In 2009 the Brazilian C&MA decided to send their first missionary couple to Portugal. They invited three U.S. international workers already living in Brazil to partner in the opening of the Portugal field.
In that same year a vision team made up of 4 of the 5 candidates, the Brazilian Alliance president, the IM Regional directors from South America and Europe and the Field Director from Spain arrived in Portugal to specifically interview evangelical pastors/workers in the northern part of the country to better understand where to send the first team of international workers.
Through the leading of the Lord, we met a Portuguese pastor who drew up the formal letters of invitation needed for the team's entry visas into the country. In October 2010, through the help of a Portuguese Christian lawyer the C&MA was officially organized in the country and will be known as PORTACEM (The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Portugal).
By September 2011 all 5 members of the team were in country and began a Cultural Orientation class at a Portuguese university. Before the end of 2012 the team plans to have established themselves in the area where they will concentrate on church planting.
The Alliance at Work in Portugal
As far as we know, Marina is the only evangelical Christian in her middle school.read more
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- Capital City
- Lisbon (2.808 million) pop.
- Portugal, a nation slightly smaller than Indiana, is a coastal nation in southwestern Europe, located at the western end of the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Portuguese territory also includes a series of archipelagoes in the Atlantic Ocean (the Azores and Madeira), which are strategic islands along western sea approaches to the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea. In total, the country occupies an area of 35,560 sq mi of which 35,320 sq mi is land and 240 sq mi water.
- Portuguese (official)
- Mirandese (official, but locally used)
- legal immigrants—3.13%
- Per capita income—$23,000
- Literacy rate—93.3%
- Government/Political Climate
- Portugal has been a democratic republic since the ratification of the Constitution of 1976. The constitution grants the separation of powers among legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The four main institutions as described in this constitution are the President of the Republic, the Parliament, known as the Assembleia da Republica, the Government, headed by a Prime Minister, and the courts.
- Roman Catholic—84.5%
- other Christian—2.2%
- none—3.9% (2001 census)
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