God is at work in Foligno! An update

Several people wrote me asking me: “How did it go?”

Vocal Artists of GRThe amazing thing is that I have not been back in the office since the day of the concert.  I think we set a new record of busyness!
Thursday night we got back around midnight from the concert.
Friday and Saturday I went to translate for a pastor’s enrichment conference in Assisi and was gone until supper time.
Sunday I was in charge of baptizing three people.
Yesterday I tried to stay away from technology and spend time with my family, who was starting to forget what I looked like!

We feel like the concert was a great success. 

Certainly there are things we could have hoped to go better, but overall we feel very confident that it was a good investment of time and money.

Paolo and JonPaolo put it best in his prayer: “Thank you Lord that there were not so many people to make us proud and so few people that we didn’t feel like we made a difference”.

Here are a few things to celebrate:

  • The musicians did an outstanding job.
  • My presentation during halftime went well.  I presented the reason for the concert and invited the audience to come to our next meeting on October 28th.
  • The church planting team from CEB did an amazing job.  Teamwork was incredible.  We even had some members who were able to share Christ with some of the people present!
  • We had a good attendance of about 150 people.  Several people asked for Bible calendars and pick up materials, and at least half of those present were unbelievers, many in contact with us for the first time!
  • Were starting to recover from the challenges.  Daniel is out of the hospital from his appendectomy, and a few of us (including Melodee and I) are getting over our influenza without missing a beat.  I’m also starting to get over the fact that I backed into Donatella’s car on our way to the concert Thursday night!

Meetings

You may be asking: How can you pray now?

  1. Pray for Sunday. We have our next meeting on the theme of the reformation in a beautiful setting that can guest as many as 50 people.
  2. Pray for preparations for the Bible study.
  3. Pray for me as I finish filling out royalty paperwork for the concert.
  4. Pray for the team as the recuperate and get ready for this next event!
  5. Pray for a good crowd and that everything will go smoothly!

Foligno: Make it or break it!

When we returned to Italy on September 5th we didn’t have the slightest idea how rapidly God would be moving the work in Foligno.

Now we have an urgent prayer request for you.

This year Perugia celebrates 25 years of its sister city relationship with Grand Rapids, MI (where are sending church is located and where we went to college).

They asked us to invite a choral group from Grand Rapids as we had done in the past and they organized two concerts for them: one in Perugia and one in Todi.

We realized that this would be a great opportunity to also have them sing in Foligno, where we feel God would have us invest in a future church plant.

We were able to rent  the most beautiful and large concert hall in Foligno for next Thursday, October 18th at 9 PM (3 pm EST) for a concert of classical music and artists that I work with and also vocalists from Grand Rapids, MI.  If we fill the hall we will have 540 people in attendance!

We have decided to use this event as a way to get our name out with unbelievers in the city and announce that on the Sundays of October 28th, November 18th and December 16th we will have three meetings in a beautiful medieval hall just outside the town. We could fit up to 50 people in this hall.

Meetings

Advertising the meetings

After these initial meetings on the theme of the reformation we hope to have some contacts to start a Bible study in the new year. 
We have a core of people from our church and especially a young couple who we have previously mentioned who are busy with the legwork.

Please pray:

  1. – Pray for the concert hall to be full.
  2. – Pray that the right people will attend.
  3. – Pray for the concert to go well.
  4. – Pray for the presentation of the project during intermission.
  5. – Pray for our monthly meetings to be full, and to have the right content for those meetings.
  6. – Pray that we will be able to start Bible studies next year.
  7. – Pray for out protection and guidance.

I am asking you to pray with us and gather prayer warriors for this project.
We are in it way above our heads, so we need so much prayer.

I’m asking you boldly because God has already done above and beyond our expectations.

Our first Video Update ever

Mr. and Mrs. WhitmanYou’re probably thinking: “What are you talking about??  You just sent one the other day!

Funny how that works out…
Wednesday I worked for two hours on this video report, then the earthquake happened.

So you received a second video update before the first one.

In this video we share what is going on in our family and ministry life, plans for the near future and important prayer requests.

We hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for praying for our 2016 Vacation Bible School!!!

You prayed, God answered!

We had an exceptional week of Vacation Bible School thanks to the hard work of many members of Centro Evangelico Battista, Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids (our sending church) and Partners in Discipleship International.
Our theme was “God Always Wins!”, which is courtesy of Children Desiring God Ministries.

In my last note I asked a specific prayer request for one child with a difficult family background. Unfortunately, that child was not able to come to the Sunday event, but please keep praying for him!

I am thankful for Daniel and Elizabeth Ransom, my exceptionally gifted co-workers, for this wonderful video!
Enjoy!