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The Fredericks: March 2013

March 2013

1 Chronicles 16:25 tells us, “For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.” This is a truth that we have been getting hold of more and more. The Lord is always great, always.

Bible Institute. We have started a new semester in the Thai section of Bible Institute with two Thai pastors teaching on-line courses. I am hoping to expand this ministry to include more Baptist churches across Thailand, but presently there is a lack of students. The English portion of the Bible Institute is coming to a close in a few months. I have just finished teaching Acts and will teach the Prophets and Life of Christ to round out the curriculum. Lord willing, we will have our second graduation ceremony in July or August. One of our students, Tom, is preparing to go to England to plant churches. Being sent from a small mission’s church in Thailand and going to a gospel barren land will present many challenges, but with God’s help, he will get there. Please pray for him as he makes plans and preparations.

New Life Baptist Church. We are making preparations for a special Easter service this year that will culminate in a church picnic at a local river after services. Additionally, we have made plans for a church sports day at the end of April which will hopefully be an encouragement to the members to bring many friends that we can follow up with in the future. We have been encouraged by an increase in the number of students coming to church from the university. Several of the new freshman have started coming and one young lady, Nookie, was saved recently. She sent me a Facebook message while I was meeting a new missionary, asking how she could become a child of God. She is the result of a true team effort as Atalie (the young lady working with us) has been teaching and encouraging her, another Christian student witnessed to her, and we had the privilege of reaping the fruit. Lord willing, she will be baptized when she returns from summer break in June (our summer/hot season is from March to May). In order to give our church more autonomy and pave the way for its true independence in the future, we started the process of establishing a foundation more than a year ago. Praise the Lord it is finished! We can now have accounts in our church’s name, buy property, etc… As a result, I will transfer my current visa to our foundation and will need to take my family to Malaysia the week of March 18th to get a new visa from the Thai embassy there.

Prayer Requests: The professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, Nueng, and Daeng for salvation; Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth; the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, and Dtom. Pray for Nin and Nookie for spiritual growth. Also pray about our finances; the dollar is slipping again, and several churches have dropped our support. 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!

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick

Bob Johnson – March 2013

March 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am sorry again that our prayer letter is late. Once you read it I think you’ll understand why I am running behind. It seems like the New Year has come in like a roaring lion. And things have not settled down as of yet. At least it has been a very busy year with different meetings and many miles traveled. God has richly blessed us during this time and it has been a joy to be in the different churches. What a wonderful opportunity God has given Louise and I to continue His ministry in the churches speaking on missions and what God is doing around the world. No one could ask for more exciting ministry.

So far this year has been a year of sickness for Louise and me. First I came down with bronchitis. We started an 1100 mile trip to North Carolina and Virginia. Just before we started the trip Louise had hurt her knee working in the yard. We thought that she was in good enough shape for her to travel with me. But this was not the case. The knee gave way and she took a hard fall which damaged the knee even more. Once we got her to the doctor he said the bone in the knee was not broken but it was just as bad as a break. She has not been able to walk on it since then and will not be able to for a few more weeks. Next she came up with a problem which she had to have surgery. I was able to get her out of the hospital yesterday. Now she is resting and looking forward to getting on her feet and back on the road visiting the churches again. You never know how much a woman does in the home until you don’t have a woman in the home to do it. Between being in the meetings, on the road, and keeping house I am very thankful for my wife.

Please pray for the independent Baptist churches that are in the area where we live, Live Oak Florida. One pastor has retired after 26 years of service in the same church. At present there is only one independent Baptist church in the area which is growing and doing very much for God. Three of the churches attendance is about 35 people. It will be hard if not impossible for these churches to continue unless God gives revival in this area.

Thank you always for allowing us to continue to serve God as He desires. Without your love, prayers, and support it would be impossible.

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Dr. Robert W Johnson

 

Holmquist March 2013 Update

March 2013  

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Thank You for Your Prayers

Dear Friends,

After spending some time in the Amazon jungle I’m back in the concrete jungle of Rio. The trip was joyful and heartbreaking. It’s evident that the Lord is working in some amazing ways in the hearts of many Brazilian Indians. Their love for the gospel was humbling. But it’s evident, too, that Satan isn’t content to watch gospel seeds being sown without trying to snatch them up. As we traveled, we saw villages that don’t have any gospel preaching churches. One village had a church building and willing people, but no pastor. We saw other villages where cults, selfish attitudes, and false doctrine are running rampant and destroying lives. Pray for the lives of these precious souls! And pray for our friend Pastor Rober (the first missionary our church in Rio voted to support financially) as he strives, together with his family, to reach his own people with the gospel.

Missionary Nathan Patefield and I had the privilege of preaching at a three day conference for church leaders and members of six or seven local Ticuna Indian villages situated by the great rivers that flow through Brazil’s Amazon Region. Many people traveled by canoe or boat to come and hear the Word. Later, we visited several villages and were often invited to teach. After the messages, Pastor Rober would often open up a time for questions and answers. The questions were penetrating and we spent hours in discussion and mutual sharing of experiences. We also spent hours listening to the local church leadership express their burden for the future generation and their desire to have a seminary for further training in their language. They also asked for the collaboration of Brazilian pastors to hold annual conferences there for the purpose of treating major doctrinal questions that are arising. We are pondering their requests and preparing to present their needs to pastors and churches in Brazil and in the US. Please pray for wisdom as we consider these things. We desire to help in a way that doesn’t harm in the long term. In other words, we desire solutions that will be indigenous.

Thank you for your prayers for safety. One day we were visiting villages when the boat motor stopped working and we were stranded. Thankfully we had just arrived at a village and a kind pastor’s wife took us in and fed us, though she had three children sick at home with malaria. The next day the boat was repaired and we were able to catch our flight back to Rio. While I was gone, Melissa had a scare with our daughter Myla. Myla got very sick and the doctors suspected Dengue Fever. Thankfully blood tests came back negative and she is well now.

Since my arrival in Rio I’ve had the opportunity to give reports of the Amazon trip in two different churches and preach two other times on the death and resurrection of Christ. There is definitely no lack of places of service here in Brazil. Pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers! God has given us the opportunity to make an 8 week trip to the US for me to try to complete my final course assignment in the ministry program I’m enrolled in. Please pray for a profitable time of study. Thank you for your constant encouragement and prayer.

Love in Christ,
Brendan Holmquist
Melissa, Myla, Ellie, Daniel, Flavia

P.S. On a personal note, Shannon, BJ’s youngest sister has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is undergoing chemotherapy and needs our prayers.

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