S: BBS Trip - Portugal 2008 by Laura E. Shughart
FC: Po | Portugal June 2008
1: Portugal Trip 2008 | "He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.'" Luke 10:2
2: Lets go to Portugal! | My journey to Portugal began on June 20, 2008. We left from JFK airport and flew 8 hours to England and then 6 hours to Portugal. It was a long, tiring trip but the team was so excited. We couldn't wait to land! | (Above) The Portugal Team from Bible Baptist Church and School
3: We arrived in Portugal early the next morning and got ready for a day filled with church services and presentations. We stayed at ABWE Lisbon in the missionary children's school. (Top left) ABWE Portugal run by Bob and Jo Fry. (Above) The Santa Marta church where we spent our first week
4: Exploring Portugal... | Exploring such an incredible place such as Lisbon, Portugal was a fine adventure for me! From the red roof and pink houses to the lemon trees growing everywhere, the city is filled with exciting, new sights and sounds!
5: While in Portugal I saw (and tasted) several little bits of Portuguese culture. Portugal, like many other European countries, has absolutely incredible pastries! Their custard tarts were my personal favorite! They also had a very bitter coffee drink called Bica. Terrible stuff! The big, red bridge connects the city of Lisbon to a neighboring town, Almada. It resembles the Golden Gate Bridge and is next to the Cristo-Rei statue (Christ the King). | Most of their meat is hung for the people to inspect before they buy it.
6: ESL Camp | During my first week in Portugal I was asked to teach an ESL camp for elementary children. I had never taught English before in my life and I was a little nervous but it ended up being a fabulous experience! I taught the "Down on the Farm" station where the children learned the English names of animals through singing songs and playing games.
7: I came into this teaching experience totally unprepared. However, I learned that with flexibility and the Lord's help I can do anything!
8: On the last day of ESL camp we had an extreme water battle!
9: We used buckets, hoses, squirt guns, water balloons and anything else we could get our hands on to soak the opposite team. We had great fun and ended the day with some sweet treats- cupcakes and fresh black cherries!
10: Obidos | On one of the Saturdays off, my team traveled to a little city called Obidos. The city is surrounded by a fortified wall and has a castle in the middle of the town..
11: The town gives a very medieval feel and the beautiful architecture is a must see when visiting Portugal. It was an incredible day spent tasting Portuguese pastries, shopping in unique shops and enjoying time with friends.
12: Primary School | One of the mornings before ESL camp, a group of girls from my team and one of the missionaries went to a local elementary school to spend some time teaching English to the early elementary school students. | The teachers were glad to give us some time to teach, sing and entertain their students. We spent a lot of time focusing on colors and numbers by using repetition and songs. The children loved it...and so did we! (Above) One of the first grade classes- they were so cute!
13: Church Camp | After my week of ESL camp, our team did a week of church camp for the local children. Our group was in charge of games and we played many times each day. We served in other ways during this week with meal prep and cleaning as the campers enjoyed a fabulous week of spiritual growth and discipleship.
14: The Time In Between... | In between helping to run ESL camp and serving at the kid's church camp, God opened up a neat ministry opportunity. While in Portugal I met a family that | was very poor. My friend and I went to their house to help clean and serve them in any way that we could. During that time, God put an incredible burden in my heart to help this family in some way. I talked to the team and they decided that we would all give money to help this needy family. We purchased new clothing and some groceries for this family. The mother was so overjoyed she wept! This experienced helped me to see that when God stirs something in my heart, I am to listen to Him and serve His people in the ways He leads!
15: After camp one day, one of the missionaries had some business to take care of at Word of Life. He said we could swim at the WOL pool while we waited for him What was supposed to be a 30 minute meeting turned into a good hour and a half! We did not mind....we swam in the rain and enjoyed the pool! After we got home I was responsible for taking care of some of the little missionary girls while their parents worked at camp. We had fun picking flowers and playing at the playground. It was a great day!
16: Days at the Shore | During my stay in Portugal, I visited several different beaches and cliffs on the coast. The beaches there were extravagantly beautiful and the cliffs were incredible! After days of hard work it was lovely just to suck in the sweet smell of the ocean air and feel the sea breeze on my face. These beaches were definitely one of my favorite parts of Portugal.
17: From the rocky cliffs on the coast to the gorgeous beaches with incredible sunsets, it was easy to soak in every minute of the seaside beauty of Portugal. One of the evenings at the beach, I had the opportunity to venture to a nearby strip of shops. I found countless treasures | there to remind me of my weeks in Portugal.
18: Castles Galore! | Another grand adventure of mine while I was in Portugal was getting to see beautiful castles and ancient Anglo-Saxon ruins. If I were to be given a choice between seeing castles and going to the beach...I definitely would choose the beach!
19: However, the castles were quite spectacular with their intricate designs and gorgeous carvings. It was an experience that I'm glad I had even if it meant passing up the beach for a day :)!
20: exploring the largest Catholic cathedral in all of Europe. It was absolutely beautiful but rather dark and quite scary at times. It was heartbreaking to | We spent our final day in Portugal | see and be a part of the religious rituals that so many Portuguese people think will save them from their sins. It was just one of those experiences that makes me so thankful that I know the truth and have eternal life without rituals and owing money to the church. | Lisboa's Cathedral
21: The End of a Great Adventure... | With the end of my Portuguese adventure came many important life lessons. I learned many things about myself while in Portugal as well as the effort and hard work it takes when working with a missions group. It certainly was not easy but the lessons I learned will be ones that will help me as I serve for the rest of my days.