Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

My Space

Tomorrow we will run the My Space programme for teenagers. 

This week we'll have a Bible Study based on Psalm 22: "Are you sure?"

Our aim si to encourage them to be honest with God in times of doubt.
To learn to remember God’s goodness in the past and praise Him, even when they are struggling with deep questions.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Literature Stand @ San Lazzaro weekly market

Tomorrow we'll be at the weekly maket in San Lazzaro with our Literature Stand.

We'll offer free Bibles in many languages and Christian literature.

Pray that the Lord will bring people interested to know more about Him and His Word!

Montly House Prayer Group


Tonight we'll have our montly house prayer groups.

We will pray specifically for missionaries in Senegal and in China we support as church, 

and for the students have been reached during the 9/11 series of conferences we held in various schools and universities in the Bologna area.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

YfC planning meeting


Tomorrow we'll meet with 

Ester (YfC National Director), 

Mark (Nuova Vita Church) and

Susan (Forte Torre Church) 

to assess the summer camp Exch@nge 2011 and to begin to program Exch@nge 2012!!!!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Video of the Conference: "Where Was God on September 11?"

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Video of the Conference: "Where Was God on September 11?" 
(Saturday 08 October 2011 San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy)
and of the Evangelistic Service: "Where is God When Things Go Wrong?"
(Sunday 09 October 2011, Bologna, Italy)

Speakers: Thomas Buchta, Dr. John Blanchard 
 
Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department speaks about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.
 
Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. Dr. Blanchard is now heavily committed to Popular Christian Apologetics, a project involving writing, speaking, teaching and broadcasting in defense of the Christian faith. Dr. John Blanchard came for his second visit to Italy, to speak in Bologna at our Evangelistic Service: "Where is God When Things Go Wrong?" (Sunday 09 October 2011)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

23/10/2011 Series on the Parables of our Lord – 29 “The arrongant guest” Luke 14:1-14

Stefano is continuing on Sunday  the series on the Parables of our Lord, preaching on Luke 14:1-14

Do you live the true worship?

Do you live the true humbleness?

Do you live the true hospitality?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Porterbrook Italia


Please pray for tomorrow and Friday when Stefano will have a meeting in Pordenone with the Director of Porterbrook Italia and the director of the Porterbrook learning site in Venice to work on the Italian version of the Porterbrook learning project!

Indeed, alongside other pastors from Bologna we are planning to start a Porterbrook local group in order to teach our churches to be missional and to train new leaders with a missional character.


 What is Porterbrook?
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A summary from the Porterbrook website:
Porterbrook helps Christians learn how to serve Jesus and his people better — whether they are church leaders, church planters, or simply Christians wanting to become more mission-focused. Porterbrook has been designed to be integrated with your whole Christian life in whatever context you are serving. It’s not theology for theology’s sake: the Porterbrook Learning material is written by practitioners for practitioners.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Our latest newsletter

Dear friends, here is our latest newsletter,
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Monday, 17 October 2011

Christianity Explored - Tonight

Please pray for tonight when we'll restart in our home a Christianity Explored course.

The Christianity Explored course brings you alongside Mark to discover who Jesus is and why he came on earth to save sinners!

From the C.E. website:
"The Christianity Explored course gives you time and space to think through who Jesus is and why it matters."



Saturday, 15 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - A sense of wonder...

A week has passed since the end of the events we organized to commemorate the 9/11 in New York. It is has been a true humbling experience to see what God has done last week. We would never ever have been able to organise something like this with our own strength.


High School in San Lazzaro
Indeed, till the week before, it looked like all the schools in Bologna who had previously agreed to have the talk of Thomas Buchta (the Christian policeman who was there in NY the 9/11) were cancelling for various reasons.

We were aware that Satan was at work in all this, but we were also aware that our God is in control and so we let Him operate.

So amazingly, the schools that seemed the most closed, were the ones in which we had the biggest impact.

New York Street Games in San Lazzaro
In the High School of San Lazzaro, where till the last minute we thought we could'nt do much, in the end Tom was able to share his testimony that God was right there on 9/11, with about 350 students. In the week we reckon we spoke to more than 1.600 Middle & High School and University students!

So the Saturday morning after we held a meeting in the High School of San Lazzaro, we invited the students to come to play some New York Street Games with us. Some came and even some from the other High School we had visited on the Wednesday.

