Our work is simple — we’re simply a couple on a mission…Mission Italia!
Italy is a multi-faceted land, blending tradition with modernity, and timeless monuments with modern Ferraris. A land of many churches rich in religious symbolism, but in a nation plagued by occultism and secularism. A people longing for assurance but sadly lacking, in many places, a truly Bible-based message. Italy is a needy land of seeking hearts.
Italy is a needy land of seeking hearts. Reaching those hearts is our goal.
Reaching those hearts is our mission. Our goal is to touch lives, make disciples, and establish bodies of believers where none exist.
Our work is two fold.
#1 We endeavor to establish bodies of believers where none exist.
Both here in our Abruzzo town, and in Campania where we have a summer home (Mario’s ancestral home). Please pray that the Lord will enable us to reach those around us by showing his love and grace through our words, actions, and lives.
#2 we encourage the Italian church through teaching, discipleship, and counseling.
We strive to be instruments of peace amid the division and polarization plague the Italian church.
Especially the church we are a part of here in Abruzzo. And the church we helped plant, and which we pastored in Emilia Romagna for many years. We also hope to be instruments of peace and unity amidst the division and polarization that plague the Italian church.
The Lord has also opened doors for us to aid and mentor African refugees. Please keep them, and the refugee situation which is creating havoc in Europe, in prayer.
We work as tent makers.
Only 1.1% of Italians claim to have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
We have found tent-making to be the most effective strategy in post-Christian Italy which, mostly untouched by the Protestant Reformation, has never seen widespread biblical revival. Only 1.1% of Italians claim to have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
For the most part European culture is materialistic, secular, post-modern, and atheistic. And although Italian identity is closely intertwined with the Roman Catholic church. Italians are increasingly cynical about it. Most react with apathy or rejection toward anything related to Christianity.
This creates specific challenges. Just opening a church and waiting for people to come in doesn’t always work well, especially in smaller towns. They need to first feel they can trust us, and know that we love them.
Having jobs helps us fit in and creates natural opportunities to share Christ’s love. It enables us to enter the culture and change society from the inside out. And involving us in people’s daily lives, it creates natural opportunities for sharing Christ. A strategy we have seen work, because love is able to break through any barrier.
Love never fails.
Mission Italia is a ministry of:
Open Door Church
816 Kings Fork Road
Suffolk VA 23434 USA