Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving

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It has been so fun to have Pat B. here from Oregon. She is giving a month of her time to come and help us at the school and she brought us many great books. She also organized Thanksgiving day for us at the school. Even though it is not part of our history, we have seen that it is always good to stop a day and give thanks to God for his many blessings. Mrs. B. told the story of the pilgrims, Squanto and God´s faithfulness and even with translation all the children were listening carefully. We want to thank her for investing her time and resources for the Kingdom.
Foto de Mario Pina.

Family Visit

I am so thankful for my family. It is when we spend some time with them that we realize what we are missing. It was so fun to have my sister LiAnne and my mom come visit me and meet baby Joanna, and my dad was able to pop in for 3 days on his way to India.
Foto de Starla McCain Kull.

My dad, a great handyman with a servants heart, instaled insulation in our attic. The last couple of winters have been very cold, and we are feeling the differance already of having it installed.
Foto de Starla McCain Kull.
Foto de Starla McCain Kull.

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.


New School Year

This week we started our new school year. We have 17 kids that come fulltime to our homeschool together group. Once again I am in charge of organizing the preschool and and teaching English. It is a great challenge and a tremendous responsibility. Please pray for us as we have a whole school year to work with these children. Our prayer is that each one would come to know the Lord and live lives that honor Him. We have two children who do not come from christian homes.

If you would like to bless the school with books, material, volunteer work or anything else please feel free to contact me.

Vacation Bible School

This year we were very blessed to have Clackamas Bible Church coming to help us with our Vacation Bible School. It was a very intense week hosting 18 people. They were a great help. It was a blessing to be able to reach out to our community and share the gospel with the children that came each day and also with several of the parents that would bring them.

We see that each year it seems to be more challenging to reach children in our area. Please pray that we would be able to do a weekly ministry kids ministry to be able to reach and teach them all year round.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fire

Last weekend we had a heat wave that just about knoked us out, the temperature reached 105º F. Then Sunday morning we woke up to the news of a large fire about 100 miles from us that had killed several people. We have now heard that 64 people have died. Firefighters from all over the country and from Spain have come to help fight the fire. Today they have said the the fire has been contained.
Please pray that the Lord would open the eyes of the Portuguese people and that they would turn to Him for salvation, the only one who can save them from the eternal fire.

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Joanna Joy

We are just so thankful for this sweet baby girl. She has been adjusting to a full life with us and we are learning to care for her as well. She has quite a bit of dark straight hair, and soft blue eyes. She grew a full kilo in her first month of life. Please pray that we will be able to raise her in the fear of the Lord, and that she might have a heart for Him.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Building up families

This past week and until Sunday we have had Pastor David Merkh here with us. He is a missionary from the US to Brazil and has a wonderful ministry purposed in building up families. He teaches what the Bible says about the family, how it was God that created it to mirror, spread, and represent God´s glory in the world.

He has also sat down with us, with the leadership of our church and other pastors to teach us how we can better serve the families of our churches.

It is our prayer to have strong families that love and live for the Lord.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Count down!

39 Weeks + 2 days.
Please be praying for us these next few days. My due date is coming up on Tuesday, so we are just waiting for her to be born.  We went to the doctor today, she said everything looks good, but she dosn´t really want me to go past my due date and we are really hoping not to have an other C-section. Please pray with us for this, we know He is in control.


"We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer." Proverbs 16:1

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shepherds Conference

Mário was blessed to spend his last week in the US at the Shepherds Conference. It was an unexpected surprise and we were very excited that he was invited. He and my dad were able to be there and participate, learning from wonderful pastors and church leaders.  Mário came back challenged once again to serve His great God and be faithful to the calling God has given him. It was a great way to finish up our time in the States and come back renewed. Please pray for God to grant him wisdom as he leads the Miratejo church. 

Visiting Grace Community Church.

With my cousin Bobby.

With pastor Ariel from Mexico and my dad.

Mario, dad and Albert Molher.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Baby

We are back from our trip to the States. We were happy to be able to go to the doctor this week and have a check up and ultrasound. It looks like our little girl is healthy and growing well.
She is about 33 weeks old and is expected to arrive sometime around the first week of May. The next few weeks we will be moving some furniture around and sorting through baby items and clothing. We want to have everything ready for her arrival. Pray for us. God has been teaching us to trust in Him and not walk in fear.

Melissa just had her baby last week.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Traveling on the West Coast

We have had a wonderful time traveling in Oregon and California. Mário had the opportunity to preach and we also shared in several churches and with many friends individually about what God has been doing in Portugal and in our lives.
We are excited that 40% of the funds for a new van have come in! Thank you for contributing for this! 




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas in Casper

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years here with our family in Casper, Wyoming. It had been four years since we were back and it was fun to have all seven brothers and sisters together.
Lorena has been enjoying the snow, she really liked sledding down the hill in the snow.
Please pray for safe travels tomorrow we are heading out to Clackamas Oregon.