A call to prayer – 30 Days in the Harvest

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Call to Prayer – 30 Days in the Harvest

We, Dan and Robin, are moving into a time we call 30 Days in the Harvest.  During this time we, along with other ministers and some people from our church be more purposeful while out and about in the community, not only prayer walking but seeking opportunities to directly approach people to try and share the message of Christ.  Last year when we did the 30 Days in the Harvest it was a time of intense spiritual battle and attacks.  We need prayer as we move into this year’s 30 days.

We are seeking people who will commit to praying for at least 1 minute each day from June 24th to July 31st.  Our suggestion is that you set an alarm on your phone to go off each day at the same time.  I, Dan, have an alarm on my phone set for 10am.  No matter where I am or what I am doing I take a minute to pray quietly about the harvest in Portugal.  No one has a clue that I am praying unless I invite them to join with me.  

We ask that you would pray the following:

1. That God would protect us, our kids and our team.  We also will have a team from our sending church here during a portion of this time so prayer for their spiritual protection as well.

2. Pray we would meet people of peace (Luke 10) who are looking for God. 

3. For those involved in small groups to commit and invite their friends and family to the group.

4. For God to raise up Portugues believers and send more workers to Portugal (Luke 10)

5. We would see a discipleship movement of 1000 groups.

6. Pray for where we will be evangelizing each day (SEE THE LIST BELOW).

 

June 24 – Carcavelos

June 25 – Sao Marcos

June 27 – Alcabideche

June 28 – Sao Marcos

July 1-7th – Carcavelos, São Marcos, and Alcabideche

July    8 – Oeiras and Carcavelos 

July    9 – São Marcos 

July  10 – Carcavelos

July  11 – Olivais

July  12 – Cabeço de Mouro

July  13 – Olivais and Carcavelos

July  14 – Olivais

July  15 – Alcabideche

July  16 – Carcavelos

July  17 – Constancia and Tomar

July  18 – Monte Abraao and Tapada das Merces 

July  19 – Oeiras and São Marcos

July  21 – Vale de Amoreira

July  22 – Belas 

July  23 – Oeiras 

July  24 – Torres Vedras 

July  27 – Troviscal 

July  28 – Olivais 

July  29 – Sao Marcos

July  30 – Carcavelos and Alcabideche

Thank you for your prayers!  We appreciate them greatly!

IF YOU WILL COMMIT TO SPECIFICALLY PRAYING FOR THIS 30 DAYS, EACH DAY AT A SPECIFIC TIME, WOULD YOU PLEASE LET US KNOW, BOTH THAT YOU ARE PRAYING AND AT WHAT TIME? 

Dan and Robin Been

My Visit to Guinea-Bissau

In early May I traveled for the first time to the country of Guinea-Bissau (a former Portuguese colony) for a 5 day trip. Our teammate, Roberto Fife, also went and there we met up with Geraldo Borges, a gentleman who helps oversee missions and missionaries supported by the Brazilian Christian Church/Churches of Christ.   The purpose of this trip was to observe the ministry taking place, to see the needs, and to discern whether our Portugal team could somehow help with the teaching, training, and discipleship of church leadership as the church planter missionary who began this work years ago had to leave due to health issues.  The Brazillian churches are still invested and wanting to help in ministry here however Portugal is much closer to Guinea-Bissau and therefore our team could possibly help with leadership development.

I thought I’d use this blog to talk about my trip and share some of my observations.    

First, most of our time was spent in the capital city, Bissau, though we did spend our first day on an “island” to participate in the final portion of a youth retreat.  To get to the island we had a 2-hour boat ride and then had to walk through a canal since the tide was too low for the boat to go farther.  It was quite an adventure!  Referring back to the capital city however, it reminded me of a large Nampula.  For those who don’t know, Nampula is where we lived for over 9 years in Northern Mozambique. 

Second, during my time here I saw and felt several contrasts to my experiences of/in Africa, specifically from living in Nampula.  Guinea-Bissau is less definitely less developed than Mozambique. I was amazed however that so many people owned cattle and pigs and a large number of people had tin rooves (as opposed to grass/straw). All three of these things are signs of wealth in Mozambique. Another observation was that there was no lack of water.  The country looked like a huge rice field and people are not subject to starvation and large scale food shortages here.  These factors do not mean this is not mal-nutrition or that the country isn’t poor.  It most certainly is.  In fact, there is deep abject poverty just as there is in Mozambique – it just manifests itself differently.  There is a major lack of medical care available and schooling is extremely minimal.  I found the people were much less aggressive than what I have experienced over the years in Mozambique.  For example in Mozambique when I go running, people will yell at me, make fun of me and follow me. However, in Guinea-Bissau, no one did that.  Even on the 5k walk to visit a ministry site people ignored us.  I felt safer than I normally do in Mozambique.  

Third, I was pleased to see that the church is a “young church”. Lots of young adults are coming to know the Lord. With that said, there are still very few people in the country who know the Lord. 

Fourth, the ministry of the Brazilian Christian Church/Churches of Christ is not just church planting/evangelism. They have an elementary school, which is much needed. The missionary we visited, Adriana Lopes, works hard to create and adapt curriculum to help those around her. Adriana has an important ministry.   

Here are some pictures…. it was a great trip! Be in prayer with us (meaning our larger Portugal team) as we seek how we might be able to assist the work and ministry going on here.