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.
Mario was born in a tiny village of the lonely mountains of the Salerno province, where we now have our second base. Raised in the Bronx by non-English speaking parents, the love for his homeland never left his heart.
Our missionary journey started with his burden to share the Good News with his people.
I’m Sheila a.k.a. Mitt-in-Boot, author and creator of this weblog. From Michigan’s mitt to Italy’s boot I now have Italy ever in my heart!
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 joy, 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 up into our old age if he so allows. And we would appreciate your prayers for the Lord to use us as his heart and hands reaching out to the people of Italy.
As this is simply our personal ministry (not a mission organization), we do not offer employment or service opportunities. However, we could contact our local church here if you are interested in coming to help with evangelism. You can contact us here for more information.
Or for more info on Italy, check out these excellent websites:
- Operation World | Italy: For further prayer information on the nation of Italy.
- TEAM Italy : Offering service opportunities in Italy.
Thank you and please keep Italy in your heart and prayers too!