Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Deputation 2014 - Welwyn

Tomorrow we'll spend the whole day with our friends from Welwyn Evangelical Church.

Stefano will preach
in the evening service
from Romans 15:13-33.

During the After Church Fellowship meeting we'll share about our ministry in Budrio.

Welwyn Evangelical is the church Stefano was attending during his first year of Bible School, where he also really enjoyed helping at the teens outreach club.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Deputation 2014 - Chelmsley Wood


This evening we'll be with our friends from Chelmsley Wood Reformed Baptist Church.

Stefano will give a talk from Acts 14:26-27 and then we'll share about the work in Budrio.
It will be an opportunity for us to share about our passion for church-planting in Italy and
to strengthen our fellowship with this church. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Deputation 2014 - Hinckley


This evening we'll be with 
our dear friends from  

Mount Road is the church where Jenny is from, and from the beginning of our ministry in 
the  Bologna area they have faithfully partnered with us for the cause of the Gospel in Italy. 

This evening we'll give an update of our work and ministry in the Budrio church-plant.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Deputation 2014 - Bulkington


This evening we'll be with
our friends from Bulkington Congregational Church.

Stefano will give a talk from  
Luke 5:4-11 encouraging the church to rejoice that, in the Lord, both the "boats" of our churches are filled by the blessing of our partnership for the Gospel cause in Italy and in the UK. 
Then we'll share about the work in Budrio to strengthen our fellowship with this church.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Article from an national Italian newspaper on Exch@nge Camp


Translation of the article:

"When friendship is intercontinental"
From Houston to Budrio to help their peers in painting Filopanti school in Budrio.

There aren't many generous people in the world like the Houston students from Texas.
At the end of the week at the English Sport Camp Exch@nge a Service project was organised where kids from Budrio (aged 12-17 years old) worked alongside their American peers to paint corridors and classrooms in the middle school Filopanti.
Students from Houston were involved in serving miles away from their homes.
This project, with the support of the Town-Hall, was organized by the association Youth for Christ Italia in partnership with the community of the Baptist church Impatto A Budrio.
Some parents came too to help in the painting work to be involved with their children in an experience to serve their community.
Exch@nge - the organisers explain - has the vision to offer Italian teenagers a healthy place in which they can experience growth
through an exchange with their American peers each enriching the other.
Kids from Houston, from the Baptist Church Bethel of Houston, came to meet their new friends in Budrio.
This Service Project - conclude the organizers - wants to promote actively seeking the welfare of our  community and the desire to look after each other as a practical response to the many blessings we receive from the Lord!

Deputation 2014 - Ystrad Mynach

Today we'll travel to Wales to visit the Mission Church in Ystrad Mynach near Caerphilly.

Stefano will give a talk from  
Luke 5:4-11 and then we'll share about the work in Budrio.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Deputation 2014 - Bury St. Edmunds

Tomorrow morning we'll leave for our
2014 Deputation with EMF.

On Sunday we'll be with our friends from Westgate Chapel
in Bury St Edmunds.

Stefano will preach
in the morning service
from Romans 15:13-33.

Then we'll join the after service church's simple lunch to renew fellowship with our long-term friends from the chapel. During the evening service we'll share about the work in Budrio.

Monday, 14 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 7

Yesterday we had a special family service at the Sport Centre where we had the camp and Stefano preached on Luke 4:16-21.

Many of the Italian kids and their parents came and stayed for the whole service.
We also had with us the Major of Budrio who thanked us and the team for the great work and presence in the community.
Quite a few people were interested to know more about what we believe and two Muslim kids asked to have a one to one Bible study.
Please pray for them and all the Italian kids and their families we were able to serve and relate with in this incredible week!

Video of the Exch@nge 2014 Budrio Camp


Thanks ever so much to the whole team from Bethel Church,
you've been amazing

Saturday, 12 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 6

 
Today we had an amazing day of service project with the kids from the Exch@nge Camp in Budrio. 


 
We have been really impressed by the Italian kids for how hard they worked the whole day!!!

