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The Holmquists' August Prayer Update

August 23, 2011

Dear Friends,

In just a few days, Lord willing, we will board a plane and return to Brazil.  As I presented the ministry in Rio and preached in a church last Sunday night, I was struck with the fact that next Sunday I will be preaching in Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!  The year in the US, like a vapor, has vanished away quickly.  Our time in the US was filled with wonderful memories that we will take with us of family and brothers and sisters in Christ from all over America who care deeply about God’s work around the globe.  You have expressed God’s love to us in more ways than we could list.  We leave for Brazil very encouraged.

On Sunday night, somebody asked us publicly if we have fears about returning to the big city of Rio.  While we have great joy about returning to the place where God has called us to begin afresh in the work of church planting and to see our beloved friends, we cannot deny that fear is present with us.  There is the challenge of brushing the rust off of our Portuguese and growing deeper in our knowledge of the language so that we can effectively and graciously communicate God’s heart and His truth.  There are the personal questions of family safety and health, of quality education, of helping our children make right decisions and good friendships in a land that will seem foreign to them for awhile.  There is the knowledge that the forces of evil are against us and the transition (as all transitions are) will be turbulent.  There are the old feelings of inadequacy and helplessness that arise before us like a looming mountain range when we think of the great task that God has put in front of us.  Yes we have fears.  And we freely admit we feel like spiritual peons when we read about Hudson Taylor and Adoniram Judson and the trials and situations they faced with such courage.  But we will return- and the only reason we will go back is because Jesus promised, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”  That promise changes everything and fears flee.  Also to know that God’s people are going before Him in our behalf gives us tremendous confidence.  Thank you for what you do.  We thank the Lord for who He is; by His grace He will build His church.

Praise– For safety and health over tens of thousands of miles of travel in the U.S.
Praise– In our last letter we asked for prayer for Deborah’s salvation.  Since that letter she told Lydia, a daughter of our co-workers, that she trusted in Christ the week before Easter!
Please pray for God’s grace during our transition to Brazil: specifically on Thursday and Friday August 25, 26 (the days of our flight) and on Sunday, August 28 (I will be leading a Bible study in the morning and preaching in the evening).  We leave Portland, Oregon on August 25 at noon and fly to Atlanta.  From Atlanta we fly to Rio de Janeiro and are scheduled to arrive at 8:40 am local time.
Please pray for fertile soil for the Gospel to be planted in people’s hearts in Brazil.

By His grace and for His glory,

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

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Serving with Baptist Mid-Missions
Planting Churches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The Mathenas' Prayer Letter

Thank you for praying!

January – April 2011

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.”    John I6:33b

The New Year tuned with fourteen saved in our Old Year Service, and our church family dedicated to cleaning up their lives in the New Year! As a church, we started memorizing verses from Psalm 51. Everyone is excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in this New Year.

Mid-January a young man who was recently released from prison became a nuisance in our community.  He began loitering around the area schools and our church and was interfering with the young girls. He left when Robert asked him to. But he came back later that night and broke two windows and the windshield of the church van. He is back in prison, but we have been without transportation for months. Our thanks go to all of the churches who sent gifts to help repair the damage in this trying time.

February 7th is the Grenadian Independence Day, and we have included a picture of the pre-school children dressed in their patriotic colors. Carrie had special activities and a cook-out for the children to celebrate the day. Please remember Carrie in your prayers as she enrolls three year olds for next year! Already a prospective student's mother has received Christ as her Savior.

Easter was a busy lime for the church and school. We handed out candy filled eggs and encouraged the community that Easter is an excellent time to visit our church. Then Easter morning, we had a Sunrise Service and breakfast that concluded with two receiving Christ as Savior.

Even with the tribulations of the New Year, it is exciting to see God at work in the village of Loretto. We are thankful to be a part of the ministry and are thankful to you for making our presence here possible.

In Christ,

The Mathena's
Grenada. West Indies


Fredericks' May 2011 Prayer Letter

May 2011

Psalms 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

This is a passage that encourages me because often serving the Lord involves waiting on the Lord which doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Yet it is a joy to see the Lord break through and work in people’s hearts. Does this mean I have some spectacular news to report? No. It just means I am waiting patiently on the Lord and based on what He has done, I know that He is and will continue to work.

New Life Baptist, Chiang Mai: We were able to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with a sunrise service at a local river. After singing, praying, some preaching, and taking communion together, we returned to church to eat breakfast, fellowship and celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with our regularly scheduled services. We were pushing for a big weekend and had one new unsaved adult visitor! We were also pleasantly surprised at the efforts of one of our ladies to bring several children to church. Unbeknownst to us, she had been doing a Bible club at her home with several neighborhood children, and their parents finally consented to allow them to come to church (mostly 10-12 year olds). This is exactly the kind of effort a church planter wants to see. Often everything rides on the back of the church planter and his programs and efforts. It is therefore a great joy to see the church members taking the initiative in serving the Lord.

Newsletter Ministry: We have been humbled by the many gifts for the newsletter printing that we have received. As a result, almost all of our planned newsletters have been paid for. We are currently editing our final edition; we plan to print 12,000 copies which is twice as many as normal (6000 copies). It will be a special edition containing the testimonies and pictures of many of our members. We are hoping to have a few testimonies in the Northern Thai dialect as well. We trust this will prove to be a good capstone to the foundation laid in the previous newsletters. Please pray that the Lord will use this ministry to penetrate the Thai heart.

Family News: I am happy to say that Matthew (our second oldest) has become engaged to a lovely young French lady who attends university in Chiang Mai. They will be getting married on January 7th, 2012 in Chiang Mai. Please pray for them as they make preparations to embark on a life of service together for the Lord.

Prayer requests: Please pray for the professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Ann for salvation. Also, pray for Mike’s new students this term (names unknown as of yet). Also continue to pray for the many backsliden: Ahm, Mae, Bhun, Ayima, Maem, and Ann. Pray for the Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Tiang, Dtom, Katae, and Somsri. Pray for the Sullivant family 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

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