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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

Anika Anderson

Moses Anderson

Michelle Burman

Elia Catarino

Matt Filler

Rui & Sandra Freire

Peter Hughes

Casey Locke

Matthew & Leilani Melville

Horacio & Silvina Mendoza

Pali & Annael Montllau

Mackenzie Parker

Josh Perry

Lyndsey Reck

Flavia Sales Pereira

Eduardo & Veronica Sanchez Rios

Louisa Schlener

Bela Silva

Beto Silva Andrade

Lauren Sink

Pablo & Priscila Urrea

Matias Urrea Iturrieta

Short-Term Missions

Katelyn Fitzgerald
Student Fusion

Geoff & Kendra Smith
Student Fusion

Anna Teigen
Student Fusion

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 Fire Relief Project (04139C)
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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