Three weeks ago, we shared about the building we are working to buy and of our goal to raise $100,000 by the end of May. God is answering! As of right now, we’ve seen more than $30,000 come in from churches and people just like you. From California to North Carolina, from North Dakota to Florida, we have seen God’s people rise up and respond in a way that has humbled and encouraged us greatly. To each of you who have given, thank you! More than helping us reach this goal, you have strengthened our resolve and made an investment in the work of the gospel here in Portugal.
While we still have a long way to go to reach our goal, we are confident that God will supply every dollar we need. Even as I was writing this letter, I received a phone call from a pastor of a church we visited in Tennessee when we were on deputation way back in 2009. Though we have never been back to visit, the church has kept up with us and prayed for us. The pastor informed us that his church just voted to send $10,000 to help buy our church building. Tears came to my eyes as I once again stood amazed at such an unexpected gift and at how God works.
Besides the building, there is more exciting news. Two weeks ago, a team of four from our church went on a mission trip to take Bibles and discipleship material to north Africa. Our trip went very well, and it moved our hearts greatly to see the courage of the believers there as well as the great need for the gospel. Our church in Portugal has now made three mission trips to help bring materials to this area.
Next Sunday, we will baptize several people. One lady who will be baptized, Susana, began watching our services online during COVID lockdown. God has worked in her heart in a powerful way, and it is sweet to see how her life has changed. Where once there was fear and confusion, there is now joy and a hunger to grow in her walk with the Lord.
Paulo, who will also be baptized, began coming to our church about that same time. Over the past two years, I’ve spent countless hours at a café talking about life and what it means to follow Jesus. God has worked in his life, and it is encouraging to see him take bold steps of faith.
God is working. How can you help us now?
- Rejoice and thank God with us for His provision! He has done great things!
- Pray for the purchase of the building. Far more than raising money or acquiring buildings, God is working in our hearts and building our faith. Pray that God would steady our hearts in moments of doubt and frustration. In the midst of paperwork and meetings with lawyers, accountants, and bankers, pray that God would keep our eyes fixed on Him, and that we would not lean on our own understanding.
- Give. One of the most of encouraging parts of this process is seeing how God is using so many different people to help meet this need. If you are able, we invite you to join with us in this journey of faith. Click here to give to our building project.
Thank you for keeping up with us! May the love of Jesus Christ fill your heart as you contemplate and celebrate His death and resurrection this weekend.