Thursday, 30 January 2014

February 2014 Ministry Update & Schedule

Greetings everyone! We are starting to travel for the month of February in the Southeastern states with a heavy concentration of activities in Florida. We want to start a drive to pass our biggest hurdle. In the next two months, we would like to gain 80 new champions for the ministry needs we have. Even if you are not able to support us directly, perhaps you could host us in your home and have the same result of connecting us to the champions that the Lord has for us. Most of our weekend days are filled, but we still have some Wednesday nights and most other weekday nights(or days) open. Would your church be willing to invite us to speak on Wednesday evening? Do you have a small group that would like to hear how the Lord is moving in other parts of the world? If you would like to partner with us or are interested in hosting us, please let us know. We would love for you to introduce us to your church, family and friends.  Even if we are not able to meet with them in the month of February, we still need to fill dates in the months to come.  Please be in prayer for the following events and we would love to see many of you at the wonderful churches that have already invited us to share. 

January 31st & February 1st - Traveling to Florida
February 1st - Avon Park Holiness Camp - 6:30 pm Service
February 1st-7th - Enjoying the services at Avon Park Holiness Camp 
February 9th - Faith Wesleyan Church in Lakeland, FL - 6:00 pm Service  will attend in the morning service 
February 12th - Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene  in Lakeland, FL - 7:00 pm Service
February 13th -21st - Enjoying the services at Florida Holiness Campground
February 15th - Home meeting
February 16th - Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
                         10:30 am Joy Sunday School Class
                          6:00 pm Chapel Service
February 23rd - North Fort Myers Church of the Nazarene - 10:45 am Service
February 24th-25th - Travel back to Wilmore, KY

While we are staying at Avon Park Holiness Camp & Florida Holiness Camp we would love the opportunity to share a meal with you if you are there.  Lakeland, there are no meals served in the evenings at the Florida Holiness Campground, so we are wondering if we can invite ourselves over for dinner?  This will help us to keep costs down.  Let us know if you would like us to join you for a meal.

May the Lord bless you all!

Nicole & Raymond Leisure

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Thanking Jesus for my husband

I am thanking Jesus for my husband today and his willingness to go where God has called us.  Raymond and I celebrated in November our 20th wedding anniversary.  When I reflect on how God brought the two of us from opposite sides of the country together in a small town in Minnesota.  Even though Ray & I did not have a personal relationship with Christ, we can now see how God had his hand in our lives even back then.


God could direct what seemed impossible then and he was able to direct what seemed impossible now by sending us to Uganda.  I am so proud of the heart of Ray and his willingness to say to God – send me and I will use the gifts you have given me to serve fellow missionaries and the Ugandan people.  Over the year Ray was able to help with networking set up at Heritage International School.  He was also able to assist in IT work at the school, fix laptops for Africa Gospel Church pastors, missionaries, teachers, and students at the school.

                                                Inside of a laptop that Ray fixed (one of many)

 Then he was able to work with helping to maintain and coordinate maintenance on the missionary vehicles and other various jobs for our World Gospel Mission family.  Ray was able to research and explore alternate fuels, cooking sources and water systems.
Mwato stove that he used and shared with the Ugandans
                                     Raymond working on his Bio Gas system
                               The final results of the Bio Gas system was to be able to boil water.

Five years ago he was following me to Africa wondering what his purpose in the short term mission trip was all about.  I remember him talking to an African Pastor that was visiting us in Florida, before our first trip.  Ray was trying to explain many possibilities that the Pastor could do and the Pastor explained to him that God had given him the mind to understand and use the principles.  They could not just read the information like him and make it happen.  Ray then arrived in Uganda and his heart was opened to how he could help the missionaries and the Ugandans.  So I am Thanking Jesus for my husband and his servant heart and mind.