Francisco José de Abreu Vieira is the pastor of Alliance Community Baptist Church. He is married to Claudia Neilane, and they have five children, João Lucas, Tamara, Inácio, Stela, and Felicina. The church began as a church plant in the city of Maputo, Mozambique in 2015. They are a reformed confessional church with about 70 members, and they have around 100 in attendance most Sundays. Their goal is to plant reformed churches through the local leadership that they are discipling and training. They presently offer a seminary degree in Reformed Theology with as many as fifty students taking classes, all through their local church.
Update from the Vieira Family (June 2021):
HELLO BRETHREN, GRACE AND PEACE FROM OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BE TO YOU.
First of all, we want to praise God for all the care we have received from the Lord and from each of you who pray and who contribute to the gospel here in Mozambique. This is grace and mercy from the Lord. We would like to share a report of the last two months, April and May. During this time, we had the opportunity to learn a lot from many joys and afflictions. We had the opportunity to see a son have a birthday, we had our wedding anniversary, we saw the gospel being proclaimed by the brethren of the church, the online broadcasts of sermons ministering to the brethren, we had the opportunity to speak to couples from a Christian business ministry, we had battles with sicknesses and battles against a diabolical system called socialism.
Inácio has been the constant focus of our prayers, as he has suffered severely with his health. As you know, he has HIV and has already for a year been undergoing treatment for resistant abdominal tuberculosis. He is very debilitated, very thin and suffers from a lot of pain in his abdomen and his back. He was literally in the operating room, was sedated, the location of the cut was marked, and by God's grace the operation was cancelled. We believe that our God has His reasons and purposes, therefore, we are believing that amid this great tribulation the Lord will be glorified. João Lucas has been sick for over a year with a constant irritation in his throat. The otolaryngologist ordered face CT scan to see what was going on. The diagnosis was “a nasal septum deviation to the right, with slight obstruction of the nasal cavities and a retention cyst in the left maxillary sinus”. Neilane was also quite sick for several weeks, with severe headaches and a little dizziness. After two years that she has been free of these headaches, they have returned. Brethren, amid all these problems that have purified our faith, we had our daughter Felicina's birthday as she turned 8 years old on April 20th. Neilane and I also celebrated 17 years of marriage on April 24th. So our family continues in the joy of the Lord, which is our strength.
In April in-person church services were prohibited, so we decided that each Sunday we would invite a small number of brethren to come to our house to watch the preaching in person while I recorded the livestreams. Every Sunday we invited between 7 to 10 brethren from the church and by rotating the groups, we all had the Lord’s Supper, and the brethren could rejoice and be able to experience congregational worship. We also had a problem with the chief of our block in our neighbourhood, because we were discipling 25 girls in our Project Esther. As we were seeing these girls on the street all day, without going to school or church, we felt that we had an obligation to continue with this project. We at Comunidade Batista da Aliança understand that immoral laws cannot be obeyed, but as believers we must continue to triumph in gospel preaching and discipleship. The persecution we suffer because of Christ is the crown of the church. In May, by the grace and mercy of God, the President of the Republic allowed the churches to return to in-person services. With that, we were able to see that our church grew even more. We are practically full at both of our two services, which shows that we are working and, as it says in Acts 2:47b “meanwhile, the Lord added to them, day by day, those who were being saved”. It will not take long for us to need to add a third service, which is necessary due to social distancing that makes us lose a lot of space between the chairs. But still, the number of people is growing. Soli Deo Gloria. We also had baptisms, Lord’s Supper, presentation of new members and presentation of babies born during this period of the pandemic. Our church is really growing! I, as pastor, believed that it was time to expound the book of Nahum, and I can see that this desire was from the Holy Spirit. I say this, because I see how this hard message has humbled us and made us reflect on the implications of falling away from the Gospel and losing the gracious blessings of YAHWEH to His people. May we always reflect on this and be grateful for God's favour in our lives. May God continue to guard us and preserve us in Him.
With brotherly love,
The Vieira family, missionaries in Mozambique – Africa
- For our physical and emotional health.
- For the renewal of our residence permits. We are about to start the process, as we need to organize the documentation and raise the necessary funds.
- For the members of Comunidade Batista da Aliança, for financial provision, health and spiritual life.
- For authorization to open our church from Religious Affairs. We have already started the process, which is slow, difficult, and costly.