Oncologist Report

Six trains two car rides, one taxi and a bus…and well worth it!

Thank you for praying for my visit to Dr. Riccio. He was impressed with my progress and doesn’t want to see me until April.

I wish I could say that we had deep theological conversations, but he did say that I am well on my way to recovery “If it pleases God”!  Pray for the salvation of Dr. Stefano and his family.

And thank you you for praying!

PS I didn’t miss any trains either!

Seven Praises and Seven Prayer Requests

As we get into our fall activities here, I give you a few items to praise God for and prayer requests for you to print out and share with your family, friends and church.

The Whitmans in 2016Praise:
1. No known cancer for two years.
2. Ten years in Italy as missionaries
3. Gospel opportunities coming our way.
4. New Young Couples group
5. Vacation Bible School
6. God’s continued provision.
7. More men being equipped for ministry.

1. Preaching
2. Training men in the church, especially pastors and deacons
3. Health for our family
4. Furlough plans
5. New Young Couples Ministry and pastoral care
6. Evangelism and church planting
7. Salvation of our children and personal/ministry growth.

Thank you for praying!!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Whitmans!

There is so much to be thankful for, despite the difficult days in which we live in.

Here are a few thing we are thankful for:

  1. We are thankful for our Savior!  God in his mercy reached down to you and me and made us his!
  2. We are thankful for you!  We don’t take you for granted…not even for a minute.  We are able to do what we do because of your prayers, your gifts, your encouragement.
  3. We are thankful for all God is doing in Italy! 

I want to keep this short so you can go enjoy your family and your turkey, but in case you want a few more details, I will put them at the end.

Italy, along with the rest of Europe is shaken up by the events of Paris.  We talk about what it means to live in this new world.  If you think about it, Paris is closer to Perugia than Grand Rapids, Michigan is from some of our furthest supporting churches!

Despite the uncertainty in which we live today, there is so much to be thankful for and much for which we are certain.

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27a ESV)

What more can we ask for?

We are blessed!  We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Jon, Melodee, Noah and Eva

Exciting times at the Centro Evangelico Battista

Sunday we had our own Thanksgiving festival at our church.
The Italians wanted it.  My Dad showed a PowerPoint sharing some highlights of what God has been doing at the Centro Evangelico Battista in these many years.  The Italians shared all that they were thankful for.  They thanked God for their salvation, for bringing them out of the darkness. They thanked my parents for serving them for over forty years.  They even thanked Melodee and me for our small part in their lives!

God is doing amazing things in our new small groups!
Our group has chosen to have a meal together once a month.  Last time we met our family was sick, but it went well even without us!  Our believers are really opening up in the groups and inviting their friends. Half of the group even showed up for the funeral of the father in law of a member of our group.

God gave us an amazing week… Now pray for the Grand Finale!

Thank you for praying for us this week.
vbsWe had over fifty children every day, we had great workers, we had good weather all but one day, and we were able to present the Gospel!  So what more can we ask for?
Actually, there is one thing…


Family Portrait

Family Portrait (minus Noah)

Pray for tomorrow!
We have invited the children to come back tomorrow to be part of our worship service with their families, and to present them with a summary of all the children did.

We don’t know how many will come, but we are trusting God that we can reach not only the children, but their parents with the Gospel.

Pray for follow up as well.

Please share this request in your church tomorrow if you have any chance at all.  We look forward to seeing all that God does!
Enjoy a few more pictures, and a video too!

Melodee did a great job with crafts

Vincenzo leading game time

Maria Luisa helping them memorize verses