A counseling center will provide a space and environment where people can be emotionally, spiritually and physically restored. Professional counseling will be offered as well as training in counseling. The center is open for clergy, Christians and Non Christians who are willing to receive biblical counseling. The counseling and retreat ministry will be available for churches from different denominations.
Apart from the counseling center a network of Christian Counselors in Portugal will be established to provide mutual encouragement and opportunities for supervision and further training for the counselors.
An apartment in Povoa de Varzim is available to host small retreats and receive small groups, individuals and families who need some time away from their usual environment. Counseling seminars and other retreats will be offered over weekends for up to 12 people. TEAM Portugal plans to purchase property for a bigger center in the future.
TEAM Portugal exists to promote a network of healthy reproducing churches that are both relevant and lively, where people’s lives are being transformed to be like Jesus. Emotional healing and discipleship is seen as an important part of transforming lives to become more like Jesus. The counseling ministry will be seen as an interdenominational ministry open to people from any evangelical church in order to promote networking amongst the few small churches in Portugal. Amrei Wehmeyer is the leader of this initiative. TEAM Portugal is praying and actively recruiting more people to join the vision and the team.
The center in Póvoa de Varzim is being used for ministry. A flyer invitation for retreats of reflection on burnout is being distributed. The leadership of MEVIC and MAPI, Portuguese ministries that promote member care for Portuguese pastors and missionaries have shown strong interest in the ministry. Individual Portuguese believers, pastors and missionaries have started seeking help. We need God to call more people with giftedness and training in counseling with at least one with administrative and leadership skills to head up this ministry. We also need someone (preferably a couple) with giftedness in hospitality and some practical work, who is willing to live in a community setting to be looking after the installations and caring for the guests.