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Ministry Description

Word of Life Portugal began in 1976 and is currently under the leadership of Matthew and Leilani Melville. From its beginning, the ministry has been based upon the principles of evangelism and discipleship. Through campaigns, camps, and Bible Clubs, thousands have been reached with the gospel. The Lord has given us a beautiful property, with an incredible potential and where all around us we are reminded of the greatness of our Lord. We are tremendously thankful to the Lord for having provided so abundantly. The property was purchased in 1980 by Larry Bollback and Dave Kelso, and it was dedicated the following year. It is located only 1 hour northwest of the country's capital, Lisbon. In 1982 the first "Family Day" took place, and it has been held every year since with thousands of people present from all over Portugal. In 1983 we had the first camp on the new property. The dining room and auditorium were all the same - a big yellow and white tent. A one-year Bible School began in 1987, where not only God's Word was taught but also the importance of ministry in the streets and in the local church. Through the years the Lord has given to us an auditorium, a dining room, a dormitory, offices, eight apartments for couples and a swimming pool. All of these things are in His hands for Him to use for His honor and glory!

Country Description

Portugal is one of Europe's smallest countries but has the oldest national boundaries. Portugal's rich history, which goes back to the time of great discoveries and colonization, can still be seen in traditions and Portuguese culture. It is impossible to see the country and not be amazed by medieval towns with storybook castles and palaces, as well as coastal villages with lively markets and beautiful beaches. Most of the countryside is wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Portugal, once a strong Catholic country, has been changing rapidly since the 1974 revolution. Today, about 90 percent of the population consult spiritists, mediums and witches. Only about one percent of Portuguese considers themselves Protestants. The number of Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses is quickly rising.

Contact Information

Palavra De Vida
Estrada da Moita Longa
Lagoa (2640-064) Sto. Isidoro - MFR

Telefone: +351 261 855 114 // 934 102 821
Email: geral@palavradavida.pt

Our Missionaries

Emily Alcorn

Anika Anderson

Moses Anderson

Dan & Caitlin Arthur

Elia Catarino

Matt Filler

Rui & Sandra Freire

Christa Jordan

Matthew & Leilani Melville

Horacio & Silvina Mendoza

Pali & Annael Montllau

Jenna Osimo

Mackenzie Parker

Lyndsey Reck

Eduardo & Veronica Sanchez Rios

Louisa Schlener

Lauren Sink

Miguel & Loida Sousa

Short-Term Missions

Garrett Agans
Missions Reality

Becca Baca
Missions Reality

Keila Bascur Bobadilla
Missions Reality

Peter Cate
Missions Reality

Rusty Compton
Missions Reality

Adam & Julie Cook
Missions Reality

Megan Davis
Missions Reality

Jon Eggert
Missions Reality

Joy Eleutheriou
Missions Reality

Amber Grayum
Missions Reality

Jon Hayes
Missions Reality

Rachel Hively
Missions Reality

Libby Jernigan
Missions Reality

Justin Maldonado
Missions Reality

Micah & Jeanine Melville
Missions Reality

Damien Miller
Missions Reality

Chelsea Muir
Missions Reality

Abby Peront
Missions Reality

Josh Perry
Missions Reality

Ben & Megan Powell
Missions Reality

Hannah Rice
Missions Reality

Manny Rojas
Missions Reality

Jesse Schuring
Missions Reality

Elisabeth Skillman
Missions Reality

Designate Your Gift

Please select how you would like your gift to be used
Portugal Camp Construction Project (04121C)
Portugal Camp Scholarship Project (04119C)
Portugal Contribution (04102C)
Portugal Scholarship Project (04115C)
Portugal Special Project (04103C)
Gift Total: $ 0

Learn more about Portugal


12 Years Later...

2017 is a year of firsts for our family. Currently we are in the process of adopting our first child. We also have the opportunity to go on our first mission trip as a married couple, and Kaidus' first mission trip ever!!

Twelve years ago this Spring, Dan and I went on our first trip ... read more

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