Rome STM Blog #3

March 14, 2017 by Lexie Schwarze | Ministry Thailand Sponsorship Program, Life Impact Ministries
Mission Trip Blog

The evangelical church in Italy is about 2% of the entire population. For every 50 people, one may be an actual Christian. The need for the true gospel is great.

Thank you for your prayers, our team made it back home last night.  It was an incredible week sharing the love of Jesus with refugees in Rome.

At the drop-in center, we typically had 50 men representing countries from the Middle East and Africa.  Our team taught an English class and played games, but most of all, we listened.  We heard them.  We heard their stories.  We talked with some of them about their beliefs in God. We have witnessed firsthand how God is using this center to change lives one person at a time.

We also visited a church where some of the seeking refugees visit.  Our team was able to help with the worship and cooked lunch for everyone that attended.  It was so encouraging to see those that came growing in the truth.

Our missionaries introduced us to another American couple that is also working with refugees. This couple works in a part of a building that is also used by an Evangelical Italian church and an Evangelical Indonesian church.  We learned prior to our trip that they were desperately in need of improvements to their storage area.  Our team willingly accepted the challenge!  We found an Ikea and purchased some new cabinets.  We removed the old cabinets, cleaned mold and dirt off the walls and mopped the floors.  We were also able to help their ministry by assembling binders for upcoming classes.

   
(before and after pictures)

While in Rome, our devotions centered around Paul when he was also in Rome.  It was very surreal reading about Paul being in the same place that we were.  One verse especially impacted us.  Romans 15:19 “My aim is to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named…”  Some have ambitions to make money or be famous. Those aims are far too low.  Let’s have the great ambition of Paul — to preach the gospel! It’s the highest aim and greatest goal of life.

To God alone be the glory,
-Team Rome

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