The Portugal Years: Acampamento Palavra de Vida (Camp Word of Life) I

When Word of Life USA began to work in Portugal, one of the long-term goals was to build a camp that would double in winter as a Bible Institute. Finding the right property took patience and time. In 1981, we bought a  property from which we could see the Atlantic Ocean and the village of Ericeira. It was a place of possibilities, pine trees, fresh air and little else. And the work began.

camp work 1

Little by little the property began to take shape. Trees fell; walkways were constructed. In the distance is the village of Ericeira.

bunks for campers

Buildings started to sprout in the sandy soil. This is one of the dormitories.

dining hall

The dining area has a fireplace and a full-sized kitchen where the cooks and helpers prepared some wonderful meals. Below the dining room is a room for singing and teaching.

apartments, soccer field

In the background you can see the apartments where staff lived in the summer. They also served as a place for visitors to stay. If you look carefully, you will see the soccer field. You really can’t have a camp without a soccer field in Portugal! Eventually, a grounds man would work on making the place beautiful He planted fruit trees and made repairs.

camp pv

A few years ago a plane flew over the campground. Can you recognize some of the buildings that you saw being build in the above pictures?

18 thoughts on “The Portugal Years: Acampamento Palavra de Vida (Camp Word of Life) I

  1. What an incredible transformation, Susan. I would never have guessed it would have ended up looking as it does now. What an awesome story, my friend, and I really thank you for sharing it. Love, Amy


  2. Fabulous time-lapse (the last one being lengthy). Yes, I did recognize buildings! Great entry, amazing work done.


  3. That’s so cool! I don’t see the soccer field. :/ (Do they call it football there?) No, I don’t recognize it from the aerial shot, but I’m pretty bad at that even with places I know. LOL! But that’s so cool that you got an aerial shot! 😀 Did you know the person, or did a stranger send it to you? Thanks for sharing! 🙂


    1. Futeball. Well, it looks like a long stretch of white rocks, which is essentially what it was. If you can make it bigger, you might be able to see the goalie cages.

      I do not know personally the person who took the aerial shot. If you are on Facebook, you can look up the Palavra da Vida Portugal page and check it out up close and personal. I got it when Portuguese and Americans were sharing it on Facebook. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Great story and pictures Susan. The camp looks like a beautiful place.
    And it’s snowing!!! 😀
    Thanks for sharing!!!!


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