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 (July 2021):
First of all, we want to praise God for all of you who pray and intercede for our lives and for the ministry that the Lord has given us.
Neilane and I are again sick, with weakness, back pain and fever. João Lucas continues to struggle with coughing, a type of dry cough. Due to the amount of time he has been struggling with this cough, the otolaryngologist asked for a tomography and he saw that João has a cyst and deviated septum. He now gets an injection every day, but the treatment so far has not worked. We thank God that Inácio has been improving, and he's already gained three kilos (Wow!). The girls, thank God, are doing really well.
By the grace of God our church every Sunday has received new visitors, and we are happy to see the church grow. The services have been held in a small conference center that is already fully equipped. A part of our large family and I were in the district of Xai-Xai doing the second module of Expository Preaching, for a week. It was a great time, and how beautiful it was to see those eight young men and women preaching expositionally. It was also a wonderful time with the Westraad family, who once again welcomed us into their home with great excellence. We were able to share a great time with two partner pastors and their families (Pr. Charles and Pr. Sydney). I have had the opportunity since last year to teach at the União Batista Seminary in Maputo, where I am teaching this year the subject of Hermeneutics.
As you already know, brethren, the church has a large plot of land and it had become overgrown with brush. A group of church members cleared the church’s property so that we don't have to hire someone to do it, as it would be too expensive.
On June 24, we celebrated six years for our church. Looking back, we can see how much fruit and how our movement has been an influence to other churches and to everyone who has come each Sunday. To God be all the glory!
Brethren, we want to ask you to pray for the renewal of our DIREs (Residence Documents, which needs to be renewed every year). This will be, by the grace of God, the tenth DIRE. After the tenth renewed DIRE we can apply for our permanent residency that is renewed every five years, which is also a long process. Due to our current situation and all the personal and ministerial demands that do not stop, we were unable to save for the DIREs, which was already expensive and, since last year, the government has increased by 100% the amount on the renewal of this residence document. Until this moment, we are unable to fulfill this commitment. On August 24th, we need to have the full amount to be able to renew our DIREs. Therefore, we ask you to pray for this need. We are confident and dependent on the Lord and in the certainty that we will be able to meet this annual need.
May the Lord continue to guard His church and may we be able to continue steadfastly in the certainty that what awaits us are new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
- For our physical health
- That God continues to use us for evangelizing and training here in Mozambique
- That our workers can continue to stand firm with their small groups
- For the renewal of our DIRES
- For the Lord to continue to add to and grow his Church each day