Now, we feel incredibly blessed. We are in awe at what God has done since then. We are still friends with those people eight years later and now we have added to our list of Italian friends. Each time we return we are grateful to build deeper relationships with the neighbors around us.
|Our friends in Venice - 4 years ago|
It is one thing to be able to pass out tracts. We pray God will use this immensely in the lives of the people we give them to. It is a much deeper experience to develop friendships with the Italians that we can. It is a much harder thing to share the Gospel with them. We can talk to them about Christ, but we must also show Christ's love to them through our words and actions. When they don't accept His Gospel, it becomes a very sad thing ... a more personal thing.
Not sure how to convey through words the difference, but I'm sure if you have family members that you have tried to talk with and yet, they don't accept what God is so freely giving... then maybe you understand a little bit.
We were able to go and see some of our Italian friends this past week. It is always so good to see them and to share this fellowship with them. Italians are so hospitable!
We continue to build these relationships ... but .... what if something happens to them in the meantime? what if we don't get another chance to tell them more truth about the Gospel? We pray we are planting the seeds and that others may come and water.
Please pray for Alina and Pino ... for their children Marco, Marta and Eliza. Pray for Gabriella and her husband, Allesandro. Please pray for our friends in Venice... Attilio, Luciana, Francesca and Giovanni.