Saying goodbye

Goodbye!After hundreds of miles of blessings and smiles, the time has come for us to say our goodbyes.

Tuesday morning we fly back to Italy.

Thank you to all who have made this furlough extra special by your hospitality, your prayers, your encouragement and your gifts.

I’m sorry that we weren’t able to see everyone, but we look forward to seeing many more of you next summer, when we plan on completing the second half of our furlough.

In the meantime, please pray for us. Many challenges lie ahead, but also many opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Keep in touch!

A unique opportunity for you and an amazing opportunity for our church!

I don’t often forward notes from others, but I just received a note from my parents, veteran missionaries Fred and Rachel Whitman, that you do not want to miss.

First, they talk about a unique opportunity: an Italian Christian History Tour, led by my Dad.
It is unique in three ways:
1. It may be the last tour my Dad organizes
2. It would be a great opportunity for you to enjoy Italy, learn about our history and have a greater understanding of the need of the country.
3. For a tour of its kind, it is truly a great deal.  My Dad never makes any money off it…he loses money every time, but he considers it worth it because of what it does toward raising awareness in the hearts of the participants to the needs of Italy.

The second part is regarding our new deacon!  As a church body we were able to vote on a new deacon for our church body.

Soon, we will update you on our furlough plans, but this message is time sensitive, so without further ado, happy reading, and we hope to see many of you here!
(If you subscribe to both letters I apologize for the redundancy!)

Jon and Melodee  

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We have deacons

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Yesterday the church voted almost unanimously for Jeremy, Giovanni, and Nicola to be our first deacons.

It’s unsettling to delegate more responsibility away from the missionaries, but we all agree that we could not have chosen three better men for the job.
They are theologically sound and faithful in all their households and in the household of faith.

God, help them to be men that your church can count on for the future!

Tomorrow we are making history at the Centro Evangelico Battista!

 

Tomorrow is an important date for the life of the Centro Evangelico Battista: we are approving three men as the first deacons of our church.
Please pray that God will lead clearly!
Pray for their training.
Pray for their ministry.
Pray for a good working relationship with the body and with the pastors.

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