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Bob & Sylvia Ellis

Missionaries to the Military

After more than twenty-five years in the pastorate, Dr. Bob Ellis felt God directing him into a new and needed ministry. For approximately nine to ten months out of each year, he and his wife, Sylvia travel promoting the military chaplaincy.

Dr. Ellis is the national field representative for the FBFI (Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International) Commission on Chaplains which endorses chaplains to serve in the U.S. military. His responsibilities include:

    Visiting independent, fundamental Christian colleges and seminaries all across the country, recruiting chaplains;

    Visiting independent, fundamental churches, making known the need of and the opportunities for godly chaplains in the United States military;

    Visiting chaplains on or near the bases where they are stationed to encourage them and give input.

Bob and Sylvia Ellis
P. O. Box 37453
Pensacola, FL 32526

FBFI Commission on Chaplains
500 W. Lee Road
Taylors, SC 29687

The Fredericks’ June 2014 Update

June 2014

Our four month furlough has finally ended and we arrived safely back in Thailand on June 22nd.  It was a blessing to visit many of our supporting churches and report on what the Lord has been doing in Thailand.  We were very encouraged by the reception we received from so many; it was truly humbling.

Now that we are back in Thailand we are trying to hit the ground running.  We are hoping to adjust our ministry slightly to have a greater impact and prepare our church for a future without a missionary.  We will expand our outreach to include showing Christian movies in various neighborhoods and at the University on weekend nights.  There are several good films that have been dubbed into Thai and there are even a few local productions that we can show.  We are in the process of making contacts now for this exciting new aspect to our ministry.  It may seem like a small need, but if anyone would like to give for the purchase of snacks that we could provide during the showing, it would be greatly appreciated.  We estimate about $30 per showing or about $90 per week.  In addition to this new ministry we are already making plans for a Christmas carnival at several locations in December.  We are hoping to be able to do 3-5 booths with games and prizes along with Christian literature and a salvation message.  Again, we could use help in this endeavor.  We are planning on about $500 for materials and prizes for this activity.

Lord willing we will return to our previous locations to teach English to teachers and University students in a few weeks. We made some great contacts prior to leaving for the states, so we are anxious to follow-up on those as soon as possible.  As I mentioned to many churches, the lack of faithful men is a real concern for us.  I had a meeting with the men that attend (fairly regularly) and challenged them concerning faithfulness.  We will be meeting again regularly to try to encourage them to understand their responsibility.

Please pray for Nuey, Pom, No, Aom, Ying, and Mike’s students for salvation.  Pray for Dtom and kwanchai for faithfulness.  Pray for Dtong and Aek concerning the Lord’s direction in their lives. Also please pray for open doors concerning the showing of movies in various neighborhoods.  Lastly, please pray for my (Mike’s) shoulder.  I have been diagnosed with frozen shoulder and it is very painful and limiting.

We pray God’s blessing as you serve.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

The Holmquists’ June Letter

June 2014

Dear Friends,

Growing up, if I complained to my dad that things just weren’t going my way, he would sometimes jokingly say to me, “That’s life in the big city.” Now that I live in a big city, I know what he meant. Each week presents unique challenges. Just last week, for example, our whole family left to run an errand and the car we were borrowing broke down. But, out of nowhere, a barefooted man appeared and said he had a mechanic friend just down the road. Great! However, at that very moment a plastic bottle full of urine that someone had thrown on the side of the road slowly rolled under our car and into traffic where a truck hit it and sprayed its contents on the passenger side of our car – and Melissa through the open window. Not great! We were able to push the car to the mechanic and he began to work on it. After an hour or so, he said he couldn’t finish because that afternoon Brazil was playing in the World Cup and clearly nobody works when Brazil plays! So we walked until we found a bus (the bus driver was working!) that had just enough space to wedge all six of us in and we were on our way. Thankfully, we arrived home safely and in time to see Brazil win. Yes, that’s life in the big city. A lot of times it makes us long for that City whose builder is God.

Thank you for your prayers, they are crucial in the city or in the country. We had a great trip to the next state north of Rio, Minas Gerais, which is known for its precious gem mines and its coffee plantations. God protected us in a close call on the highway on the way. I preached at a three day conference on the theme, The Church: Christ’s Bride. It was wonderful to see how God is using Brazilian pastors and Brazilian missionaries together to expand His church in Minas.

Recently, we have also travelled to explore other ministry possibilities. The Lord seems to be moving us in a new direction. The land on which we have been laboring to build a church for over a year is still entangled with time consuming legal issues. We’ve sensed other strong indications that the time is not right for us to build there. We plan to leave the land and the prospects of a future church there in the hands of Brazilian coworkers who have been helping us. Our hope is to be able to build a wall around the land before August to prevent it from invasions while the legal issues are settled. In the meantime, we have been helping a church in Rio whose pastor has suffered some hard times personally and whose wife is chronically ill.

It’s hard for us to believe that in July we’ll have been with Baptist Mid-Missions for 10 years. We thank God for our mission, our home churches, and for the many churches and individuals who have prayed and helped us so faithfully. Our plan is to return to the US at the end of July to report to ministry supporters. During this year in the US, we’d love to see each of you who has been involved in the ministry here over these years. If a church would like to set up a meeting with us, our contact information is below. Please pray for evangelistic opportunities in the city during the World Cup and the preparations for our move.

Our mailing address is:
Baptist Mid-Missions
Estrada da Grama, 13
Qd. D, Lt. 5 Guaratiba
Rio, RJ 23033-220

Love in Christ,
Brendan, Melissa, Myla, Elaina, Daniel and Flavia Holmquist