January 3, 2019
Dear Prayer Partners,
Psalm 33:12 reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.;” Though we know that God has a “holy nation” of people saved from among all nations, we do still pray for the nations, that the Gospel would have freedom to be preached, heard, and received.
A while back we asked you to pray for the presidential elections of Brazil. This week the newly elected president took office. From his speeches and early policies, President Bolsonaro appears to fear God and love his nation, which, of course, we think is great. Please continue to pray that the people of Brazil would come to know God as the Lord. By the way, since we began posting our prayer notes on Facebook, we’ve seen many of our Brazilian friends read and comment on our posts. Of course its great to expand our prayer base, especially among those with whom we are working.
Venezuela, to our North, continues to suffer under a regime that does not fear God. Millions have fled to neighboring nations. Last year some of you helped us support 23 Venezuelan pastors with a monthly offering so that they could remain with their churches through this crisis. But the crisis continues to worsen. Our Brazilian missionaries in Venezuela are wondering how much longer they’ll be able to remain. Please continue to pray that the people of Venezuela would come to know God as Lord. And pray that those in Venezuela whose God is the Lord will have their needs supplied.
Last month the General Director of Source of Light Ministries, Ron Barnes, spent a few days with us and met with Samuel Milanez, the national director of our correspondence
Bible school. Our purpose was to help Samuel see the potential and develop goals for the future of this ministry. Among several things discussed was making the Bible lessons available on the internet, to be accessed with a cell phone app. Our hope is that these lessons, which have brought thousands of Brazilians to know the Lord, will produce an even greater number of disciples in the Portuguese speaking world. Please pray for God’s provision, as Samuel is raising his personal support.
Since the seminary graduation on December 8th, our life has slowed down a bit, allowing us to catch up on some rest, evaluating, and planning. It has been nice to be “home for Christmas”, yet it has been hard to be far away from family and church this season. With the new year, Jim will be spending more time in the Seminary administration, as it is facing some leadership, economic, curriculum, and structural challenges. Students should arrive later this month, with the school year beginning on February 4th. Our married student housing, which was half empty last year, will be filled to capacity this year. On January 24-25 we will be having a joint retreat with the faculty and board members. Pray for this retreat as together we focus on God’s purposes for this school.
We enjoyed a few days in South Brazil helping Joy Anna and Fabio after the birth of Daniel James. And we maintain nearly daily contact with Josiah and his family in Iowa, and Jennifer in Hawaii with the Navy. We are thankful that our children have God as their Lord.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. If you’re able, give us a call sometime. The phone number is below. We are Your Servants for Christ in Northeast Brazil,
Jim & Julie Leonard
Phone (USA): (515) 257-2766