We recently celebrated our church’s 11th anniversary. It was a blessing to have Bro. and Mrs. Tacon, missionaries in Pisa, come up to Milano for the event. Mrs. Tacon shared her testimony, and Bro. Tacon preached three messages on our theme. He did a wonderful job, and all three messages were well received. The Keister family, missionaries in Bologna, also came and sang for us. Saturday morning before the meeting, we went out soul winning and inviting people to the service. Bro. Tacon paired up with a man in our church named Nicolas, and Christopher paired up with William. Bro. Tacon and Nicolas spoke to a Latin American, who made a profession of faith. William and Christopher spoke to a Spanish young man. The young man from Spain did not speak a lot of Italian, but he came to the meeting that night. It was obvious he had never been in that type of a church gathering before. After the preaching, he went up to Christopher with wide, concerned eyes and said that he had to leave immediately. I’m sure our church is a shock to people who are only used to cathedrals and a vacant lot between you and the person sitting next to you. We gave out coins engraved with the theme. It was a wonderful time.
One of the visitors who was going to come for our anniversary (he made it to the building but about three hours too late) has contacted us through Facebook. He lives a distance away from our church and wants to get baptized. There are so few fundamental Baptist churches here in Italy that even though he won’t be able to travel to Milano consistently, we are the closest ones to him! He is a walking miracle, as he has had several brain surgeries and God has spared him through it all. We are working with him now and hope to baptize him sometime soon.
In our last letter, we mentioned the possibility of staying in our apartment for another four years, but the owner has told us that this is not possible. We now have until November to move. Thankfully, we have found a broker who seems to be able to get us a mortgage; however, we need to have some money to make the down payment. Also, because of the situation, we are going to have to test out this avenue before November so we leave ourselves space for correcting our course. Please pray that we will be able to make the arrangements and that the Lord will provide for this down payment. Pray also that we will find the appropriate place to move where we can be a blessing and witness to our neighbors!
After a bit of lost mail, we are finally on the last leg of obtaining Amy’s grandfather’s birth certificate. The certificates have been made, the village clerk’s signature has been verified by the county, and the state has put on the apostille. All of that is now being translated before it will be sent to the Italian Consulate in the USA and then over to us. Thank you for your support and love for our family!
Missionaries to the people of Italy,
Christopher, Amy, William, AnnMarie, and Charlotte Yetzer