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CURRENT NEWS AND PRAYER REQUESTS

Update from April 8, 2024
Preaching opportunities and recording summer classes in April

We are rejoicing for some great times of travel over the last weeks and for ministry opportunities in April

  • The month of April will be taken with preaching two Sundays, helping with a wedding, and recording Greg's summer class on World Religions for his community college teaching. Pray for a quality production and preaching.

  • In the next couple of weeks Angela will be making final edits of a book by Major Ian Thomas, The Saving Life of Christ, that she translated with a friend (Greg will write the forward). Pray that the translation will be accurate and that this will have a lasting impact on the Italian church.

  • We are also getting ready for a busy May. Greg is teaching on Philippians in Torchbearers Romania, then we are receiving the European director of Torchbearers in Italy for a weekend. Finally we are participating in a Torchbearers staff retreat. All this represent steps to connect better with the Torchbearers family.

Please continue to pray:​

  1. That our relationship with Torchbearers (www.torchbearers.org) would become more defined. We have several meetings scheduled for May and June that we hope will forward our desire for a more binding commitment with them and for a Christian Bible school and retreat center here in northern Italy

  2. ​​Robust relationships with teammates in Milan, Sam and Joan Fiore, Domenico and Jennifer Ripepi, Matt and Rahel Malone. Pray for wisdom on creating a good fixed team with guidelines for inclusion and a strategy!

  3. Direction about where to live. We need a more permanent house, but with this decision comes a question of where is the most strategic place to settle in northern Italy to advance the gospel.

  4. Stamina and wisdom as Greg teaches World Religions, Bible as Literature and Philosophy part-time at Saddleback College's Emeritus Institute and the Gospel of Matthew at Santa Monica College. Pray for good rapport with students and for freedom to share the gospel in an effective way.

  5. I (Greg) have contracted to video record my World Religions and Philosophy classes so they can be viewed asynchronously (without me having to be present) over the summer and in future semesters at Saddleback College. I still need a studio space to do video recording of this and my Bible course in Italian.

  6. Praise God for Angela’s continued recovery. She is doing well and the doctors gave us a good report at our six-month checkup in December. She has returned to work in Milan.

  7. For new year… that the Nel Principio (“In the beginning…“) website with video Bible lessons could go online this year. I probably need Italian talent to work together with me on this for encouragement, guidance, and technical help

  8. Greg's upcoming preaching/teaching schedule:
    --April 14. Preaching at Sesto S. Giovanni
    --April 29. Translating for a wedding
    --May 6-9 Teaching Philippians @ Torchbearers Romania
    --May 24-29 Torchbearers staff conference at Credo
    --June 24-29 Torchbearers Directors conference at Torchbearers Albania
    --Oct 21-31 Teaching NT Survey/Romans, PdF Romania

  9. Angela has finished translating a book,The Saving Life of Christ, into Italian by the founder of the Torchbearer schools, Maj. Ian Thomas for publication in May. Pray for its fruitful reception throughout Italy!

  10. We are asking God for full financial support so we can devote ourselves full-time to ministry in Italy. Also pray for individuals committed to join with us in regular prayer for the vision of ReachItaly.

  11. Pray for our Italian church friends Levi, Etel, and their six year old son, Samuel. Levi was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Pray particularly for his wife, Etel, who needs to turn her life over to Christ.

  12. We are involved with Italian believers and with friends back home who have special counseling needs. Pray for wisdom in the moments to say a word of guidance and encouragement. A good friend’s marriage in the States seems to be breaking up, which weighs heavily. Pray for wisdom and courage for us to say the helpful thing and be guided by God’s Spirit.

  13. We are aware that we are salt in a world with very few believers… pray for natural opportunities to arise to talk about the Lord with our neighbors and other acquaintances. 
    --Pray for Noemi and Cristina, two acquaintances that Angela is teaching English
    --Pray for Geraldo, a restaurant mgr. whom we invited over to dinner with his girlfriend, Seri
    --Pray for Rocco who wants to read the Bible together with Greg
    --Pray for Salvatore, a real estate agent who has received literature from us. We are praying for his salvation.

