November 17, 2017
Dear Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the name of our Lord! We have received so many notes of encouragement reminding us of your prayers for us. As Philippians 4:10 says, “I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at the last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.” We have always known that we have a great prayer team, but recent events in our lives have given you, our prayer partners, the opportunity to show it. Thank you!
Jim’s biopsy came back showing that what he had removed from his left kidney was a rather large, malignant tumor. His doctors are confident that it was successfully removed and that all he’ll need to do is periodic exams to make sure it doesn’t come back. Just to be sure no further treatment is needed at this time, Jim is having several follow-up exams done. Fortunately all of these can be done right here in the Cariri Valley where we serve.
Julie’s father, Everett Hansen, was promoted to heaven on November 7th. We had already made arrangements for Julie to travel to the States on the 8th to spend a few days with him, as his home-going appeared to be near. So she was able to be with her family as they celebrated his life with a very God honoring funeral service. Julie is now spending a few more days with her mother and has plans to return to Brazil after Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, Jim has kept busy with various projects in Brazil. The land around our new church building in Parque Grangeiro was leveled, making access easier for church-goers. Last Sunday we began the transition to this building, holding our Sunday evening service there. We will continue using our building for Sunday services while work continues on the finish work, mostly on the outside.
Jim has had several meetings with the student missions team as they work on details for
our college’s annual missions conference which will be next March. He is also planning, with some of the second year students, a missions trip to Piauí, the Brazilian state to our West. Immediately after graduation in December, they will spend one week carrying out various evangelistic events in this, the least evangelized state in Brazil. And next weekend Jim will be preaching five times at a missions conference at our church in Iguatu, about three hours to our north.
Thank you for your encouraging notes, reminding us of your love, concern, and prayers for us, as we serve God in Northeast Brazil. We are truly blessed.
Your Servants for Christ in Northeast Brazil,
Jim & Julie Leonard