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ODALI & KATHY BARROS—PRAISE GOD for the children in Ubim! PRAY for the Catholics they are ministering to in Açutuba. PRAY for the ministry to the deaf.

MIKE AND BEVERLY CREIGLOW—PRAISE GOD for opening a door to share the gospel at the Katukina reservation! PRAY for the Lord to give them patience and wisdom as they minister to them. PRAISE GOD for hearts that are hungry for the Word of God at First Baptist!

JOHN MARK AND JUDY HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for the life and witness of Alta Hatcher! PRAY for the Hatcher Family.

JUD AND RAQUEL HATCHER—PRAISE GOD for new believers and PRAY as they are discipled! PRAY that God would have mercy in the Brazilian electoral process. PRAY as their family befriends people and points them to Jesus.

AJ AND BARBARA HENSLEY—PRAISE GOD for the pastors who are teaching and those who will be attending the seminary classes. PRAY for AJ & Barb’s health, about new locations for the seminary, for the work in Caragua, and for Pastor Walmir & his family.

NATHAN AND CARRIE RADFORD—PRAISE GOD for their daughters’ new school. PRAY for the hospital ministry. PRAY for Nathan as he seeks to teach men in remote villages.

ROGER AND JULIE TATE—PRAISE GOD for the lessons Roger is learning from his students. PRAY as he continues to teach these believers.

BOBBY AND CHARLENE WACASER—PRAISE GOD for the discipling sessions that have taken place as they’re working on the church building! PRAY that those who have recently heard the Gospel will surrender to Christ as their Lord and Savior. PRAY for the mission team who is going on a month-long trip to help new church plants.

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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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