Category Archives: Cariri Baptist Seminary

We are Blessed

November 3, 2015

Dear Prayer Supporters,

Psalm 107: 1 reminds us, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.”

As we begin the countdown to the end of our furlough, we are constantly reminded of God’s goodness, protection, and provision for our every need and many of our wants.

We have been blessed with many special family times, especially with the grandkids (and their parents!).  Whenever our travels take us near Ankeny, IA we stop by Josiah’s.  It’s precious to walk in the door and hear an excited chorus of “Papa!  Nana!”  Every week we talk to Joy Anna and Fabio, and little Kristi.  Seeing her sweet smile and now hearing “Papa! Nana!” make us smile, too.  We’re always blessed when we see Jennifer as well, as she continues her studies and work in Ankeny, IA.

We’ve been blessed with opportunities to report what God is doing in Brazil at missions conferences at Faith Baptist Bible College, in North Central Minnesota, and in Ames, IA.  This weekend we’re headed to Indiana to visit churches, then on to Tennessee to see friends and family.  God has given us wonderful weather, safe travels and precious visits.  Please continue to pray for safety as we travel.

We’ve already begun packing for our return.  We have a full schedule up until Christmas with family events, visits to friends and reports to supporting churches.  In December we will get away for a few days to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  This is when we do our yearly evaluation and planning.

We have also been blessed as we work with the mission team from our home church in Austin, MN, who plan to come to Brazil in June, 2016.  Among their ministries in Brazil will be an English Retreat for English learners.  With the theme, “Come Celebrate with US”, they plan to share the history and traditions of some American holidays, along with their Christian roots.  This week we’ll have a trial run, as we share the real meanings of Thanksgiving and Christmas with some Hispanics, Karen refugees, and Japanese who live in Austin.  Please pray for this outreach effort and the follow-up.

2015 graduates from the Cariri Baptist Seminary, along with their families

2015 graduates from the Cariri Baptist Seminary, along with their families

We have been blessed to hear of the good senior doctrinal exams and the annual retreat at the Cariri Baptist Seminary.  God is preparing some excellent workers for the vast harvest field in this year’s graduating class.  We are privileged to have taught all and worked with many in this group.  Please pray that each would know where and how the Lord desires to use him or her after graduation next month!

Pray for Alexa

Pray for Alexa

We are blessed to have a short-term missionary from our home church returning with us to Brazil in January.  Alexa Wood is an energetic 18-year old who is wanting to serve the Lord.  She will be serving with us next semester as we organize the OASIS to receive Brazilian missionaries who come to rest during their furloughs.  Alexa’s grandmother was Julie’s Sunday School teacher way back when Julie was 4 years old.  What a blessing for the discipling to come full circle!  Pray for Alexa as she raises some support, packs, says good-bye to family, friends, and church, and hello to a few months of adventure in Brazil!

And we are blessed by you, our prayer supporters who share with us in the ministry of missions.

Advertisements

3 Comments

Filed under Cariri Baptist Seminary, Family, Make Disciples, Oasis

Let the whole earth be filled with His glory

Dear Prayer Partners,

Psalm 72:19 summarizes our desire (and God’s!) for the missionary work in Brazil: “Blessed be His glorious name forever!  And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.”  As the Brazilian people come to understand and receive God’s salvation, they are able to glorify God.  Some of these will take His glory to other nations on earth.

Lives being dedicated to missionary service

Lives being dedicated to missionary service

The annual Missions Conference at our Bible College in late April was a tremendous success. We were challenged by the missionary and field reports shared by Jim’s missions class students and by the preaching of God’s Word by Ron Barnes, the International Director of Source of Light Ministries.  Each evening we were encouraged by video reports, shared by recent graduates who are on various fields around the world.  On the final evening we saw sixteen young people come forward expressing their desire and willingness to be sent out as messengers of God’s glory.  Praise Him with us!

For the past month, we’ve seen improved attendance at the Parque Grangeiro church.  The attendance has been averaging 60 and on Mother’s Day we reached a high of 110.  This was because our church folk visited the homes of each child who attends our Bible Club and invited the mothers to come to the evening program.  This year we have three married students from the college helping us with this ministry.  It is becoming increasingly evident that we will need to begin building yet this year, as the public school where we meet limits the church program.  Pray that we will know God’s timing and see His provision for this next phase of the church plant.

