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Bro. Paul Johnson Meets Jesus Face-to-Face

Paul JohnsonBro. Paul Johnson went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 16, 2014. We will deeply miss his servant’s heart, love for God’s Word, and his quick wit.

Obituary
Paul Johnson, 
born July 03, 1951, departed this life on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington, Ky. He was 62 years old and residing in Lexington, KY, at the time of his death. Paul was born at Charleston, WV, the son of the late Bernard Johnson and the late Elsie Kidd Johnson. By occupation he was a retired electrician having worked for the Bill Miller Electric. He was a deacon at the New Life Baptist church of Lexington, KY. Mr. Paul Johnson was preceded in death by his parents: Bernard & Elsie Kidd Johnson, one sister: Millie Mae, two brothers: James and Willie Johnson. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife: Barbara Turner Johnson of Lexington, KY, step-daughter: Sara Newbury of Lexington, KY, brothers: Johnny Johnson of Darlington, SC, Charles Johnson of Lexington, KY, sisters: Ruth Watts of Huntington, WV, Genieve Minner of Melbourne, FL, Delores Workman of Cabin Creek, WV. You may offer your condolences to the Johnson Family at www.dwaynewalkerfuneralhome.com.
[from Dwayne Walker Funeral Home]

Memorial Service
12:00 noon-Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the New Life Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. [Directions]

It Is Not Death To Die
It is not death to die,
to leave this weary road,
and join the saints who dwell on high,
who’ve found their home with God.
It is not death to close the eyes long dimmed by tears,
and wake in joy before Your throne,,
delivered from our fears.

O Jesus, conquering the grave,
Your precious blood has pow’r to save.
Those who trust in You will in Your mercy find
that it is not death to die.

It is not death to fling
aside this earthly dust,
and rise with strong and noble wing to live among the just.
It is not death to hear
the key unlock the door
that sets us free from mortal years
to praise You evermore.

O Jesus, conquering the grave,
Your precious blood has pow’r to save.
Those who trust in You will in Your mercy find
that it is not death to die.

-Original words: Henri Malan (1787-1864)
-Translations: George Bethune (1847)
-Music, chorus and alternate words: Bob Kauflin
from “Come Weary Saints” by Sovereign Grace Music

Marie Bratcher, 52-year missionary to Brazil, meets her Savior face-to-face

“…’Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'”  -Matthew 25:23

Marie Bratcher, one of our beloved missionaries to Brazil, peacefully entered into the joy of her Master at 10:39 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011.  Hattie Marie Moore Bratcher, was born in Richmond, Kentucky, and married Harold Foley Bratcher on December 27, 1954. The Lord blessed them with three sons: Dr. Asa Mark Bratcher, Pastor Stephen M. Bratcher, and Joel Bratcher, who drowned in the Amazon River at the age of 6.

Harold and Marie Bratcher (front) with John and Alta Hatcher, missionaries to Brazil, who combined have nearly 218 years of service to the Lord in Brazil!

The Back-Story
On February 5, 1919 Dr. Lewis Malen Bratcher arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This event began a 90 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?”

The Answer to the Call
Exactly 20 years later, almost to the day, Harold and Marie Bratcher answered that question.  They arrived in the Amazon Valley on July 15, 1959, to begin a 52-year love ministry with the people of Brazil.  In their nearly 52 years of service together, the Bratchers organized over 20 Baptist churches and many other missions in the Amazon Valley.

Marie once stated that she “never received a specific call to be a missionary,” but always strongly affirmed her call of being a faithful loving wife to Harold, therefore following him as he followed the Lord.

Muito Obrigado, Sister Bratcher, for faithfully giving 52 years of your life to Brazil for the sake of the Gospel.

[“Muito Obrigado” is Portuguese for “thank you.” Adapted from their son’s write-up in celebration of their 50 years of service.  Read the full version at Bratchers’ Ministry.]

