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Holmquists’ December Prayer Update

December 2011

Dear Friends,
The story of Christmas can be summarized in three words, “God with us!” Immanuel came once and He is coming again the second time as King. Then there will be complete peace and joy in the presence of Immanuel forever. Eternal Christmas! This is the message that I have the opportunity to share tomorrow night (Dec. 13) at an English class here in Rio. Our co-worker Joy has been teaching at an English school on her road. She asked our family to come for the Christmas special and for me to give the Gospel. We gladly obliged. The Lord has also given us the opportunity to share the gospel/Christmas story at a large family reunion of Brazilian friends on Christmas Eve.

Thank you for your prayers for us. Honestly, it’s been a difficult transition back into life and ministry inRio. The thing that encourages us most, though, is that God is in control and that friends are praying to the sovereign God on our behalf. Progress on the church building has been slower than expected because of the condition of the plumbing, electric and structural issues. But we’ve progressed far enough now to where we have set the official dates of our first services for January 7 and 8! Please pray that everything would come together in a God-honoring way. Many people who have seen us working on the building have stopped to ask about it and several have shown interest in coming. Our deepest thanks go to all who have upheld us in prayer and invested in the ministry of church planting inRio.

It’s amazing how some of the difficulties, inconveniences and problems that we’ve encountered lately with traffic, long lines, building delays and complex counseling situations have opened up gospel sharing opportunities with people. Three instances occurred just last week – one rejected, one debated, and one is almost persuaded. Thank God! We’ll just keep sowing the seed.

Starting next year we hope to send our emails in a different format. We’ll be able to include pictures and make the letter more readable. We know that many people are receiving our email updates on smaller devices and long letters may be burdensome. The main thing we desire is for people to pray and thank God together with us, so we want to do all that we can to facilitate that. Those wishing for more details and family news may follow our blog ministryupdate.blogspot.com (we’ll update later this week!), communicate with us through email, or dial our vonage phone number (aUS number that reaches us inBrazil with no extra charge (517) 580-0704). Again thank you for all that you mean to our family and the ministry here. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Praise- For opportunities to meet people in the community and share the Word.

Please pray for Kennedy’s salvation.

Please pray for God’s provision and wisdom with our plans to inaugurate on January 7 and 8.

Please pray for our co-workers: Joy (Rio), The Patefields (US-furlough), Dori (Brazil-Language School).

By His grace and for His glory,

Brendan (BJ), Melissa, Myla, Ellie, Daniel and Flávia Holmquist

 holmquist1@gmail.com

 Brasil (21) 3734-2867

US(517) 580-0704

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Mathenas’ Prayer Letter: May-Sept 2011

Thank you for praying!

May-September 2011

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,

II Thessalonians 5:17 “ln everything give thanks: for this is the fill of God in Christ Jesus.” “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3

Thank you for time and time again coming to our assistance with your prayers and financial gifts. We are blessed to be laborers together with you.

As a result of your prayers and gifts, we have many blessings to report:

In May, nineteen moms attended our special Mother’s Day Service. Later in the month, we had the privilege of seeing three follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism.

In June, the first year of pre-school came to a close and summer projects began. Carrie kept Pat busy painting, cleaning, sewing, and making new materials for the pre-school while Robert worked to construct a roof for the sandbox.

In July, it became evident that Robert needed to return to the States for medical needs, many of which he tried unsuccessfully to resolve here in Grenada. As he prepared to leave, you gave and prayed. During this lime, Pal and Carrie had Summer Reading Classes.

In August, Robert arrived in the States and immediately had an unplanned operation. Complications from the surgery sent him to the emergency room, and he was admitted to the hospital for several days. Meanwhile, Pat and Carrie had limited church services and the children memorized Psalm 139 to earn the school supplies provided by your gifts. In the midst of this, Carrie also finished enrolling eleven students for the second year of pre-school.

In September, Robert returned to Grenada from his medical leave He will be on
medications for several months due to a very aggressive infection. Again we say thank you for all your prayers and financial gifts that helped with all the expenses of this trip.

The time between prayer letters has been too long and we apologize. It is not because we are unthankful, but due to the circumstances. We really appreciate your support during this time.

In Christ,

The Mathena’s
Grenada, West India
678-608-2173

Fredericks’ September 2011 Prayer Letter

September 2011

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and enabling.
After 8 ½ years in Thailand I am slowing starting to realize how big and difficult the task is that is before us. Yet in it all, we can see the hand of the Lord working in Thailand.

New Life Baptist, Chiang Mai
The rainy season has been dry concerning new visitors and people being saved. We had one young man (about 24) who was saved and baptized and has been faithful to services since. We have also had a young man (about 23) who has left the church in order to marry an unsaved woman. It is always difficult to see people fall out of fellowship with the Lord, but we thank God for the way He continues to work in many lives. Sakhorn (Bible school graduate last year) has started taking on more responsibilities in the church and now leads a weekly discipleship class as well as a new teen Sunday school class. Next month he will also teach his first class in the Bible institute. It is encouraging to see him continue to grow and serve the Lord. The Bible institute has grown and now includes five men. Three Thai men have enrolled and have all expressed an interest in serving the Lord in some capacity in the future. We now have Bible Institute classes four times a week (two in English and two in Thai). We continue to teach English at the North Chiang Mai University and are trying to make an impact with both the students and professors. Additionally, another opportunity has presented itself to help Thai High School teachers in Northern Thailand with their English skills. Although teaching English is not my priority, this is a very effective way to meet and develop relationships with other Thai professionals. Thailand is a relationship based society, so sharing the gospel is much less confrontational when presented amongst those with whom a relationship has been established.

Newsletter Ministry
The newsletter ministry is finished with mixed results. We were proud of how the members of New Life Baptist church responded by faithfully distributing the newsletters each month. Unfortunately, the responses have been almost non-existent. We can rest in the fact that God’s Word has been spread and perhaps seed has been planted for later harvest.

Family News
In addition to the excitement of our son getting married in January, we just found out that our oldest daughter will be having our first grandchild in April 2012.

Prayer Requests
Please pray for the professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Ann for salvation. Also, continue to pray for the many backsliden: Ahm, Mae, Bhun, Ayima, Maem, Tom and Ann. Pray for the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Tiang, Dtom, and Sombhun,. Pray for the Sullivant family (presently helping in Chiang Mai) as they seek the Lord’s direction for their future ministry. They have been such a blessing to our church in the two years they have attended language school, and we will be sorry to see them leave but excited about their future ministry.

We pray God’s blessing on you as you continue to faithfully serve the Lord!

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

BWMOM, Thailand
www.thaimissions.org

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