June 20 – July 7, 2019
Basketball: Men and Women
Team size: 8 – 10
We are excited to announce that Push The Rock’s investment in Italy will continue this upcoming summer making it our 12thyear of partnership with the local church there. Known as a popular tourist destination and for its rich history, many people are unaware of the need for Jesus among this historic country. Through the game of basketball, we have been able to carry out our mission of building relationships and using this platform for sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. As a result, this trip will allow us to continue our partnership in Venice and the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy.
Emilia-Romagna is region with strong Push The Rock investment. Over the past 9 years, we have partnered with churches in the cities of Imola, Faenza, and Forli. Forli and Faenza will be the main cities for this region during the trip. During the first week of the trip, team members will run basketball clinics as part of the Forli Summer English camp followed by clinics/camps in the evening in Faenza. Both of these cities have strong basketball communities which allows our gifts and talents in basketball as the perfect tool for assisting our partners in building deeper roots in their cities.
In Venice, we will serve in Mestre, a community of Venice, alongside the Il Faro (“The Lighthouse” in Italian) Church. The culture here is very transitional as many from various parts of Italy, and even the world, come to Venice for work and its lifestyle but leave after a few years. This puts a huge emphasis on our partnership with Il Faro as we serve as a bridge between the church and its surrounding communities. We are able to accomplish this through the use of basketball camps, which allows us to teach the game of basketball as well as share our testimonies and the Gospel with youth and their families. In addition, this trip serves as encouragement to Il Faro and its members as they get to develop relationships with each trip member. Lastly, cultural learning will be a part of the trip as members will get to experience both the daily life and touristic side of the Venetian culture.
Team training starts on Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in Lehigh Valley, PA. The team will be returning from Italy on Sunday, July 7, in the evening. (Specific travels plans for you before and after the trip will be worked out once you are a part of the team.)
As you read through this description, we pray that the Lord is laying on your hearts to consider using your passion for sports and Him to share Jesus Christ in Italy. This experience will not only have a kingdom impact but will challenge and sharpen your faith. Therefore, prayerfully consider being a part of our team as we look forward to witnessing God’s plan for Italy in 2019. If you have additional questions, please contact the office. Otherwise, the next step is to fill out an application by following the links below.
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