departure date: June 23, 2016
REturn Date: July 12, 2016
Support Total: $3,500.00
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Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, this year, I have been studying Horticulture at Oregon State University. As my first year living away from home, I’ve had many opportunities to grow and learn. I’ve been really blessed live at the Courtyard, a Christian house, along with 41 other Christian students. It’s been really great to be in the middle of a Christian community and have a built in second family away from home.
During one of our weekly Monday night house meetings, a Courtyard alumnus, Andrew Stone came and spoke to us about kingdom ministries and what they are doing in Italy. Kingdom ministries partners with a local church in Italy hold summer Bible camps for middle school and high school students. Unlike the U.S., summer camps are quite novel in Italy. The Italian culture is centered around building relationships and going to events. Holding summer camps, allows relationships to be built with the Italian kids and their families which presents the opportunity to be an effective witness of Jesus Christ.
After hearing Andrew’s presentation, I was interested in going to Italy but wasn’t sure. I took some time to think, pray, and talk to my family and came to the conclusion that I should go. One deciding factor for me was the fact that only 1.1% of Italians are evangelical Christians. Also, only 70% of the counties within Italy don’t have a Bible believing church. Although the majority of Italians claim some form of Catholicism or Christianity, most only see it as a title not as a life decision.
I’m really excited to get to work with the Italian youth and to be able to partner with a local Italian Church. For most of the kids coming to camp, this will be their first opportunity to hear about the love of Jesus. This is an incredible opportunity and I am so grateful that God has given me the time and freedom to be able to be a part of this mission.
Our group will be leaving for Italy on June 23rd and starting camp the following Monday. We will have camps for the next two weeks. To be able to go to Italy, I need to raise $3,500. This includes airfare both ways. I hope to do fundraising with some of the other students from the courtyard who are also planning to go to Italy. Also, I am putting about $1,000 from past earnings towards the trip. This means that I still need to raise $2,500. I would be grateful if you would prayerfully consider supporting me financially. If led, please fill out the enclosed support ticket. Your donation will be sent to kingdom ministries on my behalf.
More importantly though, I would ask that you pray for me and for the team. Please pray for the Italian children who will be coming to camp, that God would be working in their hearts, preparing them to hear the gospel. Please pray for the team as a whole, that as we have training and meetings, that we would grow in unity in Christ. I am seeking some dedicated prayer partners who are committed to praying both now and during the trip. If you would like to be a specific prayer partner with me, let me know. Let me know if you have any questions or want to learn more about what I’ll be doing in Italy; I would be happy to tell you more about it.
pRAY, pray & pray - then tell your parents you love them.