We’re back! After a wonderful furlough, we’ve returned to Portugal, unpacked, and are in a somewhat normal routine. Our furlough was better than we could have expected, and we are grateful for all of the wonderful moments we had while in America. Our time with family and friends was sweet, and many people opened their homes and their lives to us. Sometimes we forget how nourishing a good conversation can be or how much we need somebody to pray with us.
While we had a wonderful furlough, we were ready to get back to Portugal. Upon arrival, we were overwhelmed by the kindness of our friends here. Paula had cleaned our house from top to bottom just before we arrived home. José Balegas and his wife, Eduarda, picked us up at the airport and took us out to lunch before dropping us off at home. Genilson had prepared a basket of food for us. These kind gestures made us grateful for the people God has placed in our lives in Portugal.
What is it like flying with two little kids? Watch our short video and find out.
Overall, the work here continued in a positive direction while we were gone. We dove back in right away, and now we are gearing up for some big events. Would you pray with us about what is coming up next?
First, this Wednesday, Sarah is planning a special activity for the girls in our church aged 10-15. She is burdened to teach them about important issues they face at their age. Pray that God would give Sarah wisdom as she teaches the ten girls who have promised to come.
Pray for our Easter service. While some of the people in our church will be away, we are praying for many lost people to come. Remember João, the boy we wrote about in our last prayer letter? Pray that his dad will come to church with him and his brother.
Our Deaf Easter service will actually be held the week after Easter. Pray that the message of the gospel would shine clearly as never before in the hearts and minds of Carlos, Sérgio, Fernanda, Carlos, Maria, Manuela, and others that will be there. We long to see Deaf saved and baptized soon.
As always, thank you for your prayer. We pray God would bless and strengthen you.
All for His Glory,
David and Sarah Booth
Help needed! The week after Easter is our church’s 2nd anniversary. Could you help us with a special project? We would like to make brief video collage of people like you greeting our church. How can you do this? It’s simple: record a short video (15-30 seconds) on a smartphone and e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org What should you say? Here are some ideas:
- You could record you praying a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving for the work in Portugal.
- You could give a brief greeting or word of encouragement.
- You could tell the people here how you are praying for them or describe how you have been touched in some way by the ministry here.
- You could record this video by yourself, with a Sunday school class or small group, or even in a church service, if possible.
If you have any questions, let us know. We think these videos will turn out to be a beautiful testimony of how God is using hundreds of people and many churches for his glory here in Portugal.
Recently I went to a Portugal soccer game with my brother. Listen to 55,000 people singing the Portuguese national anthem.