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%.
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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?
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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
- 24 January 2020
“…this month Noblesse (Rwanda), Dan (America) and Joel (America) will complete our Laarim team. In the last few months we have been busy with practical matters before their arrival such as housing, conversations with chiefs, advice on what to bring, ordering food, booking tickets and answering all the questions they have about life in the Laarim. We look forward to their arrival and enjoy our role as team leader. Noblesse was part of our previous team, but Dan and Joel are completely new to the Laarim and without previous experience of Africa. We are in a period of showing them what it’s like to live in the Laarim. How you learn the Laarim language (which is not in writing), how you learn the Laarim culture and what you can and cannot do in the Laarim. How to make a tasty, nutritious meal if you have to make everything without packets and jars [of ingredients]. How do you rest in a culture that constantly asks you to be on standby. But also how you can get used to living far away from your familiar surroundings and family and friends around you. A lot of challenges of which our challenge is to guide the new team members through this whole process.” Please pray for Noblesse, Dan and Joel as they adjust to life among the Laarim, and for Ard and Carin as they help them.
- 15 November 2019
“Every week the believers come together. Pray for them, that they may grow in faith and that they may stand strong in God. At the moment there is unrest in the Laarim and a lot of alcohol abuse. Pray that God will help the believers to remain strong among all these temptations and to be a testimony of who God is for them. And that they will show another way besides losing yourself in the darkness.”
- 20 September 2019
“The Laarim are fully blessed with rain this year. The crops come up and the harvest will be good. With the rain turns the arid land into a beautiful green landscape. The cattle come back from the cattle camps because there are is now enough for them to eat. With the people and the cattle’s return to the Laarim begins the relaunch of the war with the neighbouring tribe. Both tribes often go out to steal cattle from each other. These cattle thefts are sometimes successful but many times it claims several deaths. The rule is that if the Laarim kill someone from another tribe, that tribe comes back to kill one of the Laarim. And so it goes back and forth… People live in fear every day because you never know if this is your last day on earth. Since last week, the Laarim took a break from killing so that everyone can go to the fields to harvest. A few days later the chiefs from Kaputha came for peace talks. And peace has continued. Pray with us that the Laarim will stick to the decision to stop taking revenge. And that they will have their hearts opened to the gospel. So that God may make them able to give forgiveness, healing and peace.”