Serving with Pioneers in Trieste, Italy in partnership with a local church.
At first glance Italy may seem rich in faith, because it’s filled with cathedrals and religious figures. However, there are about 60 million people in Italy and more than 99% of them lack the understanding of what it means to know Christ as Saviour and Lord.
We are excited to be in Italy helping people discover God, His love for them and His mission for His church.
To see a multiplying network of Gospel centered community groups permeating the city of Trieste and its surrounding areas who are connected through different church gatherings.
Three of these community groups are currently being developed by the local church body in partnership with our team.
Through prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit we will use the opportunities God gives us in our relationships to share our faith in Christ (the Gospel of Grace vs Works) and be examples to those around us. We will be training groups and facilitating discovery Bible studies to help those who are eager to know more about God on their journey to salvation! We pray that through this ministry people will discover their desperate need to be reconciled to God, understand the depth of His love, come to know Him intimately, and mature into reproducing, God-glorifying disciples.
We hope to see God growing our existing christian community, where people can experience fellowship with believers, discover who God is, be inspired to pursue an intimate relationship with Him, and share their faith with others.
As a Church we do not want to just run programs to reach people, but be the light that we are called to be as we as the Church live out the Gospel in our everyday, ordinary lives in the context of biblical community. Living out the Gospel in our lives as a community of believers will naturally result in building relationships, sharing the Gospel and introducing people to our community. We desire that our strategy be less strategic and more natural, bringing Jesus into ordinary life.
Jesus came into the world to save men and women from their sins through His life, death and resurrection. To be a community of the Gospel, is to have the good news (Jesus) that changes lives as the center of everything we do.
Being a community means that we consider our mission of transformation, evangelization and discipleship as a community project; we do this together.
Being a local church means that we are committed to serve in and around Trieste. We believe that the Gospel creates a community who lives locally and serves the neighbourhood.
A glimpse of Trieste.
From top of the “boot” in the Alps to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, off its “toe”, Italy is acclaimed for its wonderful cuisine, priceless art treasures and beautiful landscapes. From the world’s view, Italy is still thriving. Its democratic republic is working in spite of many governmental changes in recent years.
Looking at Italy spiritually, however, it is not the Christian nation it is sometimes thought to be. About 95% of the people consider themselves Catholic, but in fact only 5% of them are practicing Catholics. Evangelical believers number less than 0.8%. Much of Italy is untouched by the Gospel.
In contrast, the darkness of the Occult, New Age activities, cults and Satanism are strong forces in Italy today. Yet despite this very difficult spiritual climate, there is hope. The training and development of national leaders has been promising. Italians are searching. Italy is ripe for the change only Christ can bring.
• Pray for nominal Christians throughout Italy, that they would gain a true understanding of the gospel.
• Pray for Italians enslaved by tradition or disillusioned with church structures to encounter the living Christ.
• Pray for the power of God to be revealed and to set free those lost in the darkness of occult, pagan, and New Age practices.
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