Missionary Update: John and Alta Hatcher in Brazil [February 2014]

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

February 7, 2014

Dear Friends and Brethren,

About two months ago our son David and his wife, Pennie, took Alta and I on a cruise of eight days on the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. I was there during the Second World War as a seaman and it was just as beautiful as the first time I saw it.

During the cruise I had asked the Lord to open opportunities to witness of the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. One morning we were up on deck and I asked a young man what were his thoughts about Jesus the Savior.

“I am an atheist,” was his answer.

“Sir, two minutes after you die, you will not be an atheist,” was my reply. Why? Because the Bible tells of one who was an atheist or lived as one. In the sixteenth chapter of Luke, verses 16-31, we have the story of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus. If the rich man was not an atheist, he lived like one. Lazarus died and was carried by the angels to Heaven (Abraham’s bosom). The rich man died and was buried; in hell he lifted up his eyes and saw Lazarus in Heaven. When it was not possible for Lazarus to bring a drop of water for his burning tongue, he asked him to be sent back to tell his five brothers about Jesus.

I quickly told the young man about Lazarus and the rich man. I pray for his salvation each time I remember him. If God brings him to your mind, pray for him, also.


  1. A person must hear the Gospel of Jesus to be able to believe.
  2. Each person who believes that Jesus died for them will be saved.
  3. After Death there is no second chance to be saved.
  4. He who dies in Christ will have eternal Joy.
  5. He who dies without the Lord will have eternal suffering.
  6. The most important task we have as Christians is to tell people that Jesus saves.
  7. With Jesus in our hearts, we should have at least as much zeal to tell the lost about Jesus as the rich man had as he suffered in Hell.
Lord, help us to be faithful in telling the lost about your death, burial and resurrection. 

Sincerely yours in Jesus’ Name,
John and Alta Hatcher

Caixa Postal 112
Urai, PR, Brazil 86280-000

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