Ard & Carin de Leeuw
with Boaz, Manoah, Amy and Judah
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.
For any queries, please email: email@example.com
Latest prayer points
- 13 July 2018
“Last month we prayed for an opportunity to train the tribe leader of Chawa and his brothers in Farming Gods Way. Ard will start training the men next Monday. He will work with the men for two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in their gardens and teach them in Farming Gods Way and the construction of their gardens…Our team is affected by fatigue. We do not know exactly where it comes from but several team members are very tired and this has an impact on our work in Laarim. Pray for our energy and also for our mood because in fatigue you can have a worse mood than when you feel completely rested.”
- 15 June 2018
“Over the past few months, our team has been working to record all the Laarim written Bible stories on audio. These Bible stories together with memorisation texts, Laarim songs and the Jesus bracelet have been put on a solar radio. The idea is to distribute these solar radios to the Laarim so that they can listen to the gospel themselves without having to wait for our arrival. In this way the gospel becomes accessible without having to be able to read (which most people cannot)… We have 15 solar radios that we can distribute in Kali. Pray with us that we will give them to right people and that God will speak through the radio. That the words of God will nest in the hearts of those who hear.”
- 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.