2015 Furlough

August 3, 2015

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you for praying us through a time of transition!  After one month of living out of suitcases, we are now settled in our furlough apartment in Austin, MN, which will be our home until the end of the year.  Our address is: 1100 NW 14th Street, Apt. 204, Austin, MN.  We can be reached on our cell phones: Jim (515)446-1385; Julie (515)218-5153.  Since arriving in the United States, we have been blessed with several special events involving our family in Iowa and Minnesota.

Grandpa, Jordan Daniel, and Daddy Josiah

Grandpa, Jordan Daniel, and Daddy Josiah

On Tuesday, July 14, Jordan Daniel was born to Josiah and Nikki.  We enjoyed staying with Jeremy, Lydia and Tabitha while mommy and daddy were in the hospital.  That weekend we were part of a large family reunion with Jim’s mom’s family.  The following week we spent helping Julie’s family prepare for her parent’s 60th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated with a large reception on the farm.  Joy Anna, Fabio and Kristi came from Brazil to be with us for these important family events and Jennifer was already here, having moved from Brazil to Iowa last month.  It was precious to be together with our immediate family!  We praise God for our heritage that is centered on and loves God.

We will spend the month of August with our home church, Grace Baptist, in Austin, MN.  This church commissioned us for missionary service 27 years ago, and has faithfully maintained us on the field.  God has been doing some exciting things in our church during recent months and we are pleased to be more present to actually take part in the church life.  The “Grace to Brazil” mission team which was not able to join us in June because of their late arriving visas is now regrouping to go down next year.

From August 30 through December 6th, we will be visiting supporters which have partnered with us as we’ve serve in Brazil.  We were not able to visit many of these churches on our last short furlough in 2012, so we have not been to most of them for nearly seven years.  We are very excited to reconnect with many special people who have faithfully stood with us.  Please pray that our ministry in these churches will be effective as we report on what God is doing on their mission field in Northeast Brazil and as we  challenge them to continue reaching out to the world with the gospel.

Our home in Brazil is serving Daniel and Sarah Ruley, a recently arrived missionary family which has come to join our team in Northeast Brazil.  Please pray for the Ruleys and their two young boys as they adapt to life in Brazil and learn the Portuguese language.

Last week marked the beginning of the semester at the Cariri Baptist Seminary.  Obviously we won’t be teaching there this semester, but we will be working on some projects to prepare us to teach better upon our return.  Julie hopes to get her book on Christ-centered celebrations written which will serve as a textbook for one of her classes.  Jim will be preparing for a new class he’ll be teaching on Cults and Non-Christian Religions.  Please pray that we will be Spirit-led as we prepare to better train others.

We appreciate your prayers as we engage in our furlough ministries.  Thank you for your love, prayers, and support.

Your Servants for Christ in NE Brazil,

Jim & Julie Leonard

Frances Leonard with four of her five children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

Frances Leonard with four of her five children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

Julie, celebrating with her parents at their 60th anniversary.

Julie, celebrating with her parents at their 60th anniversary.

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3 responses to “2015 Furlough

  1. Eddie Ferguson

    Jim & Julie,
    Thanks for the update. It’s good to hear your settling here State side. Bethesda is looking forward to having you in November. Once we get closer to that time I’ll email about details. I hope you have a wonderful and encouraging time with your home church.

    by HIS Grace,
    Eddie Ferguson

    Pastor at Bethesda Baptist Church
    Missions and Outreach

    @asaferg
    Office- (317) 852-3101
    Mobile- (317) 509-2023

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:3-10 ESV)

  2. Harold Comings

    Greetings from North Dakota: We passed not far from Austin MN on July 14th on our way to visit David and family in Wahpeton, ND. We stayed at a motel near Faribault. So near, and yet so far! Next Monday our road trip takes us to New York, but alas we will cross the northern part of Minneapolis.  Sounds like you have an adventuresome furlough ahead. May God grant his richest blessing. Keep on keeping on. Harold Comings 

  3. Rebecca Davis

    Congratulations on the gift of Jordan Daniel! Such beautiful family photos! We are so glad to hear your news and know you are close by. Please feel free to visit whenever it works for you. Much love and prayers,

    Becky

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