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Arrangements:
Marie’s funeral will be Sunday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m.  Her son Asa Mark will be conducting the service.  She will be buried next to her son Joel in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery of Manaus, Brazil.  Missionary E.A. Nelson, “The Apostle of the Amazon” is buried close by as well.

Please pray for her husband Harold and their family.

Any designated love offerings for Brother Bratcher will be deeply appreciated.  You may send them through Baptist Faith Missions at Baptist Faith Missions
c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe FL 32771
[Be sure to designate your personal gifts for HAROLD BRATCHER LOVE OFFERING]

“Disse-lhe o seu senhor: Muito bem, servo bom e fiel; sobre o pouco foste fiel, sobre muito te colocarei; entra no gozo do teu senhor.”  –Mateus 25:23

Scripture at Sunrise 1.5.2011

“O my Strength, I will watch for You, for You, O God, are my fortress.  My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. –Psalm 59:9-10

Instead of the normal “Scripture at Sunrise” post today, we wanted you to be aware of a serious situation in Iran.  Please take time to pray today for 70+ Christians who have been arrested because of their faith.  Josh Harris has more details on his blog.

 

Summing Up Sunday 6.6.2010

Sunday School
Our Sunday School class was a little different today.  We had 11 people total in our youth class, many of which were visitors.  Most of them had never been in church  before and had no clue what “salvation” or “sin” meant or the stories of creation, Adam and Eve, and of Christ dying for us.  Bro. Steve Dawson did an excellent job presenting the Gospel.  Pray that the Lord will use the Word presented in the lesson to pierce hearts throughout the week and lead them to repentance!

Morning Worship: 1 Corinthians 12:20-27
Paul was stressing the unity and diversity of the body, emphasizing the right kind of relationships within the body.  Weaker members are also a necessity.  Every member of New Life Baptist Church is of highest importance.  We should care for every member, no matter who they are.  (We can love in spite of only because of God’s love).  Members are individually equipped and gifted to complement each other. 

Baptism at Thompson Road Baptist Church
We rejoice in the baptisms of Will, Michelle, William V, Micheal, and Olivia today.  It’s always so wonderful to see the Lord’s newest children take that first step of obedience! 

Congratulations, Travis!!!!

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 1:6)

We extend our deepest congratulations to Travis Grayson who graduated from Bryan Station High School Thursday, June 3!  Travis has worked so hard to make it where he is today and the Lord has been faithful to carry him this far.    We certainly thank God for His saving work He did in Travis’ life many years ago, and we also thank Him for the joy Travis and his smile bring to all who go to New Life!    Please pray that the Lord would continue to reveal His plan for Travis’ life.  Pray for him as he discerns what the Lord wants him to do next. 

CONGRATULATIONS!  WE LOVE YOU!

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program…

We interrupt the regularly scheduled program (Tweetable Thursdays) to inform you of a sale that will most likely benefit your heart.  Some purchases may cause conviction, others may cause tears.  Still other items will bring you joy and an everlasting attitude of gratitude.  {Whaaaat is she talking about?!}

Your church secretary has been richly blessed by some of the resources sold at the Sovereign Grace store and wanted to pass the crazy February sale announcement on to you!

Until February 28, you can buy these gems (and way more!) at dirt cheap prices:

If you make a purchase, please tell your church secretary.  She would love to chat with you about it!

Isaiah 58 Recap

I wasn’t able to be there (thanks, band), but I’ve heard that there were some exciting things happening at the Isaiah 58 Ministry cookout for the neighborhood tonight.

Starting at 6:30, Bro. Wayne presented the Gospel to the adults and Sis. Lydia did a lesson for the children.  They both had to leave right after they spoke, which meant only 8 “servers” remained.

I’ve heard it was busy, busy, busy!  Jason and Nikki had done a lot of prep work buying the food and pitched in to serve at the actual cookout, too!  Kenny and Denise worked the grill.  Leslie ran all over the place to get whatever was needed.  Donnie and Pastor Steve helped serve the food and, as usual, Harry served the drinks.  There were so many people (nearly 100), Sis. Lydia had to bring some extra hot dog buns.

