Teaching the Bible in the Azores Islands

During the past school year, I’ve been teaching Old Testament survey at a seminary here in Portugal. During the fall semester, I taught a class on campus, but during the spring semester I’ve been teaching through distance learning to ten students in the Azores islands. Every Friday night, I sit in my living room and teach for three hours through a web cam to the students who are gathered in three locations on two different islands. Despite the distance and the technical challenges we sometimes face, the class has gone well, and we all have enjoyed the experience.

At the beginning of the semester, I promised the class that I would come and visit them. Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to the island of Faial where I spent a couple days with the students and their church. On Friday, we had our class, except this time I was right there with them instead of on a screen. The next day, I taught a class on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to a group from the church. It was a good time of fellowship, and I enjoyed getting to know the people better.

Being in the Azores was a change for me. Since we live just outside of Lisbon, we are used to traffic, a fast-paced life, and all the conveniences that come with living in a big city. The island of Faial, where I was at, is remote and isolated.  With a population of 15,000 people, it’s basically a small town on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery is gorgeous and the people are friendly, but there are few born-again Christians.

One of our goals when we came to Portugal was to strengthen churches and train leaders. Teaching this class has enabled me to do just that. It is gratifying to see people growing in their knowledge of Scripture and applying that in ministry in their churches. Thank you for your part in helping make all of this possible.

Horta is the main town on the island of Faial.
There is so much scenery like this.
Cows are a big deal in the Azores.
Beautiful Portugal
I climbed Pico, the tallest mountain in Portugal. Sadly, this was the view I had from the top.
This was the view of Pico I had when I was flying out. Amazing!
The best part of the trip was getting to be with these people. Thanful for a good church proclaiming the gospel on this island.

3 thoughts on “Teaching the Bible in the Azores Islands”

  1. awesome!

    On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 4:57 PM, Booths in Portugal wrote:

    > boothsinportugal posted: “During the past school year, I’ve been teaching > Old Testament survey at a seminary here in Portugal. During the fall > semester, I taught a class on campus, but during the spring semester I’ve > been teaching through distance learning to ten students in the A” >

  2. Bom dia, aqui é o José Orr. sou brasileiro e Canadense. (dual citizenship). Atualmente estou vivendo no Canadá. Sempre quis saber sobre como vai o evangelho em Azorres e se há estudo formal da Bíblia. Eu sou professor em várias áreas e tenho um coração para o povo de língua portuguesa. teoricamente estou aposentado porém sinto ainda muta força para o ministério. Se procurar no site da Linden Alliance Church encontrará no Português e no Inglês alguns dos meus estudos. Vou orar pelo seu ministério. Graça e Paz.
    Pastor José João Orr

    1. Querido Pastor José, muito obrigado pelo seu comentário. Fico muito feliz que encontrou o nosso site e tomou o tempo para comunicar connosco. Isso é um encorajamento para mim. Gosto imenso dos Açores, e acredito que é um dos lugares mais bonitos no mundo. Só estive lá duas vezes em 2017 e visitei 4 das ilhas. Há algumas igrejas ou missões que estão presentes nas ilhas maiores, mas mesmo assim, há muito trabalho para fazer ainda. Estive numa igreja excelente na ilha de Faial que está a reunir com alguns irmão na ilha de São Jorge. Também estive numa boa igreja na ilha do São Miguel. O Pastor José é dos Açores?

      Fui lá ao site da sua igreja e até vi um pouco do seu sermão do domingo passado “Go in Peace.” Foi uma bênção. Mais uma vez, muito obrigado pela sua simpatia e pela sua oração por nós. Vale muito!

      Um abraço fraterno,
      David

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