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ODALI & KATHY BARROS—PRAISE GOD for how He is at work in Ubim! PRAY that God will provide a car for Kathy. PRAY for the salvation of those in Serra Baixa and the upcoming festival.

MIKE AND BEVERLY CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for how He is at work in the kids clubs! PRAY for Aldenir. PRAISE GOD for all the souls He has recently saved.

JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for recent social events that have helped them connect with their neighbors to share Christ! PRAY for the youth that are coming to the meetings and have heard the Gospel.

JUD AND RAQUEL HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for how He is working in the home churches. PRAY for Jud as he disciples these 6 leaders. PRAISE GOD for His protection.

AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for how He is working through the seminary! PRAY as they work on their communication system. PRAY for AJ’s health.

NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAISE GOD for helping them through the new immigration process! PRAY for the young man Nathan is discipling in Rafiki and for safety as he travels there. PRAY for those affected by the plane crash.

ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for His protection thus far. PRAY for the Tates as they grieve the death of their friend Ron.

BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER—PRAISE GOD for all those who were saved at their outreach events! PRAY for the three men who are preaching.

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"As the Father has sent Me, so I send you."

- John 20:21


Harold Bratcher Ministry History



On February 5, 1919 Dr. Lewis Malen Bratcher arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event began a 93 year love ministry of the Bratchers in Brazil that continues to this day. For the next 35 years, Dr. L.M. Bratcher would labor faithfully in the cities and on mule trails preaching the "good news" (as boas novas) of the saving Gospel of his Lord Jesus Christ. In June of 1939, he traveled to the Amazon Valley to begin a long awaited and planned Amazon River missions trip with the pioneer Baptist missionary Erik Alfred Nelson. Soon after the trip began, on June 15, 1939, E.A. Nelson, 76 years of age, went home to be with his Lord. He served in Brazil for 48 years. After assisting at the funeral at the First Baptist Church of Manaus that Nelson founded in 1900, Dr. L.M. Bratcher decided to continue the river trip, this time having to inform the Brazilian people of E.A. Nelson's death and "home going." He stated in his memoirs, "Just Longing," (Saudades) that he would never forget the reaction of the villagers at each stop. Tears would come to their eyes, and the sorrowful question would be asked "Now who will come and tell us about Jesus?"

Exactly 20 years later almost to the day, Harold Foley Bratcher answered that question, arriving in the Amazon Valley on July 15, 1959, to begin a 50 year love ministry with the people of Brazil. Harold Bratcher was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 24, 1927. His dear wife of 53 years, Hattie Marie Moore Bratcher, was born in Richmond, Kentucky; they met while Harold was pastoring Newby Baptist Church, and were married on December 27, 1954.  After 52 years of faithful service to Brazil, Marie peacefully entered into the joy of her Master on February 4, 2011. 

The Lord blessed their union with three sons: Dr. Asa Mark Bratcher of Manaus, Brazil, missionary to Brazil for 35 years; Pastor Stephen M. Bratcher of Ocala, Florida; and Joel Bratcher, now residing in "Glory," who at the age of 6, drowned in the Amazon River on August 17, 1971. His body is buried in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Manaus, Brazil, only a few feet from the grave of Missionary E.A. Nelson, "The Apostle of the Amazon," where both "await the sounding of the trump" on Resurrection Morning.

During these 53 years, Harold, with the help of his son Asa, has organized over 20 Baptist churches and many other missions in the Amazon Valley. Together they have baptized thousands of Brazilian people.

Behind many a great man, serves a great woman. Marie, while stating she "never received a specific call to be a missionary," strongly affirms her call of being a faithful and loving wife to Harold, an endearing mother to her sons and an esteemed mother-in-law to Lucianilda Auzier Bratcher of Manaus, Brazil and Saleth Nunes Bratcher of Ocala, Florida. She is the loved Grandma to Marica Luciana Bratcher of Bridgeport, CT, Lucy Marie Bratcher of Boston, Massachusetts, and Stephen Matthew Bratcher of Ocala, Florida. 

[adapted from Dr. A.M. Bratcher's "The Bratchers of Brazil," written in 2009 to celebrate their 50 years of service to Brazil]

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