This quote encompasses our purpose in Portugal as a part of God’s plan:
Ephesians 2:19-22 (The Message) – God is building a home. He is using us all –irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he is using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day – a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.
And how encouraging and exciting is this one:
Ephesians 3:15-19 – (The Message) I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test it is length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.