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Mission: Church Planting
Comunidade Pedras Vivas (CPV) received its firstmembers at the beginning of November, many by transfer from Brazil. One Portuguese woman was also received by baptism and profession of faith and the occasion was even more special for us as Lucy also professed her faith. We are delighted to now have a strong core group and we pray that each member will catch the vision to reach out to the people of Portugal! It would be wonderful if the next intake of members were Portuguese people who have come to faith in Jesus. Pray with us for this.
Having more people around creates a different dynamic and allows us to organise different activities. For quitesome time (a few years) we have been organisingdifferent activities for women (crafts, sewing, makingfood, fabric painting, etc) and this has allowed us to invite some non-Christian women who have no contact with the church, to create friendships and to begin to share the gospel. More recently we started a Bible study group, more geared for Christian women, but open to everyone. We are studying some women of the Bible and in the month of November we studied the life of Ruth. It was an encouraging evening with 10 women (including one non-Christian woman) of various ages.
On the same evening, the men also got together. This has been a much more recent ministry as there have not been too many men around the church until nowand it is much harder to think of activities that attractmen. It was very exciting to see 10 men come to this
• Give thanks for the 12 new members of CPV, praying neighbourhood, home, school and workplace.
informal get together and hear them share their stories of faith. The vision for this ministry is not only to learn from each other and grow together through the study of God’s Word, but also to reach out to non-Christian men in the community.
Our hope is that God would use this core group to help us plant a church that is relevant to the context in which we live. Please pray!
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them” Matt 18:20