World Missions

Beautiful but Forgotten Abruzzo

Pray for Abruzzo. One of Italy’s regions with the fewest number of born-again believers.

Our village nestles among gently rolling hills, between Abruzzo’s Adriatic coast and the Apennine mountains. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, with snow-capped mountains in the background! It’s beautiful, and we feel blessed to live here! 

Largely an agriculture region, it’s famous for its Montepulciano wine.

And also for its long beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and great cuisine. Its prevalent agriculture and wild regions keep Abruzzo off the beaten tourist track, making it mostly a wild, unspoiled region. Full of national parks and wild areas, inhabited by wolf and bear.

Abruzzo is truly beautiful, yet also largely forgotten.

And its isolation also makes it a poor region, in more ways than one. Economically depressed, and often politically neglected. Many times even omitted from weather reports on national TV!

Italy’s highway system depicts this isolation most interestingly.

The expressways (called autostrade here) number from A1 to A32. The lower the number, the older the highway. A1, which runs pretty much up and down the center of the nation, was the first.

But our Adriatic coast didn’t get its own highway until A14, which runs mostly down the Mediterranean coast. Meaning of course, that the east side of Italy remained more isolated and less informed.

But even highway A14 didn’t make travel and interrelations much easier for Abruzzo. Because it didn’t get a highway connecting it to the western coast until A25, putting it among Italy’s last major highways. And this left Abruzzo pretty much to itself. Bound by tradition, superstition, and in some ways, ignorance.

But many positives have come out of Abruzzo’s isolation as well. Besides its glorious unspoiled nature, it’s also among Italy’s least materialistic regions. And perhaps because they had to rely more on one another, one of the most hospitable!

And yet because it’s been oft overlooked and forgotten, Abruzzo is one place where the old Italian ways and traditions still endure.

But Abruzzo is also one of the least reached areas of Italy.

Though a very religious region, it is also one of the areas with the fewest churches of born-again believers. And that’s why we ask you to keep our Abruzzo in your prayers.

Please pray that the people here will open their hearts to want to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ!

[Images are our own.]

12 comments

  1. Sheila, as many time as I’ve been to Italy (I’ve lost count) Abruzzo is a region I have not been to very much. If the Lord blesses me with another opportunity to go back to Italy, this is where I want to be. Thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt ministry for the people of Abruzzo.

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    1. Yes!! Abruzzo is beautiful – but so often overlooked. Actually both this region and the area of my husband’s hometown are – Cilento. I think what makes them really special, though, is that they are areas where you can still find “old Italy.” And that’s something I, at least, am still in love with!! (Can you tell?)

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  2. I loved the photos, Sheila! Italy is a place I’d love to visit some day. And it was great to hear about your ministry too. It’s so important to help people move beyond tradition and religion to really know God and his love. Blessings!

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  3. We just visited Italy for the month of April in 2017. I wish I had known you then. I would have loved to have met you! What a wonderful ministry you have! God bless you big time, Sheila! Hugs!

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