June 22, 2017
Dear Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the name of our Lord! Summer is a great time to take a break from school and work in order to spend with friends and family. But we trust you will still have time to pray for your missionaries and some special needs that we have.
Last week our churches in the Cariri Valley worked together on an evangelistic campaign called Proclamar! [Proclaim!]. Over 350 believers put in many hours of work to make this effort happen. Among these were the twelve students from Jim’s Evangelism class at the Cariri Baptist Seminary, who worked on the street evangelism team. Though we don’t have a final count, at least 15 adults and 35 children were counseled for salvation decisions and now the churches are doing follow up.
We have been praying for our students from Mozambique to receive the necessary travel documents to come to Brazil. The visas were granted two weeks ago, and the two families should be flying from Africa to Brazil on July 5th. Please pray that this study program will prepare them to be a blessing in the training of other pastors in Mozambique. We are still in need of some support to cover their travel, living and study expenses for the year. Thank you for your prayers as they travel, adapt, and begin their studies.
On June 13, we arrived in the Midwest to spend a few weeks with our family during some important moments. Two days later, Isabelle Faith Leonard was born to Josiah and Nikki, joining two brothers and two sisters. “Papa” and “Nana” stayed at home with the older four while Mom and Dad were in the hospital. We are enjoying the special time spent with our grandchildren.
This week we visited Julie’s father in southern Minnesota, who is in a nursing home for rehab as he undergoes treatments for a serious medical condition. Please continue praying for his strength and healing, and for the challenges they will have when he returns home.
Last Thursday Jim’s brother, John, was taken to the hospital in São Paulo for bleeding in his lungs. By Monday, as they were not able to get the bleeding stopped, the doctors decided to remove the lower part of his left lung. He is now recovering from surgery, but is still in critical condition, as infection has set in. Please uphold John and Bev in your prayers.
We are grateful to God for you, our support team, who faithfully pray for us and the ministries in Northeast Brazil. As missionary Paul says it, in Philippians 1:3,5 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,… because of your partnership in the gospel….” Thank you!
Your Servants for Christ in Northeast Brazil,
Jim & Julie Leonard
Phone: (515) 257-2766
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