After 17 months of deputation, fund raising, finishing education, and preparing to serve on the mission field, the Leamans are now beginning their new work in Brazil. We praise the LORD for His provision of every need and in such a relatively short period of time.
In reflecting upon this journey, Doug and Leah write, “We would love to express our thankfulness for all that has been graciously given so that we may serve our great God. We will always look back on this time as being a great challenge but also a time of thanks and praise to our God who still provides. There were some tremendous donations that made this all possible as well as a thousand acts of help. When we were of little faith, God moved the hearts of His people for the ‘Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ We thank Him and His people for their overflowing kindness.”
These last weeks in the states were quite busy for the Leamans. After completing his NANC certification in October and reaching 100% of his monthly support in pledges, Doug was ordained as a Bible Presbyterian minister on January 9th at his home church, Bible Presbyterian Church of Olympia, in WA. In the same service, PMU commissioned him as a missionary to Brazil. On January 28th, the Leamans packed their shipping container of household goods with many helping hands from the church, and on January 31st flew to their new home in Recife, Brazil.
The Leamans have been blessed with many, faithful prayer partners who are probably wondering what the Leamans’ first months in Brazil will entail. Doug writes, “We will have to arrive on the ground with our feet moving. The plan is that the boys will immediately start school. That will be a change of pace and life for us as school starts at 1:00 P.M. and ends at 6:00 P.M. We will have to set up all the normal business and life transactions. It will be important that we secure a vehicle as soon as possible as we patiently wait for the container to arrive with all the household and ministry goods.
“I will begin certain aspects of the ministry right away. I will be working in a local church on a weekly basis. I will be teaching, occasionally preaching, and also will begin counseling in the local church. I will continue preparing a teaching syllabus as well as work on translating it into Portuguese. The plan is to start teaching “Introduction to Biblical Counseling” after August. We will also be promoting a Biblical Counseling Conference that will take place in August. The plan is for Dr. Backus and Dr. Scipione to speak at this conference which will help the seminary launch the new course. I will also be attending and working every Saturday with an evangelism outreach to the poor kids in a certain neighborhood. They will come and learn a sport, and we will teach them about eternal life through Christ. This past year has been a flurry of activity. I do not expect our pace to let down the first year in Brazil.
“The warrior theme in Scripture is one of my favorite. There are few things in life that have been as instructive for me than to realize that life in Brazil (or anywhere) will involve warfare, discipline, and work (1 Tim 2:3-6). We are told to ‘Wage the good warfare.’ This all involves a cost. Please pray for us as we need the strength, wisdom, and God’s power to fight the ‘good warfare.’”
Thank you for remembering the Leamans in prayer especially during these first months of their new ministry. May God be praised and glorified in this new work.