May 22, 2017
Dear Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the name of our Lord! Galatians 6:10 reminds us that, “as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.” Our lives on the mission field have offered us many opportunities to do good; of course the greatest good we believers can do is to introduce people to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Last month Jim’s evangelism students from the college held evangelistic meetings in the streets of Parque Grangeiro, and also took the gospel to a public school near our college campus. Most of our students, who are men, had very little experience working with children, but they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity, and the doors were left open to return to that school whenever we wish.
In two weeks these same students will be participating in an evangelistic campaign promoted by our churches in the Cariri Valley. Over 250 believers from our churches will be joining efforts for a three-day campaign called Proclamar! (Proclaim!). Besides evening evangelistic meetings, we will have evangelists in the streets, counseling stations, prayer groups, and free personal services such haircuts, medical consultations, and legal advice. Please pray for the salvation of souls through the efforts of the Proclamar!
Last weekend our missionaries had the opportunity to promote a retreat for area pastors and wives, with the purpose of strengthening their relationship to God and to one another. In recent years we have lost several pastors because of breakdowns in their marriages. Please pray for our national pastors and their wives.
A few weeks ago our church in the Parque Grangeiro met in its new building, just to give the church family a taste of what they have to look forward to when we move, and also for the believers to see what all has to be done before we move in. Two of the members were chosen to be the church treasurers, and Jim was able to train for the job. Julie also trained four of the church ladies to be in charge of special events and programs at the church. Please pray for the growth and maturity of the church in Parque Grangeiro.
The two families from Mozambique who plan to come study at our Bible College still have not received their travel documents. A few days ago the Brazilian Embassy wrote us requesting a few more documents, but stating that we will not have to begin a new process for the visa requests. We really would like to bless the people of Mozambique by helping to train some of their men for ministry.
This weekend we are planning a four day road trip to Fortaleza, mostly to care for mission business, again, since Jim is the Brazil field treasurer. This time we will be blessed with the opportunity to receive the treasurer of Baptist Mid-Missions, and introduce him to our field of service as well as to our accounting processes in Brazil. Please pray for our safety as we travel.
We have a couple prayer requests for our family: Julie’s father, Everett Hansen, is going through a serious medical condition and treatments which are causing him a good deal of suffering. Please pray for his strength and healing. Also, our son and daughter-in-law, Josiah and Nikki, will be welcoming their fifth child in June. Please pray for a safe delivery. We will have the opportunity to visit the USA this summer to be with both Julie’s parents and with Josiah and Nikki.
We thank God for you, our support team, who have been faithful with the opportunities to care for your missionaries. This paraphrase of Philippians 4:10 reflects our gratitude for you: “We rejoice in the Lord for your constant care for us. Though you don’t always have the opportunity to show it, you are concerned for us.” Thank you!
Your Servants for Christ in Northeast Brazil,
Jim & Julie Leonard