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…

God is good?

You may have noticed that we haven’t posted anything in a couple of weeks. I have actually written several times since then, although I never felt comfortable publishing what I had written. About two weeks ago we found out my dad’s cancer has returned. At first I didn’t want to publish anything because we didn’t…

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…

The world Ruby Love sees…

  For many obvious reasons our day-to-day life is different than most, not because we ourselves are any different but because the world we live in is so different. We got pregnant in the middle of raising support to come to Italy and many people asked us if we were going to change our mind…

Transforming prayer

We began a beautiful prayer journey with many of you exactly 6 days ago, and let me just tell you what is happening. God is moving. He is challenging and encouraging and imparting wisdom and strengthening and mobilizing young believing Italians as well as a few foreigners working with these young people. David and I…

Please Pray With Us (Bologna Prayer Chain)

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, they travel in pairs thoughtfully engaged in conversation,…

Welcome to the world, NVUni.

Due to their relatively small size, Italians churches tend to minister to their congregations in very broad groups: adults, young people and children.  The “gruppo giovani” can range from 19 year old college students to 35 year old accountants and anything in-between. Nuova Vita has a small but growing group of university students and the church…

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