In 2016, Emanuel "Manny" DaCunha made an unexpected trip to Graciosa, an Azores Island in Portugal, where he was born. While there, he discovered there were only 8 evangelical believers in Christ.
Upon his return to the US, he began an in-depth research of the spiritual condition of the other islands, and the nation as a whole. The results were astonishing: only 1% of Portugal's population had placed their faith in Christ alone for salvation. And there were thousands of towns throughout the country without any evangelical gospel-preaching churches.
This alarming discovery caused a deep stirring of soul and an unrelenting desire to help, which led to a sincere evaluation of future aspirations. After periods of prayer, careful consideration and counsel with other Christians, he realized God was leading him to the work of advancing the spread of the gospel throughout the Azores and less-reached regions of Portugal.
Manny and his wife Carmen (shown in photo)
We believe in one true God, creator of all things, infinitely holy and perfect, eternally existing in three equally divine persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Jer. 10:10; Isa. 48:16-17; Matt. 28:19, 3:13-17; Eph. 2:18).
We believe in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments as the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings; is the complete revelation of God's will for salvation of mankind and ultimate authority for life, trustworthy in every way. (Deut. 4:1-2; Josh. 8:34; Ps. 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105; Isa. 34:16; 40:8; Jer. 15:16; 36:1-32; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:3,19-21; Heb. 4:12).
We believe in Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, born of a virgin, Who died as the atonement for our sins, was raised bodily and ascended to heaven; and in His present position there as High Priest and Advocate. (Matt. 1:20; Luke 2:25-31; Heb. 1:3, 2:14, 4:15; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:25; Eph. 1:13).
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world of sin and indwells all Christians, equipping them for victorious life and service. (Isa. 61:1-3; Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:35 John 4:24; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9-11; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14;1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Rev. 1:10; 22:17).
We believe in the true church, made up of everyone throughout the world who has trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior. (Matt. 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; 3:16; Eph. 1:22-23; Phil. 1:1; Heb. 11:39-40; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Rev. 2-3).
We believe in salvation from the penalty of sin, offered as a gift of grace, on the basis of faith in Christ alone and his finished work on the cross, not by any human effort or merit (John 1:12-13, 3:16; Rom. 5:1-5; 1 John 5:13; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
ETERNAL DESTINY OF MANKIND
We believe in the reality of heaven and hell; where God will raise the dead bodily, assigning those who have rejected the Gospel to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment; and believers in Christ to an eternal blessedness in a new heaven and earth. (Dan. 12:1-3; Job 19:26; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thess. 4:14, 17; Luke 16:22-24; John 5:28-29; 2 Thess. 1:5-9).
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ, coming for his bride, the Church. This imminent coming of our Lord and Savior, should motivate every believer to sacrificial service and zealous evangelism. (Acts 1:9-11; Dan. 7:13-14; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; Titus 2:13; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:1-6).