Ministry at the University

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End May 11, 2010


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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday's focus was a major university in the heart of Naples.  Our task was to find the places where students hangout and then engage them in conversation with the goal of inviting them to English-Italian dialogue session with missionary Cortney.  Cortney is a short-term missionary who basically is the Kelly James of Naples.  She has to discover creative ways to reach this campus for Christ.  It is a huge job because no students live on campus.  Most live in or around Naples.  They come in for the day, attend class (which actually is optional!), take exams, and visit with frends.  There is no campus ministry and yet there are nearly 100,000 students - yes, actually 99,000+ - and no ministry exists.  So enter Cortney.  She has decided to start in an area where many students are studying language.  Most we found actually were learning two languages.  Can you imagine figuring out both English and Russian or English and Chinese at the same time?  Cortney wanted us to go to an area - almost like an outdoor food court - and strike up conversations.  It was out of some team members' comfort zones but everyone gave it their best.  The first half of the day went well for everybody.  We were able to have some decent conversations with the students.  Helen and Chris, for example, had a 30-minute conversation with two students and then an hour-long talk with another two students.  We discussed school, language, family, music and movies (they really liked that part), and then "religion."  They were friendly and even gave us their names and email and facebook information.  They were very critical of Catholicism, accepting of evangelicals, and basically said they were totally uninvolved in church or "religion."  It was difficult to get much further in terms of sharing the gospel.  We encouraged a Greek student to read the Bible.  We also were able to give them Cortney's card and we gave Cortney their info, so please pray that the connection happens and they come to Cortney's dialogue session.  That is where relationships will be built and the gospel presented.  We hope we too will get to share more truth with the students as the week goes on.  The second half of the day did not produce the same good results as the first half but we did make a few connections that could produce fruit.

Everybody wants to know about the food so here goes.  Great pasta dishes for lunch at the university and chicken and potatoes for dinner (bought "on the street" and enjoyed on the hotel patio).  But the highlight of the day food-wise was the dessert afterwards...and it wasn't gelato (though we did have some amazing white and dark chocolate gelato earlier in the day).  It was a warm pastry stuffed with a white and dark chocolate sauce that oozed out all over your fingers as you ate it.  You may want to be on the team next year just to eat that!

Tonight we had a devotion on the supremacy of Christ from Colossians 1 and planned for tomorrow's ministry.  On Tuesday we will spend half of the day at the university in teams of two like we did on Monday.  The second half will be in a neighborhood teaching English to children and playing basketball.  Pray that we will take advantage of opportunities to share Jesus with those we meet.
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mary Bironas on

Sounds like the day was pretty productive. We will continue to pray for your effectiveness and that of Courtney. Isn't it amazing that God has "Kelly Jame's" all over world. I'm sure glad we have ours! Exactly how many Weight Watcher Points do you think was in that dessert???????? It's so good to hear from you all each days. How are Pat's legs? Sounds like Donna is in food heaven. Can't wait to hear where you go tomorrow. Blessings, joy and love and you share...

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cbctrips on

We will continue to pray that the Lord will do his thing! You just have to sit back and listen to the prompting of the Spirit! Love you guys!

KK

Harvey on

What kind of "tripping" accidents is Pat having?? Pat and Donna, you need to get even with "Lizzard Lips". Don't let him get the upper hand. Will continue to pray that God will open hearts to His Word. Hope everyone is staying healthy!

Phyllis on

It's incredible that you have been able to be on campus. I remember from our first visit that Paul and McKenzie shared about their hope that the university would become a place of ministry. We will pray that God will open the hearts of the many young people who are seeking to find a meaningful relationship with God.

I guess you will all be playing basketball tomorrow to work off that dessert!! Everyone says hi and we LOVE YOU!

Shelley on

Sound like you are having a productive and great time. Will continue to lift the team up in prayer until you all get home safely. Can you bring some of those pastries home? They look delish!b lol

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