Christopher and Amy Yetzer2021-08-02T09:41:59-05:00

CHRISTOPHER YETZER FAMILY

SERVING IN ITALY SINCE 2010

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Christopher Birthday 09/02
Amy Birthday 12/21
Chris & Amy Wedding Anniversary 07/01
William Birthday 12/09
AnnMarie Birthday 09/07
Charlotte Birthday 03/11

My wife and I were both born and raised in Ohio. I was reared in a faithful Catholic family. A confused Catholic youth worker gave the story of Jesus’ grace to me when I was fourteen. That experience gave me a false salvation testimony that I used when I started going to a Baptist church in tenth grade with a friend. That Baptist church was the first place I heard truth clearly preached from the King James Bible. The realization that the preaching was true because of God’s Word thrilled me. I moved to Columbus and searched for a church close to where I was staying. There I discovered what standards are and began changing mine. A bus route took over my usual Saturday activities, and I found myself lingering around the church wanting to converse and be with the people of God. Upon deciding I wanted to go to Hyles-Anderson College, I received an application in the mail. The application asked me for my testimony of salvation. Conviction gripped me because I knew I was not saved. The next Sunday, on August 3, 2003, I repented of my sin and asked Jesus for His gift of eternal life.

Not only did I meet my Saviour in Columbus, but I also met my beautiful wife. She was reared in a Christian family. She and her family have always attended Baptist churches. At the age of ten, she raised her hand to be saved at a revival meeting that her church was having in August of 1993. She walked down the aisle and prayed with a lady friend in the church. Many years passed, and she became very convicted about her salvation and questioned whether or not she was saved. Then on April 4, 1999, after the Lord’s Supper, she got the reassurance of her salvation and was baptized.

We have one son and one daughter. William Allen was born on December 9, 2007, and Ann Marie was born in Italy on September 7, 2011.

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Christopher and Amy Yetzer Prayer Letter: A National Italian Pastor

Christopher and Amy Yetzer Prayer Letter: A National Italian PastorIn recent history, independent, fundamental Baptists have been few and far between in Italy. Differing types of Baptist missionaries have been starting churches in Italy since the mid- to late 1800s. However, independent, fundamental Baptists have only been starting churches since the mid- to late 1900s. There are two types of IFB churches in Italy. There are missionary-led churches, and there are churches whose pastor is a foreigner. (Often these churches have services in foreign languages other than Italian; some of them have tent-making pastors.) At this point, I am not aware of a single IFB church in Italy that has a native Italian pastor who is not a missionary. (We do have a few Italian citizens and even some Italian-born missionaries.) If all of the missionaries were to leave Italy today, there might be one or two IFB churches whose services are in Italian that would survive. That is some sad and unfortunate data. However, I believe that all of that is going to be changing soon.

Working through some online resources from American churches, the Lord has brought a native Italian couple, Bro. Fausto D’Amelio and his wife, out of another denomination in Italy. He was taking Bible courses through a Texas Baptist church, which eventually put him in contact with a missionary in Italy. Missionaries in Emilia-Romagna, Bro. Brandon Cook and his family, have taken the responsibility of teaching and training Bro. D’Amelio and his wife. Over the last several years, we, too, have gotten to know and love the D’Amelio family. In early March, I was privileged to be invited to be a part of his ordination council. Bro. D’Amelio has preached a couple times for our church in Milano, and he has always been well received and appreciated.

The church in Emilia-Romagna is sending them out to start a church in southern Italy in the town of Foggia. This is a wonderful opportunity for the lasting testimony of IFB churches in Italy, as well as for the Gospel to spread more effectively. We believe that there are many benefits to a native Italian pastor reaching his countrymen. At this point, he and his sending church have decided that they are going to try to raise temporary support for the initial startup of the church. Our church in Milano is dedicated to supporting the effort, and, while we hope that most of the finances will come from Europe, if you are interested in being a part of this great occasion, please contact his sending-church pastor, Brandon Cook, or you can contact us for further information.

Our family all had COVID at the end of April. Praise the Lord that we are all better, with just a few lingering effects. We have had a few visitors in church, as well as a few people who have had to find a church closer to their homes. Two ladies who are expecting babies were traveling over an hour each way, which began to be quite difficult for them. Obviously, we don’t feel like an hour-and-a-half drive makes the church really “local”; but, unfortunately, there are just so few IFB churches in Italy. Lord willing, that will change soon. One document for our citizenship was rejected. This means we have to file some paperwork with the state of New York to get a certified long-form birth certificate. This is not an easy process, but we believe that the Lord will provide the document we need in time.

Missionaries to the people of Italy,

Christopher, Amy, William, AnnMarie, and Charlotte Yetzer

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