Joe and Rachel Clarke work with the Grupo Bíblico Universitário (GBU) – the Portuguese student Christian movement. They seek to evangelise and disciple university students and equip them for future Christian ministry.
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 so that Christian students can reach out to fellow students with the gospel.
Joe trains and supports the GBU student leaders and helps run evangelistic events and courses. He and Rachel both study the Bible one-to-one with a number of students. Alongside this, Rachel is a full-time mum to Beth, Hannah, Joshua and Timothy.
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‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.’ Psalm 136:1
God is good, isn’t he? As we are reminded in Psalm 136, he is the Creator God, the One who made all things, whether in heaven or on earth, the unseen or the visible. He is the Rescuing God, the One who saves through judgement, bringing out those who were captives and giving them freedom and security. He is the Merciful God, the One who looks upon the weak and the frail, yet nevertheless goes to such extraordinary lengths to redeem them. And he is the Sustaining God, the One who offers us all that is needed for us to have life and have it to the full. No wonder the psalmist calls on us to give thanks to him! For he really is good and his steadfast love really does endure forever (something that we are told 26 times in this psalm!).
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