John Blanchard at the public library of San Lazzaro

We also arranged that these games were the activity for that week of the My Space programme we are doing for the teenagers in our churches and for those non-Christian teens who came from the Exch@nge champ we organised last summer.

Quite a few of them came, and some of the teens from the schools and even some of the non-Christian parents of the YP from My Space, stayed for the all conference we held at the public library in San Lazzaro where Dr. John Blanchard spoke about "Where was God on September 11?"
Tom speking at the Sunday service

On Sunday for the very first time, we had a joint service organized by 8 local churches in cooperation with IFES, Campus Crusade, Youth for Christ and a Christian bookshop in Bologna. Each church closed their building and we joined together for this evangelistic service in a Cinema hall.

Tom introduced the service with the words from Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (ESV)

Then John Blanchard preached to about 250 people about "Where is God when things go wrong?". 
Many non-Christians were there that morning and quite a few commented about how they felt that the message spoke directly to them.
John Blanchard preaching at the Sunday service
 
Again some of the students from the school we visited during the week came and many contacts from the various churches were there.

We offered each of them Bibles and John Blanchard's booklet: "Why Believe the Bible?". More than 50 Bibles and booklets were given to non-Christians that Sunday.





The leaders of the local churches involved expressed the desire to repeat the experience of having a joint evangelistic service, so we do hope that this will have been the first of many...





It is with a true sense of wonder that we think back at what God has done last week. We are also looking forward with expectation to see the fruits the Lord will bring out of the seeds that have been planted. So please do pray for all the young people and adults that during the week have been presented with the reality of Jesus' power to save the lost!


From left to right: Joanne and Thomas Buchta, John Blanchard, MaryAnn, Dominic and Danielle Dantona, Stefano
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the team from NY and John Blanchard. We have been deeply moved by their sense of Christian calling and their desire to serve the worldwide church of Christ.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Where is God When Things Go Wrong? - Sunday service


Audio of the Evangelistic Service: "Where is God When Things Go Wrong?"
Sunday 09 October 2011, Bologna, Italy
Speakers: Thomas Buchta, Dr. John Blanchard

Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department speaks about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.

Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. Dr. Blanchard is now heavily committed to Popular Christian Apologetics, a project involving writing, speaking, teaching and broadcasting in defense of the Christian faith. Dr. John Blanchard came for his second visit to Italy, to speak in Bologna at our Evangelistic Service: "Where is God When Things Go Wrong?" (Sunday 09 October 2011)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Saturday Conference


Audio of the Conference: "Where Was God on September 11?" Saturday 08 October 2011
San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy
Speakers: Thomas Buchta, Dr. John Blanchard

Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department speaks about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.

Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. Dr. Blanchard is now heavily committed to Popular Christian Apologetics, a project involving writing, speaking, teaching and broadcasting in defense of the Christian faith. Dr. John Blanchard came for his second visit to Italy, to speak in San Lazzaro at our conference "Where Was God on September 11?" (Saturday 08 October 2011)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Interactive Bible Study: James 5:13-20

Please pray for tonight as Stefano will lead his series of Mid-week Interactive Bible Studies. 
We will study James 5:13-20: 
Accoutability

Where Was God on September 11? - School report

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Last week has been a really amazing time, when we saw what our Lord can do!

Where we thought the doors were closed, God opened even bigger doors and we reckon that in the end Tom Buchta and the others from the NY team, spoke to about 1.600 students in various High Schools and Universities in the Bologna area.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Interview with John Blanchard

Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has written 30 books, including two of Britain's most widely used evangelistic presentations, Right With God and the booklet Ultimate Questions. The latter has over fourteen million copies in print in about 60 languages. His major book Does God believe in Atheists?, published in 2000, was voted 'Best Christian Book' in the 2001 UK Christian Book Awards, and immediately became a best-seller, described as 'a brilliant defense of belief in God'. Other books he has written include: Truth for Life, Whatever Happened to Hell, Meet the Real Jesus, and The Beatitudes for Today.

Dr. Blanchard is now heavily committed to Popular Christian Apologetics, a project involving writing, speaking, teaching and broadcasting in defense of the Christian faith. Following on from Does God Believe in Atheists? further books in the series include, Has Science got rid of God?, Is God past His sell-by Date?, Meet the Real Jesus, Is Anybody Out There?, Where Do We Go From Here?, Evolution: Fact or Fiction?, Why Believe the Bible?, Why on Earth did Jesus Come?, Why the Cross? and JESUS: Dead or Alive?

