About the Scorziellos

Hello and welcome! We’re Mario and Sheila Scorziello, serving on the mission field of Italy since 1989. We’ve been happily married 40+ years, and have two adult children and nine grandchildren.

I, Sheila, am originally from Michigan. Mario was born here, but raised in the Bronx by non English-speaking parents. Love for the homeland never left his heart, and that tiny village in the lonely mountains of the Salerno province, is now our second home base!

Our missionary journey started with his burden to share the Good News with his people.

We set out with basically nothing.

Just two kids and eight suitcases. No support base, no income or money in the bank, no property or assets, and very little cash. But God is ever faithful, 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. Serving him has been the joy of our lives and filled them with immense purpose, and fulfillment!

Little did we then know that Italy is known as the missionary graveyard.

Or that most missionaries leave after only a few years because of depression, lack of results, bureaucracy, corruption, and cultural difficulties. But God has graciously helped us overcome these difficulties. And because we believe in the power of prayer, we believe he will continue to use us to touch hearts and lives with his Gospel.

Along our long and varied path of shoestring-budget missionary living, we have moved over 50 times.

And lived in everything from tarantula-infested campers (shudder) to tents. And even in an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning!  We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way.

Our only desire is continue serving however the Lord chooses. Right into our old age, if he so allows.

As this is simply our personal ministry (not a mission organization), we do not offer employment or service opportunities.

But we would appreciate your prayers for us and Italy! Thank you!

29 Replies to “About the Scorziellos”

  1. I enjoy your blog and love your style of writing. It is clear and easy to follow. I have done a lot of short term missions work (including Erfurt Germany which I am assuming is similar to your spiritual culture) and have talked to other “tent making” missionaries about the need to live among people in urban settings just as you are doing. Therefore, I very much appreciate what you are doing and love reading about your journey and perspective. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, Julene, for your encouragement! I’m sure you know how much it means. I enjoy your blog too, and am happy I found it! I imagine being clear and easy to follow is a result of living so long overseas. In English we have to speak simply or few would understand us. And in the beginning at least, we are only able to speak simply in our adopted language. So simple becomes the norm for us! LOL!

    1. No Karen, we live in Abruzzo, the region to the right of Rome. At least most of the year. We also have a 2nd base in the Salerno province. Thank you for your encouragement, and the prayers for our wonderful people! So glad to have you on our journey in this, the land of our hearts!

  2. What a life God has given you together!

    We lived in Germany for six years and Italy was one of my favorite countries to visit. Loved Rome, Venice, Sorrento and Tuscany so much! Northern Italy was a place I escorted tourists to when I was a tour guide. You are living our dream. My hubby and I wanted to become missionaries to the Ukraine but God closed those doors but sent us to another place to serve Him. Proverbs 3: 5,6. 🙂

    1. Amen!!! God has given you a discerning spirit. America certainly needs to turn to the Lord. We are so grateful that those who are attracted to and have joined our little church this past year are searching for Biblical Truth. Please remember Ridgewood Baptist Church in prayer as we will remember you. Blessings my new friend,

    2. Italy is both gorgeous and wonderful, that’s for sure. But no matter how beautiful any place is, if us being there makes us out of God’s will – it loses its beauty. So right where God has you planted is the most beautiful place in the world for you. And personally, we’re coming more and more to the conclusion that the USA now probably needs “missionaries” more than any other place in the world. We’re grateful for all the shining lights God has in the nation. So let your light shine!!

  3. So glad to connect with you here on WP.
    I have to admit I’m a little jealous of anyone who gets to live and minister in Italy. We spent 5 weeks there a few years ago and simply loved it 🙂
    May God bless you both as you serve Him and give you an open door for sharing His love, grace, and truth.
    Blessings in Jesus,

    1. Thanks Kelly! It’s an honor to me to be able to connect with you! Yes, Italy is beautiful. But what we most love is the lifestyle. Laid back, easy going, and always time for an espresso in piazza with family or friends. But it can be maddening at times too. What’s great, is knowing it’s where God wants us to be! And we’ll take that open door…actually we’re praying for many of them! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    1. Thanks Heather, and it’s a pleasure to meet you too! So glad that the Lord shines throught in this. The older I get, the more I realize that we truly can do nothing without him. We’re missionaries, but only because he chooses to use us in spite of our imperfections. And the greatest work is what he’s don in our hearts. Loving us, changing us, and never, never giving up on us! God bless you, dear sister in Christ!

  4. I am beyond excited to meet you. Thank you for commenting on my blog post. Now I know who you are and, honestly, I’m in tears. Your ministry for the Lord combined with your great love of Italy and the people cut me deeply. My website is a culmination of my great love for Italy and all of the things you mentioned about it…beauty, slow living, always time for others, history, and even though I have not mentioned the Lord in my posts, I think about Him. He told me once to “illustrate My beauty” and I’m doing my best with what He has put in my heart. Your love for the Lord is so precious. Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I am reading through your posts and finding amazing encouragement. Blessings to you both!

    1. Wow Susan! It’s so wonderful to meet another blogger who shares our great loves: Italy, Italians, and the Lord! I love your blog, mainly because you show that not only rich people can afford to visit Italy! And your love for this nation pours out of your posts. It’s a special place and (or at least we think) one to be experienced, not just toured. Yes, there is beauty & history to see and admire. But there is so much more below the surface – a special “live life & love it” quality in the lifestyle that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Glad you like our simple blog and especially that you find it encouraging. That makes it all worthwhile! Thank you!

  5. Hi and thank you for the follow. I read through a couple of your posts and I will follow you also because I clearly can learn from you. Italy, always wanted to go there but my wife of 46 + years isn’t keen about travelling and if the truth be told, neither am I. We’re home bodies and our five grown up children and our six grandchildren all live here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Whenever I think of Italy I think of the Apostle Paul in prison there and the early Christians that suffered through persecution. I was close to Italy for a few months, served with the United Nation Peace Keepers Armed Forces and spent six months in Cyprus. I look forward to reading more of your posts. May God richly bless you and Mario in your work for our Lord.

    1. Thank you Bruce, and we’re so glad to have you! But I know the learning will take place on both sides…we learn and glean so much from all our blogging friends. I love your blog ans sounds like you’ve had an interesting life!

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