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Inside Italy

This last week I was visiting Italy and doing follow-up with another guy from our home. While not the first time there is was the first long period of time to met many friends and supporters how help us in little or bigger ways and are a part of our greater witnessing efforts.

We went to Trento, Ala and Verona, from small hamlets to large metropolises, rich business people to simple working class people all with the purpose of encouraging and straightening they’re faith in the Lord and the Word, we prayed for their personal requests like health and family, but one request was even to help release some trapped spirits from an old restaurant which we did and even gave them a message from one of them.

In cities and western countries like this it is easy to see they have everything materially, millionaires are commonplace, top fashion and fast cars are born and bred from here even Christianity has it’s strongest traditional ties to this land yet the same basic question for the last 2000 years is still the same, “Who is Jesus?” and the same basic needs are the same, that of getting to know and have a personal link with Jesus through prayer and His Word.

We banded in peoples houses and living rooms or breakfast tables, just like the early church teaching the Word of God. Emails and newsletters were good seeds planted and so when we come and visit we are able (unfortunately my lack of Italian prevents me from doing more personally) to feed them deeper with bible studies, PowerPoint’s and video clips on their computers, and many received the Word of God with gladness.

We also were able to bring some of our friends over to the local home were they can be in touch and come over for classes more regularly, the home there was wonderful too and we had a great time with them, great folks and even put up or larger team of 7 more who came from Croatia for the last night after a long day at a local fair we did.

I had the use of a Samsung Digimax SX 800 that I used to take pics of our fair day in the center of Verona but I do not have everyone’s consent to show pics of them so I’ll post this collection of people who came by to our stand and got tools and a witness. It was a good little camera and had some nice focus features that made a lot of good pics for our next newsletter etc.
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The lions got nothing on us! 2000 years later they are gone, roman arenas that sent Christians to the lions (like the one in the middle picture) have long become museum pieces, yet the Word lives on.

Italy is just that, Italy. You can’t really explain it in words, aside from receptive people and our job of witnessing it is always interesting to see and view other cultures and people and Italy is very interesting. Here are some observations.

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Never to cool, this guy who got a heart and bear balloon from our stand for his girlfriend found an interesting way to carry it.

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This is a larger look from my last trip here, for a bigger pic and my commentary follow here.

Likes – The food is fantastic overall, home cooking and restaurants all make great food. I’m one with them for breakfast, just coffee and crackers.

Dislikes – they gotta have the worst bread in the world. Everyone says American white bread is bad, but it must have come from all the Italian immigrants as this is where it comes from. I had some nice home-made bread, but the rolls and other bread are just cardboard that they reserve meal after meal till it is gone! Thankfully there is so much pasta and salami for meals you don’t hardly need the bread. Eating veggies after your meal( instead of with or before) also gets a B- from me, i want sweet or fruit after pasta and meat not vinegar and oil salad on a full stomach, guess in Rome do as the Romans.

Overall it was a great time, great people, great food and great Family, and truly can be a mission field if you treat it like one and are there to witness and not fool around, but that is the same with any place.


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