Tag : campaign-italy
Tag : campaign-italy
I’m sitting here in the JFK airport on a 7 hour layover waiting for our flight back home and reflecting on some of the victories we had in Italy. Its easy to view Italy as a vacation country and wonder why you would want to go there in a mission trip. Thats what I used to think before I started going and helping out some of the churches. Thanks to friends like Brandon Bee and Michael Bahn, we are able to see some fruit from our labor in the country.
1. We helped with the first Christian outreach event that the city of Verbania (a little north of Milan) has had. It was a Christian concert, which is common in the U.S. but is very rare in Italy.
2. We were able to do some song writing while we were in the country. Having close Italian friends to help with the translation is always helpful. The more songs we can get written in Italian the better.
3. We were able to connect with an event promoter. From my understanding he only likes to work with talented acts for events he puts on, and he liked what we did in Verbania so praise God for that!
4. We were able to get a better feel for the country and the needs it has for what our ministry does. Its one of those things that is hard to dream up until you build relationships with locals and hang out in the country.
5. We were able to encourage a church plant in ferrara. The pastor there for years was the only one he knew that has the same beliefs as him. It was only a few months ago that he was able to connect with another small group in the city.
6. We were able to see some of the culture in ferrara and pray over the city. I could literally feel the oppression and lack of joy in the city. It was very heavy. I had to really rely on God’s strength to get me through those few days because it weighed my spirit down.
7. We were able to encourage musicians in the area that dont have a way to share their talents in the church. A lot of them are really talented, but their churches dont want them to play music in church. Therefore, a lot of them just hang up their instrument. It was good to talk to them and encourage them to keep playing!
There are a lot more small wins we had, but these are the biggest on my heart right now.
Yes, it is a beautiful country and yes we had some fun days, but nonetheless we accomplished what God had us there to do. Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers. I hope one day we can all go to Italy together!
Its been a great couple days here in Italy. Im getting to know the culture more and learning a few more words than i used to. Even some slang words 😉
Today was really great. We got to explore Venice before we got dinner in ferrara. It was crazy how there are no cars there. Just boats in the city. We saw the church that they stole bits and pieces from the time of the crusades. We drank cappuccinos in the first espresso bar in Italy. We are lunch in an ok spot. Hahaha. Nothing really special about lunch besides the fact that it was over priced. And we got to walk around a beautiful city.
We talked about raising up disciples in our respected areas of ministry. It was good to see our views and learn from each other.
For dinner we ate with a couple who live in ferrara. They were greats hosts. We talked about the struggles of being a missionary in Italy. A big thing here is people will be nice to you, but when they find out that you are a Christian, they don’t want to talk with you anymore. They think that since you are a Christian you will want to take money from them. This is a big struggle here and we should be praying for this situation. The missionaries can often feel alone out here. This really touched me as a topic i should be praying more about.
After dinner we drove to the hostel where we are staying the next two nights. Our room is hot, smells like guys, and currently there is someone snoring extremely loud. I hope i can get some sleep.
The time in Italy has been so great. The hospitality of the people here is overwhelming and they are so humble in everything they do.
Thank you so much for your prayers on this trip. We can see that many are getting answered. People were able to see that there is an evangelical church in the city and that you can play music outside the church.
Playing a Christian concert outside the church in America doesn’t seem like a big deal, but in Italy its huge. Many people believe that Christian music should be kept inside the church and that its very bad to play outside to the non Christians. But isn’t that why Jesus came? He came for the lost, not the saved! We should be using our talents to reach people who don’t know Jesus.
Its a slow progression to see this happen, but in time we will see God do amazing things through music in Italy. Im honored and humbled to be a part of this ministry. We want to see more Christian music and worship songs written in the Italian language. We want to give the Italians the tools and education to write their own songs and to see the churches in Italy unite to reach the people outside the church.
Again, thank you again for your continued prayers in all this. It may take years to accomplish, but in Gods timing we will see miracles happen.
Tonight we had a concert in a theatre in Verbania. This was something that people from the church could invite their friends to, similar to the outreach on Thursday, but we were able to play more worship music.
