We had a terrific time!
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Seven things in our life that ABSOLUTELY need your prayers this month.
 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (ESV)
Yesterday we went to a park with our children to take advantage of the last days of Summerfall (word I just invented to describe our warm October weather).
Noah and Eva have become much more courageous after this summer in America with slides and swings and climbing things.
Suddenly, I saw Noah, my normally cautious firstborn, do something I had never seen him do…slide head first at rapid descent down a steep plastic tube with somewhat of a drop at the end. He was proud of himself for stopping before he fully ejected into the unknown below. You should have seen the smirk on his face!
Mom and Dad were a little less impressed…he has a good brain and we hope to keep it inside his head. And keeping his new jeans nice for school would be a plus.
Quite frankly, Melodee and I feel a bit the same way about jumping into this fall; maybe you feel the same way. There are more opportunities than there is time, and we want to be wise about how we commit. That’s why I’ve dropped everything to write you. We need backup!
Can I ask you to pray for seven things?
1. This weekend we have a Bible conference to encourage the church at large with the help our good friends of the Italian Theological Academy.
2. Our ministry has gotten really busy already this fall with Young Couples group, Choir preparations, Staff and Church leader training, Preaching, Discipleship, Melodee teaching English and Piano (she already got to share the Gospel in her first English lesson!!).
3. On a personal level we are trying not to over commit with family, but both Noah (6) and Eva (4) are taking a music class and we’re debating on signing Noah up for a sport to help the arches in his feet (at his pediatrician’s suggestion).
4. Thursday I head to Como to have my regular checkup with my oncologist…it’s an all-day trip there and back for a fifteen minute visit, but well worth it! Pray that I don’t miss any trains and that the appointment will go well.
5. Pray for the salvation of the many people we are in contact with…We share the gospel so often, but there are so many people to reach and so little time! Pray for Holy Spirit’s work!
6. Pray for us as we are praying about the completion of this church plant and about where God would move us, and that God would provide Italians to go plant the next church with us! There are so many cities and towns in Umbria still unreached by the Gospel!
7. Pray for good stewardship of time, energy, money and all our other resources!
I know that your time is precious. Thank you for taking time to read this and especially for praying. There is nothing in the universe that God uses more than your prayers to do His will in this unreached heart of Italy.
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