Welcome to our ministry blog. We invite you to read about what God is doing as we reach the world for Christ
from the streets of Rome. As you read, please pray! Our next ministry trip will be April 2 - May 1, 2018.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

To Germany and Beyond

Over the years, we have been able to go to Germany for about a week anytime that we've gone to Italy. God has used that time in many ways and this trip has been no exception.

Several years ago, we met a man and his wife who had similar interests as ours and a relationship began. Uwe always has lots of questions and lots of things to talk about. Germany is a very dark place and there is not a lot of Christian discipleship or fellowship. We are thankful for the opportunity to be used this way in Uwe and Wilhelmina's life. Dave has been able to visit with them several times this week.

When printing out tracts for Italy, about a thousand of them were damaged and were going to be thrown away. We took a look at them and realized that even though the Italian was damaged, the German part was still good. We cut off the bad and Dave has been able to pass them out while in Germany!

Pray for Robert, a young man about 27 years old who is a surf board guy from Brazil. He and Dave had some great conversation!

Pray for Nayel, a teenager from Taiwan who was playing basketball in the park. Dave stopped to talk with him and because our son has played basketball, Dave was really able to connect with him. He shared the Gospel with Nayel and shared that God wants to have a relationship with him, just like a Father has with his child.

Many seeds are being planted. Our earnest prayer is that God would bring the increase. May we be found faithful, no matter where we are ... on this side of the world and on the other! Thank you for your continued prayers!

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Full and Eventful Week

Going on the Internet was very difficult to do, so we apologize for not being able to keep you up to date on a more consistent basis. This may have made it difficult for you to pray specifically at the time, but we are confident you were praying! Isn't it wonderful to serve a God who knows our needs before we ask?!

Our week was very full and busy. Each day we would go in to Rome and break up our day by passing out tracts in the morning, going to visit a special place in Rome that the girls remembered from times past, and then passing out tracts in the afternoon or evening.

We met people from all over the world. A few that stand out are a lady and a friend who had just gone to church that morning, the first time in a long time, and felt convicted to start reading her Bible more. Then she met Dave at the Metro stop. It was a confirmation of her conviction.

Over 30 minutes was spent one afternoon as a couple from Canada stopped to talk. Argentina was another country represented. All roads DO lead to Rome so

we continue to pray that the road back home is more meaningful to these people as they receive the Word of God.

Time was also spent in meeting people that Dave is building relationships with as well as putting tracts in mailboxes. How is this legal in Italy and not in the U.S.?



It has been a busy week but we have been blessed with the opportunity to go. Seizing the moment was important. Thank you for all of your prayers!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Precious

We have been coming to Rome for eleven years now. What an opportunity God has given us to share His word and give others the HOPE of the Gospel! We do not take this lightly!

It is always a special thing to establish relationships with people. Yes, there are many that we share the Gospel with and we never see again. Then there are others, people who God has placed in our path... really, Dave's path....and we are able to see them year after year.

One such man, Moshtaba, is from Iran, and has specifically asked for a Bible many times. Dave has been able to give him a Persian tract, but never a Bible .... until yesterday!


Moshtaba was so pleased! He was amazed that we were giving him this and that it was his permanently. His word for this gift was "Precious". It was very humbling.

Please pray for Moshtaba! He has our email and we pray he will have lots of questions regarding his new treasure.




Today was a beautiful day in Rome and the people were out in droves. We met people from Northern Italy, Malaysia, Utah, South Carolina, Quebec, and Scotland, to name a few. Seeds have been planted and we pray that God would bring the increase.

Dave also introduced us to a few of the people in the neighborhood who he has had contact with over the last few years. One man is faithful to pray for Dave and says that no one else is sharing the Word of God here. Again, this is humbling to be used by God in this way. May we be found faithful.

Thank you for your continued prayers for us and for helping us share this "Precious" truth with others! You are a blessing!




Monday, April 16, 2018

Answered Prayer

Last fall, our family began praying that we would be able to go to Italy once again. This time, we prayed very specifically that our family would be able to go together. Our desire was to go in December and spend a much longer time there.

As December came and went, we wondered if the answer was "No" but we kept praying.

Praise the Lord that He has answered our prayer and that we are able to go to Italy once again, after a three year wait. Dave is already there, our son has chosen not to go, and so the girls and I are on an adventure!

