youth for christ

Portugal

About YFC Portugal

MPC started in Portugal in the late 1950s through missionary groups that came to sing in churches. These groups came from the USA, then in the 1960’s God raised a person in Portugal to lead this ministry. In the following years, MPC/YFC Portugal grew, using creative ministries and sports for this purpose. In the 1980s it even had a training center for young people.

YFC Portugal open air ministry activity

The methods of this ministry before the COVID-19 were made through networks of friends and churches for which it was necessary to generate an enormous amount of leaflets. The ministry of MPC/YFC already had periods of great influence in the 80s and 90s, where many young people were awakened and won for the Kingdom of God. In 2018, after a long lapse in leadership, an evaluation was done of MPC/YFC Portugal. It was decided to do leadership training in Brazil in 2019 and establish a partnership. In the meantime, God had already raised a couple of missionaries to come to Portugal.

In 2020 two young women went to Brazil to take the Youth Leader course, and National Director, Rui Pereira, was left to run the ministry. Ministry started to grow during the time of COVID-19 because God moved among the young people, adults, and pastors. During the year 2020 we built the Board of Directors, the Fiscal Council, held general meetings, and wrote some projects for the 2021 action plan. The God of the improbable acted and everything happened, but the best is yet to come.

The vision for the future for YFC Portugal is very positive. This year God showed us three cities where we will survey workers/volunteers in order to identify needs for a second phase. We want to train young leaders from churches to work with YFC. We also desire to launch a book containing our vision and mission and even cooperate with Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Youth for Christ seeks to reach young people in Portugal using the following ministries:

  • bible clubs/studies
  • camps
  • children’s ministry
  • clubs
  • conferences & seminars
  • counseling
  • drama
  • evangelism
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • internet/online ministry
  • prayer ministry
  • prayer triplets
  • Rock Solid program
  • sports ministry
  • street kids ministry
  • programs for troubled/at-risk youth
  • social work
  • correspondence courses