Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Portugal: A Country in Need of the Truth of the Gospel!

We as a family have a deep burden for the people of Portugal.  Currently, the evangelical population in the country stands between .08% and 3% of the population.  A predominately Catholic nation, recent polls show only around 19% of Catholics attend mass on a regular basis.  There is an increasing number of Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons entering the country, raising the fear of false doctrine becoming entrenched within the population.  Portugal has also recently legalized abortion during the first ten weeks of pregnancy, and approved a new law authorizing gay marriage.

    We are asking the Lord for abundant opportunities to share the Gospel, and to enable us to establish strong churches in a land that desperately needs the truth of Jesus Christ!  Will you partner with us as we reach out to the Portuguese people?

    We hope that each one of you had a wonderful time during the Christmas season.  We had the privilege of spending that time in Connecticut with my parents and my sister and her family.  We were also blessed to be able to thank and update great friends at North Haven Bible Church.  The support of that church and of all of you has served as a tremendous confirmation of God's calling of our family to serve in Portugal.
 We would appreciate your prayers as we head back up to the northeast  on January 27.  Lord-willing we will be sharing our plans for Portugal to three churches in New York, including dear supporters at Caryne's father's church in the Adirondacks.  Please pray for safety as we travel, and that our time there would be fruitful.

Praise the Lord we are heading toward our departure date in May!  We covet your prayers as we work through the final paperwork involved with the necessary work visas.  We know the Lord has those and all details in His hands, so the prayer would be that we rest in the knowledge of His perfect will. 

     We are currently asking the Lord to provide between $8-$10,000 for traveling and start-up costs for our initial move to Portugal.  This amount would be for items such as visas, plane tickets, apartment rent and deposit, furniture, appliances, etc.  Would you prayerfully consider giving toward this need?  We are also at around 60% of our monthly support goal of $2,000.  Would you consider partnering with our family on a monthly basis?  The information needed is below.

    Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your prayer, love, and support.  We feel so blessed to be sharing the Lord's calling on our family with each and everyone of you!

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