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.