Announcing Ministry Updates

This is the beginning of a new feature here: ministry updates, which I hope to update regularly. Many of you have requested photos, more updates, and better info on what we do. So I’m moving our ministry newsletters here from our Mission Italia site. We do hope you enjoy this new feature, and that it helps you better pray for us and the people here. Please be patient while I continue getting them all transferred.

But first, let’s start with a bit of background about our years here.

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Life & Missions in Small-Town Italy

Moving to or even visiting Italian villages is a unique and sometimes perplexing experience. Expect people to stare (and I mean really stare) as you walk down the street, without letting it give you a complex. No, you are not funny looking or strange. They just don’t see many outsiders, and curiosity is one thing Italians do not lack!  Continue reading “Life & Missions in Small-Town Italy”

Our Tiny Italian {Dream} House

We had long dreamed of owning our own home, which with our lack of regular income seemed like The Impossible Dream. But in planning our move to Abruzzo nearly 10 years ago, we learned that property values in these inland villages of the south are unbelievably low.  Continue reading “Our Tiny Italian {Dream} House”

Culture Shock: Italian Worm Cheese

We have a saying in Italian. Non c’è niente di nuovo sotto il sole. (There is nothing new under the sun.) And yes, I know it’s from the Bible. But I also know that King Solomon, who wrote that, didn’t live in a foreign land. Otherwise, I wonder if he might not have changed it to: “There is something new under the sun. Every day, and in countless ways!”  Continue reading “Culture Shock: Italian Worm Cheese”

Italy: The Missionary Graveyard

One-by-one we’ve watched them go. Quite often heart-broken, usually discouraged, but always leaving a big chunk of their hearts behind them. Graveyard life did them in, and it’s really no surprise. It’s often dark and gloomy. Often oppressive and crushing.  Continue reading “Italy: The Missionary Graveyard”