In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in Bologna, Italy as part of a Cru Summer Project, and it was there that God captivated my heart for the city and its people. During that experience I met numerous students who were skeptical of God's existence & goodness, and simultaneously sensed minimal, if any, hope in this world. I returned from that trip with a great piece of my heart longing to reconnect with students in Italy who lived with great personal baggage and fleeting hope.
That burden carried with me throughout my remaining two years of university, and upon graduation I felt the Lord leading me back to Bologna to spend at least a year sharing the great hope of Jesus to university students there. Thus far I've been able to witness dozens of unfolding stories of God wooing students back to Himself. But at the same time, God has revealed even more students who are on the hunt for significance and purpose.
Over recent years Christian presence has dwindled away from Italian society, with recent statistics suggesting that while 85% of the population identify as Christian, only 0.5% of Italians are truly walking with the Lord. Decreasing attendance to church paired with increasing post-modern & empirical mindsets molded within the university sphere has cultivated a dangerous environment for students who are genuinely seeking Truth and hope, and has minimized opportunities for students to hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
This August I have another year-long opportunity to return to Italy with Agape Italia (Cru) to bring the hope of the gospel to the 100,000 college students who attend the University of Bologna. By faithfully pursuing students, helping them understand & experience the wonder of the gospel, and training them to walk with God and share their faith with peers, we can see many individual lives, and eventually an entire culture, reinvigorated with hope and reignited for the Lord.
Thank you for prayerfully considering to partner with me as God continues to pursue Italians for His name's sake.