Dr. John Blanchard came for his second visit to Italy, to speak in San Lazzaro at our conference "Where Was God on September 11?" (Saturday 08 October 2011) and in Bologna at our service "Where is God When Things Go Wrong?" (Sunday 09 October 2011)

(We apologize for the quality of the audio, it was recorded at Bologna airport...)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Sunday 09/10


Please pray for tomorrow when we'll have
a joint evangelistic service with 8 churches.

Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 
19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority 
of New York and New Jersey Police Department, will speak about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.

Where is God when things go wrong?





Then John Blanchard will preach about
Where is God when things go wrong?







Friday, 7 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Interview with Tom Buchta

Thomas Buchta is a Christian, retired, 19 year decorated veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department. Tom started out his career at JFK International Airport, before he was transferred to the Central Police Pool where he served at LaGuardia Airport, the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge before being permanently assigned to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in mid-town Manhattan – the biggest bus terminal in the world, where Tom was stationed for nearly 16 years. While serving at the Bus Terminal command, he was assigned as a liaison with the New York City Police Department – Manhattan Courts, where he served for nearly 8 years. Tom retired from the Port Authority Police in March of 2002.
Officer Buchta is also an active 40-year member of the volunteer fire service in Nassau County, New York, having served in the Hempstead Fire Department for 13 years, where he attained the rank of Captain and for 27-years in the Glenwood Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Company, where he has served as a lieutenant, Vice-President, President, and currently is the fire company’s Chaplain and Assistant Secretary.

The 9/11 Tom was supposed to be working, but was spared because he didn't go to work that morning...
Yet, when he heard the news he went there to help, and he is here in these days in Italy as an eye-witness of what happened!

Where Was God on September 11? - Saturday 08/10

Please pray for tomorrow when we'll be
with some classes of Liceo Majorana
in San Lazzaro
Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 
19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority 
of New York and New Jersey Police Department, will speak to the students about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.
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In the afternoon we'll play with a team from NY,
some New York Street Games.






Where Was God on September 11?



In the evening we'll have a conference at the Mediateca (Public Library) of San Lazzaro.
Thomas Buchta will speak about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.

Then John Blanchard will speak about 
Where Was God on September 11?





Pray for every opportunity to share the Good News with Italians.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Friday 07/10

Please pray for tomorrow when we'll be
at a conference for High Schools
in Imola.
Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 
19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority 
of New York and New Jersey Police Department, will speak to the students about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.


 

After the conference we'll play 
with a team from NY, 
some New York Street Games.


Pray for every opportunity to share the Good News with Italians.


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Answer to prayers!

Amazing answer to prayers!
Between yesterday in Castel San Pietro Terme and today in Bologna,
we were able to present the God who was there on the 9/11 at about 800 students!

Thanks ever so much to the NY team: Thomas & Joann, Donny & Maryan!
And to the Italian team: Josh, Linda, Mark, Andy & Linda 

Whatch the videos of one of the talks of today at Liceo Fermi!

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Where Was God on September 11? - Thursday 06/10

Please pray for tomorrow when we'll be
at a conference for High Schools
in Forlì.
Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 
19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority 
of New York and New Jersey Police Department, will speak to the students about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.


 

In the afternoon we'll play with a team from NY,
some New York Street Games.








In the evening we'll be at a conference for
University Students at Forlì Uni.

Thomas Buchta will speak to the students about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11. 



Pray for every opportunity to share the Good News with Italians.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Wednesday 05/10

Please pray for tomorrow when we'll be
with some classes of Liceo Fermi in Bologna


Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 
19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority 
of New York and New Jersey Police Department, will speak to the students about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.

In the evening Dan and Maryanne of the team from NY will speak at the prayer meeting in San Lazzaro Church


Monday, 3 October 2011

Where Was God on September 11? - Tuesday 04/10

Please pray for tomorrow when we'll be
at a conference for High Schools
in Castel San Pietro Terme.

Thomas Buchta a retired Christian, 
19-year decorated veteran of the Port Authority 
of New York and New Jersey Police Department, will speak to the students about his eye-witness experience of the 9/11.


 


In the afternoon we'll play with a team from NY,
some New York Street Games.


Pray for every opportunity to share the Good News with Italians.


Saturday, 1 October 2011

My Space - 02/10/2011

Please pray for tomorrow when Matteo & Claudia will run the My Space programme for teenagers. This week it will be the Bible study "Rock Solid".