July-September, 2019

Dear Prayer Team,                                                                           July-September, 2019


“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:

 lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” 

 Psalm 61:2


We must confess that as of late we have felt somewhat “overwhelmed” at all that is at hand in the work of the Lord here in Brazil.  However, what a great blessing and  comfort to see how God has pointed us straight to Himself…THE ROCK, that is much higher than we are!  He has been our guide and our stability and has always led us each step of the way!



John hasn’t changed much for those of you who have known him for some time.  We had to switch tires AGAIN on his wheelchair!  You can tell by the picture that he wears them down to the threads before replacing them!  Many of you care about John’s needs and help us keep his chair in working order so that he can minister.  Thank you!!john~s worn out tire


Our kitchen at São Pedro now has brand new cupboards!!   Most of our items were out on open shelves, so this has made a great difference in sanitation and organization! Thank you to all who helped out with this much needed project! 





We recently had the privilege of hosting Luke Flickinger, a young man from Iowa who has opened his heart to the Lord concerning missions. Some of the things he was involved in were… walking up and down the mountain streets of São Pedro witnessing and inviting people to church, helping John with his wood-working projects, participating in meetings in homes, singing special numbers and giving his testimony, helping us with errands, making new friends, and last, but certainly not least…helping open up a new work in a Guarani village!  



Nothing was more exciting to us than following the Lord’s leading up a mountain to a “higher rock” and having the privilege of opening up a new work in Guarani Village #4 near the town of Tapiraí!  Before going, we prayed for open hearts and how thrilled we are that we were able to share the Gospel, sing, and pray at the homes, one of which was the village chief’s!  What an honor to serve God here in Brazil!  Continue praying for God to work in the lives of these dear people who need Him so desperately.



God bless you as you pray and give!

Sincerely in Christ,

John and Bev Leonard

Missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions


Mission Address: Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

Field Address: Maxi Shopping; Av. Ant. Fred. Ozanam, 6000; Loja 1250, Caixa Postal 3047;

13215-970 Jundiai, SP, Brasil

E-mail: prayforjohn@msn.com    Website: prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com


May-June, 2019

“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them…”

Mark 16:20

Hello Prayer Warriors,                                                  May-June, 2019      *written by John!

The Lord is truly working… thank you for praying…thank you for giving.

Bev and I are actively evangelizing up and down all 32 streets on our side of the mountain. We are certainly getting a physical workout, but most importantly, spiritual results.  Sandro and Maria have been saved and are in our discipleship course…never miss a meeting, always come early.  Genildo and Marcilene are saved and also in our discipleship course.  They love to bring visitors.  Orlando and Marlene are unsaved, but really interested and searching.


Sandro and Maria

marcilene e genilson

Genildo and Marcilene

casal idoso

Orlando and Marlene

The rains have completely subsided, allowing our 12 yr. old van with 234 thousand hard kilometers to make it farther back into the trails of the reservations.  Where the trails end, the paths begin. We usually go as far as John’s chair can go.  As you pray, we go, reaching the unreached.

Many sister churches in our area use plastic chairs, that don’t hold up under the tropics. They must usually be replaced with another plastic chair.  The Lord has given  Bev and I a burden to break this cycle and build benches that will last many years into the future.  We are in the process of finishing up 50 benches.  We have two styles…with and without a back. (See prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com for pictures of this project…)


bench legs unfinished


IMG_6085[1]tools, bench project


finished white benches

bars of ferro, benches

bench legs



tools, bench project 2

pedro e joao drilling

bending the bench legs


welding, bench legs










Our family is growing!  On April 21 (Easter Day!), Alice Kay Bush was born to our youngest daughter, Jeanne, and her youth pastor husband, Andrew.  On May 29, Titus John O’Tool was born to our oldest daughter, Jonna, and her associate pastor husband, Timothy.


May God bless us all as we serve Him together.


Sincerely in Christ,                                                                              

John and Bev Leonard                                                 

Missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions 


Mission Address: Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

Field Address: Maxi Shopping. Av. Ant. Fred. Ozanam, 6000, Loja 1250, Caixa Postal 3047,

13215-970 Jundiai, SP, Brasil,

E-mail: prayforjohn@msn.com    Website: prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com









March-April, 2019

Dear Prayer Team,                                                                                  March 19, 2019

Ministry News- Thank you for your prayers for our ministries in the villages and also in São Pedro. Because of the unusual amount of rain that we have received, our ministries in two of our villages have been sporadic because of poor access.  At our Bible study held at village #3 at the beginning of March, both our van and John’s chair got stuck in the mud! Thankfully with the help of the villagers, and John’s “ingenuity,” we were able to get both out.  But according to the forecast, the rains are to be letting up soon, and we will get back in full swing. 

village bible study In São Pedro, the Lord has opened up a door for a Sunday afternoon children’s club in a government housing project not too far from the church.  We are excited to see what God will do with this opportunity.  Pray also for Bev as she is teaching piano to two of our young ladies and will be speaking at a bridal shower on April 6th.

kids at casinhas


Brazil News- Many of you have prayed with us for our nation, and we are thankful to report that we have seen progress in the right direction since our new president has taken office in January.  In fact, today, (Tuesday, March 19) as we write this letter, he is scheduled to meet with President Trump to discuss USA/Brazil relations, and we feel this is a good thing.  Your prayers regarding our nation are greatly appreciated .


