PORTUGAL TO AUSTRALIA AND BACK AGAIN!

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It has been a joy for many of us to support Samuel Ferriera in his practical and theological training here in Australia, with the view to his return to Portugal. Samuel updates us on the plans for the coming year or so, including a return to Portugal with his soon to be wife, Emily.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

When I came to Australia in 2016, the plan was to stay for one year to be trained for gospel ministry in Portugal. Yet, the Lord’s purpose prevailed and in his kindness he gave me the opportunity to study at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC), and also the opportunity to meet Emily. She and I will be marrying in January 2020! Emily is also studying at SMBC and has a heart for missions. God willing, we will be sent to Portugal once Emily finishes her studies.

I am in my final semester of Bible College and thankful that amidst the challenges, God has sustained me and grown me in my handling of Scripture and understanding of Him, myself and the world. For my final major project, I am investigating the relationship between prophecy and teaching in the Bible and its implications for women’s ministry roles today. I am excited about this topic, but have many more words to write and not much time remaining!

Next year, while Emily finishes her studies, I will be serving as a staff-worker with the Evangelical Union (EU), a Christian group of about 600 students at Sydney University. Emily has previously worked with the EU, and we are both very passionate about ministry to university students. This will be a great opportunity to pastor, train and teach university students, putting into practice what I have been learning at Bible College, and developing skills that hopefully will help us in the ministry we will be doing Portugal. As I work with the EU, I desire to challenge the Christian students (who, by virtue of being a Christian in Sydney, are well-trained and resourced) to use their life to serve God in less gospel-reached and less gospel- resourced parts of the world, such as Portugal. When I visited Portugal earlier this year, I was confronted again by the need for trained gospel workers to disciple new generations of Christian leaders in Portugal.

I am deeply grateful for ECM, and those who partner with me prayerfully, emotionally and financially. I invite your partnership in this season of ministry with the EU. Your prayers and finances go beyond supporting me, and even beyond the university campus. God willing it will bless God’s church in Australia, Portugal and beyond.

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PLEASE PRAY

Praise God for Samuel’s EU work next year and pray that he will be able to minister faithfully.

Pray for financial support needed to do this ministry (around $45,000)

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