I was born in Queens, New York on July 28, 1989 and raised in a Christian home with good solid Bible preaching from our church, my father Pastor Bob Leib being the pastor. I heard this preaching from the time I was in the womb. One evening at the age of five during our Sunday evening service, a guest preacher named Bill Eubanks preached on the Lake of Fire, using a slide presentation with sketches of Hell. I remember him saying, “Anyone who dies without Jesus will spend eternity in Hell.” When I heard that statement, I knew I was on my way to there. After the service I went up to Brother Eubanks and told him I wanted to get saved. He told me that I should talk to my parents about it. I went to the van that night hoping and praying that we would not get into an accident. We arrived home and my father went out to work. I talked to my mom about getting saved and she told me to wait to talk with my father when he came home. I told her that I did not want to wait. We talked back and forth for some time and my mom told me that I was a sinner and had sinned against God. She asked me if I knew what sin was and I explained to her what I thought it was. I was thinking about the times that I would stand in line with my back to the candy section at the check out, and I would open candy and gum and pocket some of it as my parents were checking out the groceries. I realized that this was sin against God. At only five years of age, I had lied to my parents, cheated and stole. Some people argue that a child of five years cannot know that he is a sinner; but I must disagree. I knew that if I did not receive Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord, I was on my way to Hell (meaning FIRE! not separation from God or the grave). I realized for the first time that I had sinned against a holy, just, and pure God. So right then and there, on the end of my parents’ bed, we prayed. First my mother prayed, and then I prayed and asked the Lord to forgive me for sinning against Him, trusting only in His blood to save me. At that moment I felt a burden lift off of me and I felt brand new! I remember that when my dad arrived home from work, I ran and jumped up into his arms and told him I got saved. Then as any good parent would, he sat me down and asked me all the pertinent questions. He wanted to make certain that I was really written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
It was not long after that I got a burden for lost souls. As we walked around the city and parks, I saw lost souls everywhere. I could not escape it. Before I was even able to read, I started to witness to people at our little park in Astoria using a “wordless book” to tell people about my Saviour. Some may think it is crazy to look into the future and want to win eternal souls to Jesus Christ. However, we will all live for eternity; it is just a question of where. The Bible clearly teaches that there are only two places a man can go; either Heaven or Hell.
My call to Preach and my call to Sicily
I street preached for the first time when I was twelve years old. Although I was nervous and not sure what to say, the Lord seemed to have filled my mouth. Then about an hour later, I was called up onto a stage and asked to preach to a crowd of people. WOW!! I thought to myself, “I just preached for the first time today on the street, and now you want me to preach up on that stage where all the real preachers are?” With a little coaching, I walked up the steps and opened my mouth. It was amazing! Every time I opened my mouth, the Lord seemed to fill it with His word. Later that night we went to preach outside a rock concert and Pastor Cammilleri handed me the megaphone. I thought, “I do not want to preach here; I’m going to get killed!” Then a man got up and asked if anyone was nervous about preaching or witnessing. He raised the question, “What are you afraid of? If you will not do it here with three hundred people backing you up, you will not do it anywhere else.” So I got up and preached; and the pastor said that over half an hour later I gave him the megaphone back. After that meeting when I returned home, I could not ignore the Lord’s call for me to preach, even though I thought I was too young. The Lord reassured me with 1 Timothy 4:12.
At the age of eighteen I wanted to go to Bible school, but my father wanted me to wait, believing that it was not the right time yet. So while I waited, I went through a carpentry school in Johnstown, PA. It was during this time that the Lord had been working on me about the mission field. I spoke to my father about it and told him I was praying about going to Italy. Not long after that I was called to my father’s office and he told me that Missionary Sal Galioto sent an invitation for me to come and help set up and preach in a tent meeting in Sicily, Italy. I accepted the offer and during my time in Sicily, we also visited Palermo, Sicily’s capital. We went out tracting and I started to preach there on the street. I walked through a few of the Kasbahs and saw the many souls starving for the truth. An almost audible voice said, “I want you here.” When my time in Sicily ended, I returned home and had surgery on my knee which required me to be laid up for a few weeks, and it was during this time that the Lord seemed to bring the idea of Bible school back into the picture. After much prayer, I knew that the Lord wanted me to go to PBI. However as is the case most of the time, I fought God’s plan. After some bumps in the road and a kick from the Lord, I submitted to go to Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, FL. On April 27, 2010, I had heard Brother Nathan Bemis preach from Isaiah 6:8, and I knew God was telling me to “go.” I tried to push it off, but it was later that same night that I read Lamentations chapter 2 and the Lord used verse 19 to confirm His call for my life. I began to prepare myself by starting to learn the Italian language. It was also during this time that I began to get to know Priscilla, who was soon to become my wife. We were married on June 12, 2010. As I continued Bible school I began to question my call to Palermo, Sicily. God used Nathan Bemis again as he preached on a dry well, then on Isaiah 6:8 (this time I heard this message in person, not on cassette tape as I had the first time). I submitted then and there to obey the Lord in February of 2011.
God has been opening every door for us to go and moving the seeming mountains out of our way, please pray for us.
Joshua Leib & Family
My name is Priscilla Leib. I grew up in Sicily, Italy as a missionary's daughter. My father, Sal Galioto, was called to the mission field when I was just a baby. My family and I moved to Sicily when I was four years old. At the age of six I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart as my Saviour, and was later baptized. I enjoyed my life as a missionary's daughter and am very glad that that was the life Christ called me to live. I helped my family in the ministry such as weekly witnessing and gospel tracting, annual tent meetings, evangelism, and teaching Sunday School. I began praying for my husband, Joshua Leib, at the age of ten. On our furlough in 2007, we met for the first time. Two years later, my dad invited him to come and help at our annual tent meeting. There God confirmed His will for our lives and in June of 2010, we got married in Sicily after Joshua’s first year of Bible school. I moved to Florida with my husband to finish his remaining two years at Pensacola Bible Institute. I’m excited to go back to Sicily as a missionary wife and serve the Lord at my husband’s side. It is a joy to know that we will be ministering together to reach the people of Palermo with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ until He calls us home.