We don’t take for granted your prayers to God in our behalf. It’s amazing and humbling to think that the following requests will be carried before the King of the Universe and that He will listen intently and answer according to His good will. Thank you for your fellowship in the ministry through prayer!
It’s not November yet, but there is a lot to be thankful for. We thank God especially for providing us with a house to rent on the growing west side of Rio. The house is located ideally between an established church where we are assisting and the area designated for the new church plant.
The church where we are now helping lent vital aid to us while we were working at the other church plant in Bento Ribeiro. Now it’s our privilege to be able to repay some of their help while the pastor of the church and his family struggle with health problems. Pastor Jose is in a lot of pain and needs shoulder surgery, but when it was time for him to have surgery the doctor told him he’d have to lie and say that he fell in order to be accepted as a patient. He didn’t lie, they didn’t operate, and that was months ago. Pray that God would bless Pastor Jose’s integrity and open a door for him to have surgery. While working with Pastor Jose, I’ve received invaluable mentoring in Brazilian culture and leadership. Lately, we’ve been working together to develop discipleship curriculum that we hope will be profitable in the churches in Rio and also in the missionary endeavors in the Amazon region.
We continue to make plans for the new church plant and hope to begin services early next year. As I mentioned in past letters, the property for the new church plant was donated to Melissa’s grandfather over twenty years ago. In His perfect timing, God is opening the door for us to begin work there now. While there is definitely an open door for ministry, there are also adversaries. A man has been parking his semi trucks on the property and has not removed them after several requests. He has also claimed that the property is his (we have documentation proving that it is ours). Please pray that God would move in this man’s heart to remove his vehicles from the property so we can begin using the land.
We’ve already met some people who live near the property who have shown interest in attending the church. One Brazilian friend returned to college after retiring to become an architect in order to help with the church building projects in Rio! He is currently drawing up a blueprint for the church. Another Brazilian man is moving closer to the property in order to help and he has pledged a large donation toward the construction of the building. It’s amazing to watch God bring the pieces of the puzzle together.
Please pray with us as we will need $30,000 to be able to construct a building on the property in order to begin holding services. We believe that God can provide what seems impossible. To that end, we’ve opened up a building account at Baptist Mid-Missions (information below). Before this letter was sent $200 came into the account proving to us that the God who sees, provides. Our prayer is that from this location the hearts of Brazilians would be lifted up in praise to the Living God and One True Savior.
Love in Christ,
*To donate to the building fund please make a check out to Baptist Mid-Missions and send it to Baptist Mid-Missions, P.O. Box 308011, Cleveland, OH, 44130. Memo: Holmquist Building Project.