What an amazing truth we can hold on to that "we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Our hearts are at peace as we place our lives in His hands for Him to mold and shape us in such a way that we may glorify Him with all that we do! What a privilege it is that we can be used of Him to accomplish His purposes!
Bible Study/New Teaching Opportunities
Towards the end of 2014 the Lord blessed us with a much needed teaching English opportunity. I am now giving English classes twice a week in a company situated about 30 minutes south of Porto in a town called São Jõao da Madeira. What was an added blessing was the fact that a family that attends our church happens to live near São Jõao. I had been praying for the chance to spend more time with this family, specifically their two children, who are ages 14 and 22. The Lord answered that prayer and I now have a Bible study with them once a week in their home. It has been a joy as we grow together in the knowledge of our Lord!
The Next Generation
It is so important that we equip the youth of our church here in such a way that they will carry on the Gospel effectively for generations to come. Please pray that the Lord will guard the hearts of each one of them, and that as a church we will be used of the Lord to raise them up in maturity in Him!
Praise the Lord just a few weeks ago a young women came to know Christ through the ministry of our church! We had been fervently praying for her conversion, and we praise the Lord for the answer to prayer! It is just the beginning, however, so please pray for her that she will have the passion to grow closer to Him!
Every Saturday our Pastor meets with about 15-20 men in a local prison. There they sing, pray, and study the Scriptures. The Gospel is preached, and lives are being changed. Many of our church members also meet one-on-one with some of these men during the week, where we can follow up with them at a more personal level. All of this came about because one of our church members ended up in this particular prison for a mistake he made many years ago in Romania. It was all part of God's plan, of course, as the testimony of this man began to draw many to the Lord! He has sinced been released, but wants to continue being a part of this ministry!
We recently were able to have a Christmas service in the prison, and we were able to bring with us our praise team, along with a local professional athlete who is a member of our church. He shared his testimony in front of over 30 men, which included several guards. We truly sensed the presence of the Lord in the service, and many lives were touched by the Gospel!
Pastor's Trip to Mozambique
Please be in pray for Pastor Figueira, as later this month he will be travelling to Mozambique to continue the ministry there. He has not been able to go back for quite some time because of political unrest in the country, so this trip is very important for the ministry moving forward. Hundreds of leaders are being trained there, and we pray that the Gospel will continue to spread!
We cherish the fact that so many of you partner with us with prayer and financial support! In this new year we are in need of some additional monthly support (more specific details to come). Would you prayerfully consider financially partnering with us as we serve here in Portugal?