.  The Tabernacle Baptist Church is active in new works and presently are building a new building in the center of the city.

There are several churches here in central Florida that have a monthly Fellowship Meeting. We have enjoyed attending and fellowship. Brothers Doug King and George Sledd attend and we are thankful for their dedication and love for BFM. We thank all of you our faithful partners in His work. We love you and thank you.

Your missionaries,
John A. and Alta Hatcher

John A. and Alta Hatcher
15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714
229-529-8497
jhatcher1925[at]gmail.com

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Changing Mission Fields [from John A. Hatcher]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

May 26, 2015

Dear Brethren and Friends:

I think this is my first Mission Letter as old ninety year old. So, have a little patience, please. My ministry has changed from church planting to personal evangelism.  My field is the big super markets. When Wanda or Paul go to buy things, I go to tell persons about the Gospel. There is a constant field of contacts among the employees and customers. I use a small tract called the three crosses. It is a drawing I made illustrating the message I heard when I trusted Jesus as Savior.

In places where things and food stuffs are abounding, many people are hungering for or desiring something that money cannot buy. I sow the seed. It is the seed of God’s Word. I ask Him to bless it. Sometimes I suggest to whom I am talking, “Maybe one day we will meet in Heaven, and you will say, ‘Remember the day you told me about Jesus in the Supermarket?’”  Heaven will bring great joy for we will be with Jesus forever and we will see those He has saved to whom we sowed the Seed. “Lord, help us to be faithful in sowing the Seed!”

We love you in our Savior’s Name,
Alta and John A. Hatcher

This is the message of Three Crosses that I heard as a young boy that transformed my life forever. I drew this tract and use it for evangelizing the lost.

This is the message of Three Crosses that I heard as a young boy that transformed my life forever. I drew this tract and use it for evangelizing the lost.

John A. and Alta Hatcher
15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714
229-529-8497
jhatcher1925[at]gmail.com

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Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher on Furlough from Brazil [March 2015]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

February 9, 2015

Dear Brethren and Friends;

We thank and praise the Lord for the wonderful month He has given Alta and me.  We, also, thank Paul and Wanda for all the wonderful help they give each day to these two “oldies”.  Alta occupies much of her time writing letters of appreciation to those who send offerings and who pray for us.

I am still printing and binding the book, “Meet the Holy Spirit”.  I try to complete eight or ten books a week.

Since we are not active on the mission field in Brazil any longer, I want to say we will be eternally grateful for all who have given and prayed for us.  Since we still receive our monthly offering from the regular fund of BFM, as long as there are funds available, we would like to encourage you to send your gifts to us to the Regular BFM Fund, as that will be a continuing benefit to us as well as others.

News from Brazil tells us how the works are continuing, growing and being blessed.  Personal witnessing is the constant desire of my heart and I ask the Lord each day to open opportunities.  It is a real joy to tell the lost about the Savior.  Every sinner has to hear the Gospel before they can be saved!

The Lord willing, we plan to attend the Spring BFM Mission Conference at Thompson Road Baptist Church, April 27,28,29.  Hope we will see you there.

Please note new E-Mail address below.  God bless you.  Alta and I thank each of you for your faithful giving and praying.

John A. and Alta Hatcher
15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714
229-529-8497
jhatcher1925[at]gmail.com

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Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher on Furlough from Brazil [February 2015]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

January 23, 2015

Dear Friends and Brothers,

Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus our Lord. This has been a blessed month. The special blessing of the month was the Annual BFM WINTER MISSIONS CONFERENCE. Pastor Benton Glover and his people treated royally all who attended. It was a real blessing to see many who have supported BFM for many years and whom we rarely see. Park Ridge Baptist Church deserves our most sincere “Thank You”.

The messages by all were good. The ladies did better than their best in the preparation and serving of the meals.

Bob Jones, Leroy Duncan, Myron Jackson, Dave Humphries, George Sledd, Paul Hatcher, as well as several whose names I cannot remember, preached messages that stirred our hearts.

We saw A.J. and Barbara Hensley, missionaries in Southern Brazil, whom we had not seen for a long time. God gave us traveling mercy as we traveled to and from the Conference; our son, Paul, the driver.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the supporters and friends that we have had for many years in Brazil and other countries. We pray You will call young men to be Your servants to take the Gospel to other countries.

Our gratitude to you dear friends and brethren who have faithfully made the job a little easier.

John A. and Alta Hatcher
15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714
229-529-8497
jhatcher1925[at]gmail.com

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Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher on Furlough from Brazil [December 2014]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

December 1, 2014

Dear Brothers and Mission Partners,

Each day as I think of how God has used our family, I thank Him for the Grace and blessings He has poured out on this unworthy person. I thank, you, dear friends for your faithful prayer and financial support through the sixty years God has used us in Brazil.

Also, Alta and I praise God for the wonderful children He given to us. We desired to have eight children, but we had only five. Like the five we have, if starting over, we would want at least eight. We praise our Lord for how He has and is using them and their dear wives and families in the Harvest of Souls.

The Annual Baptist Faith Missions Thanksgiving Conference at New Hope Baptist Church of Dearborn, Michigan was a great one. The messages were excellent, and the love and warmth of the pastor and people were wonderful. Thank you, Brother Adkins and the people of New Hope and others who helped!

On the way north to Dearborn Heights, we visited Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bellbrook, Ohio where Brother Darrel Messer is the pastor. We thank them for their love and generosity.

The work in Brazil is going well. Here we are trying to make more copies of “MEET THE HOLY SPIRIT” in book form and on CDs.

God bless each of you.

We thank you sincerely in the Name of our Lord Jesus.

John and Alta Hatcher

John A. and Alta Hatcher
15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714
229-529-8497

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Missionary Update: John & Alta Hatcher on Furlough from Brazil [November 2014]

Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence.

October 29, 2014

Dear Brothers and Partners,

Days and months pass quickly. At the age of eighty-nine we have discovered that life passes more quickly than we could have imagined. Another wonderful truth we have discovered is: God never fails! He is with us and brings joys into our lives at every stage and age. Our address is: 15905 Mercott Court, Clermont, FL 34714; our phone is : 229-529-8497.

The present joy and blessing is: Our son Paul and wife, Wanda, have purchased a home in Florida and invited us to live with them. Willa, Wanda’s mother also lives with them. We thank God for their love and kindness. I do not drive any longer, and they have been more than a right arm to us. Needless to say, after being separated in our work for so long, we are enjoying the sweetness of their fellowship.

Paul and I have been working on the re-editing and printing of my book “Meet the Holy Spirit”. On Saturday, we will go with him to Arcadia, to the Temple Baptist Church where Brother Doug King is pastor. In November we will be going to Dearborn, Michigan to the Annual Mission Conference at New Hope Baptist Church where Terry Adkins is the pastor. On this trip, the Lord willing, we will make stops in Georgia and Lexington, KY.

The works in Brazil are going well. Pray for our son, David. He is in Brazil disposing and caring for all the things and house and two old cars we had there. He is being a great blessing to us.

May God bless each of you. We thank you for your love and support you have given for many years.

Sincerely in the Name of our Lord Jesus,
John A. and Alta Hatcher

John A. and Alta Hatcher
15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714
229-529-8497

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