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Portugal Ministry in May

Dave will be speaking in various locations on “building strong families.”  The major emphasis will be family conferences in the Porto area and the Algarve, with sessions on “Raising godly children,” “Family life that honors Christ,” “Biblical manhood,” “God’s purpose for the family,” and “God’s plan for a healthy marriage.”  The pre-marital counseling handbook will be promoted and distributed, along with other materials. 

The following is the general itinerary:

  • Saturday, May 13: PM: Barreiro
  • Saturday, May 13: Igreja Baptista S. Pedro Estoril
  • Sunday AM, May 14: Torres Vedras
  • Sunday PM, May 14: Barreiro
  • Tuesday, May 16: Baptist Seminary: Pre-marital Counseling Lecture
  • Wednesday, May 17: Igreja Baptista Parede
  • Thursday, May 18: Coimbra
  • Friday/Saturday, May 19-20: Porto – Family Conference
  • Sunday, May 21 AM: Porto
  • Sunday, May 21 PM: Valadares
  • Tuesday, May 23: IBP Tojal – Counseling Class
  • Wednesday, May 24: Fairbanks – Couples Group
  • Friday/Satuday/Sunday, May 26-28: Faro – Family Conference


  • May 12-16  Douglas Fry, Mafra (261-815786)
  • May 19-22  Antonio Figueira (969 088735, 229-021834)
  • May 23-25 Gary Camlin, IBP (219-749047)


“Os maridos devem amar a sua mulher como Cristo amou a igreja e deu a sua vida por ela.”

After serving in Portugal for eight years as full time missionaries (1986-94), Dave and his family have continued their ministry in Portugal.  Through speaking engagements and contacts Dave has remained “hands-on” within churches across the country, and recently published a book, “Five Star Marriage,” in the Portuguese language.

Dave and Joreen began their ministry in Portugal in 1986, settling into an apartment in Linda-a-Velha with two small children, as they began language study. In 1987 the family moved to Mafra (about 45 minutes from Lisbon), preparing for the launch of Word of Life Bible Institute in the fall of that year. This small, rural community became their home for the remainder of their time in Portugal. Following their furlough in 1991, Dave and Joreen returned to Portugal with BCM International and began involvement with the Portuguese Bible Institute. For the next three years, Dave served as a Bible professor and helped with administration at PBI. Dave also got a diploma from the University of Lisbon in the language and culture program. The Parrishes worked with a small church plant near Ericeira, and continued their relationship with the International Church in Cascais (a Lisbon suburb) where Dave had the privilege of preaching on a number of occasions.

The Parrishes returned to the U.S. at the end of 1994, locating in Burke, VA, while Dave completed his doctoral studies with Dallas Theological Seminary. Formally leaving Portugal did not close the door on ministry there. Dave visited in 1995 and 1996, primarily to focus on the development of the Pre-Marital Counseling manual. In November of 2000, Dave, Joyelle and Jacob returned to Portugal to renew friendships and speak in several churches. In February of 2003 “the trio” traveled again, logging many miles in Portugal over two weeks in conjunction with the release of the book; Dave spoke in a seven churches and at a Valentine’s Dinner. This past December (’05), Jacob spent two weeks painting a pastor’s house, an office at the Bible Institute, and part of a church sanctuary – while sharing fellowship with friends.

The Parrishes continue to maintain solid friendships with the many Portuguese church leaders, lay people, former Bible Institute students, and American missionaries who faithfully serve the Lord throughout Portugal. It has been a blessing and privilege to share fellowship with those who were a marvelous part of our lives in Portugal.

A three-week trip is currently being planned for Dave, Joyelle and Jason during the month of May, 2006. The purpose is for Dave to give a marriage and family seminar and to spend time in various churches in the northern (Porto area), central (Lisbon area) and southern (Algarve) locations. Once the itinerary is set, the dates and locations will be posted on this page.

InRichment in Portugal - The web site for the Portuguese Bible Institute and new developments for training Portuguese leaders in the Church - A creative and effective outreach that focuses primarily on evangelism through athletics! - A web portal for the evangelical alliance that serves as a fountain of information and directory of ministries and individuals.


A Summary on Divorce from the Word of God

The following article is an overview on the biblical perspective of divorce.  Written in Portuguese, the article deals with the principal passages on divorce and presents some important conclusions on this crucial subject.  Pastors, engaged couples, families – every follower of Christ -- must seriously consider what the Scripture says about marriage and divorce and not allow the pressures or perspectives of contemporary culture to control our thinking on God’s plan for the family.



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