First year of school for Naomi and Simeone…
First year of school for Naomi and Simeone…
Dear friends, thanks for your prayers and your friendship. I want to give all the glory to God who has made it possible. He is my strength and my joy.
My prayer is that God would allow me to serve my people, the Italians, to preach the Word of God in my land until my last breath, for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Cari amici, grazie per le vostre preghiere e la vostra amicizia. Voglio dare tutta la gloria a Dio che ha reso tutto questo possibile. Egli è la mia forza e la mia gioia.
La mia preghiera è che Dio mi conceda di servire il mio popolo, gli italiani, e di predicare la Parola di Dio nella mia terra fino all’ultimo respiro, per la gloria di Gesù Cristo.
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It was about four years ago (April 20, 2009) when I was given the baton, by our brother Lucio Stanisci, in order to be the new leader of the Italian Bible Study at Grace Community Church. It is time to let another faithful brother in Christ to lead this group, as we are approaching the end of our time here at Grace Church, although we do not know exactly when we will be leaving. So, yesterday (Monday, January 28) has been my last meeting as the leader of the group.
We’ve focused our time meditating on the solemn charge that the apostle Paul gives to Timothy before his death (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
Then I’ve passed the baton (figuratively I gave him a prayer that I wrote for him) to the new leader Gianluca Pollutri, and we’ve had a time of prayer together focused specifically on the future of this group.
Sometimes unexpected things happen… I met a few weeks ago at the Newhall Library a photographer from The SCV Signal who noticed that I was speaking Italian with my kids; he approached me and asked me few questions, then he wanted to be in contact with me and my husband…
When later on a reporter from this newspaper contacted us for an interview, we tried to decline it making sure they understood we were just “normal people” with a very “normal life”, but then since they have insisted we accepted. We thought that we had to meet them for a sense of hospitality and that it was also a good chance to evangelize them.
The end of the story is that we took this opportunity and gave them the message of the Gospel; by God’s grace we have been able to witness about God’s work in our lives, the need of repentance from sin and Jesus Christ’s work on the cross. A seed has been planted and we pray for their salvation!
We are also delighted that our story has been summed up accurately, and this is another reason to praise God for this unexpected happening.
Click here below to read the interview that was published on “The Signal” yesterday January 26, 2013:
A volte capitano delle cose inaspettate… Qualche tempo fa mentre ero alla biblioteca di Newhall con Naomi e Simeone un fotografo del giornale di Santa Clarita Valley, The Signal, sentendomi parlare italiano si e’ avvicinato e mi ha fatto alcune domande sul nostro soggiorno in California e mi ha chiesto infine di restare in contatto per una possibile intervista a Raffaele con il suo giornale.
Quando sono tornata a casa e ho riferito la cosa a mio marito abbiamo riso di questo episodio, pensando che non avrebbe avuto alcun seguito. Invece qualche settimana dopo siamo stati contattati davvero dalla redazione, che si diceva interessata a farci un’intervista. Abbiamo cercato di scoraggiarli immaginando che avessero un po’ frainteso, li abbiamo indirizzati a questo nostro sito tanto per sincerarci che sapessero che siamo persone normali, con in mente unicamente Dio e la Sua Parola, con null’altro di interessante da dire su noi stessi!
Poiche’ nemmeno cosi’ si sono fatti scoraggiare… beh allora abbiamo dovuto accettare, pensando che potesse essere un’occasione per evangelizzarli oltre che per mostrare loro ospitalita’.
Il giorno dell’intervista si sono presentati una giornalista e un fotografo, e cosi’ rispondendo alle loro domande sul perche’ e sul per come eravamo qui abbiamo avuto l’occasione di evangelizzarli in modo approfondito, mentre loro non potevano fare altro che… ascoltare! Preghiamo per loro, perche’ un seme e’ stato piantato, voglia ora il Signore annaffiarlo.
La storia della nostra venuta al Seminario, dei nostri scopi e dei nostri bisogni economici e’ stata pubblicata sul giornale The SCV Signal nell’edizione cartacea-una intera pagina!- di sabato 26 Gennaio 2013, e anche di questo ringraziamo il Signore.
Clicca qui sotto per leggere l’intervista che è stata pubblicata sul giornale “The Signal” ieri 26 Gennaio 2013:
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Since my first day of conversion, walking intimately with Christ, I had the joy to be dependent on God’s provision for all my needs and seeing Him providing for my frugal life (since my parents did not accepted my conversion and I was by myself). It has been a tough time but it shaped my mentality and set my goals for Heaven.
Then, as wife, I experienced the responsibility to make my husband happy and lacking with nothing (Proverbs 31 taught me). This new season was relatively “easy” since all I had to do was managing the house and the money that Raffaele earned!
Later on, since our journey at the Master’s Seminary started, we gave back to the Lord all “our” belongings with the purpose to be better equipped in God’s Word; to this point things changed quite a bit: having a family with young children, with a limited budget made me feel the pressure to serve adequately my beloved. Their needs were a priority for me, and needed to be satisfied! And I confess all my frustration when I was unable to purchase soft leather shoes for my little daughter’s aching feet or a new suit for my husband. Or when I realized that my meals were not the same they were used to be before.
Then the Lord spoke to my heart. I understood that I had to rely on God’s provision even for my husband and my children’s needs. Instead than relying on my abilities and strength and budget, I learned to wait, wait for His timing and wisdom.
Surely, when God provides for us it’s a biggest joy, because we take what we need right from His blessed hand.
Some weeks ago, again, a friend of mine, who knew we were not going to celebrate Christmas with much, gave me two beautiful puzzles so that we could wrap them and put them under the Christmas tree for Naomi and Simeone.
Then, last week we found an anonymous box filled with Christmas presents for each one of us, and a sum of money. Thank you Lord!
Also, a generous couple provided the winter clothes our children were in need of, all brand new! And also some gentle used toys that I have been able to wrap for Christmas.
May each one of them be blessed by God!
Proverbs 10:22 “It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.”
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