Read All About It. {the month of February, that is!}

February 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm (Uncategorized)

The February Update is in the mail! But you can read it online here. Below are some highlights, but you’ll have to click the link below to read the entire letter!

Tuesday night bible study


European Student Conference 2008: I’m so excited to tell you about the European Student Conference that happened last weekend! I believe God really used (and will use in the future!) the weekend to push students towards himself. . . It was a weekend full of newness– from the Worship music to Starbucks coffee (which is quite different from the Italian cappuccino!) The conference was a great time to build community (I can already see it!), greater exposure to other believers around Europe, and a chance to grow in love for Christ. . . {read more}

Studia della Bibbia: Last week I asked for students to raise their hand if they had ever read all of Luke. No hands. Any one of the Gospels? No hands. I’ve come to realize that this is the first Bible study for every student attending. . . {read more}

Spring Break: here come the laborers! During the month of March, 125 American students will be sent from their partnering universities in America to us here in Rome during their week of Spring Break. Having these students here to help in ministry is so significant. . . {read more}

On a personal note… Many of you have started asking what my plan is after the academic year finishes. Good question! . . . I’m currently filling out my application to come back to Italy more long-term (and to join staff full-time with Campus Crusade for Christ). Two real needs at this point are 1) a job, and 2) a car.  {read more}

{read more by clicking here} and open up the February Update pdf file in your browser!


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European Student Conference 2008

February 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm (Uncategorized)

Bristol Group Shot Maybe it’s hard to picture: 7 Italian students from La Sapienza Universita’ on the tube through London headed to Bristol, England for the European Student Conference. If I were to describe it to you I’d recount lots of energy! (Contrasted with British Culture this was quite the experience!) Maria and IBut bringing these 7 students wasn’t just about the travel (although on the journey there it sometimes felt like ‘Lord, please let us just GET there!’ It was about exposure. Exposing students in our ministry to something more– something bigger than what God was doing just in Rome, just in Italy.

We joined almost 200 others for the weekend. We slept on church floors and spend our days meeting believers from around Europe and learning more about what it means to love God and serve him within our missional context. “The Hippie Conference” as one of my disciples called it, was a really new experience for all of the students. Almost everything was new: the music, the schedule, the food, Starbucks!

Alessandro, Me, and DanieleWe’re still realizing the effects this conference had on our students. During our Bible study on Tuesday night we talked about the things we learned at the conference. One student was LOVING it– afterwards she was brainstorming ways to reach students in Rome. Another was loving getting to know people from all over Europe and connecting over things that mattered. There were a couple students who left with lots to think about– even what it meant to essentially follow Jesus and want the whole world to know Him.

Thank you so much for praying and giving financially for these students to go to this conference in Bristol. We had so much fun! It was really great for building community and unity in vision for what we as Agape are trusting God to do in Rome. I’m excited to see the fruit that will be produced from this conference this semester!Chiara and Ana on the airplaneMiaDaniele & I on the tube

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Andiamo a Bristol! {Let’s go to Bristol!}

February 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm (Uncategorized)

British flg15-17 February is a big weekend for our ministry here in Rome. I’m excited tell you that we have seven students involved with us going to Bristol, England for an evangelism training conference. They will join 150-200 others from around Western Europe for a weekend of training, encouragement in their faith, and in community with other believing students around Western Europe. I can’t even BEGIN to explain how encouraging this is for us here in Rome. God is up to something. Would you join us in prayer for the following students:

Daniele (m), Alessandro (m), Ana (f), Andreea (f), Miriam (f), Chiara (f), & Maria Teresa (f).Mia

Please pray that:

  • God would be glorified in Bristol, that His name is lifted high
  • These 7 students would fall more in love with Jesus
  • We would see a leadership team formed for La Sapienza University
  • These students would be challenged to share their faith– and go for it!

Thank you so much for your prayers, as well as those of you who helped scholarship students to go to the conference. THANK YOU for partnering with me and with the ministry here in Italy. I’m excited to let you know how it goes!

(photo: Miriam and I after her choir concert this Christmas!)

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‘Story of the Soul’ for ‘A Beautiful Life’

February 7, 2008 at 8:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Girl full of Hope
Story of the Soul (SOTS) is an interactive outreach experience connecting students to a story needing to be shared – the Gospel of Jesus Christ. SOTS is a conversational journey in a coffee house-like setting. The Gospel is shared after considering stories the soul of man has been telling for eons through: Film, Music, Classic Literature, Pop Culture, Poetry, Artwork, and History. SOTS is sweeping university campuses worldwide, and is being used in many different contexts, venues and ministries.

The Rome Stint team has adapted and Italian-ized the idea, to what they call “La Bella Vita.” The vision is to create a place where non-believers could come and freely talk about the Gospel in a modern way. . .” –Sarah Vierling, Insieme

Here in Rome we’ve been doing something called “Story of the Soul” every Thursday at 5pm for our weekly evangelistic meeting “La Bella Vita” {The Beautiful Life}. Read an article written by good my friend Sarah for our ministry newsletter, Insieme {Together} for shared learning between cities by clicking HERE.

You can pray for “La Bella Vita” every Thursday at 11am. (EST)

Find out more information about SOTS (and see their way-cool website at) by clicking the logo below:


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