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7 Wins From 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!

God bless,

Luke

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Outreach on the Lake

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.

Luke

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Flying and Rehearsing

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.

Luke

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