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October 2012

Serving the Lord is certainly not a boring ordeal.  God is doing many wonderful things in Thailand.

Bible Institute.  We have been able to expand the Bible institute recently to include two missionary instructors (including myself) and two Thai pastors. We are able to do this because of the suggestion and encouragement of Ed Habal.  He and his family came on a missions trip several years ago and he saw the potential for bridging the gap between our geographically separated churches.  It took several years to implement his ideas but it is becoming a reality. Not only do we have an expanded instructor base but there are several students who have joined form a church in Khorat as well.

New Life Baptist Church.  Several of our church members joined us on a second missions trip to Phitsunalok province to help a church plant in that city.  We spent three days and helped the missionary pass out more than 10,000 John/Romans introducing his new church plant.  It is great to see Thai people who once lived apart from the grace of God have a burden to share the Gospel with their fellow countrymen.  We also had our first faith promise missions conference in September.  Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much since our church is mostly composed of working class people who don’t make much.  Imagine my shock when our faith promise commitment amounted to about $260 a month.  This is half again our churches monthly budget!  Praise the Lord.  In September, during the missions conference a lady (an adult daughter of a member) came and was saved!  Three weeks later one of our newer members starting bringing his neighbor to church and he was saved as well.  God is working in Hang Dong!

University Ministry.  The first term is finished.  It has been a long semester with many students and many opportunities to share the gospel and encourage Christian students.  I would appreciate your continued prayers for this ministry.

New Team Member.  Atalie Habal finally arrived in Thailand on September 7th after many delays.  She ahs started language school and has pretty much gotten all settled in.  She will start teaching at a local elementary school in November with the start of the new school term.  We are excited about having this energetic young lady as part of our church planting team.

Prayer Requests:

   The Professors Mike works with: Aom, Ying, Noh, and Daeng for salvation.

   Mike’s students for salvation and spiritual growth.

   The Bible school students: Tom, Matt, Dtom.

   Pray for Nin and Sahn for spiritual growth.

You can sign-up for updates at our web site;  We pray God’s blessing as you continue to serve the Lord!  We will are planning to return to the states in the summer of 2013-2014.  If you would like us to come and report to your church please contact me via e-mail

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

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