Portugal

port6Back from Portugal. I had a fantastic time and you can see some photos . Portugal is a great country. The people are incredibly hospitable and friendly. I would put it on my top 5 favourite European countries. A definite must see. And the people we treated us like kings. I even managed to catch a few waves at the beach.
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port1The highlight was seeing so many leaders of emerging churches, traditional churches, and missions come together to pray and think and plan. Paulo (the DAWN leader for Portugal) challenged them to start church planting movements across their country. Dr. Jun Vencer gave 3 days teaching on God’s redemptive plan. And I taught on emerging culture and what kind of churches are needed. The incredible Aussie band called “RiverTribe were there for a Saturday night concert, and they were good enough to give me some background music for our Tree By The River movement (same one I taught in Japan). There were also some great worship leaders from Portugal.
port4 Thanks for your prayers. We felt like God got what he wanted and the event was highly successful. I taught from the Scriptures on Friday (Luke 8, 10, I Timothy). Marc Van der Woude backed me up with prayer and some strong God-comments during the teaching. So did Kerstin Hack from Berlin, who highlighted the downgrading of women in the Portuguese church and the need to honor what God is wanting to do among the emerging church. That gave some of the young people courage to share from their bruised experiences from church, and their need to be seen by the elderly people.

port5A few young people working among punk/goth/hippie tribes in Lisbon shared from their heart about not being encouraged or understood by the mainstream. It was very cool to see the older leaders rise up and call them blessed, and to pray for them. As the older were praying for the younger, i asked Barbara, with her hippie clothes and bone-pierced ear, to pray over the older folk, that they might have her eyes, the ability to see what she sees. It was a really moving moment. And thats how we ended up. ONE CHURCH in Portugal, old and young, funky and traditional, pierced and clean cut, all committed to see thousands of new church wineskins for the new wine that God wants in this country that He loves.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

3 Comments

  • I want to confirm this statement on your blog:
    “ONE CHURCH in Portugal, old and young, funky and traditional, pierced and clean cut, all committed to see thousands of new church wineskins for the new wine that God wants in this country that He loves.”
    This is what I believe Creator – Adonai showed me some years ago:

    Oct. 15-2000.
    The Lord showed me a picture, He showed me the globe, seen from outer space, and I saw that there where many places of deep darkness on the earth. But I saw the hand of God how took people from the country’s of the earth. Different kind of people. Those people, were other people didn’t expected that God would choose them, people they would not pick. People with different backgrounds. Different in there appearance too, older people in suite’s, others clothed casual, young people with piercing’s and tattoo’s. God places the Pentecost flame on the heads of the people in His hand, and He placed them in midst of the darkest places on earth. In city’s, countries and areas. And God tells us: prepare yourself, that I’m going to do this, and pray for these people, those I equip, and prepare. And take every doubt out off your heart, because I will choose people you would not choose I bring people to the front that you would hold back. I will not change their appearance, I will change only their heart, accept this, and this is My plan. I’m raising a new army says the Lord. Pray for these old and young people. These people how converted to Me long ago, and these people how will convert to Me in the nearby future. Pray for them and lift them up, so that I can do My work. It will be a new army, not bound to a church, not bound to a denomination. They will focus themselves to being a follower of Christ, no matter what their background is.”
    I hope that this will be a encouragement for you and the folks in Portugal…
    Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,
    Marc

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