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.
A LOOK BACK AT 2018
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.
A LOOK FORWARD TO 2019
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.
Guarani Children’s Choir Bible study…precious times.
John Witnessing to the Guarani Guys.
Bev coloring with the Guarani children
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.
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!
John and Bev Leonard
Missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions
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