Pizza Box P rayersa monthly guide to prayerthrough the streets of Naples, Italy
Welcome to Naples, a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, the sea, and Mt. Vesuvius.Neapolitans are as varied as the terrain that surrounds them and are bursting with a life and energythat makes Naples a truly unique place. You never know what you will find around the corner: childrenplaying soccer, a homeless man playing the violin for a few coins, or an open-air market filled with avariety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood.With a population of approximately 1.5 million within the city limits and another 3 million in the suburbanareas, Naples is one of the most densely populated cities in the western world. In a city this size,however, less than half of 1% are evangelical believers, the majority being Catholic.We invite you to join us in prayer for this great city throughout the year. You will find two prayerrequests for each month. We ask that you keep this calendar in a place where you will see it andregularly lift up Naples to our Father. Our prayer is that God moves your heart for the people ofNaples, Italy and they will be on your mind daily.
Catholic Church TraditionsGod, tear down the stronghold of tradition and The roots of tradition are strong, Lord. I ask thatmake the Catholic Church a place where truth You bring Neapolitans back to Your Word so thatreigns over tradition. Father, guide the leadership “for the sake of [their] tradition [they would notin the Catholic Church to desire knowledge of and make] void the Word of God.” Matthew 16:6intimacy with You. Lead them in coming to knowtruth and teaching others Your ways. JANUARY Photo: Chiesa (Church) Gesu’ Nuovo (the Historic City Center), Naples, Italy
Idolatry Idols fill Catholic churches, Lord. As people kneel before graven images, bring to their minds Your command “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4 Mary & the Saints Break the chains that hold Neapolitans to Mary and the saints. Allow them to see Jesus Christ as their only mediator and the way, the truth, and the life.FebruaryPhoto: Shrine to Mary Naples, Italy
Friends Meals & MinistryAs personnel strive to build and deepen When personnel sit down to a meal withrelationships with those around them, Lord Neapolitans, guide the conversation to spiritualgive them wisdom in speaking about You. Guide things, Lord. Let it be a time when Yourconversations to be spiritually focused. lovingkindness and truth are shown in and through conversation and prayer. MARCH Photo: Building friendships with Neapolitans (Shannon Worthy and her friends Patrizia and Assunta) Naples, Italy
Younger Generation Older GenerationLord, as teenagers and college students look for Lord, please guide the older generation of Naplessomething or someone to fill the void, lead them to away from traditions they believe will save them.You. Give them the courage to question what they Tear down the walls of false teachings theyhave been taught. I pray that when they seek You believe and fill their hearts with the desire tothey will find You. Stir in their hearts and give find truth in Your Word. Give them the couragethem a desire to know more about You. Give them a to make the decision to follow You instead ofdesire to want more than head-knowledge of You. traditions. APRIL Photo: A group of Neapolitan youth Naples, Italy
Family Unit Guidance for Children & TeensLord, I pray for the integrity of the family. Father, There are so many bad things for children andshow husbands how to love their wives. Guide teenagers to become involved in. Lord, I pray forwives in their role of respecting and submitting guidance for the children and teenagers of Naplesto their husbands. Teach children to obey their that will “train [them] in the way [they] should go,parents and help parents to learn to discipline in a [so that] when [they are] old [they] will not turnmanner that is pleasing to You. from it.” Proverbs 22:6 MAY Photo: Grandmothers caring for their grandchildren Naples, Italy
Partnerships with U.S. Churches VolunteersFather, give Christians in America a strong desire God, as volunteer teams plan to come to Naples,to see the Gospel spread. Fill them with love and help them to prepare spiritually and emotionally,compassion for those who do not know You and being led by the Holy Spirit in prayer. When theybreak their hearts for the lost in Naples and are in Naples, I ask that the Holy Spirit wouldaround the world so much that they cannot help burden them for the lost so they can embracebut act. Neapolitans in Christian love. JUNE Photo: International World Changers sports ministry volunteers Naples, Italy
Immigrants God, comfort immigrants who are far from their home and families. Open the hearts of Neapolitans to be accepting and kind towards them. Mafia God, You are Lord over all and I ask that You would break the stronghold the mafia has over Naples. Lord, bring the corruption to an end and allow peace and rest to come to this restless place. JULY Photo: Immigrant Street VendorHistoric City Center, Naples, Italy
PovertyJesus, I ask that the hearts of Christiansbe burdened for the poor. Guide Yourchildren to meet the physical, as well as,the spiritual needs of the poor. Help thepoor to find their hope and comfort in You.JobsPlease give hope to those without jobs,Lord. As they search to find work, I praythat they would not only find a job, butwould find You as well. AUGUST Photo: Street Performer Seafront next to Castle dell’Ovo, Naples, Italy
Government Guide government officials to make wise decisions that are in the best interest of the people they serve, not themselves. Help them to choose the path of morality and turn from corruption and greed. Police I ask for Your protection to cover the policemen in Naples. Direct them in the way of truth and justice so they can better protect and help Neapolitans. SeptemberPhoto: Neapolitan Police Officers Naples, Italy
Bible Study DiscipleshipHoly Spirit, move in the hearts of Neapolitans to Father, guide personnel in wisdom and truth ashave a desire to study Your Word. Guide them they disciple Neapolitan believers. I pray that,to see the importance of knowing and hiding through discipleship, leaders would be raised upYour Word in their hearts. Then, through their and begin to disciple other Neapolitans.obedience in studying the Bible, bring them torepentance and forgiveness. OCTOBER Photo: Paul Davidson with his friend Giovanni Naples, Italy
Existing Evangelical Churches EvangelismI ask that the evangelical churches in Naples Lord, I ask that through mass evangelismwould be a light in a dark place. Holy Spirit, guide Neapolitans would come to know You. Please giveChristians to live lives of boldness and love so that evangelical churches the desire to reach peopleothers will see You in their lives. on a larger scale so that Your name might be proclaimed to the masses. NOVEMBER Photo: Worship Service Saccavo, Naples, Italy
Personnel TCKsFather, be with those serving in Naples to Lord, please guide the steps of the children of“stand, therefore, having fastened on the belt personnel in Naples. I ask that You bring them intoof truth, and having put on the breastplate of a personal relationship with You, and help themrighteousness, and... put on the readiness givenby the gospel of peace,” taking up the shield of to be lights for Christ to their friends. Give themfaith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit. courage to be bold in sharing what they believe.Ephesians 6:11; 14-17 DECEMBER Photo: Benjamin, Emma, Alessia, and Micah Worthy Naples, Italy
Thanks & AcknowledgementsThere are several people who helped make this calendar a reality. A big thanks tothe Forward Communication Team, European Peoples for doing the layout and designand getting the calendar to the printer; the Naples team for all their hard work andsupport. Thank you to Paul Davidson, Charlie Worthy, Jason Moore, and Matt Jones fortheir photos. Finally, to all the churches and individuals who gave generously in orderthat the calendar could be printed and distributed, thank you. None of this could havehappened without you.
To find out how you can be a part of the work in Naples, Italy,email Charlie Worthy at firstname.lastname@example.org.