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July 2015

Greetings from Italy! Thanks for your prayers! The school project turned out pretty well. The work was a success and got done in time. We had a group from our church to come and help! We were able to help to paint and stucco the 2nd floor of the school and we had also the opportunity to have some good conversation and make connections with people. McKenzie's Discovery Bible Study is continuing great and Valentina and Montse are more open and desiring each time to know more about God! Praise Him! The art show had a pretty good turn out. Many people were impressed upon by the messages of God that were expressed in several art pieces.

SCHOOL PROJECT

ART PROJECT

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO THAT WAS PART OF THE ART PROJECT (if you have trouble getting the video to play CLICK HERE to watch it)

  • Pray for me as I'm now officially an elder at church. Pray that I will be keeping my eyes on Jesus and I will always look at Him for direction. Pray that I can help this body to be missional and to move forward in planting churches.
  • Pray for Valentina and Montse husbands (Stefano and Luca). V & M expressed their desire for S & L to have interest in knowing God and taking steps forward in that process.
  • Adrien has officiali finished pre-school for the year. We will be taking a week off to rest and reflect and spend time as a family. Please pray that it would be a time of refreshment and refocusing for us.

Thanks so much for praying with us. God Bless!

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June 2015

Thanks so much for your prayers last month. Elisabetta the lady that fell last month woke up from her coma and she is doing better. She will be going through rehab. McKenzie was able to spend some good time with her children and share the hope of the Gospel. Keep her in your prayers. Keep praying also for Valentina and Montse. They started the Discovery Bible study with McKenzie and went really well. They were excited and want to continue. Pray that God will continue opening their heart.

  • This Friday the 12th, we will be continuing a project we started last year about helping renovating a local elementary school in the neighbourhood. Many kid's parents will volunteer to help. Please pray for good connections and conversations. Our church will be helping too. Please pray that people in our church will come and serve along side us. We pray for them to catch the vision to be a blessing in our city. Below a picture before and after some of the work we did last year.

 

  • Saturday the 13th, we will be hosting in our church space the gallery art show for the art initiative that McKenzie facilitated since January. Pray for good connections and conversations about the artwork and God.
  • One of the pastors of the church is an American married with an Italian (Matt and Barbara). They are both working as teachers but would like to be full time in ministry. After 15 years in Italy they will be going back to the USA for a few years to raise support to come back as full time in ministry. Please pray for them as they will be leaving next month. They will be going to the US Embassy next week as his wife needs to get a visa. This time will be pretty stressful has they have a lot of things to do before they leave. If you want to know more about them and their passion for the Italian church, take a look at this VIDEO.

Thanks so much for praying with us God Bless!

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May 2015

There a few thing this month we are asking you to pray for. We just come back from a Pioneers conference which was very encouraging and challenging at the same time. We are pilgrims in progress called to serve our great God. One thing that really struck me was the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15. There is more rejoicing in heaven for one sinners who repents then for 99 just who don't need repentance. This is driving me back to Matthew 28 and the great commission where Jesus is calling us to go and make disciples that will obey him, and this means that they will go and make more disciples. I see this as an honour to be sent by Him and to be used for His plan. Each one of us who believes in Jesus is called to go and make disciples and this doesn't just means oversea but it could really be in your own city, in your own family, at your work place, in your school, etc. He wants to use you wherever you are.

  • When I met McKenzie 12 years ago in Italy, she was living with a family as she was helping their 5 children to learn english. In this years we build a good relationship with this family. Recently Elisabetta (the mother) slipped coming down from the stairs and smacked her head on the floor. She is currently hospitalised and was operated immediately and now she is in intensive care on a pharmaceutical coma. We have been praying for Elisabetta and her family for years that they would come to know Christ. We pray that God can save her physical life and use this time to capture her and her family's hearts.
  • We are going to start a "Discovery Bible Study" approach to study the Bible with people that are interested in understanding more about God. We want people to understand who God is not from what we tell them but we want them to read His word and let God speak directly to them as we are helping them in this journey. McKenzie will be starting this study with two girls in the next couple of weeks. Please pray for Valentina and Montse. Pray that God will call them to Himself and that they will be eager to read and learn from His word.
  • Recently we have been discussing a lot the direction of our church. We put down a 10 years vision and we will be setting some goals during the summer that will help us move forward in the next year. Pray that the people involved in this process will be graceful toward one another, that we will be able to be good listeners and not just talkers and that we will be taking time to listen to God's direction and leading.

Thanks so much for praying with us for this subjects. God Bless!

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