Following the success of the first Portugal Academy with a real breakthrough in the region, Chris Bowater, Luis and Carla started the next stage of the Academy Journey. We at the Portuguese Academy, are very excited about the future.
Mark & Lesley Rowe, leaders from the UK Worship Academy were guest speakers at the April 13 Worship Academy in Lisbon Portugal. Mark commented “it was a wonderful occasion, the Portuguese students were so receptive and responsive, clearly demonstrating a passion for praise and worship, and the manifest presence of God.”
The Portuguese Academy is ably led by Luis and Carla Goncalves, former students of the UK Academy, who have done an amazing job in pioneering this groundbreaking ministry in their country. Luis and Carla have also recently opened a new community church in Lisbon known as Nova Vida of which they are pastors. This is undoubtedly a new model of church for the predominantly Catholic nation of Portugal, and is already beginning to bear fruit.
Mark and Lesley were invited to be the first speakers in the new church during their visit, and to lead worship with the Portuguese team. Lesley said, “the love and hospitality that we were shown during our brief stay was truly humbling. It is wonderful to witness the fruit of seed sown by Chris Bowater all those years ago, it has been an immense privilege to serve Worship Academy Portugal.”