Inland Mission

Ard & Carin de Leeuw

with Boaz, Manoah, Amy and Juda

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 and 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 was on cultural understanding and language development, learning from the Laarim by sharing their lives and building relationships with them.The de Leeuws then worked with this fledgling church to enable, encourage and disciple new believers. The Focus team ended in 2018, and after a Home Assignment in the Netherlands Ard and Carin returned to South Sudan to lead a new ministry team to continue the work among the Laarim.

As they live and work among the Laarim, they are learning the language and culture and spreading the gospel through their relationships. They are also discipling local believers and helping them to grow in faith, encouraging them to follow Christ and bring the gospel to the people around 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. 

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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