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 August 21 - September 18, 2018.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Thank You Dinner and Ministry Update

God did some wonderful things during this last trip and He continues to be faithful! 
(Do we doubt?)

We want to say thank you to our prayer warriors and supporters by inviting those who can to come to an Italian Dinner and Ministry Update ... 

THIS Sunday, October 7th at the Weaver Coffee Corner in Mansfield.

Italian Dinner at 1pm

Ministry Update Presentation at 2pm

You are invited to come to as little or as much as you'd like! 

We're excited to share with you and visit!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Week Two Update!

Electronics and technology have come a long way since we first started going to Italy eleven years ago. Keeping in contact with people happened only through email and when we could get internet service. Now that Dave goes to Italy solo most of the time, it is nice to have the ability to text each other through out the day. It’s a blessing that we don’t take for granted and it is well worth the extra fee for the time that he is gone! 

Along with being able to keep up with each others lives, it has also allowed him to share stories, events and pictures of the people he comes in contact with on a daily basis. I personally love all the stories and I am thankful that I can pray for those people then and there. I know you will love hearing some of the ways God is using this ministry too and it gives you an opportunity to pray as well! 

Pope Francis was back from his August vacanza and so his Wednesday speeches began again this week. This gives Dave an opportunity to talk to quite a bit more people. One group he spoke with play the drums for the pope. There were ten of them and they all took an Italian tract. One guy, specifically, was named Daniele (the Italian name for Daniel). 

Remember Fabio? He owns a coffee shop and Dave has had great conversations with him. This week, Dave was able to meet Fabio’s dad and he took an Italian John and Romans. 

Dave has been trying to do some repairs on his bike that stays there in Italy. He needed to go to a specialty store near Porta di Roma but it is quite the adventure with all the busses, metros, trains etc.... One day this last week, he set out but ended up having to come home. The busses were running on their own Italian time schedule and unless you have experienced it, you won’t completely get it! The good news is that while he sat waiting for quite a while, he met a girl named Kiera. They had some good conversation and she took an Italian John and Romans as well as an Italian tract. God knows why Dave was there that day. We continue to pray for Kiera.

A man from Romania tries to earn a few Euros
More Romanian tracts have gone out this week! Praise the Lord. Dave has also run in to quite a few Americans. An American voice is like a magnet! Most have taken both tracts and DVD’s. Please pray for a man from Vancouver whose name is John. Dave is hopeful that they will begin an email relationship. 

This last week has been a bit difficult strength wise and physically. It’s also been a week of fighting discouragement, both for Dave and here at home. Satan knows this is a weak area, but we recognize it as a spiritual battle. We appreciate you being a prayer warrior on our behalf! 

Please continue to pray that Dave will be in the right place at the right time! We also ask that you pray for a man from Minnesota by the name of Justin. He will be joining Dave this week as they pass out tracts together. 

We continue to look forward to what God will do! 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Week One - Update

Dave has been in Italy for nearly a week now. Time flies when you're having fun serving the Lord!

He arrived safe and sound but needed to go to Florence to pick up the keys to the apartment. Remember the one from last spring? The one that God put in our lap and provided just when we needed it? Dave is able to stay there again. We praise the Lord once more for His provision. We're also continuing in prayer for the owner of the apartment. Dave should be able to get some extra one on one time with him later in the trip.

August is different then April, but Dave is adjusting to the humidity and warmer weather! He is also adjusting his schedule a bit too, so that he can be in town in the cooler parts of the day.

Dave has taken quite a few tracts in extra languages this trip. He has added 15 other languages to the selection he already has and he's been able to pass a few of those out. We may never know until Heaven what kind of impact these tracts have, but it brings joy to my heart to know that a Dutch tract and a Ukrainian tract and a Norwegian tract have all gone out to those who may not have heard the Gospel otherwise. More continue to go out and it is not us but only because of "Christ in us, the hope of glory"(Col. 1:27)!

Mormons have taken DVD's. We pray for their salvation. Vietnamese boys, as they were playing soccer, talked with Dave and took a tract. They were happy to see the tract in Vietnamese. Italians are taking tracts, specifically one named Maria Vittoria, and we pray for them.

Daily life goes on here at home, but always in the forefront of my mind, I wonder and pray for my sweetheart in Italy and for the lives that he is touching. Already, we have seen Satan's attacks on our family and on Dave. What more can we do but to stand strong, fight and trust our Heavenly Father who loves us and sent us. The battle is the Lord's!

Thank you for your faithful prayers!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sharing the Gospel with the World - August 2018

The waited for departure date has arrived and Dave is now flying over the ocean as I write from my cozy bed. His faith and tenacity inspire me!

The hand of God is written all over this trip. It has been written on so many other trips as well, but God knew we had lots of questions that needed definite, eye-catching answers. We thank Him for knowing our needs and remembering that we are but dust. (Psalm 103:14) We thank Him for you, our faithful prayer warriors!

As mentioned, Dave is now on his way to Rome to share the Gospel of Jesus to those he comes in contact with from all over the world. The purpose of this blog is to let all of our prayer warriors know what they can specifically pray for and to fill them in on special things happening throughout the mission trip. I update on a more regular, daily basis through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Travelinpilgrim and post on this blog about every 3-4 days. Please keep coming back to see what God is doing!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

New Tracts

Eleven years ago this fall, our family spent three months in Rome passing out a little flyer of verses that we designed and printed at home. We've revamped that flyer a little bit each trip, but over the years, we've also been able to add several different languages of tracts. We're so happy to say that this next trip, we are adding an additional 15 different languages! To God be the glory!! The smile that comes on to a person's face when they receive something in their own language is absolutely priceless. We are so thankful for your prayers and for how God used special people to provide the financial need of the tracts. Again, to God be the glory, great things He has done!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August 2018 Trip

Amazing that another trip is in the works!

This will be a solo trip for Dave, who is grateful for the opportunity! In just a little more than two weeks, he will hit the ground running in Rome, Italy, for another chance to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people from all over the world!

You can be a part of this important task....

  • Please be praying for Dave as he is in Rome from August 21st - September 18th. 
  • Please pray for our family as a whole. 
  • Check our blog for important updates and more prayer requests.

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!

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.