Historic City Center, Pizza & Piazza

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


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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ciao from Napoli!

Today started out with Charlie giving us a tour of the Historic City Center in Naples.  We got the opportunity to experience the culture and prominent religion of the city by touring some catholic cathedrals and walking the streets of downtown Naples.  It was extremely heartbreaking to see individuals worshiping and praying to saints and the dead when we know that all we need is the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.  This really brought to light just how confused the people of Naples are, and how important the work of the missionaries in this city is. On our tour, we were able to go visit the Museo Capella Sanservo which is home to the the masterpiece known as the "Veiled Christ". http://www.museosansevero.it/inglese/cappellasansevero/cristovelato.html The statue takes on three identities as it is viewed from different angles.  The first is the crucified Christ displaying agony, the second is the buried Christ at peace, and the third is the resurrected Christ where the veil completely disappears from view. This is an extremely impressive piece of artwork. 
For lunch we ate at Gino Sorbillo's pizzeria, a restaurant which has been family operated for over two hundred years. The waiters bring out pizzas which are so big they hang off of the plate.  The missionaries challenged us to see if we could eat the whole thing, only a few of us succeeded!
After lunch we headed back to Fuorigrotta to spend some time in the piazza near our hotel playing with some kids.  We took a parachute and some crafts out to the piazza and had a few kids come and play with us.  We decorated crosses with the kids and even had one boy, Andrea, glue his cross (and some extra rhinestones) to his bike and ride around the piazza. It was a big hit!
Chris and I decided that we wanted to go visit some people that we had met last year, since we had not really had the opportunity to walk around Fuorigrotta up until this point.  We headed over to a soccer shop to see if our friend Danielo was working, and much to our excitement, he was! We were greeted with big hugs and kisses on each cheek, a true Italian greeting.  We stayed and chatted with Danielo for awhile and were invited to return for coffee the next day.  We also ran into Rita, a woman at our hotel who bakes some amazing cakes for breakfast each morning.  Last year, Rita would walk by the computer room each night with a cake fresh out of the oven. She would allow me to feel the warmth from the bottom of the platter and take just enough of a whiff of the deliciousness to tease my stomach until the morning.  Upon seeing her in the hallway, she also was overwhelmed with excitement and gave us kisses on both cheeks.  It is awesome to see that even after ten months, God allowed us to have made enough of an impact in these individuals lives that they remembered us with joy!
When the piazza was winding down, some of us decided we would go attempt to do some more university ministry at the university in Fuorigrotta. We walked down to the university and were frustrated to see that there were no students to be found.  As a result, Paul decided to share with us the homeless ministry that he does here in Fuorigrotta.  God loves all people, whether they are crippled, challenged or "normal", and it was neat to see how Paul is an amazing example of God's love to the people of this neighborhood. I feel extremely blessed to be able to be a part of their ministry here in Naples and to help them further the Kingdom of God.

Please continue to pray for endurance and flexibility for our team!

- Amanda
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