They've enjoyed to work alongside their American friends and also to serve their community!

Tomorrow morning we'll have a special family service at the Sport Centre where we had the camp.

We've invited all the kids and their families. 
The Major of Budrio will also be there.
 
This will be also an occasion to invite these new friends to meet the community of our church-plant Impatto A Budrio!

Friday, 11 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 5

Today we are having a great fifth day at the Exch@nge camp for teens in Budrio. 

 





This morning Coach David gave a really good talk from Luke 12:35-40 challenging kids to live in the light of Jesus' return with great expectation and excitement!
Because the King is coming back...
So be ready!!! 

Now kids are dancing some traditional line-dancing from Texas!
Later on there will be the final game of baseball with Coach Drake.

In the afternoon Jenny will lead the English class with another clip from Gravity and a lesson on Holidays/Vacations
Please join us in prayer for protection during the games and wisdom during the talk.
May the Lord use every moment of this camp to talk to the hearts of these kids!
Tomorrow we'll have a "service project"
done in partnership with Budrio's Town Hall and our Impatto A Budrio Church-Plant! 

This will be a great opportunity to involve the Italian and American kids from the camp alongside their parents and our core-group to serve Budrio's Community!


Texan Line-Dancing

Thursday, 10 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 4

Today we are having a great fourth day at the Exch@nge camp for teens in Budrio. 
 
This morning we played baseball 
and we made some hand-made bracelets. 








Drake gave a very good talk and many kids responded to God's Word being challenged about how do we respond to Jesus' invite to follow Him and to take His Cross!

 
Tomorrow Coach David will give a talk from Luke 12:35-40 challenging kids to think about the idea of facing the Jesus' Return! 
 
In the afternoon Jenny will lead the English class with another clip from Gravity and a lesson on Holidays/Vacations
 
Please join us in prayer for protection during the games and wisdom during the talk.
May the Lord use every moment of this camp to talk to the hearts of these kids!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 3

Today we had a fantastic third day of the Exch@nge camp for teens in Budrio. 

We enjoyed spending most 
of the day at the local swimming pool in Budrio were we also played 
beach-volley and we have been entrained by some ethnic music played by our kids!  

   



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the morning Kristin gave a very good talk that challenged kids to think about their position facing God's love & justice.

Tomorrow Drake will give a talk from Luke 9:20-25 challenging kids to think about the idea of facing the one who invites you to live! 
In the afternoon Jenny will lead the English class with another clip from Gravity and a lesson on Describing People
 
Please join us in prayer for protection during the games and wisdom during the talk.
May the Lord use every moment of this camp to talk to the hearts of these kids!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 2

Today we are at the second day of the Exch@nge camp in Budrio. 

We are having a great time playing basketball and cheerleading.

 
 
 
This morning Simone, one of the Italian leaders gave a talk from the Gospel and kids responde really well!


Tomorrow we'll have a day at the local swimming.pool.
 
In the morning Kristin will give a talk from Luke16 :19-31 challenging kids to think about the idea of facing the need of a Mediator.
In the afternoon Jenny will lead the English class with another clip from Gravity and a lesson on Describing Animals
 
Please join us in prayer for protection during the games and wisdom during the talk.
May the Lord use every moment of this camp to talk to the hearts of these kids!

Monday, 7 July 2014

English Sport Camp Exch@nge 2014 Budrio - Day 1

 
Today we had our first day of the Exch@nge camp in Budrio. 
We had 20 Italian teens who turned up and two more to come tomorrow. 
We had a great time playing funny games and sport together.

We had also our first talk from Luke's gospel

 
Tomorrow we'll watch in the morning another clip from the movie Gravity and one of our Italian leaders, Simone, will give a talk from Luke 23:18-25 challenging kids to think about the idea of facing another who dies for you .
In the afternoon Jenny will lead the English class with another clip from Gravity and a lesson on Equipment & Tools
 
Please join us in prayer for protection during the games and wisdom during the talk.
May the Lord use every moment of this camp to talk to the hearts of these kids!