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Holmquists’ In December

December 2012

Dear Friends,

Worship and joy were the prominent attitudes produced in the hearts of those who recognized who the Child really was. They didn’t underestimate what Christ’s birth meant for all mankind. May you have a worshipful and joyful celebration of the birth of the Savior and King.

We’re thankful for the opportunity to proclaim His message here in Rio and to share some of what God has been doing at the church plant in the neighborhood of Bento Ribeiro.

• We had our second worship service in the nearby park and it opened up some more opportunities to talk with people who are hurting and seeking.

• A young lady from the church named Deborah is scheduled to be baptized next week. She will be the first member through baptism. She has taken a stand for Christ and has invited several family members who don’t know Christ to the service, including her parents. Another lady, Neusa, was prepared to be baptized but serious health issues prevent her at this time.

• It is encouraging to see the church develop a burden for missions. The church family enthusiastically voted to financially support our missionary friend Pastor Rober in the Amazon Jungle region as the first supported missionary.

• We’re thankful for the return of our co-workers, the Patefields, in November. The Lord blessed them with several answers to prayer regarding the flight, luggage and customs.

We’ve been praying for a long period about future possibilities for church planting in Rio. More than six months ago, a sister church in Rio gave me some documents for some property on the far west side of the city. We discovered that this property was donated over 20 years ago to Melissa’s grandparents for the purpose of starting a church. They were unable to do so at the time, and the Lord has guarded the property all of these years from anybody squatting on the land (truly remarkable here!). As we seek the Lord’s will and consider the possibility of moving to this area of the city to begin a new church plant we ask for your prayers. It will be sad to leave the church in Bento Riberio, but such is the job description of a missionary, and we’re content to know that the church would continue under the excellent direction of our co-workers and the care of The Good Shepherd.

With temperatures above 100 this week we know Christmastime is here! Again, we are so thankful for each of you who have invested in our lives and in the lives of people here in Rio through your friendship, love, prayer, gifts and encouragements.

Looking for Christ’s return,
The Holmquists

©2012 Brendan Holmquist – BMM | P.O. Box 308011 Cleveland, OH 44130-8011



Holmquists’ Missions Prayer Update

October 2021

Pastor Rober and Family
Last January I had the amazing opportunity to leave the urban jungle of Rio and go spend a week in the jungles of Brazil’s massive Amazon Rainforest. Years ago, a Brazilian Indian named Rober obeyed God’s call to leave his tribe and study at a Seminary in the south of Brazil. The sacrifice and dedication that it took for him to do that is a tribute to God’s sustaining grace. In God’s providence, while he was raising support for his family to return to the Amazon as a missionary, he lived in Rio. His family was a great asset to the ministry here in Rio in the initial phases of the church plant. Upon his return to the Amazon, God opened up an opportunity for me and Todd, a builder from the US, to visit and help with building and preaching. 

The Burden – Church Leader who Pleaded for Training
While we were in the Amazon we met several native Brazilians who shared with us their love for Christ and their burden for their people. One of the church leaders, with tears in his eyes, pleaded for more opportunities for theological training. Their throats are parched with thirst for God’s word – they simply lack opportunity in their language. I left with a heavy burden in my heart. This is a people group that still does not have the complete Word of God in their native tongue and there are other villages nearby along the Amazon River which do not have a gospel preaching church. 

The Plan
When I shared this burden with a friend, he commented, “You might not be able to start a seminary for them right now, but you can certainly go teach the Word.” That advice planted a seed in my heart for how we could help. The plan is simple. I’d like to take a small group of Brazilian Pastors and construction workers once a year for 10 days to this area in the Amazon. We will teach one or more module classes which will be translated from Portuguese into the Ticuna language by our Indian friend Rober. The classes will deal with topics such as Bible interpretation, systematic theology, church leadership, and current issues relevant to Brazilian Indian Culture. While the pastors teach, the construction team will work on Rober’s home and the church building which is in desperate need of repair. In the future we’d like to begin construction of Rober’s dream for a Christian Camp.

It is a humble plan but it has the potential for lasting spiritual impact. Rober is thrilled with the idea. Please seek God’s face with us in prayer as we plan for the first trip in early 2013. On future trips, I’d love to see this develop in such a way that people skilled in teaching and construction could come from the US to help too. In order to help fund the travel costs for the group and provide some construction materials we will need about $4000. We know that our God can supply all of our needs. Should the Lord prompt you to help financially with this, donations may be designated for the Holmquist’s “National Assistance Fund” and sent to the following address:

Baptist Mid-Missions
P.O. Box 308011
Cleveland, OH 44130-8011.

Thank you for your love and care in the Lord.

Brendan Holmquist

©2012 Brendan Holmquist – BMM | P.O. Box 308011 Cleveland, OH 44130-8011

Paul Marsh Letter for August 2012

August 2012

Missionaries to the Spanish speaking people of South-eastern Tennessee

Dear praying friends,

We trust and pray that you are well both in body and spirit. We consider you to be our best friends and helpers. Our hearts are full of gratitude for your participation in our lives and in this work which really has eternal importance and value.

Our Spanish speaking church has experienced what some folks have called a “summer slump’ in attendance. Some families were absent last Sunday because of family vacations before school starts, others are working two jobs, but we thank God for the core of very faithful members who never miss a service for any reason. Thankfully there were two new men, one with his two daughters who came last Sunday. Please pray for spiritual and numerical growth in our church.

We had the joy of being in the Marsh Family reunion on the week end of July 15. We were in the Spanish speaking church pastored by our grandson Joel Marsh, Jr., In Tampa, Florida. And besides this I had the privilege of preaching to this great church. The church went out of their way to help Wilma and I celebrate our 62nd wedding anniversary. We enjoyed it all very much!

Now we are back in Harrison, witnessing to the lost and inviting them to visit our church where they can hear the glorious gospel of Christ. Pray for our health needs: Wilma suffers frequently from fibromyalgia, and I have atrial fibrillation and heart valves that don’t close as they should. We thank you from the depths of our hearts for your faithful prayers and support. Keep looking up! We believe our Savior will come soon.

P.O. Box 9215
Chattanooga, TN 37412

Home address:
6632 Compassion Lane
Harrison, TN 37341
Tel. 423-344-2312