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 (March 2022):

HELLO DEAR BRETHREN, GRACE AND PEACE!

First we want to praise God for the life of each one of you who prays for us . You are for us the church of the Lord that is fulfilling the solemn vocation of faithfully proclaiming the gospel and investing in cross -cultural missions.

Family

By the grace of God we are in good health, at least we seem to have overcome that period of illness in the family. We've invested quality time in home worship, and the kids always come up with funny, intelligent questions and good discussions. I feel uncomfortable with my spine, sometimes the pain increases a lot, however, I remember David Brainerd who, even suffering from very serious diseases such as tuberculosis and depression, never stopped preaching the whole Truth of God, and this encourages my faith in relation to the severe pain I feel. In February, João Lucas, who is now 12 years old, started going once a week to my friend's mechanic shop. There he is a volunteer and does small jobs as a mechanic's helper. We want him not only to learn a little car mechanics, but also to learn to value work. He is already friends with everyone and very dear to everyone.

Ministry

By the grace and mercy of God we are in full swing with the church in the city of Maputo and with the planting of the congregation of our church on the island of Katembe. Our church is celebrating seven years of life this year and we see how the Lord has been gracious and generous to us, giving us the opportunity to preach all of His Truth. Through Bible studies, Bible school, Bible discipleship and projects (Jiu-Jitsu, teens, children's ministry) we see the Lord adding His own every day and being glorified through our humble lives. In the month of February I was exposing Paul's little letter to Philemon and, as a church, we were humbled and edified with so many truths about reconciliation, forgiveness and love of neighbor in what concerns the domestics of faith. We understand that only in Christ do we become useful and that, from slaves to sin, God's grace has transformed us into heralds of the Truth, ready to endure any adversity and to forgive those who offended us, being bridges of reconciliation in interpersonal relationships. In everything like the church we can see the Lord Jesus Christ leading us into all Truth through the Holy Spirit. Soli Deo Gloria. In March we will return with the School Reinforcement project, after two years stopped because of the pandemic. We ask for prayer for students and teachers. We also need finances to buy school supplies, lunch and pay teachers.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for us to go to Brazil in the second semester, we need a miracle from God to buy our tickets.
  • For the renewal of our permanent residence (DIRE). God willing, this year we will enter our five-year residence, after eleven years of paying an absurd amount in renovations, we ask you to intercede so that we can make this renovation. Migration often causes problems for missionaries, slowing down the process and making us pay another year.
  • Brothers, pray because we are going to a new space and there, we believe it will be an excellent opportunity to expand, because the place is for three hundred people, we will have the opportunity to use the space three times a week and we will save a little. We are closing with the Lutheran church to rent their space. In this church, however, we will have a lack of sound system and we urgently need to buy a soundboard, an electric guitar, two microphones, a keyboard (electric piano), cables for the microphone, for the equipment and at least three speakers of sound.
  • We are also short of two more projectors to supply the Bible school classes and other ministries, we only have one in good working order and the other one that we have is tired because it is too old.
  • We also need to fix part of the car suspension that we were able to buy. We understand that all these demands are in God's hands and that great demands come to prove our faith as a church of Christ.

May the Lord continue to bless you graciously.

With love in Christ Jesus,

The Vieira family