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Whitman Presentation 2014

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Why Italy? Thoughts and experiences about ministry in a non-conventional mission field.

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Whitman Presentation 2014

  1. 1. WHAT MATTERS TO CHRIST MATTERS TO US AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
  2. 2. WHAT MATTERS TO CHRIST MATTERS TO US AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST John 3:19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (ESV)
  3. 3. Penetrating the darkness with the light of truth in Perugia, Italy
  4. 4. Isn’t Italy alread a Christian nation? Here are a few quotes representative of the Italian mindset:
  5. 5. “…to Jesus as a judge, it also belongs to punish; but mercy alone belongs to the blessed Virgin… We more easily find salvation by going to the Mother than by going to the Son.” St. Anselm, catholic theologian 1033 - 1109
  6. 6. “We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides” Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits)
  7. 7. Only 1% of Italians claim to be evangelicals. Italy 2012 Population: 60 million
  8. 8. In Umbria, 88 out of 92 townships are without a known Gospel testimony. Umbria
  9. 9. How can we reach the people of Italy?
  10. 10. 1. Faithfulness over time 2. Strategic Ministries
  11. 11. 1. Faithfulness over time
  12. 12. Claudio: came to faith after attending with his wife for 20 years.
  13. 13. Centro Evangelico Battista Then (1976-2008) Now
  14. 14. 2. Our Strategic Ministries
  15. 15. Prayer
  16. 16. Worship
  17. 17. Youth
  18. 18. Discipleship
  19. 19. Theological Training
  20. 20. 3. Other Strategic Ministries
  21. 21. TV and Radio Ministry
  22. 22. Soccer Ministry
  23. 23. Men’s Ministry
  24. 24. Our Greatest Challenges - Health problems (cancer) - Bureaucratic challenges - Transition from missionary led work to indigenous work and reaching the other areas of Umbria -Bringing in new missionaries
  25. 25. Prayer requests 1. Reach the unreached with the Gospel 2. Equip followers of Christ 3. Equip leaders for the church of tomorrow 4. Future church plants in central Italy 5. Spiritual and physical protection 6. Spiritual growth 7. Balance life’s demands in life and ministry
  26. 26. What can I do? Prayer: Adopt an unreached Umbrian township.
  27. 27. What can I do? Prayer: Adopt an unreached Umbrian township! Information: Inform others about the needs in Italy Invest: Continue to support missions in Italy Come: Send your pastor and/or key missions people to survey the ministry
  28. 28. “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” C. T. Studd, 1860-1931. English missionary to China, India, and Africa
  29. 29. [14] “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. […] [16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14,16)
  30. 30. Pray for the Whitmans, Pray for Italy www.jonnywhitman.com A ministry in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI and Baptist Mid-Missions

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