"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Grace + Peace Austin strives to be a conduit of God's grace not only locally, but globally. A Gospel-formed family like ours does not exist simply to be a place of local connectivity in the love of God, but also to join in God's "family business" of making Himself known to all the nations. We are honored to participate in God’s vision for spreading His Gospel to the world by partnering with the following missionaries:
Luciano & Luciene Pires are missionaries with Presbyterian Mission International, and the founders of a home-based, apologetics-focused Christian institute called Colloquium. Their mission at Colloquium is to plant churches by presenting the truths of the Gospel in a way that will challenge the hearts and minds of this generation, especially university students. They are also actively engaged in Christian leadership training. Thus, their passion is to reach out to non-believers and to equip Christians to live all of life under the Lordship of Christ.
In 2002 Luciano and Luciene completed degrees at Covenant Theological Seminary. Luciano received an M.Div, while Luciene earned an MA in Theological Studies; both have their degrees in Apologetics and Evangelism. Upon completion of their degrees, they returned to their homeland, Brazil, where they established Colloquium in Goiania. During these fifteen years of ministry, they ministered to hundreds of people every year through their Bible Studies, the annual Colloquium Conference, and various outreach activities hosted every week at their home. Out of the ministry of Colloquium, the Mosaico Presbyterian Church was planted, a godly and vibrant community of people formed mostly by young professionals and university students. Luciano also taught Old Testament and Biblical Theology at the Presbyterian Seminary in Goiania.
The Pireses are now preparing to move to Porto, a university city in northern Portugal, where, by God’s grace and His glory, they will take Colloquium to a country where only 0.4% of the population are professed Christians (less than India and Japan). While transitioning to Portugal, Luciano is taking classes towards a Th.M at Covenant Seminary. The Pireses want to be used by God in Porto “by being His instruments to renew the minds, transform the lives and impact the culture of the place our Lord calls us to be.”
The Pireses have two children, Mila (14) and Pedro (11). They both love Colloquium and are eager to see it established in Portugal.
Sign up for the Pires family's newsletter or donate to their work here.
James, Jane, and their children are taking the Gospel to the unreached Muslim people of Central Asia. The family provides humanitarian aid, coordinates sports camps and other outdoor ministries, leads discipleships, and trains Christian leaders. In addition to their own town, the family ventures into outlying mountain villages to share the gospel, train leaders, provide supplies, and—at the relevant time of year—distribute Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
The family previously spent 8 years in Russia ministering to 60 unreached Muslim groups, and 4 years in another part of Central Asia before being forced to leave.
To sign up for their newsletter or request information that is not so painfully vague, email James and Jane here.
The name of this missionary has been changed to protect his safety.
"Brother David" is the founder and leader of a Christian seminary in an unreached part of Asia. Having been shunned by his family and community for his conversion, he now ministers to new converts by providing not only discipleship, but supplies and job training.
In 2018, Grace + Peace is honored to partner with him both in his daily discipleship, and in the construction of a new Christian training center.
Listen to the Voice of the Martyr's interview of "Brother David" here.
David and Pam are serving our Lord in the mountains of central Asia. They work with local folks to translate the Bible into their language, one spoken by more than 5 million people. Their prayer is that they will faithfully present God's word exactly as He intends; that not one word will be added or missing. The New Testament was just completed, is in circulation, and will soon be available online. The Old Testament is approximately halfway done.
While working on the Bible translation, David and Pam encourage local struggling believers as they take up their crosses daily.
For more information or to sign up for David and Pam’s newsletter, please email the Grace + Peace Missions Committee.
Please contact the Global Missions Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.