What’s it like…preparing to go

“You’re moving to Italy? When can we visit?!” Whenever we share that we’re re-locating to Tuscany, people’s eyes light up. Rolling hills, cypress trees lining winding roads, guaranteed golden sunshine, endless vineyards and olive groves, and of course the world-famous gelato ... who wouldn’t want to live there?

Abigail Malstead (IFES)

As the only evangelical, English-speaking church in Turin, International Church of Turin (ICT) feels a great responsibility to reach the 14,000 international students studying in English

Giuseppe and Viviana Fortuna

"Our desire was to bear witness to the Gospel in our small, very Catholic town of nearly 2000 people....but the Lord guided us to Catania, a city with a population of over 300,000 and no local Christian testimony."

John and Anne Goodwin

85% of Italy’s 8000 districts have no evangelical church. Some of these are cities of up to 50,000 people.

I wasn’t cut out for mission

‘Would you ever consider going abroad to be, you know, ... a missionary?’ Two years ago, if you had challenged with me with that question, I would probably have just laughed.

Focus on…Italy

“Let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset and olive groves. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze ... you can go round and round in circles for years.”

Alice Assis dos Reis

Turin, Italy’s fourth biggest city, is a temporary home to over 14,000 international students

Hope Garnish (IFES)

As the only evangelical, English-speaking church in Turin, ICT feels a great responsibility to reach the 14,000 international students studying in English

A New Culture!

After a few years in northern Italy, we have moved ‘home’ to Sicily. Here I grew up, here my parents laboured. Palermo is the 2018 Italian ‘Capital of Culture’. And what a feast of richness in this city, capital of Sicily, with over 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, defined by many as ‘the most conquered’ of world cities.

Learning to Love Others as God Loves Us

It was late on Christmas Eve when I got the call. Fabiano’s Mum was furious. Fabiano had just wrestled her to the ground to prise a dog out of her embrace and thrust his sister flying back towards the door as he stormed out back to his Dad’s.

Paul Chatfield

Europe is fast becoming the new mission field for the Christian world. Now the continent with the fewest percentage of evangelicals, it is increasingly harder to be taken seriously intellectually if you profess Christ. The universities, once founded to know God and His ways in the world are now amongst the most secular institutions in Western Europe.