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Enfinger Letter: April 2012

 April 2012

I believe most of you know what MMAP.ORG stands for.  Many people join from different areas of life but all know the Lord as their Savior, support themselves, have a trailer of some kind that is self sufficient and have their own medical ins. This must be a married couple, man and woman, willing to serve the Lord where ever needed.

After devotion this morning, Bob’s turn, he mentioned he had been a Scientist.  He shared some verses in the Bible and his view was interesting.  He was right, just got us to thinking more.  Each morning we take turns leading devotions from 7:30 to 8:00.  It is good to read from the Bible and share what we learned and grow closer to our Lord.

On this project the men’s background is a Scientist, Teacher, Mechanic and an Engineer.  The women’s background is an Interpreter for the deaf and Writer, a Hairdresser and Clerical, a Teacher and a Counselor for the mentally impaired.  Though separate lives we have lived in the past we all have in common the knowledge of knowing Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  We have the desire to serve the Lord by working in camps to help make them larger and safer, more accessible and more comfortable.  While at the projects we want to give our best in what is expected of us and to learn even more with on the job training.

Serving the Lord all aroundAmericais our goal. Of course it is good to know that for those that want to be a part of this ministry the men are expected to work 4 days a week with a 7 hour day.  The women work if needed and want the challenge.

Working with Mappers has been a delight in our lives.  Not only do we learn while working at a camp the different duties but also learn from each other.  We try to encourage each other, listen to each other and see what the Lord has for each of us.

Here at this camp the men are installing insulation to keep the old cabins warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  The cabins are very old but still in good shape.  They have also installed a vent and a cover for it.  They are doing this to two of the cabins.  When they are finished or just before finishing the Coordinator of the Mappers will share what else needs to be finished or start a building from scratch.  This is only our second day of work for this project.  Before it even began Lamar and Mike, one of the Mappers, fixed a leak in the washing machines for us to use.  They also helped move picnic tables so we, when it’s warm enough, can sit outside together and picnic.  Helping to get things ready to be more prepared is important.

Looks like the women will do some painting.  We will give it our best.

Lamar and I want to thank you for praying for us and also wanted to give you a taste of what we do.  How blessed we are to be so happy serving our Lord this way.  It’s a blessing to us for each camp we enter into.  We don’t always know what to expect but that is a venture we enjoy.  Trusting the Lord moment by moment gives us the strength we need.  Even though we don’t understand so many things that happen we know He knows and that God is in control.   What more can we ask for?

Praying for ya’ll everyday and we continue to seek His Guidance Daily.


Enfinger Letter: February 2012

Hello everyone,

Lamar and I are staying busy at Camp Grace. We are so thankful to be here. We are working with two other couples. Lamar is painting a large room that is being converted to two rooms to be used for counselors. The men are also working on a bathroom. This has been their project for this first week. The weather is very cold in the mornings but warms up in the afternoon. It is supposed to be in the 30's tonight. Our RV is very warm and we are thankful. We women are still working on paper work to contact the campers to see who will be coming this summer. The rolling chapel is out on the road every morning going to the public schools to continue having the public school students come out of the school, one class at a time, into the rolling chapel and hear the Word of God. Thousands of children are reached this way during the school year. How wonderful it is to be a part of a Camp that has this opportunity. I believe 9 schools are involved with this ministry. The head of the schools and parents are allowing this ministry. Thank you for your prayers and support. We are blessed.

Lamar and Dian

Proverbs 3:5,6

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Holmquists' February Update

February 2012

To the Amazon and Back

You never know where God's providence will take you! Just a few months ago I’d have never guessed that I’d be bathing in the Amazon River, eating alligator meat, and helping build a house in a clearing made by machete in the Amazon rain forest. Here’s how it happened . . .

During the time that our family was in the U.S., a Brazilian missionary couple, Rober and Jandira Guerreiro stayed in our home and helped in the Bible study ministry in Rio. It had been their dream and prayer to return to his native land in the Amazon and minister among his people, the Ticuna Indians. Recently, God allowed him to return. Before he left, he shared his need for a home in his village. Through a series of God-led circumstances, short term missionary Todd Howard and I were able to make the long journey by plane and boat (almost 30 hours in boats!) to help. We helped take Pastor Rober’s wife and daughter from Rio to reunite with him in his village and to begin construction on their wooden home. During the stay, I was also able to preach and share the gospel on four occasions. The Lord granted health and safety during our stay and also planted a burden in our hearts to pray for this spiritually needy people. They don’t have the complete Bible in their language yet, and some village elders sat with us and wept over the lack of teachers of the Word.

 

The Building- Thanking God

Thank God with us for answers to prayer regarding our rental church building. We had to delay the starting date for holding services because of legal problems with the water and electricity in the building. The problems seemed almost insurmountable at times, but after hours of negotiating it appears that we have reached a resolution. All that waits now is for the water meter to be reconnected. The construction is also coming to a close and we will continue now to purchase the furnishings for the church (pulpit, kitchen appliances, etc.). Our goal now is to begin in early March. For all who have prayed and given toward this project, we want to convey our deepest thanks. To God be the glory, great things He has done!

 

Prayer Requests and Praises

 

Praise God for a safe, fruitful trip to the Amazon.

Praise God for resolutions to building problems.

Please pray for preparations to begin holding services in March.

Please pray for the Spirit to prepare hearts for evangelism and discipleship.

Please pray for Sharon, a short term missionary who is spending the month of March with us.

Love in Christ,
Brendan (BJ) Holmquist for the family
Melissa, Myla, Ellie, Daniel and Flavia

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