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John & Bev Leonard, Missionaries to Brazil



Jan/Feb up-date

By bev

“…It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord…”

Psalm 92:1

This is our Thanksgiving letter. What? In January? Yes. You read right!! Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving and praise to the Lord for all He has done, and we want to share it with you!

Our first note of praise is that we have moved. We are now much closer to our work in bairro Sao Pedro. We have enjoyed being more and more involved in the ministry in that needy area of greater Sao Paulo.

Secondly, three out of the four of our children were able to be here in Brazil during the Christmas season. Josh and Jerrod participated in the special Christmas meeting that took place at Good News Baptist Church in Sao Pedro, and Jerrod was greatly used of God when he spoke. We were also blessed to have Jonna and her husband, Tim O’Tool here with us for both Christmas and New Years. Jonna played the piano, sang special music, and got reacquainted with old friends. Tim gave his testimony, preached, and tried learning as much Portuguese as possible. Their time with us was very special, and they are even considering coming back to serve the Lord here in Brazil!

Another great blessing is that progress has been made in the area of the construction of our auditorium. Fans, emergency lights, a complete PVC ceiling have been installed. (See picture) By the grace of God and your prayers and generous giving, all three were accomplished right before our special Christmas cantata service. Christmas and New Years come in the middle of our summer season, so the fans were enjoyed by all!!

New fans, lights and ceiling at Sao Pedro
We also praise the Lord that we recently received a phone call from “Picolo,” a quadriplegic that we have had the privilege of ministering to in the past. We had actually lost track of him since he moved from one care center to another while we were on furlough and no one had contact information for him. He asked if we could come visit him since he was “com saudades” (missing us). What an honor it was to open God’s Word with him and share from our hearts once again what the Lord has done in our lives. He has heard the Gospel many times before, and heard it once again. He did not make a decision for Christ, but we are sensing that God is at work and that he may be very close to getting saved.

John giving the Gospel to Picolo
We thank our Lord and we thank you for all that has been accomplished in His work here in Brazil. Would you please take some time to thank the Lord together with us?
Still shining,

John and Bev Leonard
Missionaries to Sao Pedro, Brazil

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