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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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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January Update

January 31, 2008 at 7:46 pm (Uncategorized)

Making Christmas Cookies

Babbo Natale (and the true meaning of Christmas)
We posed the question at our last Bible study: “Why is it so much
easier to celebrate Babbo Natale (Santa Clause) than the birth of
Jesus?” One student (Maria, pictured left) put it well, “Babo Natale
is easy to celebrate– he gives you things, Jesus is quite different.
Celebrating Jesus means giving Him your whole life, He changes
everything.” Maria became a Christian 2 years ago when my friend
Julie shared the gospel with her and we’ve gotten back in touch with
her just a couple months ago. She’s still a baby Christian but really
gets it: Jesus changes everything…



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Agape Roma on Facebook

January 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Facebook logo

Using Facebook to Reach Rome

We’ve created a Facebook group (on ‘Facebook,’ the social networking website, to keep people updated on prayer requests, ministry happenings, and to include photos, videos, and links. Feel free to check out the group by clicking here. Please join the group and invite friends if you have an account!

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Meeting Noemi

December 15, 2007 at 10:01 pm (Uncategorized)

La Sapienza“Stint team co-leader, Lauren Roeper began meeting with Noemi this semester and looks forward to every coffee session because, “Noemi should be discipling me,” she says. “She is such an encouragement!”

When Noemi encountered Agape Italia three years ago at La Sapienza University, she was already a strong believer. She shares her faith on her own initiative on trains, in her neighborhood, and with her friends. Between her busy schedule of school, church, and family obligations, Noemi finds time to study Greek and Hebrew so she can better understand the Bible for herself.” -Sarah Vierling, Insieme

In our shared learning CCC newsletter, my good friend Sarah wrote about one the students I meet with, Noemi. Read the entire article in Insieme by clicking HERE, along with the story of Guilia, a new believer this year in Rome!

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…and, ACTION.

December 15, 2007 at 9:27 am (Uncategorized)

CameraCheck it out!

I’ve added a videos page to this website. CLICK HERE to go to that page and view a recruimtent video we made this fall. You can also access the page by clicking “Ministry Videos” in the right-hand column to access this page and keep up-to-date on the latest multi-media out of our ministry here in Rome!

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November Update

November 30, 2007 at 9:34 pm (Uncategorized)

Boys eating ThanksgivingTACCHINO FOR THE GOSPEL Who could have guessed that Thanksgiving would be such an opportunity to share the Gospel? Watching the Lord feed the 50 people in my apartment the Saturday after Thanksgiving I’m sure felt similar to how the disciples felt watching Jesus feed the 5,000. “Will we have enough Tacchino (Turkey)? Will the 10 pies make it? Will they go hungry?” But God provided JUST enough food, and, just as in Luke 9, the feeding of the masses was for the greater purpose of displaying his power, glory, and to preach the good news. Matt, my co-team leader, shared his personal story towards Christ and the Gospel. Danielo, a new believer of last week, translated. It was so neat to see so many students involved with Agape Italia in one place. Please pray as we continue to connect with these students. Pray that this outreach would provide momentum to continue to engage with students over Christ. . .

Read more by clicking the link below (and a pdf file will open!):
November Update

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