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ANSWERED PRAYERS (AND RECENT NEWS)!

  • A good response to preaching at Punto Lode, our home church in Milan on April 7!

  • We rejoice for our time over Easter week 2024 to stay with Angela's family. We had many opportunities to share the gospel with various relatives and pray for their salvation.

  • Good friends, Paul and Jacqui Copan, visited for a week of travel and discussion about the work in Italy. Great blessing and mutual encouragement!

  • We took the March 15-17 weekend to travel to nearby Paris. Greg had never been there and we had good airline deals. Lots of fun seeing the Eiffel Tower and other sites!

  • On Sat, March 9, we invited the owner of a nearby restaurant to our house for dinner! Geri and his fiancé came for several hours to get to know each other better. We pray for open hearts to Christ

  • Greg met with a young man, Jeremias, who participated at the Life of Christ in You! conference and wanted to talk about his spiritual life 

  • On March 6, 2024, we had a wonderful time touring Milan and talking about the spiritual need of Italy with Capernwray Torchbearer students who are visiting as part of an outreach week

  • We hosted Geri and Seri, a couple we met at a nearby restaurant they own. We pray for open hearts and more opporunities to share the gospel with them

  • On Sunday, March 10, we preached and sharee in an agape, a pot luck style lunch, at a church in Lissone near Milan.

  • We spoke at an evangelistic Valentines banquet in Venice followed by preaching at two different churches on Sunday morning and evening! Angela and I felt freedom to speak into people's lives, explain the gospel to those who had not yet heard it, counsel some hurting. One of the hightlights was seeing Fabio, an old friend I (Greg) hadn't seen in 28 years!! We praise God for these amazing new contacts and opportunities to preach and teach in different Italian churches.

  • We are still rejoicing for all that he has done at "Life of Christ in Us" conference which exceeded expectations on all levels. We began with a hope that we could get 70 Italians together for a conference. In the end around 210 came from over 15 churches in northern Italy to fellowship and learn the message of the indwelling life of Christ from speaker Charles Price over three beautiful days of worship and reflection. Thank you for reading our news and keeping us in your hearts and prayers!

    • We prayed for a special work of God in the lives of young and old as we focused on the message of the resurrection power of Christ available to transform our lives. Many lives were touched with the message that the Christian life can only be lived in the power that Christ gives in the believer. You can listen to the messages (in English translated into Italian) posted here,

    • We pray for lasting fruit. We made and built many relationships that we want to continue to cultivate as we work toward developing a community of believers who would want to invest further in study and community--hopefully leading to a Bible school/conference center in northern Italy!

    • Speaker Charles Price delivered five powerful messages translated into Italian by a new friend from Italy.

    • Angelo Maugeri, a well-known full-time Italian Christian music artist led worship and performed a concert on Saturday night. We were grateful for his contribution.

    • The conference personnel at the catholic center where we met mentioned later how touched they were by different conference participants that reached out to them.

  • Praise God for a good preaching session on Sunday, Jan 28, at the large Chiesa Veritas in spite of food poisoning the day before so no eating for two days and little sleep! God helped give strength to preach and promote the conference.

  • On Wednesday, Jan 24, Angela and Greg were interviewed on a local Christian radio program to promote ReachItaly and the Life of Christ in You conference that was first aired on Wednesday morning, Feb 31, then repeatedly for a week. At least one friend reported back that they heard and liked the sharing of our testimonies and the conference.

  • Gospel tract distribution on Saturday went well with a few good conversations.

  • Many good teaching and preaching moments in the past month at our home church in Milan

  • Grateful for the many visitors we met with and with whom we toured Milan over the holidays. Many of these were Torchbearer students on winter break.

  • We are thankful for an excellent Christmas with Angela's family in Pescara. Thank you for praying as we were able to share the gospel with her mother and other unsaved family members. Her mom just had knee replacement surgery.

