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 2023):
Hello my beloved brethren, grace and peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We would like to share a little bit about our last two months (June and July). We praise God for His infinite mercies and for His grace in using us to make disciples after the image of the Son, the Triune and Sovereign God.
By the grace of God we are all fine, although the back pain is persistent, caused by the herniated disc I have. As my son, João Lucas, says, I have a “disco” behind my back. The children are doing well, growing up and seeing their own changes taking place, we can see that our children are saved, to the glory of God. We have a very great personal need. Our prayer request is for a new place for our family. We have lived for 8 years in the house where the church and all the
projects work, and this has brought us a certain emotional imbalance, since we have no privacy due to the fact that we constantly have people in our
house/church. On the one hand, we really enjoy being with our brothers and sisters, having this closeness, however, we are very limited in terms of space and
time with our own family. Our prayer is that God will take us to a new home, whether rented or owned.
Speaking of the ministry, by the grace of God, everything is going well, we have a biblical routine and we can see the fruit of hard work on our part and on the part of each leader who accompanies us in this endeavor. In the month of June we had our prayer clock, and the time with the couples was very good, I was able to teach something more focused. Discipleship has proceeded systematically and our focus is to build a relationship with disciples. With that in mind, I am creating my own discipleship material focused on the local church, which has been a blessing for the entire church. Pray that God will continue to enable me to produce more theological material for the local church. On June 24th, the Covenant Baptist Community turned eight years old, we celebrated with a beautiful lunch on Sunday (25th), after the service. In June, Pastor Enio, together with his family and the family of deacon Daniel Guilengue, planted the first congregation on the island of Katembe, a place where no biblical church existed. This work is beautiful, despite the challenges that are part of every beginning. We ask that you pray for our church in Mozambique, that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us through his Word. Also in July we received the beautiful Champion Forest team, which has been coming here for eight years and has been a blessing, under the leadership of Pastor Esteban Vazquez. We baptized five new converts, to the glory of God. Also, by the grace of God, we had the Faithful Conference, and God gave me the grace to coordinate this conference in Maputo, which had as its theme: “The Gospel for Salvation”. We reached approximately 200 people who were edified through the lectures. My thanks to Pastors Tiago Santos and Rubner Durais for bringing this conference to Mozambique for another year. We already praise God for the life of each brother in Christ who has been our partner in this ministry. May God bless them abundantly. Soli Deo gloria.
1. Pray that the Vieira family will get the resources to separate the house from the church.
2. Pray that Pastor Enio gets enough support to live as a full-time pastor.
3. Pray that we continue to be God's instruments in proclaiming the gospel.
With love in Christ,