Hi everyone! We hope you are doing great and enjoying your summer. We are writing the blog post from Lisbon Portugal where we have been for the last week or so. We’ve been having a great time with the local friends here visiting the sights and taking part in different theocratic activities. In this post we’ll talk about some of the things that we’ve been doing as well as what’s next.
One of the highlights so far has been the visit to the branch office near Lisbon. We’ve been wanting to visit this location for a while and we’re so happy that we finally got the opportunity. The bethel family is only around 65 so they are like a small congregation. We were able to take a tour with a sister that serves in the Sintra English congregation and works in the translation department. We learned a lot about the history of the work in Portugal and what is going on currently. The Portugal branch oversees some countries in Africa as well as the Portuguese islands. The branch is located just a few kilometers from the beach and they have a great few of the ocean.
During our trip we have been able to visit different things in Lisbon city. We were able to meet up with some other needgreaters that are serving in the only Spanish group in Portugal located in Cascais. It was really nice to be able to share experiences and learn about what it is like to serve in this area. We had a great time being tourists and walking through the narrow cobblestone streets and eating Portuguese food. Our hosts even took us to a fado show in a locals part of town which was a really neat experience. We really like Lisbon and we will definitely be back to experience more of what the city has to offer.
The congregation that we associated with the most was Sintra English. We went to their midweek and weekend meeting. The congregation is around 40 publishers and they have a few bethelites serving there as well. They are a nice hall and quite hospitable. I was able to give a talk in the hall during the weekend meeting. It was a nice experience especially since we were able to spend time with the friends in the ministry beforehand. Sintra could be a possible location to help since they have a lot of ones that come and go. They could use ones that are willing to stay for a more long-term basis such as two to three years or more.
During our time we were also able to visit Cascais and walk around the area. Cascais is a beautiful seaside town where the wealthy live. It’s very picturesque and we enjoyed taking photos of different things there. There is so much to see and do in this area of Portugal in general that it would seem difficult to get bored. There’s also a lot of theocratic activity as well. We spent some time with a nice couple who serve in the Lisbon English congregation. We were able to preach with them and Kanicia even did public witnessing in the center of Lisbon with the sister. It’s always a pleasure to see how the ministry is and to learn about what the friends do here. The Lisbon English congregation has over thirty pioneers and twelve elders so they are very well taken care of. It seems like the ones that have a need in English from what we learned are the newly formed Setubul congregation and the Cascais English congregation. But as is recommend, it’s best to write the branch for the most up to date information. We have greatly enjoyed our time here and we recommend you visit this city if you want to experience a laid back, friendly culture with great food and beautiful sights. After we leave Lisbon we will head back to Spain on our way the Special Convention in Milan.
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We hope you are all doing well and we send our love and greetings from Lisbon!
Antoine & Kanicia