Three members of First Baptist Church, along with 4 members of other Cape Girardeau Baptist Association Churches just returned from a mission trip to Belluno, Italy. Belluno is a town in northeast Italy of about 30,000 people.
We arrived in Belluno Thursday, September 12th. That night we enjoyed a meal together with our team and our translator John Franco. Friday morning we met at Pastor Tommaso’s house to discuss our evangelism and discipleship strategy for the week and to pray for God’s blessing. Friday night we went into the main plaza in the center of Belluno. Jared Griffin used his art skills to create beautiful paintings. Each painting was made with spraypaint and featured a cross with Psalm 24:1 “The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord.”
Saturday, we met in the morning to prayerwalk the city. We asked God to bless Belluno and to open their eyes so that they may see Jesus as Christ and Lord. Also, the God would open their hearts to believe the Word of God. Saturday night we went back into the plaza for evangelism. It was a great night with the local church. Had very good conversations with the people of Belluno.
On Sunday, we worshipped with the local church in Belluno. Jared was able to share a video of a skit the youth of FBC Scott City made and Jeremy preached on the Persistent, Patient Prayer of Elijah. Sunday night we had a discipleship class on Marriage. We used Mike and Marcia Bloom’s “Rekindling the Romance” and it was very well received.
Monday, we did more prayer walking in the morning and evangelism in the evening. During the day, Jeremy went walking around the city and was greatly burdened for the people. He said, “There is so much Christianity in marble and paintings, but so little in flesh and blood. Jesus is present in the art, but absent from the heart.”
This is only a small portion of all we did and saw. It was a fantastic trip and a great partnership. Please pray for the people of Belluno and the local church there. God bless.