Hey everyone! I’m Mary- the oldest McRae child, enneagram type 1, and world traveler! I’m excited to share my very first post on this blog about a place that I absolutely love- Portugal!
This summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Portugal for the third time with my husband, Joseph, and a group from our church in Baton Rouge. We spent a week in the Algarve region, which is on the southern coast of Portugal- just across the ocean from Morocco! We’ve gone on this trip for the past three years, and going back this time felt like going home!
While in Portugal, we spend our time in a city called Portimao, which is actually the European City of Sports. The city has a camp for kids called Ferias Desportivas (Holiday Sports), which is put on by the public school system. Our team goes to help with this camp, and in doing so we get to know the monitors (camp counselors) who are around college age. Over the 8 years that our church has been going to Portugal, we have developed many relationships with the people there and have been able to share Jesus with them. I love being able to go there and not only build relationships, but also answer the questions about Jesus that some of my friends have and minister to them.
Now, I am definitely more of a mountain girl- I would choose the mountains any day over the beach! However, Portugal is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to, and the beaches are amazing! Being in such a beautiful place reminds me of how great God is to have created places like this. I love Portugal, and I am counting down the days until I can go back!
If you are interested in learning more about Portugal and the work that we do there, please email me! I would love to give you more information! Join us as we continue to pray for this beautiful country.