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 are living among the Laarim, learning language and building relationships. Through Bible story telling and discovery Bible study they hope to disciple Laarim people in their walks with the Lord and see a Christ-centred church among the Laarim.
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.
For people from the Netherlands, please fill in the websiteform from the Netherlands
Zuid-Soedan (werk onder de Laarim)
Ard en Carin de Leeuw
For any queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest prayer points
- 6 October 2017
“Amos and Lotalia: These two boys have just come to believe and have a big hunger for the Word. Ard meets these guys 2 times a week and does an intensive Bible study with them using the 25 Bible Stories. Ard trains the boys to tell the bible story to others and to start bible study groups in this way. Pray for Ard to lead these boys into adulthood in their faith. Pray for Amos and Lotalia that their hunger for the Word will not be lessened and that they will become strong powerful believers and workers in the Kingdom of God.”
- 28 April 2017
Due to fighting in South Sudan, we have had to temporarily evacuate the Laarim Focus Team to Torit. The team includes Andrew & Anna Beckham and Ard & Carin de Leeuw and their children, and Andrew Wallace. Please pray for them as they seek the Lord about their future, and please pray for safety for the Laarim friends that they have left behind in the villages.
- 15 July 2016
Pray for South Sudan. Last week fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, and spread to areas across the country. On Monday 11th July a ceasefire came into effect and appears to be holding. AIM has evacuated missionaries from the area. Please pray for restraint by all military forces to stop the fighting; protection for civilians seeking shelter at UN safe zones and elsewhere and provision of basic living necessities. Pray that the church in South Sudan will be agents of peace and support those caught up in the violence; and pray for wisdom for AIM and other mission organisations as we make decisions on how best to act in the ongoing situation. You can find more information on the South Sudan web page, where there is also a Powerpoint slide that you can download to use for prayer in your church: http://eu.aimint.org/pray/southsudan/