First of all I want to say Thank You to those of you who have responded these past two months by renewing your support, increasing your support or beginning your support, and for all of the prayers and words of wisdom! A HUGE THANK YOU!
I would love to tell you that enough has come in, but so far that is not the case. It is almost the end of February and for this month even with all the extra giving my support is still low. If you are planning on giving please don't delay, your support is desperately needed!
But I also wanted to let you know about my encounter yesterday just to remind you of how God is at work here, even when things seem grim...
Yesterday I had another language exchange appointment this time with a woman about my age. Before our meeting I met with God over coffee and asked that He direct and bless our conversation. As we were chatting in Italian the first 1/2 hour the woman asked me about my work, so I told her what I am doing here. When we switched to English she asked me if I was Catholic. I said no, and then she asked me to explain the difference between Protestant Evangelical and Catholicism. She was eager to here what I had to say. She asked where I went to church, and I gave her directions and an invite. I told her about our home group that meets each week. I asked her about her own beliefs. She explained how she used to be Catholic and had lost her faith. She shared about taking part in a World Youth Day hosted bay the former Pope. I could tell that it had been a transition point her her life. She told me of a friend who goes to a Catholic church in the south that sounded to her a lot more like my idea of church. I asked about her family and their beliefs, and she wanted to know about mine. It was evident that God was indeed leading our conversation. When our time was over she asked if we could meet again next week to talk. Of course I said yes!
Today I am watching the little Bambino again. You can join me in praying for him and his family and our times together that they too would be directed by God. And tonight I am meeting with another Italian woman and would love to enter into a Christ centered conversation with her as well.
Thanks again for your prayers and support! Please keep them coming, I am not ready to come home and it seems like God is opening doors here!