About Us

Hi there, we’re the Scorziellos, happily married 44+ years, and blessed with 2 children and 9 grandchildren.

  • Sheila – born and raised in Michigan but Italian at heart, with dual citizenship.
  • Mario – born in the tiny southern mountain village of our second mission base, but raised in the Bronx by non English-speaking parents.

Mission Italia is a ministry of Open Door Church, Suffolk Virginia USA.

Started in 1989

Responding to the burden the Lord placed on hearts to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Mario’s people, we set out for Italy in May of1989. And by God’s grace and goodness, we have been serving him here ever since.

In our years of service we have been blessed to help plant and pastor churches and serve in evangelism, translating, interpreting, counseling, drug rehabilitation, jail ministry, and ministry to youth, children, men, women, and families.

After helping to establish a church in Emilia Romagna and another in Lazio, we currently work in Abruzzo and Campania, seeking to reach hearts with the Gospel, and encouraging churches and believers around Italy.

Where we serve

Actually, we serve in two regions. Our main town (on the right) is nestled in Abruzzo’s foothills between mountains and the Adriatic coast. A beautiful but forgotten region, largely unreached with the liberating power of the Gospel. Abruzzo needs your prayers.

Our summer village (left) in the lonely remote mountains of Salerno’s Cilento area is beautiful, but beyond forgotten. We go there to show the people that they are not forgotten, and we covet your prayers for them.

Please pray along with us for Italy

That they may know…

This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

John 17:3 WEB