175 Americans: Impacting Eternity in the Eternal City

March 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm (Uncategorized)

soularium.jpgThere’s an advertisement here in Rome: “Marzo é Pazzo” (March is Crazy) And it’s true! March has been a crazy month full of, well, Americans! We’ve had about 175 Americans come through this last month. Our theme was ‘Impacting Eternity in the Eternal City,’ and that’s what happened! Students spent their afternoons interacting with Romans over the truth of the Gospel. . . Please pray specifically for the new Italian believers, the students we met that we believe are followers of Jesus, and the students that are interested in learning more about how to have a relationship with God.”
Read more
HERE (Link to my prayer letter viewed on the web)
** Special Prayer Requests**- Please pray for our last outreach with the Americans THIS THURSDAY 27 MARCH. We’re having another BBQ ourtreach. Pray that students would come and it would be a neat connection point for us as a team with new, spiritually-interested students that the Americans have met this month.

. . .You’re online you might as well . . .
Check out a few websites!
– Agape Italia’s NEW website for students (it’s in Italian, but you’ll get the idea!): www.roma.agapeitalia.eu
Agape Roma’s Facebook group for Prayer, updates, pictures, and more: HERE
Thanks everyone! Please drop me an email and let me know how you’re doing!

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Spring Break: Week UNO {1}

March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Ol’ Miss Spring Break

FIFTY AMERICAN STUDENTS from Mississippi and Ohio are in Rome this week on 5 faculties of La Sapienza and Roma Tre. It’s been a great start to our 3 weeks of Spring Break trips! Here are a few events you can pray for Rome (remember our over-arching prayer requests are a couple posts down on this blog!)

(^ photo) Students from Mississippi share the Gospel with Italian girls (on the bench) using a new tool called Soularium (a survey using a stack of photos where a student chooses cards that represent their own life and their views on God.)

Wednesday 12 March:
English Club at La Sapienza (Citta’)

Thursday 13 March:
‘La Bella Vita’ (our weekly meeting)- at a new location!
Texas BBQ Party Outreach!! (upwords of 50 students?)

Monday 17 March:
English Club at Villa Mira Fiori

Tuesday 18 March:
English Club at Roma Tre (?)

Wednesday 19 March:
English Club at La Sapienza (Citta’)
** Benefit Concert for Malawi** (pray for 400 people)

Thursday 20 March:
La Bella Vita– at our new location!

Everyday pray for GOOD WEATHER, GOOD CONVERSATIONS, and NEW BELIEVERS!
Thanks so much for praying for us!

Mia and I at her graduationMiriam Graduated!

It was a privilege to attend Mia’s (one of my Christian students) graduation. At 10:30 in the morning I went to the Political Science faculty and sat in a room for 5 minutes when Miraim defended her thesis. A panel of professors asked her questions. Afterwards we waited in the hallway until they rang a bell. Mia and her family (and me!) entered the room again where she got word that she had graduated!

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Without cap or gown, the Italian graduation is very different. Many students receive a crown of laurel!

You can pray for Mia as she finds a job in Italy, (which is very difficult) and as she continues to have a heart for her city. I’m challenging her to team up with one of our post-graduate CCC couples to bring a Passion worship band to Rome! Pray for us as we try to connect Mia with my friend Kelly!

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New Website!

March 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm (Uncategorized)

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THE WEBSITE IS UP!

I’m happy to announce the arrival of our new website for students! It’s been quite a few months in coming, but it hit cyberspace this week. Check it out by clicking the link below!

http://roma.agapeitalia.eu

Unfortunately, English translation isn’t an option for the site, but at least you can see what students are seeing! There are a few things still under construction, but you’ll get the idea! Praise the Lord for a large donation from the States that made the creation of this website possible!

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Spring Break ’08 Prayer Requests

March 6, 2008 at 10:47 am (Uncategorized)

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We are gearing up here in Rome to receive 3 weeks (March 8-15, 15-22, 22-29) of USA university students to help out with the ministry here during their Spring Break. We will have about 125 students through Rome over the next month. Would you pray diligently for this time? Below are some prayer requests. Write ’em down, stick ’em on the fridge or your car . . . anything to help remind you to pray and ask the Lord to move in Rome this month!

1. That the Gospel would be advanced here in Rome; that students would hear the Truth about Christ and respond; that we would see new believers in Rome! (2 Cor 5:11-21)


2. That we would s
ee future laborers rise up; that Spring Breakers would get a vision for the world and for the need in Rome. (Matthew 9:36-38)


3. That we would better learn our missional audience; that spring break students, staff, and Rome staff would learn about how to more effectively connect with Italian students’ hearts and communicate the gospel in a relevant way. (Prov. 18:15, 24:5)


4. That the 3 weeks of spring break would build momentum in Rome as we seek to build movements all over the city; that we will be able to follow up all of the contacts and share the gospel with the students who have only heard some of it. (Col 4:2-6, Acts 2:42-47)

Thank you so much for praying! I’ll do my best to keep you updated as the chaos unfolds!

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Reaching Rome & Malawi with Compassion

March 6, 2008 at 10:31 am (Uncategorized)

It was a “normal” Tuesday night Bible study, but instead of the 5 or so students that normally cimg6718.jpgattend to study Luca (Luke), we had 20 people gathered in our living room to listen to Haswell Beni, an Agape (CCC) staff member from Florence. Well, he lives in Florence, he’s really from Malwawi, a small country (with lots of heart!) in Africa. Haswell and his wife, Maria (who’s Roman) are heading up Italy’s summer project to Malawi– a project which marries passionate proclamation of the Gospel and Good Deeds. From July 4-26, a group of Italians (and Americans!) will travel to Malawi to build a school (currently the students are under a thatch roof and writing on the groud) dig a well, and help with a variety of other needs. At night and throughout the day participants will have the opportunity to share the message of Jesus throughout the surrounding area, and at night to partner with the Jesus film in surrounding villages. They are working with a local church in the area.
Haswell‘But how does this reach Rome?’ you ask. (Well, even if you didn’t. . .) the trip is open to believers and non-believers alike. The only requirement is that students & post-graduates would not be opposed to the Gospel being shared. Non-believers can choose to participate in sharing the Gospel or not. What a neat opportunity to non-believing Italians to spend 3 weeks with believers! In the States, similar trips have happened with reconstruction trips after Hurricane Katrina. God really used these trips to open the hearts of the non-believing volunteers, as well as the people they were helping!Please keep this trip in your prayers. I myself am unable to go (I’ll be returning to the States 7 July), but please pray that we would see Romans go!

Read more about the trip’s details on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Malawi Dinner

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