Hey everyone, we’re the Alcantaras! We are Dan, Tracy, Sophie, Chloe, Liam and Owen and we’ve been on a bit of a journey. Since leaving the States in 2018 to go into the mission field, we’ve had the privilege of serving in Liverpool, Warsaw and now in rural Scotland.
In 2021, your prayers and support have enabled us to serve in both local church and parachurch ministries. Because of you, we have been able to:
- Build a partnership with a local church to reach this town’s young people
- Given out John’s gospel and been the first evangelical contact for a family who moved here during that pandemic
- Preached the gospel in four local churches (including our own)
and Tracy is now part of a team that runs camps and activity days to reach young people with the gospel. She is also helping incoming apprentices as a part of the operations team at AT3.
Looking ahead, we are hoping to continue in long-term ministry here in Scotland. Our goal from the beginning has been to give our lives to ministry here in the UK. We didn’t know where it would be, but we knew that God had called us and equipped us for this work. Now that we are here, our hearts are drawn to continuing in Scotland. There is much need here and my training has been focused on Scotland’s needs in particular.
We’ve begun exploring further ministry opportunities here, both in the west and northeast of Scotland.
In order for us to be set up to do this work, we are making a year-end appeal for further financial support.
It’s no secret that the pandemic has been, and continues to be, a great burden on many. Because of it, we are still facing a monthly giving deficit of approximately $300 per month until September 2022. We are asking for current and potential partners to consider making an additional one-time gift to help cover this cost. Currently, our estimates are that at the end of our time, we will have a $3000 shortfall in giving to cover our regular monthly expenses.
Preparing for a life of gospel ministry in Scotland
In order for us to continue in long-term ministry here, I (Dan) need to transfer my visa to a Family Visa. This is a very expensive process but it will enable me to be employed here in the UK, meaning that we would transition from being sent missionaries to being fully UK-based. In order to apply for this visa, we need to raise a further $3000. This will go towards the visa application, healthcare surcharge and a consultant’s fee in order to give our application the best chance of success.
We are partnered with AT3, a missions organisation seeking to advance the Kingdom by strengthening ties between the USA and UK. They do this by partnering American students with British churches for a combination of robust, theological training while gaining real-life ministry experience in a post-Christian culture. In order for this work to be accomplished, we are asking you to partner with us in prayer and financially.