The Gospel Coalition


Relief Projects

Portuguese Relief Project: Pastor Training Curriculum

Building Healthy Churches by 9Marks

Goal: $10,000

100% Raised

TGC International Outreach is engaged in Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. We create Relief Projects by working with translators, publishers, and printers here in North America as well as overseas, and donate these resources through global missions networks. Through your generous gifts, these projects enable us to strengthen thousands of church leaders in Asia, Africa, and South America.


Portuguese-speaking Africa

Roman Catholicism was brought from the Portuguese colonial era and quickly mixed with traditional animistic African religions. This syncretism and ecumenism are very common and jeopardizes a biblical vision of the Gospel and the true church of Christ.



The Church in the African continent is growing significantly in number, however most leaders have little or no formal training. Eager to grow numerically, many have abandoned God's word as the guide, which directs us in how we build His church.


There has been minimal investment in the formation of sound leaders, and informal training is the most common.  Thus there are few men well prepared to teach sound biblical truth. This resource will help meet this need, and bring training they otherwise would not have access to. 



Many people do not realize that, in the African continent nearly 50 million people speak Portuguese from various countries such as Mozambique, Angola, and other countries. Most of this region has been severely affected by civil wars and plagued by poverty and misery.


The Portuguese language spread during the colonial era, most prominently to Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and Portugal. Worldwide, there are approximately 178 million first language Portuguese speakers. 


Geography of the Language

The primary African countries with Portuguese-speaking populations are MozambiqueAngolaGuinea-BissauCape VerdeSao Tome & Principe.

Mozambique Demographics

Population: 23,405,670
11% Evangelical


Angola Demographics

Population: 18,992,707 
22.5% Evangelical




In collaboration with 9Marks ministries, Editora FIEL is creating a Portuguese-language church leaders training curriculum. We will donate these resources to 300 key seminaries, bible schools, libraries and churches in Portuguese-speaking countries located in southern Africa. 
This kit will contain the following:
  • 28 hours of video Theological Courses on 8 DVDs.
  • Book, 9Marks of a Healthy Church
  • 9Marks Study Guide
The video curriculum is filmed with Portuguese translation taught by Mark Dever, Greg Gilbert, Jonathan Leeman, Mike McKinley, as well as Augustus Nicodemus and other Portuguese speaking Christian leaders. These institutions will be allowed to copy and distribute print resources. In addition to this, key schools will be chosen to offer the course with a diploma giving recognition to the student's work, as well as credit, in some well known Brazilian partner seminaries. Our prayer is that hundreds of leaders will be trained through this curriculum.
FIEL ministries has been working in African nations through conferences, literature distribution and its Adopt-a-Pastor project for over ten years, and has seen much fruit. We hope that this initiative which reaches these pastors and seminaries, both formal and informal, will provide the needed training that has the potential to impact the future generation of pastors and teachers in the church of Africa.


Editora FIEL's mission is to spread among Portuguese-speaking peoples worldwide the truths of biblical Christianity, the contours of which have been shaped by the doctrines of sovereign grace, which gave birth to the Reformation and center upon the glorious redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only Mediator between God and man.


9Marks is a ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources. Our goal is simple: churches that display the glory of God.


Project Details

Goal: $10,000

A gift of $33 provides 1 Curriculum Set

Total Quantity: 300 Curriculum Sets


Title: Building a Healthy Church

Format: Video DVD & Printed Books
Language: Portuguese


Our Partner

Editora FIEL's mission is to spread among Portuguese-speaking peoples worldwide the truths of biblical Christianity.