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 (August 2022):
HELLO BRETHREN, GRACE AND PEACE!
We hope that each of you finds himself as well in the Lord as we do now. Brethren, a question: have you ever stopped to think what your reaction would be as a believer in the midst of per secution because of your faith? It would be great if you could take the time and read 2 Timothy 4:6-8, and see in this small portion Paul's thinking in the midst of the adversity he faced for Christ's sake.
Brethren, by the grace of God, we are in good physical, emotional and spiritual health. The Lord has been merciful to all of us. João Lucas is learning to play the keyboard and has grown a lot in learning this instrument. On the 28th he played for the first time, in the solemn service.
July was very busy for our church and for the city of Maputo. We received the team of Pastor Esteban Vazquez, from the United States, who after three years without coming here due to the pandemic, we had the honor of being able to receive them again in our home and church, and we also helped them in some work with other pastors, it was a different time because this time Pastor Esteban brought a group of pastors who were able to share the gospel and their pastoral experiences in some churches, nurse Cynthia also came with them. We held the traditional health fair, in which we had the opportunity in three moments to preach the gospel and bless many lives with exams and medicines, we also had a beautiful baptism and had the opportunity to receive a little update on biblical leadership from Pastor Esteban. I also had the opportunity to be a collaborator of the Faithful ministry in Maputo. This ministry, represented by brother Thiago Santos, along with his team, presented us this year with their conference, and the city of Maputo was blessed with the best of theology and we had an audience of approximately 250 people for two days. In the end, all the families represented there received the Reformation Study Bible, it was a true gift for pastors, leaders and for all who received this gracious gift. I also had the honor of going to Boston, in the United States, to examine Brother Thiago Fernandes Lana and, after three hours of examining council, ordain him pastor, in the Sunday service, before the whole church. It was a very beautiful service. I praise God for the life of the Missionary Baptist Church, in Boston, of this beloved pastor who, together with his family, has worked to preach all truth, sound doctrine. I also want to thank each brother of this church, who received me as a herald of God, not letting me lack anything at any time, Soli Deo Gloria. Brothers, I hope that this good news will encourage your faith and that each of you will continue to glorify God.
- Provision for us to pay for our tickets to Brazil that were purchased with a credit card.
- Provision to pay for permanent residence documents by August 25th.
- That my stay in the USA will be a blessing for the brothers and that the Lord will open doors for new partnerships.
- That the final certificate of the church, a document that legalizes it, can come out in the month of August.
Finally, we want to thank God because He is good and faithful at all times. May the Lord bless each brother abundantly, supplying all your needs.
With love in Christ Jesus,
The Vieira family