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Portugal Workshop - Day 1

Jeff Raymond on May 19, 2014

View from ABWE ministry center Photo by David White
Team visits local cafe Photo by Stanley Leary

Our "home" for the week is ABWE's Lisbon Training Center (LTC), high on a hill overlooking Portugal's capital.  It's provided a beautiful backdrop for photography students who are working around the campus on their projects.  The LTC is a beautiful facility housing both the Greater Lisbon Christian Academy and guest facilities.  So we are able to stay here, eat here, hold classes for our students, as well excellent work areas for computer and camera equipment.

One of the first cultural experiences for the team is taking them to a local cafe.  Portugal is famous for it's coffee and gourmet pastries.  The coffee lovers in the group are loving life.  (The calorie counters are in trouble.)

Arruda Church members

A more important cultural experience today has been attending church.  Team members divided up and went to various churches started by ABWE missionaries.  The strategy in Portugal over the many, many years of ministry here has been to start core group of Chist-followers, built that group into a local church, raise up Portuguese leaders, then transfer that church to a Portuguese pastor.  This has been repeated many times, with those churches starting "daughter" churches, and some of those even starting "grand-daughter" churches.

Katie photographs the congregation at Evangelical Baptist Church of Arruda dos Vinhos (above, right).  Amanda, Katie and Sheryl record video interviews (below) with some of the church members to be used by missionary, Chris Herrick who serves in this church.  Since we were there for church, not videography, we hadn't taken a tripod along with us.  The makeshift solution worked fine.

Video interviews with church members

See ABWE International Missions Photo Workshop Photo Gallery 2 here 

For yesterday's blog about our pre-Portugal training and travel, CLICK HERE

Next Portugal blog post here