23
Jun
08

Italy and Slovenia Ministry Report / Spring 2008

Piazza Garibaldi in Parma.
TOMORROW ACCI MEMBER, PASTOR FRANCESCO ABORTIVI
TAKES ME TO MEET PUBLISHING AND MISSION LEADERS
IN THE TORINO AREA…
We intend to meet with the Italian OM Director where we will discuss teaming with them in missionary training.  We will then go on to meet the Director of La Casa di Bibbia, the largest publisher of Christian materials in Italy. It is possible that at the same time we will meet a similar person from Switzerland who cooperates with the Italian group. These are important opportunities for our Norwegian partner, New Life Literature and their printing house in Sri Lanka. We would love to see Europe flooded with quality Christian books. At the present time there may be fewer than 100 titles translated into Italian with virtually nothing available on evangelism, apologetics or theology. When in Slovenia we were able to find only one title on evangelism.

TUESDAY EVENING DOUG HAMM BEGAN HIS COURSE ON SMALL GROUP WITH 44 PEOPLE FROM TWO CHURCHES…

 As reported earlier, Doug Hamm, ACCI Board Member from Victoria, BC came over

to join me. He taught four nights with forty-four exposed to some portion of the course and 27 regulars showing up each night. The school ended on Friday night with enormous thanks from all and an indication from the pastors that the content came at just the right time.

Break-out study session on Tuesday evening.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 –

TO TORINO AND MEETINGS WITH OM AND CASA DELLA BIBBIA DIRECTORS…

Francesco picked me up at eight in the morning and we rushed on to the Autostrada and drove to Torino, one of the largest cities in Italy some 350 kilometers away. At 160 kms. per hour it seems closer than it really is. By the way, we were easily being passed by BMW’s and Alpha Romeo’s going in excess of 200 kms. or 120 miles per hour.

OPERATION MOBILZATION DIRECTOR, ELISEO GUADAGNO…

Before reaching Torino we met along the highway with Eliseo, a tremendous young man who has previously served with the OM Logos ship. I had met his wife last fall while she was serving with the muslXm outreach (Love Ishmael) in Parma. After meeting with Eliseo in a short meeting of an hour we decided that we liked each other and that we would partner wherever and whenever possible. In particular we discussed how ACCI, Bethany and OM could work together by putting more missionaries and teams into Italy and Europe.

Our associate Francesco with Italian OM Director, Eliseo.

LA CASA DELLA BIBBIA (The House of the Bible)

DIRECTOR GIANCARLO FARINA…

This is the number one Christian book publisher in Italy. Every year Giancarlo and his team attempt to translate and publish twelve new titles for the Italian church. We, in Canada and America, take books for granted. In Italy and all of Europe it is almost impossible to get good Christian literature. I set out to meet Giancarlo for the purpose of telling him about our low cost NLL printing partnership in Norway and Sri Lanka. With Francesco there to translate – when I got stumped in Italian and Giancarlo in English – we were able to discuss the many ways in which ACCI and NLL could compliment his effort. We returned to Parma just in time for a quick pizza and Francesco’s appointment to translate for Doug.

 

Print products from La Casa della Bibbia.

 

 

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