A new church begins in Ponta da Serra

A new church begins in Ponta da Serra

Last night, our mother church in Crato opened a new congregation in a neighboring community called Ponta da Serra.  Two men from that community made professions of faith during the inaugural service.  This is only 3 miles from the village where we have been holding weekly Bible studies on Wednesday nights.  Though the distance is still a problem, we are trying to encourage our study group to become a part of this new church. Pray for eager willingness on the part of Antonio’s family to take this important step in their Christian growth.  Right now, it’s convenient for “church” to come to them, but we will not be able to continue doing this forever.

Joy Anna and baby Kristina

Joy Anna and baby Kristina

On April 27th, Joy Anna and Fabio Volpi welcomed their first child (our 4th grandchild) into the family.  Kristina Joy is the newest member of the team which is increasing God’s glory through the establishing of churches in the far south state in Brazil.  Jennifer, our youngest daughter, has decided to lengthen her stay in New Zealand until next February.  In August, she’ll be taking a new position on the south island with a family of animal lovers;  a veterinarian and vet’s assistant who live next to a dairy farm.  God is giving her experiences where she seems to be a perfect fit.  This family lives close to a BMM work, so she hopes to help some there.

We received a house (or two) full of guests on May 18th from Bluff City, TN, including Jim’s oldest sister, Naomi.  The 11-person work team was a real blessing as they helped us with the finishing work on the first of our missionary village houses.  They painted and installed the electricity, water, and even window screens.  Next week, a Brazilian missionary family which serves in Cape Verde will be our first missionary guests to use the house.  Please pray with us that these houses will be used to bless our missionaries.  We also need wisdom as we establish the “terms of use” and begin to set up an occupancy schedule with furloughing missionaries.

Charles and new friends he made in the hospital

Charles and new friends he made in the hospital

Last Monday evening,  just before their return home, one of the members of the work team fell and broke his femur, very close to the hip socket.  As a result, Charles was not able to return home with the group.  Charlie, another team member, also stayed behind to help and keep Charles company.  Charles has received excellent medical care and underwent a successful total hip replacement surgery on Thursday night.  He is now back at our home recovering and getting himself to the point where he can handle the long trip home to Tennessee.  So, we have Charles and Charlie as part of our family for the next few days, and are enjoying the opportunity to serve them.  This is a first-time experience for all of us and we’re seeking to learn what God has for us through this challenge!  Please pray for a quick and complete recovery for Charles.

Please pray for strength for us throughout the month of June:  the semester is coming to an end on the 20th, which means lots of grading for our classes.  After classes let out we plan to move into one of the apartments in the missionary village where we will remain while we build our home nearby.  There are student couples anxiously waiting for the two houses which we are currently occupying in the married student village.  We’re looking forward to the last day of June when we leave for a 10 day visit with little Kristina and her parents!

Your Servants for Christ in NE Brazil,

Jim & Julie Leonard

4 Comments

Filed under Cariri Baptist Seminary, Family, Parque Grangeiro Church, Uncategorized

Our Salvation is Near

Dear Prayer Partners,

As we watch recent world events unfold, we cannot help but believe that “our salvation is near.” Romans 13:11 reminds all believers of the urgency to be alert and serving: “…knowing the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.” At times we feel like we could use a little more sleep, because of all the activities which keep us busy! But it is a pleasure to serve our God in NE Brazil.

Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries meeting in São Luis, Brazil.

Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries meeting in São Luis, Brazil.

At last month’s Baptist Mid-Missions conference, which hosted all three of the Brazil regions, Jim was re-elected national treasurer. This position, along with being president of the NE Brazil region, keeps him in regular contact with our missionary colleagues around Brazil.

The finishing work on our missionary houses was on hold for several weeks while we waited for the steel for the roof structures. The men have kept busy working on retention walls and landscaping. The steel finally arrived two weeks ago and we are working as fast as we can to get the buildings covered, along with some basic inside work, so that we can house a work group which will be coming from Bluff City, TN, in May. Jim’s sister, Naomi, is coming with twelve people from her church to help us do some of the finishing work on these houses. Please pray for safety for the workers and for the conditions to finish in good time. Recently some very heavy rains that have slowed down the progress.

In two weeks we will be hosting the Missions Conference at the Cariri Baptist Seminary. This year’s theme, “Guilty by Silence”, reminds us of the need to be actively preaching the Gospel and making disciples. The students are busy preparing field reports, missionary interviews, orders of service, and music. Julie’s cooking class is planning for the missionary canteen which provides various treats after the evening services. Our speaker will be Ron Barnes, the International Director of Source of Light Ministries. We are looking forward to being challenged by his broad range of missionary experiences. This conference has been used of God to call several of our students into missionary service and has also strengthened the missions programs in many of our area churches. Please pray that, as God works, people will respond.