We played a set and shared testimonies . Gregory, Melissa, & Brandon shared tonight and it was very well received. A few people gave their lives to Jesus and a few rededicated their lives. Praise God!! I will share tomorrow at the church service.
After the concert we caught some fireworks at the lake for the end of the festival this week. Then we all went out for gelato. Im probably going to be super fat with all this gelato here. Oh well, its worth it.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We are seeing big break throughs here in Italy and a lot of people are becoming inspired.
Today has been weird, but also productive. Everyone was really tired after getting back late last night, so we all woke up at different times and some of us slept longer than others. Haha.
We were able to relax and hang out with everyone and by the lake. We swam and got some sun. The water wasn’t too cold, but I’m a whitey so i can’t stay out in the sun for too long. 🙁
After the beach we went into a music studio that is close to where we’re staying. We are recording a few songs for an artist named Davide Sforza. (Well actually Brandon is recording and I’m here to help when he asks for it). Davide is really talented and writes really catchy songs. He will use these songs to reach people outside the church as well as in the church. He says he likes to play music for people outside the church because he wants them to hear the gospel and to know who Jesus is. Im excited to see how these songs will help expand his ministry.
After this we walked home and grabbed some coffee before dinner. Then we all walked down by the water and saw some of the city where Davide Di Lecce lives. Tomorrow we’ll play a concert in town again.
The outreach yesterday went great. About 1500 people came out to the event and are now aware that there is a church in the city that they can go to. This is huge for Italy. Having an event like this one was a huge milestone in the culture here and it was such a blessing to be a part of.
We started the day with sound check in the afternoon. This had its normal problems technically, but we got it all worked out. One of the drummers in Italy brought his drumset for me to use, which was really nice. Its a very nice set, which made playing and live sound a lot easier. After we finished sound check the other bands checked and practiced too.
Night set in and we began the event. It started with davide di lecce’s band leading worship. They did awesome and i even recognized some Italian versions of American songs. I had never heard davide lead by himself even though he was hanging out in utah for 3 months, so that was good to hear. Next a lady name dawn lead some gospel songs and brought down the house. Her vocals were incredible.
We played after her and it went great. It was incredible to see so many people hearing the gospel through songs on a lake in Italy. It will be a moment ill remember forever. Luckily i only messed up once. Hahaha. It was pretty fierce, but i recovered right away.
After we were done everyone played another short set to end the night. After we packed up and got pizza. What else would you do after a concert in Italy? 😉
We have the day off today so we are going to relax with everyone who worked so hard to out the event on. Thank you for your continued prayers. Saturday we will be playing again in a theatre in town here.
We’ve now been in Italy for 2 days and we are learning some of the language already. Although when I say some, i mean we can say “hello” and thats about it. The hospitality of the Italians is so great and its such a blessing to be here.
Flying here was a little bit of a hassle. We were late getting to the airport, but luckily our flight was delayed. The problem was it was delayed too much. When we landed to catch our connecting flight, it was taking off right when we landed, so we had to be rescheduled for another flight. We then spent a couple hours lost in the airport and going through security again because we had to check in again. We got a spot in the middle of the last row on a flight 3 hours later next to a guy snoring, but we got on a flight! 🙂
When we landed we were greeted by Davide. He spent some time in utah to attend the school of worship. We went to davide’s family’s house to meet everyone and they gave us a warm welcome. After a delicious lunch we tried to stay up, but my eyelids were too heavy so i took a nap. We were able to take a walk by the lake with everyone that night which was fun. Today we spent all day rehearsing with the two Italian musicians playing with us. It was long, but very productive. Everyone came to the church to eat lunch together. We rehearsed more after lunch and then we went to the lake to see where the festival would be. The stage we will be doing the outreach is right on the lake, so you couldn’t ask for a better location. God has blessed is with this opportunity more than i had imagined.
At the lake we watched 3 row teams race on the lake. The Italians were out to watch the event. There row down to a marker together, go around and come back. But there is also a guy in a speedo on the boat. When they get about 50 feet from shore, speedo guy jumps off, swims , and has to climb a rope and grab a flag. It was pretty entertaining for sure. After we rehearsed some more and played some ping pong with friends from the church.
Now, im going to bed because i am super tired, but i will write about how the outreach goes tomorrow.