Our mission and goal is to continue the work that God has asked us to do... by planting seeds. Just like gardening, it is so much better to plant the seeds of the Gospel while working together. God's a much better farmer than we are though! What an honor to be His tool!

Thank you for praying! Thank you for the role you have played...and continue to play...as we carry out this mission.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Its Just Like Jesus and His Great Love

How many of us have experienced doing a work for the Lord and then had discouragement hit us?

This happened to Dave today. It's just reality and the raw truth. Praise the Lord, He provides a way of escape. Isn't that just like Jesus to do that!

In the middle of discouragement, God sent encouragement to remind Dave of His love.

Through a series of events, Dave has had to change housing. God knew all along that the man who owns the apartment was really searching for truth. We praise Him for using Dave to bring the truth of Scripture to him! And we praise Him for showing His power and Sovereignty in how each detail was orchestrated. Please be praying for this apartment owner. It was through another in depth conversation this morning, that Dave was encouraged.

You can stand on a street corner in Rome and feel discouraged as hundreds of unsaved people pass you. What encouragement though, when God brings a saved couple from Malta to pray with you! Isn't that just like Jesus and His great love!


Monday, April 9, 2018

God is So Good!



It has been a rough few days, but God is still good and the praises still outweigh the hard times! Let's talk about those praises first, shall we!

Moshtaba is from Iran and Dave has met him several times in the past. Praise the Lord, he is still in the area and Dave was able to connect again. We have a Persian Bible that we purchased just for him. Please be in prayer for this man and for his salvation.

Dave has met several families from the States. Why do we go to Rome to meet Americans?? The answer is found in their receptiveness. Many agree that they would not give us the time of day here in the States, but they find a connection overseas. We ask the Lord to use that to win lost souls.

Another theme this week has been the opportunity to talk with priests. Imagine priests from all over the world coming to Rome! Please pray specifically for a Vietnamese priest that Dave had a great conversation with.

Many more praises abound and we thank God for His protection, for the arms and legs to pass out many tracts and Bibles so far, for His Word to encourage our hearts, for the finances He has provided so far, and so much more .....

Hard times do come and we thank God that through these, He reminds us of His love and faithfulness. Anna's aunt passed away very unexpectedly and there have also been other things that bring moments of discouragement. We appreciate those who pray for our ministry and bring encouragement to our hearts. Our faith is made stronger through these weaknesses.

God is so good.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Month in Italy 2018!

Just a few weeks ago, we were praying and asking the Lord for direction and guidance in whether or not a trip would be made this spring. It really didn't look very good in our own human minds, but we continued to ask. This year especially, we really wanted to take a trip as a family. It had been three years since our last ministry trip together.

AMAZING, but Dave is now in Rome and for the whole month of April! and even more AMAZING is that the girls and I will be able to join him for a week. No matter the details in how we arrived at all this, we are pressing forward with the expectation that God will use us for His glory. That is our hearts desire!

Dave has had a great start to the trip. Both of his flights went well and he was able to get 12 hrs of sleep his first night there. This is a huge praise!

Today was Dave's first full day in Rome and he texted with all kinds of prayer requests. Here are some of the stories he sent. We share them with you in the hopes that you will pray specifically, and if possible, by name. God knows each one and each need, but perhaps by praying by name, we are reminded on a more meaningful level, that each of these are souls who are in need of salvation.


  • Lucca, from Sicily, sat next to Dave on the flight to Rome. Dave was able to talk with him and give him an Italian John/Romans. This is a direct answer to prayer as those of us at home prayed that Dave would be able to share Christ with the person he sat next to on the plane. Praise the Lord! 
  • Moshtaba is from Iran and practices Islam. Dave has met him on previous trips and saw him again today. Dave purchased a Persian Bible and we are bringing it when we fly over. What else could penetrate through a false religion better than the Word of God? "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
  • After missing a bus, and waiting for the next, Dave met an older Italian lady. He shared an Italian tract with her and they continued to the Main Bus Station together.
  • A young Catholic couple from Kansas City are in Rome to get married. Dave talked with them for a while and she was curious as to why Dave came to Rome. He tried to explain that he meets people from all over the world, places that he would never be able to go. People are also more open to talk there. She agreed that she probably wouldn't have talked with him had they met in the States.
A day is done, but God is still working while we sleep! Please pray that those who received a tract or Bible today would ponder the words that they read. Words that come from the Holy Spirit himself. 

Hebrews 11:13,15,16

... These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country... But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.