In January we started our first midweek Bible study in our new facility. Massimo will be teaching through the book of Philippians. The first week we heard from nearly all our regular people that they would not be able to attend, so we decided to put it off for another week. Thankfully, Massimo planned to be at the church on the off chance someone else happened to drop by. He called us just fifteen minutes before the study and told us that Valeria had come. We were so caught by surprise, it took a second for us to remember who Valeria was. She is a dear lady who, in the Lord’s providence, had been in our home on two occasions to conduct a government survey. She considers herself someone who follows a buddhist philosphy of life and we had talked quite a bit about truth, meaning in life and the Gospel. We had totally forgotten that we’d invited her! In the Lord’s good providence, Dave and Simona Magdales were here and could watch our kids! We hurried to the church and Massimo taught an impromptu Bible study on John 3! She seemed to follow the study and had some good questions at the end. Pray that she would come back and that the seeds of the Gospel she heard that Wednesday night will bear fruit in her heart.
The last several months of 2017 we also hosted a Bible study in Savona (a city about an hour from Genoa). We have several people that drive that distance to be part of our Sunday morning service, but we wanted to provide them with a study in their area as well. At the last Bible study, we started the book of Ecclesiastes, and we were floored when 18 people showed up, including 5 practicing Roman Catholics and several people who have not been a part of a church for a long time. Please pray that this group of people that seems genuinely hungry for the Word might see that “vanity of vanities” is the only response to the world under the sun and without Christ.