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The Fredericks in April 2015

April 2015

Dear praying partners,

Happy Thai New Year. The Thai New Year is celebrated during our hottest month of the year, April. Water fights all over town are the order of the day and are an event not to be missed.

Since our last letter, we are happy to report that the Bible Institute is up and running again. We have eight students studying this term. What a blessing to be able to return to teaching the Word of God, preparing future servants for ministry. Most of our students are women, but it is great that they have a desire to learn more of God’s word. We have secured a location for showing movies in a local school where a fellow missionary in our church teaches. We hope to be able to show movies monthly at this venue. We have also expanded our outreach to another superstore near the University where I teach (about 5 KM from our church) to check blood pressure for free. We have done this in the past in markets, but the business made it difficult to actually engage people. Being in a less congested area with less traffic allows us to talk with folks one on one in a very productive way. We couple this with a spiritual survey to open the door to spiritual things. The last time we did this type of outreach we were able to clearly share the Gospel with every person that checked his or her pressure. We continue to pass out tracts regularly but with little response. Regardless, we know that the Word of the Lord is being sown. We now ask the Lord of harvest to bring forth much fruit.

The University ministry is going well. The school keeps the kids pretty busy so it is difficult for them to come faithfully to church. The Lord has allowed me to share the Gospel with many of the students though. This term I have about 60 students in three classes. It is a blessing to be able to have an outreach such as this.

Please pray for Nuey, Niran, Pom, No, Aom, Ying, Dtuy, Saeng-Tong, Jan, Ohy, and Mike’s students for salvation. Pray for the men of the church to be faithful. Please pray for other locations to show movies in various neighborhoods. Also please pray for our daughter Hannah as she finishes her second semester at Christian College; that she will continue to make the transition to the USA and college life and for her tuition (for which we are falling further and further behind).

We pray God’s blessing as you serve.

 

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

 

The Fredericks in Jan. 2015

January 2015

Dear praying partners,

Happy New Year. It has been an exciting time since our last letter. We celebrated our 10th anniversary, went to camp, had a Christmas party and our third grandchild was born.

Since we first showed a movie in one of the neighborhoods, we have been unable to secure another venue. We are looking at a few different areas and Lord willing we will be able to see this ministry get off the ground. Please pray for an opening at the university. This would be an ideal location.

Ooy was finally able to be baptized. We haven’t had a baptism service in quite some time, so it was an especially exciting time. We took the church to a nearby river and had a great picnic lunch fellowship after the Sunday service. Unfortunately we were unable to play in the water and go tubing as it was pretty cold (at least for us; it was about 77 F.) One young man, who has been coming to church for a few months, has finally started showing some interest in the Gospel. He has been noticing the folly of idol worship and the hopelessness of Buddhism recently. Pray that Niran will be saved soon.

I will start helping at the University again in mid January. The Lord has opened up many possibilities at the University. We recently had three more students visit (all unsaved). Lord willing, with the start of the second term, we will see more students come to know the Lord.

Please pray for Nuey, Pom, No, Aom, Ying, Dtuy, Saeng-Tong, Jan, Ohy, and Mike’s students for salvation. Pray for the men of the church to be faithful. Please pray for locations to show movies in various neighborhoods. Also please pray for our daughter Hannah as she starts her second semester at Christian College, that she will continue to make the transition to the USA and college life, and for her tuition.

We pray God’s blessing as you serve.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org
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The Holmquists’ Farewell

Jan. 12, 2015

Dear Friends,

In Philippians 1:3,5 the apostle Paul said, “I thank my God . . . For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.” Our hearts overflow with thankfulness when we think of your vital partnership with us in the gospel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil through your gifts, prayers, and words of encouragement. Your prayers have sustained us in the trials and glorified God in the victories.

We are writing to inform you that we have made a prayerful decision regarding our future.  In April 2013, we said goodbye to the church family at the new church plant in the Bento Ribeiro neighborhood of Rio and left it in the care of our missionary colleagues the Patefields and Joy Hunt. Upon leaving that work, our vision was to help plant another church in Rio. While we were praying about options of where to go, we received documents for property on the west side of the city of Rio. We prayed with our missionary colleagues and Brazilian pastors in the city about the possibility of planting a church there with a team of Brazilians who were part of an established church. After over a year of diligent attempts to establish the new work, it became obvious to everybody involved (through providential circumstances, document problems, team dynamics, and a personal health crisis) that the Lord was closing the door on that property for the time being. It is our earnest hope that somebody will resume the attempt to plant a church there in the future if God permits, but we knew that the Lord was moving our family.

We then began to explore other options for ministry within our mission in several regions of Brazil, but we concluded that God was not leading us to any of those options.  We resolved that we could not remain in Brazil if God did not give us the same certainty and conviction of calling that we had when we first went to Rio. We believe in our hearts that the Lord called us to Rio to serve for the time that we were there. After much consideration, prayer, and counsel we equally affirm that after ten years of service with our wonderful mission family of Baptist Mid-Missions, the time has come for us to resign. Our resignation will be effective January 31.

We will look back on this chapter of our lives with gratitude to God for the people who made it possible. We truly believe that eternity will bear the fruit of your partnership of the gospel in Rio. And as we send this final letter to you, our beloved family of intercessors, we ask for one last request. We believe that God will guide our future as He has our past, but we need faith to step into the fog of the future. Pray that He will give us wisdom to walk in His will and show us what steps we should take. And pray that we would be obedient and courageous to take the steps that He has planned for us.

With Gratitude and Love,
Brendan, Melissa, Myla, Elaina, Daniel and Flavia Holmquist

holmquist1@gmail.com
(517) 599-6979
6772 E. Price Road
St. Johns, MI 48879

 

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