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Dear Friends, Prayer Warriors, Loved Ones,
and Supporting Churches:

We held our mid-year Missions Emphasis Sunday, August 4. The featured missionaries were the Canters to Japan. Steve preached both services in English (the first time in seven years), and Pastor Fukuda translated. Since the church has native English speakers and many others speak English fluently, Pastor Fukuda and Steve both felt it would be a good opportunity for in-reach as well as outreach. There was one new visitor that Sunday. During the altar call, there were hands raised asking for prayer concerning full-time service. Pray that God will work in those hearts and make those decisions public.

Please pray with us as we consider God’s will to buy the land our parking space is on. We have seen God’s Hand on the parking space since the start, and we believe it was He who opened this door for us. The landlady wants to sell the land because the upkeep’s physical work is too much for her. The property is large enough to build a 200-plus seating auditorium with classrooms and a fellowship hall. There would still be enough space for 60 cars or more to park.

The history of the parking space is fascinating. Five years ago when we desperately needed parking, we flipped the worship area’s orientation front to back to allow a wing room to be used also. That very morning, we found the parking space. We know that because of our step of faith, God opened the door for us. The morning I chose the passage for our Missions Sunday, Isaiah 54:1-6 Lengthen the Ropes, we were told the landlady wanted to sell the property. We do not believe the timing to be coincidental; this occurred one week after we paid off our $100,000 loan. Pray that God will open the proper doors, and close the doors we shouldn’t go through.

Miss Oide has made the decision to be Baptized. She is spiritually hungry and is growing well. Pray for her as she takes this large step. Pray that she will continue to grow spiritually. Pray for the members of our Sunday School Class, that they will grow spiritually also. Continue to pray for our staff as we must make several decisions concerning our direction, goals and our future – we need God’s wisdom.

Kimiyo’s dad is doing much better. They have removed the intravenous feeding port as he is eating well on his own. He has been in the hospital now over five months without exercise. His mind is still sharp, but there is significant muscle loss.

In His Service,
Stephen and Kimiyo Canter

Divakars in India

Dear Pastor and Partners in the ministry,

Greetings in our Lord’s name.

We are doing well here in India after bouts with viral fever. The last three months have been very busy. We are physically exhausted but happy in the Lord. On a sad note, Joanne’s father, Mr. Eric D’Monte, went home to be with the Lord in July. He and my mother-in-law Mrs. Ann D’Monte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June with lots of family and friends around them. However, in July God chose to take Mr. D’Monte home. We had a funeral where God was magnified.

Praise!! We have been able to partner with one of our former students and his brother-in-law, Pastor Vishal, in establishing the Kamrang Baptist Church way up north in the state of Sikkim, which is at the foothills of the Himalayas. The church is located about 200 miles south of the capital Gangtok. Please pray for this ministry and everyone who is involved.

The church my parents started when they came to India as missionaries is 30 years old this month. Last Sunday we had lunch after church and then activities for everyone. Our Bible College has begun in all earnest; we have some good students this year. Please pray that God will bless the students and the teachers as we attempt to make an impact for the Lord in this wonderful nation.

Please pray for the ministry in Australia. I am happy to report that there is unity among the believers once more. There had been some ill feelings among them for some time, but God has worked in their lives and they are back on track now. Please pray that God would grant Brother Seth wisdom as he leads the group. Please pray for the young people who need God’s help in standing up to the world and its temptations. I guess this would be a prayer for every believer around the world and not just in Australia.

Please pray for an extension ministry Joanne and I are working on right now. There are a group of people living about 100 miles away from Mysore who have shown interest in the things of the Lord. Getting there takes 3-4 hours because the roads are so bad and because they are up at a slightly higher altitude. It rains a lot there. The people have decided to rent a four-wheel drive truck/van type vehicle once a month and come to church in Mysore. The situation does not allow us to start a church in that area. Christians are not really welcome there, but God has allowed this group of people to open their doors to us and we are going in. Please pray that God would give us wisdom and power in this situation.

The Children’s Home is going well; the kids are growing in the Lord and are studying well. However, we ask that you please pray for our neighbors who are developing their land and getting it ready to build houses. They have been trying to bully us in different ways. They’ve recently demanded that one of our trees be taken down because it was hindering them in some way. They are also demanding stuff from us, which we cannot comply with, without going through the proper channels. Please pray that they would do what they need to and not interfere with us.

Thank you for the blessing you are to us. May God bless you.

David and Joanne Divaker

Holmquist News

September 2013

Dear Friends,

We don’t take for granted your prayers to God in our behalf. It’s amazing and humbling to think that the following requests will be carried before the King of the Universe and that He will listen intently and answer according to His good will. Thank you for your fellowship in the ministry through prayer!

It’s not November yet, but there is a lot to be thankful for. We thank God especially for providing us with a house to rent on the growing west side of Rio. The house is located ideally between an established church where we are assisting and the area designated for the new church plant.

The church where we are now helping lent vital aid to us while we were working at the other church plant in Bento Ribeiro. Now it’s our privilege to be able to repay some of their help while the pastor of the church and his family struggle with health problems. Pastor Jose is in a lot of pain and needs shoulder surgery, but when it was time for him to have surgery the doctor told him he’d have to lie and say that he fell in order to be accepted as a patient. He didn’t lie, they didn’t operate, and that was months ago. Pray that God would bless Pastor Jose’s integrity and open a door for him to have surgery. While working with Pastor Jose, I’ve received invaluable mentoring in Brazilian culture and leadership. Lately, we’ve been working together to develop discipleship curriculum that we hope will be profitable in the churches in Rio and also in the missionary endeavors in the Amazon region.

We continue to make plans for the new church plant and hope to begin services early next year. As I mentioned in past letters, the property for the new church plant was donated to Melissa’s grandfather over twenty years ago. In His perfect timing, God is opening the door for us to begin work there now. While there is definitely an open door for ministry, there are also adversaries. A man has been parking his semi trucks on the property and has not removed them after several requests. He has also claimed that the property is his (we have documentation proving that it is ours). Please pray that God would move in this man’s heart to remove his vehicles from the property so we can begin using the land.

We’ve already met some people who live near the property who have shown interest in attending the church. One Brazilian friend returned to college after retiring to become an architect in order to help with the church building projects in Rio! He is currently drawing up a blueprint for the church. Another Brazilian man is moving closer to the property in order to help and he has pledged a large donation toward the construction of the building. It’s amazing to watch God bring the pieces of the puzzle together.

Please pray with us as we will need $30,000 to be able to construct a building on the property in order to begin holding services. We believe that God can provide what seems impossible. To that end, we’ve opened up a building account at Baptist Mid-Missions (information below). Before this letter was sent $200 came into the account proving to us that the God who sees, provides. Our prayer is that from this location the hearts of Brazilians would be lifted up in praise to the Living God and One True Savior.

Love in Christ,
The Holmquists

*To donate to the building fund please make a check out to Baptist Mid-Missions and send it to Baptist Mid-Missions, P.O. Box 308011, Cleveland, OH, 44130. Memo: Holmquist Building Project.

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