A lot of the attendees were very receptive and had questions about NLBC and the service times.

Pray that all the seeds planted tonight would take root in the precious hearts of these people and grow.  We hope to see a lot of these guests on Sunday!

50 Year Celebration of the Bratchers’ Ministry to Manaus, Brazil

A recap of the 50 Year Celebration of the Ministry of Harold and Marie Bratcher in Manaus, Brazil (1959-2009), held at David’s Fork Baptist Church of Lexington, Ky. on June 28, 2009 at 3 p.m.

Order of Services:
*Prelude of Music, Photos of Ministry: Mickey and Shirley Hyder
*Welcome and Recognition of all churches present: Bro. Mickey Hyder
*Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness
*Prayer and Introduction of Speakers: Dr. Asa Mark Bratcher
*Scripture Reading: “The Great Commission” Matthew 28:16-20 by Bro. Jerry Bishop
*Baptist Faith Missions Report and Greetings: Bro. Dave Parks
*Music of Praise: “Grace Medley” by DFBC Choir
*Interview with Harold, Marie, Asa, and Stephen Bratcher
*Hymn: Blessed Assurance
*Message of Celebration: Dr. Wesley K. Smith (“Behold My servant, whom I uphold, My chosen, in whom My soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.”  -Isaiah 42:1 > 1 Thessalonians 2)
*Music of Praise: How Great Thou Art” sung by Bro. Stephen Bratcher in English and Portuguese
*Laying on of hands Renewal: All ordained ministers present
*Closing Hymn: Send the Light
*Postlude: Kathy Matthews-Spencer

“The Bratchers of Brazil” by Dr. A.M. Bratcher
On February 5, 1919 Dr. Lewis Malen Bratcher arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This event began a 90 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, 82, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 24, 1927.  His dear wife of almost 55 years, Hattie Marie Moore Bratcher, 82, was born in Richmond, Kentucky; they met while Harold was pastoring Newby Baptist Church, and were married on December 27, 1954.  The Lord blessed their union with three sons: Dr. Asa Mark Bratcher, 53, of Manaus, Brazil, missionary to Brazil for 32 years; Pastor Stephen M. Bratcher, 49, 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 50 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. 

This afternoon, June 28, 2009, we pause to honor Harold and his beloved Marie Bratcher for their 50 years of faithful service to the 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, 48, of Manaus, Brazil and Saleth Nunes Bratcher, 50, of Ocala, Florida.  She is the loved Grandma to Marica Luciana Bratcher, 25, of Bridgeport, CT, Lucy Marie Bratcher, 23, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Stephen Matthew Bratcher, 17, of Ocala, Florida.  She has a dog, Blackie, of Manaus, 4 grand dogs, Nina, Elvis, Walter and Otto, and a great-grand cat, Clooney. 

Thus, please join me, Stephen, Pastor Mickey Hyder, and the David’s Fork Baptist Church in expressing your appreciation to this giant in the faith, one of those of Hebrews 11, “of which this world is not worthy of.”  May our Lord see fit to give the Bratchers of Brazil many more years of ministry and love for the people of Brazil. 

Miuto Obrigado (Thank you) Pastor Haroldo, “Apostolo do Amazonas” (apostle to the state of the Amazon) and Marie for 50 years of dedicated, loving service to the people of Brazil and to our beloved Savior, all glory and honor.  Amen. 

Dr. A.M. Bratcher

Our Gift to the Bratchers

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Harold and Marie Bratcher (front) with John and Alta Hatcher, missionaries to Brazil, who combined have 210 years of service to the Lord in the Brazil!

Pray for the Fulfers

The Fulfers, our missionaries to the Philippines who run the Subic Bay Children’s Home, lost their 39-year-old son in a tragic car accident in Pensacola, Fl., last week. Tony Fulfer was the father of three children, the oldest of which has special needs. Read the full article and please keep them in your prayers.