Luke and Shana Camara

Our Plans 2021 & Why Portugal

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We are scheduled to be deployed in the Summer of 2021, Lord willing. We will be serving at Genesis Alliance Church in Gulf Shore AL as their Missionaries in Residence for the first half of 2021. In May, we will be official commissioned to be sent as International Workers with the C&MA. In June, we will have some training and before September 1st we will be in country!

Portugal lies along the coast of the Atlantic, sharing a border with Spain. Portugal is a nation of approximately 10 million people and it the size of Indiana. The history of Portugal goes all the way back to the Roman Empire. There is low access to the Gospel of Jesus, and it is actually getting harder to hear the saving news of Jesus Christ. The number of churches is in decline, from a high of 1630 in 2000 to 964 in 2016. According to the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance "Evangelical churchgoers are 0.4 per cent of the population and in some regions believers are almost 'invisible'. The average size of an evangelical church is 49 people."

While God has called us there to serve, there is a personal connection to Portugal as well. I (Luke) am half Portuguese. I grew up saying a few Portuguese phrases my grandmother taught me, eating the food of the Portuguese, and hearing the proud stories of how the Portuguese sailed the whole world. For me it is a homecoming of sorts.

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Prayer Requests 2021

Please be praying for us in the following ways:
1. Good-Goodbyes. We want to make sure we have meaningful moments of goodbyes with our friends, co-workers and family before we move away. We keep on reminding them and ourselves that we aren't dying, just moving :)
2. Sale of our house. We will be selling our house in January of 2021. Please pray that we can find a buyer quickly and at the right price.
3. Fundraising. We need to raise support before we can official leave, so please pray for our endeavors.
4. For our team in Portugal - that we are able to transition into it well.
5. For our children as they transition. There will be a lot of changes for them in moving to Gulf Shores and then Portugal and also transitioning from homeschooling to a school in Portugal.

Portugal

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Updated: December 29, 2020

Children's Names
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Portugal
Address
448 Sherwood Cir
Calera, AL 35040

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