Hi all. We’ve been fairly busy since our last blog making sure that we do all the things we wanted to do whilst here.
Our son and his wife arrived for a few days but unfortunately this coincided with the worst weather we have experienced here. Heavy rain. Still it was great to see them and we all had an excellent meal at the Real Portuguese Cuisine restaurant.
Near to us there is a Christian conservation centre called A Rocha. This is headed up by a guy called Marcial and his wife Paula. They attend the ICC church when free. We visited A Rocha on one of their open mornings to hear about their work and experience some of the bird ringing they do. It was an interesting time to see what they were doing to conserve the creation. Their main focus is bird population in the Algarve and also the study of moths in Portugal. Paula is completing a PhD in moths to prove that they also are pollinators.
Last Saturday we joined a regular walking group for a 6 mile walk around the area near the village of Paragil. By this time the weather had improved considerably with the temperatures rising to c23c. Great country walking and good conversations with people from all over the world.
Monday saw us driving to Salgados Praia where there are salt lakes with many varieties of birds. Good walking and we were able to observe Glossy Ibis as well as many waders. A good days twitching!
Wednesday we were invited along with pastor Daniel to a meeting of international Christian pastors who work in the Algarve. We had a late breakfast together as well as a catch up on the churches successes and challenges. Portimao church runs a big work for the poor providing meals 3 times a week to roughly 70 guests. The churches by and large are not strong in numbers but all are very outreach focused. A very interesting insight!!!
We then spent the afternoon with Daniel and his wife Elizabeth discussing the particular challenges of the church here in Lagos.
The good news is that we are re-opening the soup kitchen and again providing hot meals with a focus on the poor of Lagos. We also provide clothes, household items and imperishable food for them to take away. So Thursday morning (today) Ruth has been sorting clothes and I have been stocking shelves with food stuff ready to hand out next Thursday 21 March when we start again.