In these last two months of the year we have had two people baptized in Castelo Branco and a total of nine people joined the church. [Click here for PDF version of this letter] What a joy and privilege it was to lead these precious souls through our membership classes and interviews. Also, to pray […]
What to do about Portugal Day?
June 10th is Portugal Day. This is a special occasion for the many million Portuguese speaking people around the world. Many years ago, we started setting this day aside as a special prayer day for this nation. The churches we have been involved with have kept it up and it is special to hear about […]
Introducing: Portugal Day Offering
Aura and I have been in the ministry in Portugal since 2004. Since 2013, we are church planting missionaries to the country of Portugal, sent by Narragansett Bay Baptist Church, in Warwick Rhode Island. We are currently serving in the center part of Portugal, in the city of Castelo Branco. We have never been at […]
“Why are you off the mission field?” The difference between furlough and deputation.
As I write this post, we have been in the US for almost 4 months. We have never stopped being in the ministry, but North America is not our place of ministry. We are missionaries in Portugal. Why, then, are we here? I believe that not everyone understands how missions are funded. There are several […]
What should be a ministry’s 10 most important values? Part 1 – Semi exhaustive list of values
We are in the process of writing a strategic plan for our ministry. Not that we have been working without a plan. We feel, however, that a lot of what we do, or are trying to do, follows unwritten aspirations instead of a intentionally developed plan. I understand that our plan is written in the […]