Immediate Celebration

September 23rd, 2011

A major concern of mine has been how to adequately show gratitude to our supporters. Well, in just three weeks, I am happy to be able to report that we have had an immediate flood of good news!

The Good News

  1. First, a certain Monica was baptized in Florence several weeks ago.  Since then, she has shown good faith and is scheduled to be with Marla and I next Domenica (Sunday) after morning worship.
  2. Secondly, another new sister, Maria, was added to the body after a long contemplation.  She expressed last Domenica that it was 1:00 A.M. when she decided to find that special pool of water mentioned throughout the book of Acts.  She was baptized and we all celebrated her new birth, along with Miss Monica’s.
  3. Thirdly, we are glad to announce that an American family, Doug & Elizabeth, have become involved in the Milan work as a result of an engineering position which brings them to Milan.
  4. Fourthly, I am extremely excited about working with three brothers in the congregation who want to train to go to the next level.  There may be more, but at this time these three have vocalized a special request to be challenged privately.

Bob's training session

About the brothers in Training

  • Fikado, a brilliant Ethiopian, who speaks three languages, desires to learn Koine Greek and outreach skills.
  • Fausto, from Equador, also a keen soul, is meeting with me to bring action into his Christian repertoire. Reciprocally, he is sharing his Italian language skills with me.
  • Eric, from the Philippines, who is a tremendous song leader and persuader for the Lord’s cause.

Jason & Eric

Ficadu & Jason

These men already have a considerable Bible background. They are sharpening their swords for tomorrow. So, you see why Marla and I are legitimately encouraged by the first three weeks. A word of special thanks to all of our supporters, and especially to Lewis and Tammy: former missionaries to Milan, who laid the ground work and believed in us. We hope that you too are encouraged by these immediate developments! “Alleluia. Cantate al Signore un cantico nuovo” (Salmo 149: 1) “Praise the Lord!  Sing to the Lord a new song” (Psalm 149:1)