A Very Generous Legacy Gift to BFM

Brother Jerry Burkette was a long-time faithful and generous supporter of Baptist Faith Missions during his lifetime. Then, when he was called Home to Heaven, he bequeathed a generous portion of his estate to be given to Baptist Faith Missions. So, in response to his request, BFM has received the most generous legacy gift of $98,387.18. We are thanking God for this gift and we bless Brother Burkette’s response to the grace of God given to him.

Since Brother Burkette has long loved and supported the missionaries who have served in partnership with BFM, we have allocated this gift to be deposited in and added to the investment account that supplies the service pensions for our retired veteran missionaries.

So, we want Brother Burkette’s family to know that through his giving this gift to the Veteran Missionaries Pension Fund of BFM, his generosity will continue to give for years to come. It will not be itself spent down immediately, but rather it will continue to grow, multiply, and increase on itself so that many of the Lord’s faithful servants will be sustained and provided for in the years to come through his gift. His gift will continue to give and give for a long time to come.

2 Corinthians 9.10-15 – Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

May we encourage you to consider including BFM in your will or trust – or some other form of legacy gift? This kind of giving will ensure that your gift continues to give for the future time to come.

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VMP: Paul & Wanda Hatcher

PAUL & WANDA HATCHER

Paul and Wanda Hatcher served the Lord in partnership with BFM for over 40 years.

Paul grew up in Manaus, Brazil in the John and Alta Hatcher family. After marrying Wanda and pastoring here in the U.S., they returned to Manaus to serve in the Tabernacle Baptist Church. When John and Alta transitioned their church-planting ministry to the states in the south, Paul assumed the pastorate and leadership of Tabernacle Baptist Church. The church experienced phenomenal growth under his leadership and numerous churches were planted in the neighborhoods of Manaus.

In still later years, even while they were reaching Manaus, God laid it on their hearts to reach the states in NE Brazil. Through their outreach burden, vision, and efforts, numerous church-planting teams were sent out by Tabernacle Baptist Church, Manaus, Brazil, into the states and cities of the northeast. Churches that had been established in previous years were re-vitalized, and other church plants were established.

Just a few years ago, the Lord directed them to return to the States to provide care for their aging parents. They have faithfully fulfilled these services as well. They continue to serve and assist in their current home church in Clermont, FL.

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.

Paul & Wanda Hatcher
15905 Mercott Ct
Clermont, FL 34714
229-529-8497 / home
239-227-6551 / Paul’s cell
rphatcher@gmail.com

When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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VMP: John A. Hatcher

JOHN A. HATCHER
[Alta is with the Lord]

John and Alta Hatcher served the Lord in church-planting missions for over 50 years in Brazil. Alta is now in Heaven with our Lord.

John spent the first terms of their missionary service pastoring Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manaus, Brazil. Then, during their later terms, they planted churches in the southern states of Brazil, especially Sao Paulo and Parana. Literally scores of Baptist churches were established and are still multiplying through their efforts.

John is currently living with their son, Paul Hatcher, and his wife Wanda.

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

John A. Hatcher
15905 Mercott Ct
Clermont, FL 34714
229-529-8497 / home
jhatcher1925@gmail.com

When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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VMP: Wanda Turner

Wanda Turner [Richard is with the Lord]

Richard and Wanda Turner served in partnership with BFM in Brazil from 1971-1987. Richard is now in Heaven with our Lord.

They began their missionary ministry in Manaus, Brazil during 1971-1973. Richard supply-pastored in Quatorze de Dezembro Baptist Church while Harold and Marie Bratcher were in the States on furlough.

Then they continued their missionary service in Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso, during the years 1973-1985. It was during this time that Richard started and planted Boa Esperanca Baptist Church. They started meeting in their home living room, then moved to their carport. They came to the States on furlough around this same time, and Bobby Creiglow came to continue the building of the church until they returned. A building was constructed shortly thereafter. Richard also ministered and preached to the lepers in their own church located in the leper colony.

After fulfilling their work in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Richard supply-pastored in a church in Manaus from 1986-1987.

Wanda bears testimony to the sustaining Grace of God and His faithfulness to them and to her through all of their seasons of joy and difficulties: “four major surgeries for me, much demonic opposition, dangers on land and in air – and thankful for all the prayers offered for us and God who has kept us!”

Wanda is enjoying living in Lynchburg =, VA where she is striving to live a Christ-like life and continue to be a witness for Christ.  Oh! and she also greatly enjoys her seven grandkids and two great-grands!

