Andrew wrote this today, and I thought I'd post it.
Dear Friends and Family,
Hi from Chicago! After a whirlwind trip through Atlanta, Mississippi, Kentucky and Houston, Texas, we are back in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. We've spoken in churches, met with financial partners, been to a wedding, a family reunion and have seen God provide for us all the way.
In Chicago, a wonderful couple from Naperville EV Free Church has given us their basement apartment to use for as long as we need it. Another couple have loaned us their car while we're here too. A business man from Houston pledged to financially partner with us and then introduced us to a few of his friends and business partners! Some of them have also decided to partner with us! What a blessing!
When we first returned to the States in July, we had been under-supported by $1300 per month for the previous eight months. We even had to borrow from our mission's emergency fund to meet our needs. Since we've been back we have received $2430 in one-time gifts. This has been a huge blessing and it is helping us to pay back what we owe the mission.
Thus far $160 has been pledged as NEW monthly support. This leaves us under-supported by $1140 per month. A few people have committed to financial partnership with us but have not yet told us how much they will contribute monthly. If the amount is within the normal range of our monthly gifts ($26-$52 per month) we will still be significantly under-supported.
Our tickets to return to Spain are on the 19th of August and are unchangeable. We are praying about purchasing new tickets to return to Spain sometime in September in order to give us more opportunities to speak in churches and meet prospective financial partners here in the Chicago area. We need to bring our monthly financial support up to, or close to the 100 percent mark.
The rub is that each ticket costs $900. We have two options:
1. We fly back to Spain on the 19th of August under-supported trusting the Lord to raise our support while we back in Spain.
2. We spend an extra $1800 on plane tickets to stay in the States for another month trusting the Lord will help us raise our support level through our contacts in the Chicago area.
-That we will hear, this week, from those that have pledged support, how much they will be contributing on a monthly basis.
-For the $1800 or donated air-miles to purchase new tickets back to Spain at the end of September if that is the Lord's will.
-For patience as we wait on the Lord's provision.
-For peace in this time of uncertainty.
Thank you so much for all your prayers, gifts and encouragement.
Love in Christ,
Andrew...for both of us.
Andrew and Jamie Leonhard
U.S. Phone: 630-217-5649
Action International Ministries (ACTION), PO Box 398,
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-0398
Phone: (425) 775-4800