Short-Termer News- We are looking forward to hosting a young man, Luke Flickenger, from St. Charles, IA during the month of May.  Pray that God would work in his life, use him, and give him a great burden for the mission field of Brazil.

Family News-Thank you for always remembering to pray for our adult children, Josh, Jerrod, Jonna, and Jeanne.  Most of you know that both of our daughters are expecting babies very soon.  Jeanne’s due date is on Palm Sunday, April 14th.  Jonna’s due date is on John’s birthday, May 26th.  Continue praying for the safe delivery of healthy babies, and most importantly, that these little ones will be saved at an early age and grow up to please and honor the Lord.


We simply cannot thank you enough for your continued prayers on our behalf.  May the Lord bless each one.

Sincerely in Christ,                                                                              

John and Bev Leonard                                                                   

Missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions                                                       

 Mission Address: Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

Field Address: Maxi Shopping. Av. Ant. Fred. Ozanam, 6000, Loja 1250, Caixa Postal 3047, 13215-970 Jundiai, SP, Brasil,

 E-mail: prayforjohn@msn.com Website: prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com

January/ February, 2019

Dear Prayer Team,                                                                                                             

At the beginning of 2018, we listed goals to expand our ministry in various aspects in 2018.  Through God’s blessing, your prayers, and support, much has been accomplished.



How thankful we are that the Guarani work was indeed expanded to not only include one other village but two!  We are referring to our works as Guarani 1 (our first one), Guarani 2 (the second and largest one in South Sao Paulo), and Guarani 3 (the one we most recently started).  We are happy to report that Guarani 1 is now in the hands of a well-established national church, and is going well.  Guarani 2 is moving along, with another stable church holding a majority of the meetings.  Although relatively new, the work at Guarani 3 is progressing, and John is loving teaching God’s Word “out in the sticks!”  Thank you again for your prayers for these wonderful ministry opportunities God has placed in our hands.


Our long-time dream of building a parsonage on the back of the church property in São Pedro came true in 2018!  The funds for a simple two-story-900 foot structure came in surprisingly quickly, and what joy it brings us to see Pastor Mazinho and Selma happily using their home for Bible studies, hospitality, an “expanded” church kitchen…etc.  It has been a great asset to the work there.  All praise goes to our Heavenly Father and to our supporters, who so graciously gave!


Our expansion in counseling and discipleship project in São Paulo has also made headway.  What a joy to see the newly remodeled classrooms in the old house being used to further the Gospel and disciple believers.


Most of you know by now that our family expanded this year with the marriage of our oldest son, Joshua, to a lovely, godly, Brazilian nurse, Lanara.  Their November wedding was beautiful and meaningful, and we praise the Lord for this answered prayer. 

josh and lanara happy wedding


Our expansion plans continue this year as we would love to see chapels built both at Guarani 2 and 3. More importantly, of course, are the lost souls and new believers of the villages.  Hearts are opening.  Please pray with us regarding these works.  


Our first study with the chieftess was in our van since it was raining and too muddy for John to get out of the car.

john bible study guarani 3guarani choir

Guarani Children’s Choir                                                   Bible study…precious times.

bev coloring at guarani 3john talking to guys guarani 3

John Witnessing to the Guarani Guys.





Bev coloring with the Guarani children


john in makeshift tent guarani 3

John in make-shift tent at the village…

Pray for the work in São Pedro. Our goals for the year include building up all our ministries with a special focus on the children, as the Lord has allowed us to reach several young couples this year.  We have seen good improvement this year, but there is room for much more.


Dedication of Baby Lucas, son of Vilma and Andre.

Please also pray for the São Paulo discipleship /counseling ministry.  God is blessing and working in lives.  
Our goal for 2019 would be to continue the remodeling, and making of more classroom space to be used to expand the church in the areas of evangelism and discipleship in this very needy city.  

john at casa rio pequeno

Our family will be expanding once again in 2019!  Both of our daughters are expecting babies–Jeanne in April (her first), and Jonna in May (her second)!  We would appreciate your prayers for safe and healthy deliveries and most of all, that our daughters and their husbands would raise these children to love and honor the Lord.


As always, thank you for the time you spent this year praying and supporting this ministry!  We look forward to serving together with you in 2019! 

For Him,


John and Bev Leonard

Missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions                                                       


Mission Address: Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

Field Address: Maxi Shopping. Av. Ant. Fred. Ozanam, 6000, Loja 1250, Caixa Postal 3047,

13215-970 Jundiai, SP, Brasil,



E-mail: prayforjohn@msn.com Website: prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com

September-December, 2018

 “But thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.”

II Cor. 9:16

Dear Praying Friends,                                                                                                     

God’s gift to us (Jesus!) is unspeakable!  What a joy it has been to share that gift here in Brazil during 2018.  Here are a few recent highlights.

