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Ferragudo, fishing village, across the Arad river from Portimão
Our first home
On April 17, 2006 the papers were signed for us to purchase the house which we had been renting in Ferragudo, Portugal. We could not have done this without the sacrificial help give by Joy's father and David's mother for a down payment and taxes. As a pastor/missionary we have always been provided a parsonage but never owned our own home. Rental prices in Portugal are very high especially during the tourist season, We wish to thank everyone for praying for the bank to approve our mortgage and for your generous support making it possible for us to live & minister here.
Our home is the first small house with a dark brown tile roof above the arrow.
Ferragudo is a small fishing village across the Arade River from Portimão. It is only a mile over the old bridge to Portimão and Mariner's restaurant for our Bible study classes and about two miles to ICF church. Our home is in a new housing project. Lots of development is planned for our neighborhood which should increase the property value whenever it is finally completed. For example our street has been closed awaiting the completion of new apartments further down the street.
Portimão, Algarve, Portugal
As of Oct. 15, 2004 is Portimão, Portugal is where David pastors the ICF church.
More than six million visitors take vacations each year in Portugal's southern Algarve coast.
Portimão is the Algarve's second largest harbour town. Tourism and sardine fishing are the major industries but this traditional fishing town is overwhelmed each year by hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Europe who come for relaxation and retirement.
The Spiritual Need
The vast majority of Europeans do NOT claim to have a personal, "born-again" experience with Jesus Christ (John 3:2-7,16-17). The challenge is to lead many to Christ during their holiday or retirement and to nurture and disciple believers living in the region. Evangelical Christian churches are small, few and far between in Portugal and Spain.