Our Bible correspondence school which uses lessons produced by the Source of Light is running smoothly after the necessary departure of the national director, Antonio Bibiano. In recent weeks we have enrolled eight new associate schools, churches that want to operate their own correspondence schools using our lessons. This diminishes the work load at the office, yet increases the number of people studying God’s Word around Brazil. Jim is serving as interim director for this year, and we are praying for God to show us the person who will assume this ministry and take it to greater levels of effectiveness. Luana, a young lady from our church, is helping with the day-to-day work in the office.

“Gustavo was killed last night!” Though these were not words we wanted to hear, they did not come as a surprise. Gustavo, 19, had once been a part of our Kids’ Bible Club but began using drugs in his teen years which quickly lead to a life of deceit, crime, and slavery. His mother, Adelia, who occasionally comes to our church, actually expressed relief when she said, “Now his father and I can live in peace and take care of ourselves.” There are many “Gustavos” in the Parque Grangeiro, who need the liberating power of the Gospel in their lives. It is sad to see the strong grip that Satan has in the lives of these kids and their families.

We appreciate your prayers for our kids. Joy Anna and Fabio are expecting their little girl any day. Please pray for a safe and healthy delivery. We are not able to be with them now because of our commitments with classes and the Missions Conference, but our tickets are already bought for a week in July when we have a break! PTL, Jennifer was granted a working holiday visa in New Zealand. This means that she is allowed to work as a non-resident. She is currently serving a family as an au pair until September. Then she’ll look for another family, get a job harvesting fruit, or maybe even as a sheep wrangler on a ranch. Knowing Jennifer, who knows! She is enjoying the experience and we know she’s being a blessing. She plans to visit a BMM missionary family in Napier over the Easter weekend.

Your Servants for Christ in NE Brazil,

Jim & Julie Leonard

Jennier visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand

Jennifer visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand

Fabio and Joy Anna, joyfully awaiting baby's arrival

Fabio and Joy Anna, joyfully awaiting baby’s arrival

2 Comments

Filed under Bible Correspondence School, Cariri Baptist Seminary, Family, Oasis, Parque Grangeiro Church, Uncategorized

Serve the Lord with Gladness

March 8, 2014

Dear Prayer Partners,

Psalm 100:2 reminds us to “serve the Lord with gladness.”  Part of our joy in serving the Lord is to serve with you, our prayer partners, our missionary colleagues, and the national believers.

Pastor Marcelo and Family

Pastor Marcelo and Family

Last month we were well served by our pastor, Brett Williams, from Grace Baptist in Austin, MN.  During his ten day visit, Pastor Brett got a first-hand look at the ministries in which our church has invested for many years.  He also preached ten different times to our NE Region missionaries as well as in various churches.  On one of these preaching occasions, Jim and Pastor Brett shared the messages for the installation service of Pastor Marcelo, the new pastor at Source of Light Baptist Church.  It was fun to serve with our pastor in this way.

Fernando and Lany

Fernando and Lany

Jim was also invited to preach at the commissioning service for Fernando and Lany, who are leaving this week for Venezuela.  After a short six-month term last year, this couple returned to Brazil to finish raising their support and are now headed back for a long-term ministry.  They will be working to start churches, strengthen existing churches, and help in the formation of pastors in southern Venezuela.  As they serve in Venezuela, they will be contending with crazy inflation, food shortages, and an unstable government, so please pray for them.

Last  month  we  enjoyed  a  three  day  conference  with  our colleagues in Northeast Brazil, where we combined fellowship, spiritual feeding, and business.  Jim, serving as regional president, lead the business meetings.  This week we are meeting with colleagues from the All-Brazil field, where Jim serves as treasurer.

We are glad to serve in the training of others who will serve, through our teaching at the Seminary, which just began another year of classes. Julie is teaching Special Events (her favorite!) and Culinary Arts. She is keeping busy by preparing a baby shower, “celebrating” one or two holidays each class period, and arranging menus for her student’s cooking labs.  Last week’s bread-making class was a yummy success.  Jim was recently invited to be a part of the Seminary board of directors.  He feels that he can be of better service in this position.  Because of this change, he will no longer be the director of student ministries or a part of the faculty, but he is teaching missions as a “guest” professor.  This year he has about 40 students.  We continue serving as advisors to the student missions fellowship and are busy planning the Missions Conference to be held April 21-25.

