Friday, October 27, 2017

Could you serve in Portugal?

This past weekend we had our mission´s conference. It has been very encouraging to get to know several missionary families from Brazil, who we have partnered with, to plant churches here in Portugal. Pastor Wesley was here setting up the last few things before he moves with his family. They are planning on moving here in February.  There is an other family moving here in November.
It is heart moving to see the faith of these families coming from a poorer nation, raising support from many small churches. To come to Portugal, known to be a graveyard for Missionaries. Still the numbers say that Portugal has about .5% of Evangelical Christians. We need strong believers, missionaries and evangelist that will preach to this lost nation. Could God be calling you to be a part of this church planting team?
Lunch with pastor Wesley at the Sousa´s home.

Wednesday night prayer meeting for missions.

Tiago and Pastor Wesley.

Children singing during mission conference.

Pastor Jenuã, director of our partner mission Maranata.

October Update

The men have a wonderful trip to Spain, it took them longer than expected to get there, but when they arrived they had a weekend that was very edifying to them as individuals and as church leaders. Since then they have been working on their home work and tasked that were asked of them.
Foto de Mario Pina.
Cuban Theologian Elvis Carballosa, one of Mários professors.

God has also been bringing new people to our church. It seems that every Sunday there is someone new. A few people has stuck around and it is a challenge for us to be able to meet with them, explain the Gospel to them and invite them to trust and follow Jesus.  Please pray that the Lord would transform their lives and give them new life in Christ. Every time we speak with unbelievers we see how lost they are and how much bitterness they live with. It makes us reflect on how are lives could have been and from what God has rescued us.

Our church had it´s 30th Anniversary. It is a privilege to be part of what God is doing here across the river from Lisbon. We had a special celebration of God´s faithfulness.
Foto de Mario Pina.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Training

Mário has had the desire to get some more training. Teaching every Sunday has grown him and given him a greater love for the Scripture. God has opened the doors for Mário, Tiago and Jairo to go Leon, Spain to get some training in the area of Biblical exposition. They will be at the Berea Seminary, witch is part of the Masters Academy International. Please pray for them as the travel and study. Thank you supporting us and allowing our team to grow.




Church Building Update

The beginning of the month we took a trip to central Portugal to visit a pastor and a building company. This company builds with light concrete. We took some of our ideas up to them and kind of got to know what they could offer us. After speaking with the men we were very encouraged to know that they can build us a church very economically and with good acoustic and thermal insulation.  What we also learned is that the property that the government had leased to us will not work for construction, or it would have to be a very small construction.  So we have a new prayer request, pray for land, a piece of land in a good location and large enough for our building, parking and outside space.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bible Institute

These last few years God has put on Mário´s heart the need to teach and train the people from our church in a more intentional way.  Most of our church our first generation believers and don´t have the Christian background and solid foundation that many of us have been blessed to have. That is why we have been involved with a local Bible Institute that teaches in the church after work hours. Mário has been asked to be the director of the BI and this week we have had a group of four missionary pastors teaching "Good Soil" a very Biblical and practical Evangelism Class. The students have been very engaged and receptive to the class. One of the ladies came up to Mário and thanked him for insisting that she take part in the class. Please pray that God would use our church to reach other for Christ.