We could not be more thrilled that an opportunity for a Bible study has opened up at a third Guarani village.  That is exciting enough, but it is even better that the study is being held with Mrs. Geni (the chieftess) and her sons.  They have also expressed interest in building a chapel. The other two Guarani works are going fine and we praise the Lord for those from local churches who are working alongside.

It was a joy for John to be able to officiate the baptism of  Kamilli, Carolina, Cida, and Maria at São Pedro this past Sunday night.  A national pastor served as John’s “arms and legs.” The service was a great blessing. Many unsaved were present. Please pray as follow-up is being done.

four people baptized

At the church in São Pedro, ceiling tiles are going in, the auditorium and fellowship hall are being painted and a storage room has been turned into a Sunday school room.  The older house and property that was purchased in São Paulo for a family educational and counseling center needed extra reinforcements in order to do the remodeling project, and all of the electrical wiring needed replaced.  Praise the Lord with us as two of the rooms are finished and will be inaugurated this next Sunday.  It is always wonderful to be active in the area of remodeling and construction.

Our biggest family news this year is, of course, the wedding of our oldest boy, Josh, to his fiancé, Lanara, on November 23rd.  We also have recently learned that our youngest daughter, Jeanne, and her husband, Andrew, are expecting their first child sometime in April!  Rejoice together with us for God’s blessing upon our family, and we covet your fervent prayers for each one.
To see more family and ministry pictures, it would be an honor to have you visit our blog:

prayforjohnblog.word press.com.

josh and lanara, john and bev (3)           all the family in the usa

                   Josh and Lanara                            Alyssa, Jerrod, Jonna, Tim, Jeanne, Andrew

Kenlee, Marcus, Adrianna…?…?


During this wonderful season, not only are we pausing to thank our Lord for His unspeakable Gift, we are also thanking Him for YOU, our prayer warriors and supporters. Thank you, dear friends!


For Him,


John and Bev Leonard

Missionaries to Brazil with BMM


Mission Address: Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

Field Address: Maxi Shopping. Av. Ant. Fred. Ozanam, 6000, Loja 1250, Caixa Postal 3047,

13215-970 Jundiai, SP, Brasil,

E-mail: prayforjohn@msn.com

Website: prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com

Online giving:  Baptist Mid-Missions…Missionaries…John and Bev Leonard…donate online


July/August, 2018

Dear Prayer Team                                                            July/August, 2018

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”   II Corinthians 12:9-10


God has used these verses over and over again in our lives, and we were once more reminded of them, two Sundays ago at São Pedro.  John was feeling especially weak and weary, as he had caught a NASTY flu, but he felt urged by the Lord to preach the message He had laid on his heart.  By the end of the message, his voice was faltering, but he gave an invitation, and Renata raised her hand indicating she wanted to be SAVED!!!  As we have said many times before, God continues using our weakest moments to show His mighty strength and power!  Pray for her and also her husband, Marcos, who claims to be spiritist, but is attending church with her, and has said he would be willing to do a Bible study.




The Guarani works continue to be greatly used by the Lord.  We are in the process of nationalizing “Guarani work #1,” and “Guarani work #2” is going well.   At work #2, regular meetings are being held in a small clearing near the village, and we are praying about a place that they could meet inside.  A couple of possibilities have been mentioned, but since the work is so new, we are just being faithful to give out the Word, and asking the Lord to provide in His time.  We have seen God stir not only the hearts of the Guarani, but also the team members who are helping out.  One example is Dorival, (below) whose life was going downhill in every way…his spiritual life, family life, his job…everything.  One Saturday, he went along with the group, just to see what it was like, and when he heard the son of the chief of the village say that he had never seen a Bible, never opened it, and never heard anything about it, God touched his heart.  From that day forward, he has embraced the work with his whole heart, and it has helped him get his life back on track!  Thank you for your prayers for these ministries.



What a blessing it was to see God work in the lives of His people as we ministered at a conference this past Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Jardim das Imbuias (southern part of the large city of Sao Paulo)!  The Lord used John’s testimony and messages to speak to the hearts of the packed out crowd. Although there were no salvation decisions, several unsaved were present and heard the Gospel, and many Christians raised their hands saying they were challenged to be better witnesses for the Lord.  Pray that God would continue working in this vibrant church.



Several have asked about Josh’s wedding, which will take place on November 23, 2018,  right nearby us here in Jundiai, SP.   It’s sneaking up on us!!  As we did with all of our other children, we are including a photo of their wedding invitation, and what a joy it would be if each of you, our faithful prayer and financial supporters, could be present!!  Thank you for your prayers for our family and ministry, and especially for Josh and Lanara, as they soon will begin their new lives together for His glory.


For Him,   

John and Bev Leonard

 Missionaries with BMM to Brazil

 Mission Address: Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Rd. Cleveland, OH 44130

Field Address: Maxi Shopping. Av. Ant. Fred. Ozanam, 6000, Loja 1250,

Caixa Postal 13215-970 Jundiai, SP, Brasil,

E-mail: prayforjohn@msn.com Website: prayforjohnblog.wordpress.com