Parque Grangeiro Leadership Team

Parque Grangeiro Leadership Team

We continue serving the congregation in Parque Grangeiro as senior advisors.  Fransico Carlos is developing well as the leader of this church plant.  His wife, Fátima, is working with the women’s society.  Franklin and Suzi are coordinating the Kid’s Club and Franklin teaches the adult Bible class.  Alan and Jacqueline have just joined us and are caring for the youth and adolescent groups. Over the Carnaval holiday we had a short retreat with lots of fun, fellowship, and really good food!  These three couples are our students at the seminary, with very busy schedules.  It is a joy for us to serve alongside them.

We’re looking forward to receiving a group from Tennessee who are coming to serve in the finishing work of our missionary houses.  They will be here from May 18th-27th.  We have been waiting over one month for the iron for the roof structure of the houses, which needs to be in place for this team to be able to do its work!  Please pray with us that the roof will be up soon.  We look forward to having these houses serve our national missionaries as they return from their fields of service for a time of refreshment and to report to their supporting churches.

 We do count it a privilege to serve our Lord in Northeast Brazil.  Thank you for your part as we “serve the Lord with gladness.”

2 Comments

Filed under Cariri Baptist Seminary, Make Disciples, Parque Grangeiro Church

January 13, 2014

Dear Prayer Partners,

“Feliz Ano Novo!”  Only two weeks into 2014, we’re clinging to 2 Corinthians 12:9. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Praise God, when we are weak, He is strong.  We’ve had to remind ourselves of that promise every day.

Fátima and Julie

Fátima and Julie

The evening of Christmas Day we received a phone call from Fátima, our dear friend from the Parque Grangeiro congregation who suffers from lupus.  She had spent ten days in the hospital before Christmas, was very weak, and couldn’t handle the many family problems that bombarded her in her own home.  So, we opened our home to her for a quiet, safe place to recuperate.  During the nine days she spent with us we experienced a few stressful moments, as would be expected with any type of care-giving, but especially in the spiritual realm.  She is being plagued with anxiety attacks and is struggling with trusting God through these difficult times.  This is unlike the Fatima we know.  Yesterday morning, after a tearful time of counseling and sharing, she returned to our home for a few restful hours after church.  Please pray that Fátima will gain the victory in this battle.  Her lungs have been affected by the lupus, and the rest of her body is being affected by the strong meds she takes daily.  Her family has actually rejected Christ time and time again.  She is a wonderful witness to God’s power everywhere she goes.  Please pray for Fatima and that her family will accept Christ!  His grace IS sufficient!

Missionary Housing under construction

Missionary Housing under construction

Jim is very busy with some major projects:  the continuing construction of our missionary houses and surrounding wall, the repair and painting of four recently vacated houses in order to receive new married students, the re-organization of the Source of Light Correspondence School, preparing for various preaching opportunities, caring for Baptist Mid-Missions NE Region as president, serving as national treasurer for BMM business, trying to help Julie and Jennifer with computer trouble-shooting, and running all kinds of errands involved with the above.  He hasn’t begun to prepare for his upcoming missions class; it’s hard to find the time.   Julie is working on reformatting the cookbook for her culinary class and needs to make a power point for the other class she’ll be teaching, “Evangelism Through Special Events”.  Please pray for wisdom, strength, and protection during these busy, busy days.  His grace IS sufficient!

John Peterson, with the Lord

John Peterson, with the Lord

Last week was very difficult for us as it involved two funerals.  Our colleague, John Peterson, missionary with ABWE, suffered a stroke on Monday afternoon, went into a profound coma on Tuesday morning, and passed away early Thursday morning.  Jim was asked to lead the funeral service on Thursday afternoon which was a true celebration of 75 years of life and 47 years of ministry in Brazil.  John and his wife, Jean, were instrumental in creating Brazilian sign language as they opened ministries for the deaf and trained workers for the deaf.  Their children, James and Sara, were able to make it from the USA before he passed away and will be here for a few days to help Jean with future decisions.  Please pray for the Peterson family and for someone to replace this great man on our Bible college staff.  His grace IS sufficient!

