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
- 9 August 2019
“Last month, Chauwa’s [a local village] chief, Chief Marko, was shot dead. Chief Marko was a believer and led a Bible study group in his home every week. We are grateful that Marko is now with the Lord. Pray with us for Chauwa. Marko was the one who held the believers together and the believers in Chauwa are afraid that they will now be forgotten by the other believers. Pray also for the process of choosing a new chief. That this will be a man who will be open to the gospel and lead the people of Chauwa with a good heart.”
- 7 June 2019
“In mid-May the first rain started to fall. Since then we have had rain almost every day. Everything is getting greener and the first cows from the cattle camps are returning to Yei. Because of the rain we had the opportunity to baptise seven new believers. Pray for these young believers. That they may continue to grow in their relationship with God. May they be strong against all temptations that come their way and overcome them as a witness to him.”
- 8 February 2019
The de Leeuw family are currently in the Netherlands on Home Assignment after the Laarim Focus team finished at the end of 2018. “The work among the Laarim is not finished yet. The current team stopped last December and the desire is that a new team will start mid-2019. At the moment there are no new applications. Pray for this, that God will put it in the hearts of the right people to serve among the Laarim. People who can be used by God to found the first churches in the Laarim and help the Laarim believers grow in their relationship with God.” We will be writing about this new team in the April-June edition of Connect, so watch this space for more information.