March Prayer Letter

Hang on, folks! God has been working, and we have a lot to share with you. The biggest news of all? We signed on a church building! God provided the ground floor of an apartment building, with ample space for our current activities, at a reasonable price. The people in our Bible study have been asking how soon they can help paint, clean, replace bathroom fixtures, and install ceiling tiles. One of our members already built a beautiful wooden cross to go behind the pulpit. Excitement is mounting as we hope to have the building ready for a dedication service in April. Below, we have included some ways you can get involved with this exciting time.

In our last update, Sarah had just been admitted to the hospital. She was there for nine days fighting an infection and abscess in her kidney. Thank you for praying! After a month of treatment, Sarah just got the “all clear” from her doctor. We are thankful for the three Maria’s that God let her witness to during her hospitalization, and we are very thankful that she is home and back to full health.

Sarah is also happy to be back in the classroom as a teacher. This month, she started teaching Religion and Morality classes in a public high school in our town, and she will soon teach in the middle school as well.

After months of investing in people, you never know when you will get your chance to explain the gospel. As I tutored my students in English, one of them asked what the big deal was about Easter if it were only about a bunny. I told her that it was my favorite holiday because it was about FAR more than a rabbit, then was able to tell the whole group of students how Jesus died for their sins.

As you can see, God is doing His work in Montijo, Portugal. We are thrilled! Please pray for our group of believers to have unity, and strength as we proceed with each step.

Please pray for us as well. Each week is full of people work (meetings, Bible studies, visits, having families over for meals) and paper work (sermon preparation, practicing sign language, coordinating building renovations, correspondence). Most important is our own time in God’s Word and being the Christians, spouses, and parents we should be. As our calendars start to bulge, please pray for us to have wisdom and discretion as we manage the tasks that we are privileged to do.

 How can you help with our new building? Sometimes we wish we could get all of our supporting friends together with all of the people you pray for here in Portugal. How amazing would that be? While we may not be able to fly all of you here, we do have an idea, and we invite you to participate. In our first service we would like to show a video of some of our supporters in America praying for the work here in Portugal. If we could have 8-10 of our churches participate in this project that would be great. How would this work? It’s simple:

1. In one of your upcoming services or prayer meetings, pray for our work here in Montijo. While you are praying, have somebody record 30-45 seconds of your prayer. Then, send us the video file, and we will take care of the rest. Please e-mail me if you want instructions on how to do this.
2. I will make a video collage combining all of the prayers of all the churches that participate, and we will show it in our first service. It will be an incredible encouragement to the people here for them to see so many of you taking time to pray for us.
3. The week after our first service, I will upload a video containing highlights of our first Sunday. That way you can experience a little bit of this exciting moment for yourself.

Another way you can participate is by making a special gift to help as we renovate the building and buy some materials such as tables, chairs, a piano, etc. Know that there is a church being born in this town because of your prayer and support. Thank you!