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Italy

"So, let’s imagine that you serve me a plate of pasta and I say to you: “No, it is not for me. I do not like it”. And you respond: “What do you mean? How do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tasted it?”. So, it was during the Bible study that I began to taste the Gospel. And, it was attending the study regularly that I started to feel like a participant and more comfortable. […] My viewpoint on Jesus has genuinely changed. Before, the Roman Catholic Church baptized me, but I never professed the Christian faith. I never went to church except for my First Communion and Confirmation, and when I married, but I never appropriated the Christian faith. Instead, since I began attending the Bible study, I began to understand that God loves me and that Jesus saves us. And really, to think of that alone is remarkable and intense because God sacrificed his only Son for us … Do you see? I am a sinner, and even so, Jesus died for me." - Annamaria

The Spiritual Need in Italy

Largely untouched by the Protestant Reformation, Italy has never seen widespread biblical revival. And while the Roman Catholic Church embodies Italian identity, Italians are increasingly cynical about the church. Eighty-two percent of Italians profess to be Christian, but only 3 percent practice their faith and only 1 percent claim to be evangelical.

ABWE in Italy

Since ABWE arrived in Italy in 1990, the team has focused on establishing local, independent churches through Bible studies, teaching theology, teaching English, coaching sports teams, and participating in local groups and clubs. We've learned that successful ministry in Italy requires a modern-day approach to relationship building, training, and evangelism and discipleship.

Our newest ministry work, underway north of the city of Turin, is redefining how our missionaries attempt to impact mainstream society. Here, we use charitable work, community building and the creation of more accessible and mobile-friendly gospel content to reach the Italian people — since literature and Bible distribution have proven largely ineffective.

These initiatives are forging important connections with people and have led to multiple evangelistic Bible study groups.

With the pressures of spiritual antagonism and apathy toward the gospel, the challenges in Italy are great. We need missionaries with spiritual stamina, emotional maturity, and godly faith willing to partner with us in loving the Italian people, and participate in a grassroots church-planting efforts.

We’d love to get to know you and discuss how God is calling you.