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Italy – outreach in Mantova
November 2011
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Italy – outreach in Mantova

Italy — outreach in Mantova In September, the Sola Grazia church organised a five-day evangelistic outreach during the National Book Fair (Festival della letteratura) in Mantova. 110,000 people came to the event from all overItalyand from other countries. The church received much help from a Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) team, along with several Italians from elsewhere who joined our church for the outreach. We were able to distribute about 12,000 flyers and 1,000 key rings with scripture texts. The focus of this effort was to invite people to hear John Blanchard give two addresses in the church on the Saturday — the first at...

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Italy’s greatest problem
November 2011
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Italy’s greatest problem

Italy’s greatest problem Italy was once home to one of the greatest empires ever seen. It also once had an impressive role in the history of Christendom, and yet, as we fast forward to 2011, there are now nearly as many Jehovah’s Witnesses there as Protestant evangelicals. Where did it go wrong? More importantly, what is now stopping Italy from returning to the biblical faith? Many would say that the Catholic Church is the problem; it so clouds the picture that Jesus can no longer be found. By developing new doctrines (prayers to the saints, purgatory, transubstantiation, etc.) it has made the waters very muddy....

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Literature in Italy
May 1999
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Literature in Italy

The year 1998 rushed by like the wind and we’ve already plunged into our work for 1999 at full speed. We thank the Lord for all the grace and patience he continues to show us. We are grateful for the number of books that we were able to distribute last year (the total since 1995 is about 13,000) and for the gifts we have received that have enabled us to publish books that are too important to be overlooked and not translated into Italian. Encouraging experience Although resources are limited, ‘Passaggio’ has been able to accomplish much. We have translated works by authors who have...

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Italy’s good crises
June 1998
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Italy’s good crises

One of the first words a foreigner is taught on arrival in Italy is crisi, which recognisably corresponds to the English word crisis. Routinely, Italian governments are ‘in-and-out’, the currency is ‘up-or-down’, trains, planes and buses are ‘running-or-on-strike’, and the city traffic is always ‘stop-and-go’. Crises seem to occur everywhere and almost daily! However, this word which usually describes a negative experience, has come to have a positive meaning in the life of our Institution, IFED (Instituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione). It has taken on the meaning of ‘turning-point’, as God has been pleased to use the centre in important ways to affect the...

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June 1998
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Italy

Area:116,332 square miles. Main towns: Rome (capital), Milan, Turin, Florence, Naples, Genoa and Palermo. The Vatican forms an enclave inside the city of Rome. Environment: Alps and Apennine mountains, with valleys and lakes; rivers include the Po, Tiber and Rubicon. Vesuvius and Etna are active volcanoes. Italy’s two largest islands are Sicily and Sardinia. There is heavy pollution of air and rivers in the industrialized north. Exports: Wine, fruit and vegetables, silk and other textiles, leather goods, motor vehicles, electrical goods, chemicals, iron and steel. A large ‘black’ economy exists. Population: 58 million; many immigrants, some illegal, from Africa and Eastern Europe. Languages: Italian; also...

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June 1998
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Missionary Spotlight – Italy

The Republic of Italy History In the early nineteenth century Italy was made up of independent nations, such as Sicily and the Papal States. Unification (Risorgimento) was accomplished in 1870, and a monarchy established. The Fascist regime of Mussolini came to power in 1922 and sided with Nazi Germany, plunging Italy into military defeat towards the end of the Second World War. Italy became a democratic republic in 1946 and a founder member of the European Community. Since then it has experienced a succession of weak and unstable governments. Corruption, organized crime, and the disparate social and economic problems of north and south Italy, have...

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Two university students
June 1998
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Two university students

Marta and Barbara are friends, law students at the University of Trent in northern Italy. At the end of 1995 they both started attending Bible studies, under the auspices of the Gruppi Biblici Universitari (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). Although both have Catholic backgrounds and some familiarity with Bible stories, like most Italian students they did not know the gospel and had no personal, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They were confronted through these studies, not with an abstract, irrelevant ‘God’, from whom they can earn merit, but with the living God, revealed in Christ. Difficult to grasp Grace is a difficult concept for an...

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A week in the life.
June 1998
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A week in the life.

Just to the south-east of the city of Bologna, on the straight road that leads to the seaside resort of Rimini, lies the town of San Lazzaro. The first and only evangelical witness in San Lazzaro began in 1970, as an offshoot from the Bologna Brethren assembly. Progress has been hard and slow in this traditionally communist area of Italy, but little by little the Lord has brought new people in. Here are the highlights of a recent week. Sunday It is just after 10.30 am on Sunday morning, and it is Daniele’s turn to begin the service with a brief meditation from the Word...

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