Joe and Rachel Clarke moved to Coimbra, Portugal in 2015 to work amongst students with the GBU (Grupo Bíblico Universitário - the Portuguese Christian student movement affiliated to IFES). They are seeking to evangelise and disciple university students and equip them for future Christian ministry. Rachel is a full time mum and is helping their children to adapt to a new culture and supporting Joe in his ministry with students.
Portugal has a population of almost 11 million people, yet less than 100,000 attend an evangelical church. Within Portuguese Universities there are few professing believers and the Christian student movement is small. There is a great need to develop the GBU’s work in order to disciple and equip Christian university students so that they can reach out to their fellow students with the gospel.
Joe and Rachel have four children: Beth, Hannah, Joshua and Timothy.
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‘O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!’ Psalm 8:1
We write to you with hearts full of joy at the Lord’s mercy and kindness towards us in Jesus our Saviour. Although the past few months have been very strange indeed, although many of our plans have had to change, although there remains much uncertainty about the future, we have many reasons for giving thanks to God.
Over the summer, we were grateful to have managed to get away for a 10 day camping trip (our first time camping as a family!) and in spite of getting lost on the mountains, getting bruised and scratched by the thorns and thistles and being attacked by wasps as we walked into their nest (creatures who are definitely a result of the Fall!), we had a wonderful time. It was so good to enjoy and delight in the beauty, diversity and magnitude of all that God has made – the lakes, rivers, hills, mountains, wild snakes and numerous lizards – God’s majesty was clear to see.
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