Our team arrived safely at Dulles airport on Saturday afternoon. We look forward to sharing more with everyone in the coming weeks about how we experienced God at work in Lisbon. Thank you for following our journey here and for participating through your prayers.
We spent a concentrated time on our last full day reflecting on our week, sharing what we learned about God and how we can utilize what we’ve learned when we return. In the evening, we participated in a gathering of college students and young adults at the home of Jonathan and Bethany Sharp. This time included dinner, worship music in both English and Portuguese, testimonies shared by a member of their community as well as by Rebekah from our team, and a time of Bible study. Pray for this group and Jonathan and Bethany’s leadership, that through these gatherings new people will come to discover who Jesus is.
We spent the first part of our day prayer walking in the Bairro Alto neighborhood of Lisbon. This historic area of town is full of activity from locals and tourists alike. The local missionaries have made some connections in the area with people of peace that have led to discipling relationships focused on bringing the Gospel to this part of town. Our team prayed for specific areas and for specific people in the Bairro Alto neighborhood. Join us un prayer for Bairro Alto, that God’s people there will be able to mobilize and share the message and love of Jesus with their neighbors.
In the evening we participated in an English group, which is an informal gathering where anyone is welcome to come practice their conversational English. This has been a way to connect with locals as well as invite them into Christian community. Members of our team engaged in conversations that covered a wide range of topics including faith. Pray for this continued outreach effort in Lisbon, that through it people would connect and ultimately through these relationships come to personally know Jesus.
On our fifth day we enjoyed a break from the mission work and had a chance to explore this country known for exploration! Portugal is so beautiful that our team scattered in different directions to see as much as possible.
Our fourth day was a full one. We began prayer walking in a different neighborhood where local leaders are intentionally investing their time to minister to the community there. A family is moving to this neighborhood for the purposes of investing further. In the afternoon half of our team helped paint and prepare the apartment this family will be moving into next week. The other half of our team went downtown to pass out flyers for an English practice group. These groups have helped local leaders meet people and connect some of them to their ministries. Pray for the Oeiras neighborhood of Lisbon and the local leader’s efforts to minister through English groups here.
On our third day we went prayer walking in a neighborhood where some local church leaders envision planting a church in the future. As we walked we prayed for the community and engaged with locals, asking about the needs of the community and gauging spiritual curiosity. Join us in praying for the Olivais neighborhood of Lisbon.We also participated in a party at Vida Nova’s after school program that celebrated the end of the school year. The time entails games, snacks, and a Bible story time.
We had the opportunity to worship with the Vida Nova community on Sunday. After connecting with several people from the congregation on the day before, it was great to see them again and worship together. Pastor Phil preached the sermon which was translated into Portugese.
Day One:On our first full day in Lisbon we participated in two outreach events. These events, along with all the activities we’re involved in here, are part of Vida Nova’s efforts to transform the lives of their community by making and replicating disciples.In the afternoon we went to a neighborhood where many of the residents are from Guinea-Bissau. During our time with them, we met children who lived there and taught about the full armor of God from Ephesians 6, complete with a demonstration. We concluded our time there with some outdoor games, which were fun even as the temperature went over 100 degrees. In the evening we participated in a youth outreach event for Vida Nova. This event took place in the church and our time there included pizza, games together, and the sharing of testimonies.
Ways to HelpOur team is in Lisbon to support the work of 4 new churches around the city of Lisbon. We are excited about this opportunity and could use your help in two specific ways:Pray–You can sign up to choose one of our team members and pray for them each day they are gone. If you would like to be assigned a team member for which to pray, please contact Jody Faig at firstname.lastname@example.org.Give–We are trying to raise $3,000 from the congregation to help defray the overall cost of the trip. If you feel led to donate to this great cause, please make your check payable to DBC and write “Lisbon” in the memo portion of your check. Or, you can support by giving online and selecting the Lisbon option.Thank you for your support of this mission endeavor.