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Camp Grace Serving the Lord with gladness – February 2013

 Where did all these dishes come from?

 The Ladies cleaned the guest house, stuffed more than 3500 pieces of mail, stapled papers together, sealed envelopes after stuffing them, learned to operate the printing machine and the folding machine, kept coffee made for the group and brought goodies for the breaks.

The men cut wood for use on the sheds and burnt wood what was unused, cleaned and remodeled the tobacco sheds that were donated to the camp and made them into paint sheds. You could hear the sawing of wood, banging of the hammers, the ouches, and, oh yes, there was work on a truck engine, too, hopefully to get it going again. Also the men took unused medal to town and collected monies for the camp.

Are these clean yet???

 Show and tell

 How does this work??

While Marie poses I think Wauneta is wondering where all these dishes are coming from!!!

 

I’ll work till Jesus comes

I’ll work till Jesus comes

I’ll work till Jesus comes

      Then I’ll be traveling home…

Holmquists’ February Letter

February 2013

Dear Friends,
We count on your prayers and we are encouraged and thankful that you are willing to uphold the ministry here in Rio before God in prayer. Tomorrow I will be leaving for the Annual Youth Retreat. It occurs during the famous Carnival of Rio which is like Mardi Gras on steroids. Sadly, many lives are deeply scarred from the sins committed during these days. Also, the raucous partying often turns violent. The retreat offers the youth a chance to get together in a good environment to hear the Word. Melissa and the kids will be staying at home because of space limits at the camp. I’ll be travelling back and forth between home and camp during the retreat. Please pray for safety and for the Spirit’s work among the hearts of the youth of the churches of Rio- specifically for salvation and spiritual growth.

Five of the youth of Rio have chosen to go to Bible College this year. This is a real step of faith for them because most don’t know how they will fund the tuition. Several have had to overcome some real obstacles just to get to this point. When one young lady expressed her desire to go to Bible School, her unsaved father’s first reaction was that he’d rather that she said she wanted to be a prostitute than to say that she wanted to go to Bible School. Another young lady became serious about following the Lord after her father was bitten by a mosquito carrying dengue fever and died suddenly. Each has their own incredible story of how God has brought them to where they are. Pray for the Lord’s provision for these Bible school students (Leo, Flavio, Debora, Flavia, Sueny).

On March 3, we will celebrate the first anniversary celebration at church. Last Sunday we announced that at the end of March we will be leaving the church under the direction of our colleagues the Patefields, and searching for the next place God where wants us to labor in Rio. There are some possibilities open but we are still praying about the specifics and looking to God to lead. One of the highlights of last year at church was the opportunity to baptize Debora, the first fruits of the church plant. A man named Roger has been coming regularly and has begun discipleship classes for baptism. It’s exciting to see his hunger for God. He got a new study Bible recently and has already been sharing with us some things that he’s learned. Please pray for the people of the church, the Anniversary Celebration and our future ministry plans.

About six months ago a man entered the church (under the influence of something!) and his loud and foul language was such a distraction that we had to ask him to either stop or leave. We ended up having to forcefully escort him out. At that point, he cursed us and threatened to bomb the building when we left. We wondered what would become of the situation. Well, recently a homeless woman named Tania has been attending our services. One night she came in with serious burns covering her left arm. The church provided her with food, medication and antibiotics. We discovered that apparently her boyfriend is the man who entered the church six months earlier. When he saw the care and love that the church showed to her, he approached the deacon of the church and apologized profusely for his actions. I invited him to come back. We hope that he might return to church in a sober state and that God would transform his life. Sometimes things happen and you don’t ever know why, but it is satisfying to be able to have a glimpse of how God can turn something that man or the Devil meant for evil into something good!

Love in Christ, The Holmquist Family

P.S. We were able to get tickets for the trip to the Amazon for March 12-22. Thank you to those who contributed. Please pray for a profitable time among the tribes there.

©2013 Brendan Holmquist – BMM | P.O. Box 308011 Cleveland, OH 44130-8011

The Fredericks’ Latest News

October 2012

Serving the Lord is certainly not a boring ordeal.  God is doing many wonderful things in Thailand.

Bible Institute.  We have been able to expand the Bible institute recently to include two missionary instructors (including myself) and two Thai pastors. We are able to do this because of the suggestion and encouragement of Ed Habal.  He and his family came on a missions trip several years ago and he saw the potential for bridging the gap between our geographically separated churches.  It took several years to implement his ideas but it is becoming a reality. Not only do we have an expanded instructor base but there are several students who have joined form a church in Khorat as well.

New Life Baptist Church.  Several of our church members joined us on a second missions trip to Phitsunalok province to help a church plant in that city.  We spent three days and helped the missionary pass out more than 10,000 John/Romans introducing his new church plant.  It is great to see Thai people who once lived apart from the grace of God have a burden to share the Gospel with their fellow countrymen.  We also had our first faith promise missions conference in September.  Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much since our church is mostly composed of working class people who don’t make much.  Imagine my shock when our faith promise commitment amounted to about $260 a month.  This is half again our churches monthly budget!  Praise the Lord.  In September, during the missions conference a lady (an adult daughter of a member) came and was saved!  Three weeks later one of our newer members starting bringing his neighbor to church and he was saved as well.  God is working in Hang Dong!

University Ministry.  The first term is finished.  It has been a long semester with many students and many opportunities to share the gospel and encourage Christian students.  I would appreciate your continued prayers for this ministry.

New Team Member.  Atalie Habal finally arrived in Thailand on September 7th after many delays.  She ahs started language school and has pretty much gotten all settled in.  She will start teaching at a local elementary school in November with the start of the new school term.  We are excited about having this energetic young lady as part of our church planting team.

Prayer Requests:

   The Professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Daeng for salvation.

   Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.

   The Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Dtom.

   Pray for Nin and Sahn for spiritual growth.

You can sign-up for updates at our web site;  www.thaimissions.org.  We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord!  We will are planning to return to the states in the summer of 2013-2014.  If you would like us to come and report to your church please contact me via e-mail mike@thaimissions.org

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

www.thaimissions.org

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