The story of Christmas can be summarized in three words, “God with us!” Immanuel came once and He is coming again the second time as King. Then there will be complete peace and joy in the presence of Immanuel forever. Eternal Christmas! This is the message that I have the opportunity to share tomorrow night (Dec. 13) at an English class here in Rio. Our co-worker Joy has been teaching at an English school on her road. She asked our family to come for the Christmas special and for me to give the Gospel. We gladly obliged. The Lord has also given us the opportunity to share the gospel/Christmas story at a large family reunion of Brazilian friends on Christmas Eve.
Thank you for your prayers for us. Honestly, it’s been a difficult transition back into life and ministry inRio. The thing that encourages us most, though, is that God is in control and that friends are praying to the sovereign God on our behalf. Progress on the church building has been slower than expected because of the condition of the plumbing, electric and structural issues. But we’ve progressed far enough now to where we have set the official dates of our first services for January 7 and 8! Please pray that everything would come together in a God-honoring way. Many people who have seen us working on the building have stopped to ask about it and several have shown interest in coming. Our deepest thanks go to all who have upheld us in prayer and invested in the ministry of church planting inRio.
It’s amazing how some of the difficulties, inconveniences and problems that we’ve encountered lately with traffic, long lines, building delays and complex counseling situations have opened up gospel sharing opportunities with people. Three instances occurred just last week – one rejected, one debated, and one is almost persuaded. Thank God! We’ll just keep sowing the seed.
Starting next year we hope to send our emails in a different format. We’ll be able to include pictures and make the letter more readable. We know that many people are receiving our email updates on smaller devices and long letters may be burdensome. The main thing we desire is for people to pray and thank God together with us, so we want to do all that we can to facilitate that. Those wishing for more details and family news may follow our blog ministryupdate.blogspot.com (we’ll update later this week!), communicate with us through email, or dial our vonage phone number (aUS number that reaches us inBrazil with no extra charge (517) 580-0704). Again thank you for all that you mean to our family and the ministry here. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Praise- For opportunities to meet people in the community and share the Word.
Please pray for Kennedy’s salvation.
Please pray for God’s provision and wisdom with our plans to inaugurate on January 7 and 8.
Please pray for our co-workers: Joy (Rio), The Patefields (US-furlough), Dori (Brazil-Language School).
By His grace and for His glory,
Brendan (BJ), Melissa, Myla, Ellie, Daniel and Flávia Holmquist
Brasil (21) 3734-2867
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil