portugal / europe

Spiritual Climate

High church affiliation rates are not indicators of genuine faith in Portugal. Pioneering efforts are still greatly needed in certain counties, provinces and ethnic minorities. United vision, love for the lost, and active church planting will be key factors in building and strengthening authentic Christianity and change among the nation.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Evangelical growth remains encouraging but is also hampered by certain challenges.
— Operation World

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work so that many are freed from traditionalism and encounter the Scriptures and the Saviour in a meaningful way.
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More about Portugal

A Couple Raw Facts


Portugal Illustration

Of the 316 counties, 44 still have no evangelical congregation.

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Young people are often spiritually neglected. Drug abuse is a growing problem – over 50% have experimented with drugs. Sports are a useful form of outreach.

 

History & Future

Entered
1945

WorldVenture History in Portugal

The original emphasis of WorldVenture’s ministry in Portugal was as a support to the Baptist churches through creation of the Baptist Theological Seminary. Though this work was phased out, many of the leaders in the Baptist church today were trained at this seminary. WorldVenture missionaries eventually moved to an emphasis on evangelism and church planting, both in cities and in more rural areas of the country. List ministry opportunities in Portugal.

Today &
Tomorrow

Portugal Team Goals

WorldVenture Portugal has a dual vision. On the one hand, there’s concern for building churches that are able to break sufficiently out of traditional molds to meet the changes of society in the cities. On the other hand, it is recognized that there are many parts of Portugal that are still largely unreached. In those areas the goal is to create opportunities for people to hear and respond to the gospel.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING


COMMUNITY


 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT


 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE



Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

portugal source:bbc - Google News
Karim Benzema's third-minute strike was France's fastest goal in a game since ... - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Karim Benzema's third-minute strike was France's fastest goal in a game since ...
BBC Sport
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored one goal and set up another as France beat Portugal in a friendly at the Stade de France. Benzema opened the scoring early on from close range, before setting up Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to finish from the ...


Saturday, October 11, 2014 3:42:07 PM

Live Text Commentary - BBC News

Live Text Commentary
BBC News
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo ... Cédric Soares (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing. 90:00 +3:17 ... Booking Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) is shown the yellow card. 90 ...


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:40:42 PM

Portugal Masters: Alexander Levy wins rain-shortened event - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Portugal Masters: Alexander Levy wins rain-shortened event
BBC Sport
France's Alexander Levy won the Portugal Masters as the event was reduced to 36 holes by persistent rain. The tournament had already been cut to 54 holes after rain on Thursday and Friday meant many players did not start their second rounds until the ...


Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:40:30 AM

Portugal's health tech start-ups go the long way round - BBC News

BBC News

Portugal's health tech start-ups go the long way round
BBC News
"The sector has long development cycles because that development is based on science," explains Nuno Arantes-Oliveira, president of P-Bio, Portugal's Biotechnology Industry Organisation. Carlos Faro, a university professor and founder of Biocant, ...


Tuesday, October 07, 2014 11:05:17 PM

Michael Hoey ties for eighth place at Portugal Masters - BBC News

BBC News

Michael Hoey ties for eighth place at Portugal Masters
BBC News
Michael Hoey ended in a tie for eighth place at the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura after the tournament was reduced to 36 holes due to heavy rain. Rounds of 65 and 67 saw Northern Ireland man Hoey finish on 10 under, eight behind winner Alexander Levy.
Nicolas Colsaerts misses out on a record-breaking 59 in Portugal


Friday, October 10, 2014 1:03:42 AM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Church Planter4 YearsLifetimeEuropePortugalUse your evangelism skills to develop relationships with the goal of planting a church.A self-starter who can creatively discover how best to gather a group of people together and mold them into a functioning church. A focus on developing nationals to spiritual maturity and leadership within the church.Demonstrated ability and gifts in personal evangelism and discipleship training and also a finesse in personal and church relationships. Spiritually, be a person who has a heart for God, is motivated by a passion for the lost and is a person of prayer. Also, be motivated, self-directed and responsible. Should possess good relational skills.1119

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Projects

Missionary Team


Jon & Dot Andrews

Serving in evangelism and church planting in Portugal


Allan & Baska Vance

Serving in evangelism and leadership development in Portugal


Mark & Katrina Ramos

Preparing to serve in evangelism counseling and church planting in Portugal

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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