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!
Almost from the start we felt called to serve God as missionaries. Our missions minded church supported many missionaries and they visited regularly. Their testimonies stirred our hearts to give our all to Christ. And for us, that meant the mission field.
We left for the mission field in May of 1989.
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.
We have served as pastors and in church planting, evangelism, translating, interpreting, counseling, drug rehabilitation, jail ministry, and in ministry to youth, children, men, women, and families.
In 1997 we came under Open Door Church of Suffolk Virginia as Mission Italia. They continue to be a blessing and we are grateful to them.
Our Current Work
We now divide home between 2 regions. Abruzzo where we live most of the year, and Campania where we spend the summers, in Mario’s ancestral birth home. We encourage and teach pastors and believers in these areas, as well as in other areas of Italy. While also letting our light shine in our needy areas.
Our summer village has only 4 other believers, not counting a few summer visitors like us. The pastor and his family live about an hour away, and he faithfully makes that trip each and every week.
We are the only born-again believers here in our main town. The nearest church, which we attend, is about 40 minutes away. They are a great support and blessing to us.
Our only desire is to bring God glory. And to continue serving however the Lord chooses. Right into our old age, if he so allows.
We would appreciate your prayers for us and Italy! Thank you!
SPECIAL NOTE: Because this is simply our personal ministry (not a mission organization), we do not offer employment or service opportunities.