“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Our hearts rejoice that even though our Savior, Jesus Christ was turned down by the innkeeper before He arrived on this earth, He is doing just the opposite today. He is inviting each person to come to Him, and we know that there is always room for more in His kingdom (John 14:2).
Furlough Since January, we have been here in the States spending most of our time traveling around to our supporting churches and individuals up-dating them on the work in Brazil. Once again, we have been encouraged to see salvation of souls and we would like to tell you about one of our most recent experiences. In October, we had the privilege of speaking at a hay-ride in Williamsburg, IA. (They even used a skid-loader to lift John up wheelchair and all onto the hay trailer!!). What a joy it was to witness the salvation of at least three individuals as a result of this ministry. How grateful we are that there is much room in God’s kingdom for those who desire to accept Him as their personal Savior.
Family It has been a busy year for our family! Joshua stayed behind when we came to the States and he continues to be involved in the Lord’s work in Brazil. He enjoys teaching English at Medford Business School and is a good witness to anyone with whom he comes in contact. Jerrod graduated in May from Faith Baptist Bible College and one week later married Alyssa, a pastor’s daughter from Normal, IL. Jerrod is currently serving the Lord as Children’s Ministries Director at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, MI. Jonna has completed the first phase of her nursing degree and is studying at FBBC. She is dating Tim O’Toole, who is also at Faith, and is interested in serving the Lord as a missionary someday. Jeanne graduated from high school in May and has begun her elementary education degree at Des Moines Area Community College. She is also enjoying working at TJMaxx, and has done well at adapting to the American culture. Please remember our family in prayer so that we would continue to faithfully share Christ with others and see more people enter into God’s kingdom.
Future Even though we are planning to head back to the mission field of Brazil for four more years to serve the Lord alone, we are excited to see what God will do in and through us. Our children have been a vital part of our ministry for all these years, and they will most certainly be missed. But we are reminded time and time again how God uses our “weaknesses” to show His strength in our lives. Our last furlough meeting is on February 26, 2012. One more long trip is planned out west (western Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, California, and Arizona) to minister and report to supporters, so please be in prayer for this journey. God has been so gracious to us this year as we have not had to miss any commitments because of health, car trouble or any other reason! How grateful we are to our Savior for His goodness and we thank you for your prayers, which have sustained us. We continue hearing good reports from the work in Sao Pedro, Brazil, where we plan to spend our next term. There is still room for more to accept Jesus as Savior in that needy city, and that is why we are so excited to get back!
Festivities This year for the festivities our plans are to attend church and to be with our family. We are “making room” for time to spend with our Lord and with our family—the dearest things we have here on the earth. Are you doing the same, dear friend? May this be the year that you enter into God’s plan by receiving Christ as Savior, or that you will help others know that there is much room in His kingdom for everyone!
Sincerely in Christ,
John and Bev Leonard