For those of you who have been praying for us, we would once again like to say thank you!
We have had a busy week. Each day has seen at least one of us going in to Rome, if not all of us. It has been a productive week, as far as our purpose is concerned. The Catholic church here has had much going on and there have been many, many people from all walks of life and from many countries here to take part. We have done what we could.
Some of you have asked how things have gone. We'd like to give you a few details about Friday.
Dave and Daniel went early to the V*tic*n area. The service there did not begin until 5pm, but there were people lining up at 2pm when they arrived. It was very difficult to pass out any tracts in that area, so they went to the Subway stop where many of the people get off. They were able to pass out tracts there for about an hour. They also gave out a few English Bibles to some. One lady from Virginia wanted to talk with them further. It seems she used to be Presbyterian, but converted to Catholicism. Dave tried to share scripture with her. Please be praying for her. God knows who she is!
There was also a service later that night at 9pm, near the Coloseum. This was for the 14 stations of the cr*ss. The P*pe presided over this service as well. Thousands of people were waiting from as early as 5pm. Anna and the girls arrived then and the others arrived around 6:30pm. As we started passing out the English/Italian tracts, we suddenly had people lining up to receive one. Some were asking for two or three so they could give them to their friends. Granted, they did not know exactly what they were asking for, but what eagerness. We passed out all the tracts we had left. Many people were glad to see that the Scripture was in English! Praise God the police did not try to stop us here as it is part of Rome and not V*tic*n City.
Our prayer now is that these people would not be blind to the Word of God. We pray their hearts would be opened to the Truth of Scripture and that they would seek a relationship and not a religion. Please continue praying with us!
... 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.