Portugal is a staunchly Roman Catholic country on the edge of Europe. Its economy was badly hit by the Eurozone crisis a few years back and is heavily dependent on tourism and manufacturing. Few parts of the country have a gospel witness and there are many spiritual needs. Pray for a genuine revival in this nation.
• Pray for traditional religion to be replaced with genuine faith for those in the Roman Catholic Church.
• Pray for believers to catch a missions vision and seize evangelistic opportunities in the greater Portuguese-speaking world.
• Pray for the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance’s initiative to plant a church in every one of Portugal’s 316 counties by 2015.
Portugal still stands in the shadow of a 1974 coup that overthrew a corrupt government and established significant political and economic reforms. After several years of struggling to redevelop itself, economic growth improved in 1986 after joining the European Union and becoming a founding member of NATO. As the international market has slowed, Portugal has found it difficult to compete with Asia and Eastern Europe for foreign investments. Drug use has become prevalent, with half of all teenagers reportedly experimenting with illegal substances. The country is known as the bridge for shipping cocaine and hashish from Southeast Asia to Europe and North America. The Portuguese government is still struggling to pull its nation out of increasing debt and social depression.
Though over 94% claim Christianity as their faith, few openly practice or evangelise. It is a stagnant belief based upon tradition and habit, not a living and growing relationship with the Lord.