Category: Ministry

What is going on in our ministry in Bologna

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

Just wanted to write a brief update to let you know that after an unimaginable summer we are safely back home in Bologna. In classic Italian fashion our internet wasn’t working when we returned and our service provider was happy to fix it sometime within a month or so. The result is a little frustration…

Please Pray with Us (Bologna Prayer Chain)

Here we go again. And I can’t wait! There are over 100,000 students at the University of Bologna. They bear a striking resemblance to the ones you see scattered around the cities in which most of you live. Laughter and loud conversations echo loudly in piazzas around town. They carry backpacks heavily laden with books,…

Going back and moving forward

David said to me just today, “3 more days and it’ll be February”. “WHAT?” I responded, “How is that possible? Weren’t we just in the States last week?” No is the answer to that question, that was over 3 weeks ago! We had the sweet privilege of returning to the States for Christmas this year.…

The Constant

It’s quiet in the house this morning except for the lull of “a jazzy Christmas” seeping through my computer speakers. I’m kind of addicted to Christmas music this year. If you were to walk into my house at any time during the day you would most likely be greeted by the smell of a combination…

The Ballad of Ladan

Last week I was in Florence for an afternoon with a summer intern. While he was off doing a little shopping for gifts i stepped into a cafe to Skype with missionary friends of ours in Africa. During this conversation a young man, having heard me speaking english to my friends, tapped me on the…

The Body of Christ (a brief update)

In the past seven days our church (Chiesa Evangelica Nuova Vita) has celebrated the baptism of three new believers, hosted a two-night dramatic presentation of the gospel of Mark, sponsored and hosted a three-night panel discussing the impact of human trafficking, sent a team to the streets of Bologna to minister to prostitutes and sent…

A good tired.

Not unlike american culture, in Italy a daily question is “come stai?” (“how are you?”). For the past couple of weeks my response has been “Sono stanco, ma è una buona stanchezza.” I’ve had many italians tell me that you don’t really say “buona stanchezza” in italian, but I can’t find a better translation for…

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