  • Praise God​ for a great week of teaching Romans and building relationships with students at two Torchbearer centers: Holsbybrunn in Sweden, and PdF in Romania. Greg preached and taught Romans exhorting students to be "Righteous Christians," and a survey of the New Testament and we both talked and counseled staff and students. We heard wonderful stories of lives changed and of a postive impact. Thank you for your prayers!

  • We are thankful for a wonderful time with a church in Piacenza where Greg preached in Nov 12.

  • Thanking God for a great trip to Bodenseehof in Germany where we met with Peter Reid, the General director of Torchbearers, and Charles Price, our conference speaker who taught there.

  • Great opportunity to preach at Milan Bible Church with warm responses (Oct 22, 2023)

  • Greg had an opportunity to build his own guitar in September with a Torchbearer leader, Luke Brunner, in Switzerland. It is not quite finished, but Greg had an amazing time with Luke, and two others.

  • Greg shared on Genesis 1 and introduced Philippians to the youth at Punto Lode church on the weekend (Sept 29-30). A wonderful time of teaching and sharing!

  • Angela gave her testimony at a church evangelistic service on Sat, Sept 16. It went really well and several unbelievers heard the gospel.

  • Praise for finding a great place for our February Bible conference and forward movement. The conference is for Feb 9-11, 2024 near Milan! You too are invited!!

  • Praise for successful surgery for our friend Levi who has had a tumor on his pancreas

  • Thankful for a good August full of travel. Angela and I looked for several potential sites for our conference this next February and had a good break in the alps and northern region of Italy.

  • Praise for a good and safe trip this past week (July 29-Aug 7) to see Angela's family and celebrate our nephew and niece's college graduation and another niece's birthday.

  • Praise for a great worship service in July where Greg preached on Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis last Sunday

  • Greg and Domenico had a great time at an Italian brethren church retreat on July 8-9 where many churches were represented. Our goals were simply to meet more people and church leaders who active in ministry in Italy.

  • Greg taught Philippians in the first week of June at Torchbearers Romania Spring School and met with the European Director of Torchbearers, Ebbe, to solicit support and direction for our work in Italy.We are praising God for a wonderful time meeting with students and staff and teaching Philippians at the Torchbearers Romania Bible School. We discussed future ministry opportunities and discussed our plans for the coming year. Thank you for your prayers for this important time of ministry and planning.

  • We helped area churches as they conducted evangelism campaigns in local parks. We made a few good contacts and had good fellowship sharing the gospel

  • Praise for fruit from Greg's part-time teaching at two community colleges in California via Zoom from Italy this past spring. In addition to World Religions, I teach two Bible as Literature and two philosophy classes. It is exciting teaching the Bible and Christian perspective to the unchurched and I have many out of class opportunities to talk with students about their spiritual lives.

  • Greg's academic article on Eve was just published by the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. You can find a copy to read for free here!

  • Met Swiss Torchbearer ministry team at Chasa Perspectiva and discussed plans for Italy

  • Several opportunities to share our faith with unsaved family members! Pray for salvation of Angela's family. 

  • Praise for excellent survey trip to the Veneto and Alto Adige regions of NE Italy. We were able to connect with old friends, meet and get to know a ministry in northern Italy, and explore ideas for our future location.

  • Praise for great weekend in early March with friend Domenico on the coast below Rome working with young Sikh and Hindu immigrant laborers and encouraging an Italian missionary who works with them. I preached in a church of about twenty and had unusual freedom and was encouraged. 

  • Praise God for preaching opportunities in Rome and Milan including a wonderful time in a church where Greg did an internship 30 years ago.

  • Praise for opportunities to meet one on one with various Italian church leaders in this past month. Greg has had over half a dozen coffee breaks or lunches to talk about the spiritual life and ministry concerns in March.

  • Thank God for an encouraging time with the Torchbearers England ministry team in early March. It is exciting to help devoted young people explore their gifts and become more aware of the spiritual needs of Italy

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