Greetings from Brazil! What an exciting time it has been for us! The amazing congregational singing, the general openness and interest in hearing the Gospel, the awesome hugs from Brazilian friends, various Brazilian foods , and even the crazy traffic are all things that we realized immediately that we missed in the U.S.A. John has been having the time of his life being able to preach and witness again in portuguese. We thank each of you for your prayers on our behalf. God is so good to us, and we want to share with you some of the things He has done.
Thank you for your prayers for the wedding of our daughter, Jonna, to Tim O’Tool on June 9th in the U.S.A. It went very well with hardly any glitches, and we felt that the Lord was pleased and glorified through it. Continue to pray for Tim and Jonna as Tim will continue his pastoral degree at Faith Baptist Bible College, and Jonna her nursing degree at Des Moines Area Community College.
We could not believe how well John was able to travel. He did not get sick and we were able to witness many times to stewardesses, pilots, people in the airports, fellow passengers…so many opportunities for which we praise the Lord. Our trip began at 6:00 a.m. on June 17th leaving the Des Moines airport and heading to Chicago to do a plane switch and then on to another in Panama (of all places–what John won’t do to save some extra $$ on plane tickets!), and then onto Sao Paulo. God sends the right people at the right time. Without Jess Caster, (our RN friend who came with us), our trip would have been extremely difficult. She helped us ESPECIALLY with transferring John, carrying baggage and whatever came up, she was right there. After filling out paperwork for a lost bag and John’s broken wheelchair, and being “waved through” customs (PTL!), we headed on home, so our total trip time from the time we left our home in Ankeny to the time we arrived here at our Brazilian home was about 25 hours. Thankfully, three days later, the bag was delivered right to our door. We have attempted several times to fix John’s chair without success. The latest is that we may need a part from the States, so it will be interesting to see how the Lord works that all out. We DO praise the Lord that we have a spare chair here. It needed batteries, so we did something we have never tried before. Because the appropriate batteries are next to impossible to find, we just bought two car batteries, and it worked! So at least John has his wheels. Please pray with us as we work through the chair situation.
Our first service in Sao Pedro was thrilling. So exciting to see God at work…the new believers who are growing in the Lord, the baptismal class, the progress on the construction. Just last night before the service during a visit, one lady made a profession of faith in her home. John preached and two more decisions were made. Also, Michelle, an unsaved young lady the receptionist at the place that we got our heater fixed has shown interest in having a Bible study in her home. Sandra, a friend of ours is planning a business trip to the U.S. and wants to brush up on her English. Bev is looking forward to use this opportunity to give the Gospel to her. Please pray.
It is through your prayers and faithfulness that God has been so good. We thank you for the most vital part you have in our ministry here in Brazil.
Sincerely in Christ,
John and Bev Leonard