Italy update #1

“All I have needed thy hand hath provided,

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”

Greetings from Italy! God’s grace has brought us safely thus far. We are thankful for two uneventful flights yesterday (even the many toddlers on the flight kept their emotions pretty well under control!).  Upon arriving in Heathrow, London after our first flight, we enjoyed some “world cuisine” at the Giraffe while being serenaded by Latino and reggae tunes.  Try to figure that one out…  Later, during our layover we also posed for a picture with a Scottish bagpiper who performed live outside the duty free store.  If our experiences so far are any indication of things to come, we’re going to be in for some noteworthy adventures in Italy.

After arriving in Italy and meeting our hosts and local missionary partners, we settled into our rooms at the seminary and spent some blessed time finishing up our team orientation and praying for one another and the week to come.

Today has been a sweet day of much-needed refreshment and repayment of sleep debt. Most of our team settled into bed around midnight last night, and most of us either rose, or woke up sometime around 1:00 pm. After a brief lunch we walked to a nearby basketball court to practice for about two hours, getting familiar with inbounds plays and building a little chemistry.  That knowledge and chemistry will come in handy when we play our first tournament game tomorrow afternoon.

This evening we worshipped with missionaries and a few local Italian believers in a small house congregation in an upper room. After sharing in communion and a message from the Bible, we concluded by spending some time in prayer for the coming week. We are currently enjoying our first taste of homemade Italian food for dinner!

Thank you all so much for your prayers. Please pray for God’s strength for the coming week, for safe traveling for Jack, our last team member who will join us tomorrow, and for our team (along with the local partners) to showcase the unity of Christ at camps beginning tomorrow. Much love!



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