Jeffrey and Marianna work on the home front alongside Keith
and Karen Lindsay and Peter Moore.
Jeffrey is involved in taking church meetings, speaking
about the work of the mission, and encouraging people to pray and support the
work. He also edits the Acre In Touch magazine, where he has to gather and in
some cases translate the various reports that come in.
Marianna is developing the Kids Programme called Acre Kids,
designing the Kids Magazine and taking kids meetings and Ladies meetings. Have
a look at our Acre Kids page to see what else we offer and please get in
contact with us.
Together they are also involved in the work of Revive, which
is the young adults work within the mission, which involves encouraging young
18-30 year olds to be more involved in mission work, and organising meetings
for them where they can be challenged further about the need there is on the
My name is Jeffrey Ferguson, and I grew up just outside
Cookstown. I was saved at an early age, and after leaving school I began
working in a local factory, but always had an interest in mission work. I was
involved in several different mission teams, and some of those teams included
going to Fatima in Portugal with Acre. Eventually, I felt God was leading me
into full time work for Him and so I left my employment, and entered the New
Tribes bible college for 1 year of bible study. Here I met my wife to be,
I then went off to Portugal to begin working for Acre International
full time, and spent the first 4 months there in language learning in a city
called Coimbra. Following this I moved to Santo Andre to work alongside Acre
missionaries Aroldo and Emmanuelle Areas.
I was involved in all aspects of
church life and ministry, and began over time to get a good grasp of the
language which enabled me to communicate better with the Portuguese people.
Marianna moved to Portugal to be able to get involved in the work, and for us
to be able to plan our future together. After we were married in 2020 we served
in Portugal until we moved back to Northern Ireland at the end of that year.
My name is Marianna Ferguson. I was born in Germany in a
christian home. From a young age I heard all about God and the Bible but only
in my teenage years I understood that I needed Jesus as my Saviour. From that
day onwards I started serving God in my church by doing Sunday School, Kids
Camps and singing.
The desire to go into full time ministry started growing in
my heart more and more. So after finishing my degree as a Social Worker in Uni,
I decided to volunteer at a School in Brazil for 3 months. Coming home I knew
in my heart that God wanted me to go into full time ministry. After working for
a couple of years, I signed up to the New Tribes Bible College in England,
where I then met Jeffrey, my now husband.
Returning home to Germany and having
a good conversation with my Pastor, I signed up to the CEF Training Institute
in Switzerland. I always loved working with kids and young people and my church
gave me the opportunity to work for the church full time for about a year. I
really enjoyed that year and learned so much from my Pastor about the
challenges of working in full time ministry.
In 2018, I joined Jeff in
Portugal, as I wanted to get to know more about his work with Acre. While
living in the church apartment, I started language classes and tried helping
out as much as possible in the church in Santo André.
We worked there in Santo André until 2021 until we had to
leave and settle here in Northern
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