On Friday morning, we received word that the mother of Lany, our missionary daughter-in-the-faith from Parque Grangeiro, had passed away very suddenly.  Lany and her husband, Fernando, were at a remote camp in a neighboring state presenting their ministry in Venezuela.  It was difficult to get the news to them and there was concern about Lany’s reaction to the shock, as she is 3 months pregnant.  They were able to get back here late Friday evening.  On Saturday afternoon, Jim preached a clear Gospel message and some believers came along and sang some very pertinent hymns at the wake.  Lany isn’t sure about her mother’s salvation, so this was very difficult.  Her brother, who attended our Kid’s Club and often went to SS with us, and her father, who traveled with she and Fernando on most of their pre-field meetings, have not yet accepted Christ as Savior.  Please pray for their salvation and for comfort for the entire family.  PTL, we just heard that, in spite of the abdominal pains Lany was feeling on Saturday, the baby is doing fine.  His grace IS sufficient!

The Parque Grangeiro leadership is taking more “ownership” of the congregation and not depending so much on Jim for decisions.  They will begin a soccer training camp for boys this Saturday morning.  Pre-requisite:  attendance at Sunday afternoon Bible Club!  There were over 40 kids yesterday.  The week before had fewer than ten!

Please pray with us as we have a full calendar of events within the next month.

Jan. 25-26 –  Jim will be preaching at a couple’s retreat in a nearby city;

Feb. 1 – Julie will speak to the area ladies, based on the 1st chapter of “Lies Women Believe”;

Feb. 5-6  – Jim will travel to Fortaleza to take care of mission business;

Feb. 7 – Our pastor, Brett Williams, will arrive for a 10 day stay!  YAY!!!

Feb. 10 – We will drive to João Pessoa for our NE Regional conference, with Pr. Brett as speaker;

Feb. 14 –  We drive back home  (8 hours);

Feb. 15 –  Jim has new student orientation for Christian service ministries at the seminary;

Feb. 17 – Jim and Pr. Brett fly out to Fortaleza for Pr.’s return home;

-Julie will stay home for student registration for the new year at the seminary

His grace will HAVE to be sufficient!

We appreciate your faithful friendship and prayers.

4 Comments

Filed under Cariri Baptist Seminary, Family, Parque Grangeiro Church

November 16, 2013

seca nordesteNovember, 2013, in NE Brazil:  the sun is hot, the earth is parched and everyone eagerly waits for the occasional December rains.  We are told that this part of Brazil is experiencing the worst drought in fifty years, but a better economy and government social programs have eased the pain and diminished the mass exodus of hungry people that past droughts produced.  But the underlying problems remain to be resolved with…rain!  In the same way, we see spiritual suffering caused by the lack of the true Living Water.  Sadly, people think that improved lifestyles and more money will bring satisfaction to their lives.  As they test and try the world’s ways, they are still thirsty, and keep searching for real meaning in their lives.  Please pray for us as we plant and water the seeds of the gospel, so that God can transform these dry desert lives.

Our challenges with the Parque Grangeiro adolescents continue.  Few of them have any encouragement or supervision at home and many have been influenced by peer pressure and unbiblical teaching in their schools. All of them have been involved with our kid’s ministries for at least two years.  They have heard the gospel many times and a few claim to have been saved, yet we see little fruit.  That is, until three weeks ago when Ludemila confessed Christ as Savior.  We are watching her new life in Christ blossom, which hopefully will serve as an example to the others.  Yesterday we took five adolescents to a nearby water park, then spent the afternoon and evening with them at our home where we enjoyed some activities, food, and challenged them with greater commitment to God.

Our Bible study at Antônio and Lucia’s home has produced visitors almost every week.  Lucia’s brother has been faithful and seems interested.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Rosilda and Raimundo, returned after a 2-month absence.  Last Saturday, Raimundo fell off the back of a motorcycle and wasn’t wearing a helmet.  God spared him from death, though he is pretty banged up.  Sadly, he and his wife are going through a difficult time in their marriage and have threatened to separate.  Please pray for us as we counsel them.  Neither has accepted Christ but they both understand what they need to do.  Only Christ can transform their lives and give them hope.

Teaching in the intense heat is not easy for the teacher or for the students!  At the Seminary everyone is tired and the next two weeks are completely full with end-of-the-year activities.  The graduating class of five is very small this year.  We are encouraged that Felipe and Débora, both graduating, are headed to the mission field of Novo Hamburgo in South Brazil, where they will be teammates with Joy Anna and Fabio.  Washington and his wife will stay on as the missionary pastor of a nearby church plant where they have worked during their years of study.  Fred, a former graduate who had returned for some refresher classes, will be returning with his family to their state of Maranhão as missionary church planters.  We have recently heard of two former students who are headed toward the mission field, one foreign and the other in NE Brazil.  Praise the Lord!

