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The Holmquists' September Update

September 2, 2011

Dear Friends,

We wanted to send a quick update to let you know that we have arrived in Brazil.  We thank you for your prayers and thank the Lord for His mercy.  All of our luggage arrived intact and we were greeted at the airport by co-workers in Rio.  After about 24 hours of travel from Central Oregon to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil we were exhausted but excited about what God has in store.  The Bible study and evening service went well on Sunday and our friends at the church presented us with some beautiful orchids to welcome us back.  Amazingly, after just one week here we were able to get a reliable internet connection – something we didn't have our first 3 years here.  Because of that, we are able to use our vonage phone which goes through the internet connection and dials as if it were a number in the U.S.  Our phone number is (517) 580-0704 and will be connected as long as the internet is.

Our address remains the same:

Rua Corumbiara, 256 fundos
Rocha Miranda
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21555-060
Thank you sincerely for your love and prayers!

Please pray for the salvation of Fernanda, Kennedy and Elias.
Please pray that we could find property to rent or buy where we can begin holding services.
Please pray as we search for the right vehicle (our colleagues are graciously letting us use theirs in the meantime).

Love in Christ,
The Holmquists
Brendan (BJ), Melissa, Myla, Ellie, Daniel, Flavia

Sent By Maranatha Baptist Church
Serving with Baptist Mid-Missions
Planting Churches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The Holmquists' August Prayer Update

August 23, 2011

Dear Friends,

In just a few days, Lord willing, we will board a plane and return to Brazil.  As I presented the ministry in Rio and preached in a church last Sunday night, I was struck with the fact that next Sunday I will be preaching in Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!  The year in the US, like a vapor, has vanished away quickly.  Our time in the US was filled with wonderful memories that we will take with us of family and brothers and sisters in Christ from all over America who care deeply about God’s work around the globe.  You have expressed God’s love to us in more ways than we could list.  We leave for Brazil very encouraged.

On Sunday night, somebody asked us publicly if we have fears about returning to the big city of Rio.  While we have great joy about returning to the place where God has called us to begin afresh in the work of church planting and to see our beloved friends, we cannot deny that fear is present with us.  There is the challenge of brushing the rust off of our Portuguese and growing deeper in our knowledge of the language so that we can effectively and graciously communicate God’s heart and His truth.  There are the personal questions of family safety and health, of quality education, of helping our children make right decisions and good friendships in a land that will seem foreign to them for awhile.  There is the knowledge that the forces of evil are against us and the transition (as all transitions are) will be turbulent.  There are the old feelings of inadequacy and helplessness that arise before us like a looming mountain range when we think of the great task that God has put in front of us.  Yes we have fears.  And we freely admit we feel like spiritual peons when we read about Hudson Taylor and Adoniram Judson and the trials and situations they faced with such courage.  But we will return- and the only reason we will go back is because Jesus promised, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”  That promise changes everything and fears flee.  Also to know that God’s people are going before Him in our behalf gives us tremendous confidence.  Thank you for what you do.  We thank the Lord for who He is; by His grace He will build His church.

Praise– For safety and health over tens of thousands of miles of travel in the U.S.
Praise– In our last letter we asked for prayer for Deborah’s salvation.  Since that letter she told Lydia, a daughter of our co-workers, that she trusted in Christ the week before Easter!
Please pray for God’s grace during our transition to Brazil: specifically on Thursday and Friday August 25, 26 (the days of our flight) and on Sunday, August 28 (I will be leading a Bible study in the morning and preaching in the evening).  We leave Portland, Oregon on August 25 at noon and fly to Atlanta.  From Atlanta we fly to Rio de Janeiro and are scheduled to arrive at 8:40 am local time.
Please pray for fertile soil for the Gospel to be planted in people’s hearts in Brazil.

By His grace and for His glory,

Brendan (BJ), Melissa, Myla, Ellie, Daniel and Flávia Holmquist

P.S. – See family news and new pictures at-
(517) 899-7906
Sent By Maranatha Baptist Church
Serving with Baptist Mid-Missions
Planting Churches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The Mathenas' Prayer Letter

Thank you for praying!

January – April 2011

Dear Co-laborers in Christ,

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.”    John I6:33b

The New Year tuned with fourteen saved in our Old Year Service, and our church family dedicated to cleaning up their lives in the New Year! As a church, we started memorizing verses from Psalm 51. Everyone is excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in this New Year.

Mid-January a young man who was recently released from prison became a nuisance in our community.  He began loitering around the area schools and our church and was interfering with the young girls. He left when Robert asked him to. But he came back later that night and broke two windows and the windshield of the church van. He is back in prison, but we have been without transportation for months. Our thanks go to all of the churches who sent gifts to help repair the damage in this trying time.

February 7th is the Grenadian Independence Day, and we have included a picture of the pre-school children dressed in their patriotic colors. Carrie had special activities and a cook-out for the children to celebrate the day. Please remember Carrie in your prayers as she enrolls three year olds for next year! Already a prospective student's mother has received Christ as her Savior.

Easter was a busy lime for the church and school. We handed out candy filled eggs and encouraged the community that Easter is an excellent time to visit our church. Then Easter morning, we had a Sunrise Service and breakfast that concluded with two receiving Christ as Savior.

Even with the tribulations of the New Year, it is exciting to see God at work in the village of Loretto. We are thankful to be a part of the ministry and are thankful to you for making our presence here possible.

In Christ,

The Mathena's
Grenada. West Indies

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