Get to Know Louisa Schlener


Hi, I'm Louisa Schlener. I minister in Portugal.






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Ministry Description

For the next few months I am raising support, and active in Sr High ministry at my church (Reston Bible Church). I've been blessed to be able to counsel, train, encourage, and challenge high school girls as they live out and grow in their relationship with God.

During my two years in Portugal I my goal is to be as involved in the people's daily lives as possible. I am currently researching the best ways of being able to make as many quality contacts as I can so that I can not only be immersed in the culture, but share the Gospel with the Portuguese people through daily ministry. The two areas where I've seen God working involve my love for sports. Out of the 10,000 people in the town of Ericeira, many are influenced by the soccer club that trains youth to grow in their soccer skills, and the surf school where anyone can learn how to surf. As God continues to open doors to connect with the Portuguese people, please pray with me that I would be bold to share the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life!

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About Louisa

Growing up in a Christian family was an environment that helped me meet the Lord at a very young age. I grew up knowing the sinful state I was in, and at a young age I asked God to save me so that I didn't have to go to hell. Faith like a child is exactly what I had, and sometimes doubted it as I grew up. God, however, surrounded me with Scripture and people who loved me and helped me grow in my faith.

The Lord has put a desire in my heart to return to the country where my family served as I grew up. After I graduated from high school, I returned to the States to begin studying. During my first year in the US, I decided to study at Word of Life Bible Institute in Argentina. I was mostly going for the adventure of learning another language and culture, but as I began to study the Bible, my relationship with God began to grow. Through a series of events, I began to feel the Lord’s tug on my heart to use everything He had given me to invest not in promotion of myself, but in sharing the Kingdom of God. I knew that was the only thing that would really satisfy me, and I wanted others to experience the love and forgiveness that I had found in Christ. In my first year, I missed Portugal, but it was a very emotional feeling, and I disregarded it. In my second year, I began to ask the Lord to put a vision in my heart, and a burden for a certain people group or country where he would want me to serve. I joined a prayer group to pray for Portugal nearly every week, and without even realizing it, my heart was drawn to Portugal to make a difference there. As I finished my second year, and began my third, I continued to be more and more drawn to Portugal, and I began to pray specifically that God would show me how to go from being a full time Bible institute student, to a full time missionary. God began to open the doors for me to be a short term missionary with Word of Life, and I started walking through the steps it would take to do so. Part of that was working with RBC. During my summer internship with the youth, I was asked to go on one of the youth internships as a leader. It was on that trip to Croatia, that I was listening to a sermon being preached on Nehemiah. I began to read the first chapter, and was impacted by the similarity of Nehemiah’s experience to my own. He was going about his life, doing the will of God, and working when he heard about the state of his people. Hearing about the state of his city and the people he loved, he broke down and wept (Nehemiah 1:4), and desired to be used by God. That was exactly how I felt. I may not be of Portuguese blood, but having lived there for nearly 6 years, my heart breaks for “my people” who are lost and in need of a Savior.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37.4


Contact Information

lmschlener@gmail.com
Palavra Da Vida
Estrada da Moita Longa
Lagoa (2640-064) Sto. Isidoro - MFR

USA: (571) 528-7636
PORTUGAL: (+351) 926-419-143

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