Church Planting Missionaries in
Portugal is in western Europe, bordered solely by Spain and the Atlantic ocean. It's home to approximately 11 million people. Most of these people live along the western coast line and know nothing of our Savior's love.
We serve in Barcelos where approx 124,000 souls reside.
Barcelos is a small town known for its pottery and the most widely-recognized symbol of Portugal -- the Barcelos Cockerel.
A 13th-century legend says a pilgrim on his way to Santiago de Compostela stopped in Barcelos and was wrongly accused of theft and sentenced to death by hanging. He was spared when he stated that to prove his innocence, the roasted rooster that the judge was about to eat would get up and crow. It did, and since then, brightly painted ceramic cockerels are sold throughout Portugal as symbols of good luck.
We've had the privilege of serving in this beautiful country full of culture and history for the last 20 months.
baptism at the river
We share the story of Jesus with any who will listen.
stone pic nic table
In Barcelos is a large weekly market held every Thursday for the last several hundred years. It's a tourist attraction for folks from all walks of life. It was at this market where I purchased the items I will be giving away as part of the Candle in the Corner Giveaway.
Of course I had to buy a Portuguese Rooster!!
Ceramics and textiles are two of Portugal's largest exports. However, this rooster isn't ceramic. It's metal which will help insure it reaches your home safely. The tag explains the legend..in about 6 different languages, in case your interested! ;)
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All of the roosters are hand painted. No two are alike.
The second item is one of the textiles that are exported, a set of three table runners.
And for this special occasion......
Drum Roll Please......
Here is my first ever vlog!
1. That's my dog panting in the background!
2. Yes, I am as country sounding as you thought I'd be.
3. I can't stand this video, but because I LOVE missions, I'm posting it.
4. I even added some of the "bloopers" at the end, so you'd know how difficult doing a vlog really is!
Thank you for your interest in missions and the Candle in the Corner Giveaway!