Ard & Carin de Leeuw
with Boaz, Manoah and Amy
Sent from Vrije Evangelisatie Gemeente, Zwolle, the Netherlands
South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. It was the outcome of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The majority of the population adhere to Christianity. Only 18% call themselves Muslim unlike Sudan, which is 97%.
Find out more about opportunities to serve in South Sudan
In July 2016 Ard & Carin joined the Focus team working among the Laarim in South Sudan. The Laarim are spread in small settlements across the rugged Boya mountain range, around 250km east of Juba. Laarim life revolves around their cattle and for many is dominated by traditional African beliefs and spiritualistic rituals. The de Leeuws’ initial focus will be on cultural understanding and language development, learning from the Laarim by sharing their lives and building relationships with them. Ultimately, we and the de Leeuws want the Laarim to have the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus and to see God powerfully at work, changing lives and growing his church amongst them. The de Leeuws will then be working with this fledgling church to enable, encourage and disciple new believers.
Could you partner with Ard and Carin in this work?
Partner with the de Leeuws
The de Leeuws live among the Laarim in South Sudan learning language and culture to share the gospel with them.
If you would like to partner with the de Leeuws in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 13 April 2018
“Yesterday [8th April] our son is born at the hospital. His name: Juda Levi Ben-Joshua de Leeuw; Weight: 4180 grams; Time: 1.52 PM; Mother and baby are doing very well.” Give thanks for Juda’s safe arrival and pray for Ard & Carin as they now begin the process of getting paperwork in order so Juda can return with them to South Sudan.
- 9 February 2018
“Chief Joseph: Last week we explained the gospel very easily by means of a Jesus bracelet. By means of 5 colours the gospel is explained in the Laarim language. After Joseph learned this, he was very happy and told that in this way he could tell his people the gospel without Ard being there to help him. Pray for Chief Joseph. That he will actually tell the people about Jesus also when we are away on leave…The past 2 months we have been in Laarim without a translator to help us. It has made us very creative and we have used the Jesus bracelet to explain the gospel easily in the Laarim language. This was very good for our Laarim and it has greatly increased our relationships with the people. Children and adults walk around with a Jesus bracelet and tell each other what the colours mean. God has blessed our time without a translator in a special way.”
- 12 January 2018
“The idea came to us to start a Bible study with tribal leader Joseph, tribe leader Angelo and their most important sons. To invest more purposefully in their lives and with the prayer in our hearts that they will become more and more like Jesus. So that they in turn can be a testimony of Jesus for the Kali inhabitants and the other tribal leaders in Laarim. At the moment this is still a thought and our prayer is whether God wants to make clear whether we should actually do this and if so, whether this is the right time for it or whether it is something for later. Pray with us for God’s guidance in this.”