Quick Prayer Requests


Noah and Monkey eating a banana

Noah and Monkey eating a banana

As we are half way through month five out of six of our furlough we are overwhelmed with the positive responses we have received over our presentation and especially over what God is doing through the ministry.

Here are our top three requests to keep you praying.

1. Pray for good health
I (Jonathan) had to have another slice of tongue removed on Monday for fear that it was a further recurrence of cancer. The biopsy result showed that it was negative for carcinoma, but only a mild dysplasia. This is great news.


Pray especially that my tongue might heal quickly, since Sunday I preach and present at West Cannon Baptist Church. Monday I am going to Elkhart, where a Christian dentist has offered to help me fix a sharp tooth that may be causing of the cancer.

2. Pray for God’s leading through this time of furlough
Pray that we can continue to maximize our time during furlough, as we try to spend time with all, or most of our supporters, sending church and mentors. Furlough can be a great time of reflection on how and where we do ministry.

3. Continue to pray for the 88 comuni (townships) of Umbria that are still unreached. Have you adopted an unreached township. (For a full list click here).

We are grateful to share in the great calling of the Gospel with you.

Counting down to Furlough 2012


Shuttle LaunchTen, nine, eight seven…preparing for a six month furlough feels a little like waiting for a space shuttle to launch. With less than two weeks to go, things are really getting crazy around here.

  • Prayer cards are ordered
  • Display materials are being worked on.
  • Bills are getting automated.
  • Ministries are being delegated.
  • Housing – found (for the most part)
  • Transportation – found
  • Powerpoint presentation, VBS presentation, suitcases, dr. visits… not so much


Before we leave we also have baptisms on June 3rd, with all the preparation that goes into that, as well as preparing studies for the youth.

Can we just plea for your prayers right now????

In the meantime ministry goes on.  Recently we had the privilege of bringing a bus of about forty people of the church to Rome for a day.  In the morning we had our worship service in the catacombs.  In the evening we worshiped with our sister church where Lucio was brought to faith.  Here is a short video of the occasion.  The singing….well…needs work, but imagine singing In Christ Alone in the catacombs!


Snow showers of blessings



Greetings from snowy central Italy!  It’s not every day that Perugia is in the news for snow.  In fact, they say that it has not snowed this much since 1985.

You can imagine the chaos and the fear in people’s eyes as they are afraid to venture out of the house.  For us, on the other hand, having lived for many years in West Michigan, we are most afraid of the other drivers!
For the first time in the history of the Centro Evangelico Battista we even had to cancel church because of snow.Sometimes God makes us slow down when we need it the most.Since Christmas we have not really taken a break between discipleship meetings, choir preparation for Easter, visits, furlough preparation.In particular, we have had the challenge of helping young Christians who are struggling with their faith.  We ask your prayers especially for this aspect of our ministry.  It is not enough to lead someone to Christ; we must also be willing to live life with them and help them when they need it the most.As Paul said: “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV)

Malta Conference

Tomorrow we leave for a week for a week of ministering and being ministered to in Malta, where we will be with many other Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries from around Europe.

Furlough 2012

We are looking forward to this summer when we will see many of you who support us so faithfully, as we will return for a brief furlough to celebrate what God is doing here in Italy.  We thank so many of you who have promised to open your churches and homes to us during this time.

Our schedule is filling up quickly.  You can click here for the most up to date information about our furlough.

We thank God for providing a vehicle (Melodee’s parents) and housing from mid-August through November.

Please pray for:

1. Housing for the beginning of our stay.

2. Preparation of our presentation (video and PowerPoint), prayer cards.

3. Affordable airline tickets.

4. Filling up of the rest of the dates available.

We also have several things that need to be accomplished before we leave: renewing Melodee’s residence permit, delegating ministry responsibilities, setting up bills for our absence, preparation of my request for Italian citizenship.

Though it all sounds overwhelming, we thank God because we know He is in control of our lives.

We covet your prayers and thank you for your time and prayers.

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