Andressa & Marcus Macedo Rodrigues Baridó Indá
“ 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” Rm 15.20,21.
Marcus, Andressa, Álvaro (8), Laura (2) and Ana Catarina (1 month) are a Portuguese-Brazillian family that comes from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. They are now serving in Northern Ireland since 2018 to have a first-hand experience of transcultural ministry as a family before moving to Portugal.
Andressa was born and raised in an evangelical family. Her father became a pastor when she was just 3 years old. She received Jesus at the age of 7 and felt the call to missions 2 years later. She is a journalist and has also worked as an event planner for the Baptist mission in Brazil.
Marcus is an ordained Baptist pastor who received Jesus as his Lord and Saviour when he was 17. He was the first evangelical Christian in a very catholic Portuguese family and he received the call to mission the same night. “He was telling me to go back to the land of my grandparents to preach the true gospel there.”
They will be moving to Portugal to work in church planting. With a high percentage of Catholics Portugal needs to ear the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ since there are 44 cities in Portugal with no evangelical church. As an example, the city in which Marcus grandmother was born has never had an evangelical church and the city of his Grandfather, with a population of over 20.000, has only one evangelical church with around 30 people. That’s the reality of a country with only 0.4% of the population being evangelical Christians.