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

Wanda Turner [Richard is with the Lord]
145 Buckhead Rd, Apt 105
Lynchburg, VA 24502-2888
434-316-2519 / home phone
wandaturner2017@gmail.com

When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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VMP: Louie Carver

LOUIE CARVER [Mary is with the Lord]

Louie and Mary served in partnership with BFM from 1971-1987. They served as missionaries to Korea and the Philippines from 1971-81. Then, from 1981-1987, Louie served as Field Representative for BFM.

Here are just a few of the numerous churches they either established or nurtured during their tenure of missionary service:

  • Shin Nae Baptist Church – Seoul, S. Korea
  • Faith Baptist Church – Seoul, S. Korea
  • Doo Mill Baptist Church – Doo Mill Dong, S. Korea
  • Kai Pyoung Baptist Church – Kai Pyoung Dong, S. Korea
  • First Baptist Church – Kai Pyoung Dong, S. Korea
  • Open Bible Baptist Church – Saint Maria, Philippine Islands
  • BFM Stateside Field Representative: 1981-1987

“I had to retire from active missionary activities due to illness. However, I am a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Simpsonville SC. I have been in temperament counseling for 30 years. Due to progressing illnesses I have suffered over the past few years, I cannot preach or teach, however, I still conduct counseling through the ministry of our church as I am able to do so.”

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

Louie Carver
259 Finley Hill Ct | Simpsonville SC 29681
864-346-5734 cell phone
wlc1939@earthlink.net

When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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VMP: Bobby D. Creiglow

BOBBY D. CREIGLOW

Bobby and Betty Creiglow served in partnership with BFM from May 1960 to May 1993. Bobby also served as Stateside Field Representative for BFM from 1998-2003.

Here is Bobby’s missionary service testimony: “We began our missionary service in Faith Baptist Church, Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil. This was our home base from 1961-1973. There were five other Baptist Churches in villages scattered up and down the various rivers, and only two had pastors.  My service included visiting these churches on a regular basis holding evangelistic meetings, and many times conducting VBS. During the same time period, I was the founder of two new churches, along with another that was started, but not formally organized until some time after I left the area. I visited there several years later and preached to a thriving Church.

Here are some of the churches we either established or nurtured during our 33 years of missionary service:

STATE OF ACRE [Served among these churches already established before I arrived…]

  • Faith of Cruzeiro do Sul
  • Faith of Moura Piranga
  • Faith of Japaim
  • Faith of Barao
  • Faith of Parana dos Mouras
  • Faith of Campo de Santana

I established these two churches during my first term:

  • Faith of Humaita (1962)
  • Faith of Colonia de Japaim (1963)

CUIABA/VARZEA GRANDE – STATE OF MATO GROSSO

In 1974, I moved from Acre to Cuiaba, Mato Grosso to build a building and a congregation for fellow BFM Missionary Richard Turner, while he was on his first furlough. When he returned from furlough in 1975, I turned a congregation of thirty members over to him. I continued working with him on the building that was finished one year later. He organized that congregation into the Boa Esperanca Baptist Church in 1978.

In late 1976 or early 1977 I moved just across the river from Cuiaba to the city of Varzea Grande, where after a reasonable search, I found there was no Baptist Church, in the city of 40,000 people, where I set up shop once again. A church building was built for the new church that was organized in October 1978. I served as pastor of the church until 1983, at which time the congregation numbered around 130, and was turned over to a Brazilian Pastor. Two boys, one three years old, and his brother, seven years old, that were in Betty’s first Sunday School class, were years later called to preach and organized a daughter-church from the one I had organized.

NOVO DIAMANTINA

Upon an invitation buy a lady saved in the Boa Esperanca Baptist Church who had moved 130 miles miles away to a city called Diamantina, I agreed to start a church in an area on top of the mountain from the city. I started this work by building the church house before ever having a preaching service. In fact, the first service was the inauguration of the new building. One year later, the Novo Diamantina Baptist Church was organized with 20+ members.

I am now a member of New Life Baptist Church, Lexington KY, serving every way I can to assist our pastor, Steve Wainright, and our fellow members.”

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

BOBBY D. CREIGLOW [Betty is with the Lord]
279 Mockingbird Ln | Lexington KY 40503
859-278-1932 / home phone
606-425-1424 / cell phone
bobcreig26@twc.com

When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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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


When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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