Welcome to our website

We’re the Scorziellos, missionaries in Italy since 1989.

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About Us

We’re Mario & Sheila, happily married with 2 children and 9 grandchildren. Our missionary journey started with Mario’s burden of returning to his homeland to share the Good News with his people, and we’ve been here ever since, sharing the deep love Christ has for every soul, and the joy that we find in walking with him. Thank you for visiting!

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Our Purpose

Our goal is to spread the light of Christ’s light and truth in Italy, and to disciple believers to lead lives transformed for the glory of God.

Our purpose is three-fold, and it motivates everything we do:
  1. To glorify God by applying Biblical principles to our everyday lives.
  2. To share the gospel with others so they may know Christ personally.
  3. To disciple believers to walk in the light of God’s word.
Mission Italia is a ministry of Open Door Church, Suffolk VA 23434 USA.
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How to Pray for Italy


Italy is a multi-faceted land, blending tradition with modernity, and timeless monuments with modern Ferraris. A land with many churches, rich in religious symbolism, yet plagued by occultism and secularism. A people longing for assurance but sadly lacking, in many places, a truly Bible-based message. Italy is a needy land of seeking hearts.

  • Only 1.1% of Italians claim to have a personal relationship with Christ. Please pray that they may come to know him as their personal Savior.
  • Italians are increasingly cynical about faith and react with apathy or rejection toward anything related to Christianity. Pray for spiritual hunger.
  • Evangelical churches are  plagued by divisioin and polarization. Please pray that God may bring peace and unity.
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Where we Work: Our Two Bases

Our Home Base in Abruzzo

A peaceful village, nestled in the foothills between the Appenine mountains and Adriatic seacoast near Vasto. A region which is truly beautiful, but in so many ways by-passed and forgotten — even with the Gospel of Christ. We’re here trying to make sure that the Gospel does not pass Abruzzo by! (Learn more about our villages here.)

Our Summer Base in Campania

Our summer base, Mario’s ancestral home, is near Sala Consilina in the Salerno province. In this lonely abandoned village which slowly dying off, the people feel forgotten and hopeless. This is where we spend summers and holidays, sharing God’s message of hope, to show that they are not forgotten!