1461647_529154175130_446171573_n (Medium)Our third grandchild, Tabitha Hope Leonard, was born on October 31 weighing in at 10 lbs, 7 oz.  She’s full of sweet cuddles and so content!  Just what Josiah and Nikki need with Jeremy (just turned 3) and Lydia (17 months).  Julie enjoyed two weeks in the States, mostly spending time with the older two as Tabitha made her appearance just a few days before her return to Brazil.  Joy Anna and Fabio found out this week that they are also expecting a little girl.  It will be a fun reunion when the little cousins get together some day!  Jennifer continues to seek the Lord’s will and to pursue some of her life-long dreams.  Pray for her, that the two would work together.

4 Comments

Filed under Cariri Baptist Seminary, Family, Parque Grangeiro Church

May 24, 2013

Dear Prayer Partners,

Greetings in the name of our Lord!  Psalm 65:5 reads, “O God of our salvation, you are the hope of all the ends of the earth.”  This was the theme verse for the annual missions conference at the Cariri Baptist Seminary last month.  During the conference Jim’s missions students challenged us with reports from unreached fields.  The main preacher, Geraldo Cruz, was the first of our graduates to be sent as a cross-cultural missionary.  Geraldo has served in Columbia for nearly fifteen years.  Since then several others have been sent out to other nations.

As our churches send missionaries overseas, we keep challenging them with the many unevangelized communities in Northeast Brasil.  During the conference a married couple, Fred and Andreia, sensed God’s leading them back to their home state of Maranhão to plant new churches and begin an institute to train leaders.  Since the conference their church decided to commission them as missionaries, they have begun the process of joining a mission agency, and plan to raise support during the next semester, so that at the end of the school year they can already be on their field of service.  This may seem like a nearly impossible task, but this is exactly what another couple did one year ago when Fernando and Lany, from our church in Crato, felt the call to Venezuela.  Today they are already on the field, developing a church and working with a group of Venezuelan pastors to establish a Bible Institute for the training of pastors and missionaries in Venezuela

Tomorrow our college will be hosting a special day for prospective students to visit the campus.  Among several simulated classes, Jim will be giving a workshop on Missions, and our student missions group will be presenting a missions prayer challenge to the guests.  Julie’s cooking class will be serving deserts and drinks.  Please pray for the Lord to continue calling laborers to help us reach the fields of Northeast Brazil, and beyond.

Julie puts many hours into her cooking class, teaching the ladies much more than just how to cook.  Jim’s Missions class this semester, with 24 students, is the largest he’s had up until now.  We are thoroughly enjoying the opportunities God gives us to influence our students both in and out of the classroom.

As a mission field matures there arises the need to nationalize ministries begun by the missionaries.  We are pleased to see this happening in Brazil.  Jim is on a committee that is drawing up the plans for nationalization of our regional Christian camp.  This time of transition from missionary to the national leadership is a very sensitive time in the life of a ministry and of a mission field.  Please pray for wisdom of all those who are working on this.

Last month we asked you to pray for property for the future building of the church in Parque Grangeiro.  God answered that prayer when our mother church in Crato purchased a good-sized property.  This purchase has come with mixed feelings.  We are happy that our church in Brazil contributed a generous offering, because we would not have been able to pay the full price ourselves.  The property is well located between three communities, two of which we have not yet reached into.  The third community is that of Socorro, the lady we introduced in our last letter.  On the other hand, the location of this property is quite a distance for some of our believers.  Because most of our people do not have vehicles, they walk to church.  This is a problem for three of our older ladies whose health would not allow them to walk to church if we build on this newly purchased property.  We share this with you so that you will continue to pray for us to know what God is planning for the Parque Grangeiro church.  God would not give us property to create division in the body.  Neither would He want us to exclude some valuable members from the church.  Until the next phase, we continue meeting in public school in the community.  God is certainly good. Thank you for your prayers, love, and support.

Jim & Julie Leonard                                             E-mails: jim.leonard@hotmail.comjuliemarieleonard@hotmail.com

Leave a comment

Filed under Cariri Baptist Seminary, Parque Grangeiro Church