Hello again from not so sunny Sicily. We have had so far storms upon storms with lots of rain, lots of damages around the province of Catania.
Philippians 3:12-14 a great read for all, to aim for the prize ahead.
Since returning from the States it seems that ministry grows and the Lord opens for us new doors of opportunities. Again He blesses us by serving Him in ways not possible to man.
I have been in touch with Praying Pelican Mission from Minnesota regarding, their desire is to serve in Sicily amongst the Muslims. They had asked me to help them facilitate this trip at the beginning of September, so set up a trip to deliver bibles and clothes to the refugees. I wish I can make up these stories but only God can make all possible. As I travelled toward Castelvetrano I came upon some refugees that I saw through an iron gate. Few miles ahead I made a U-turn and soon I entered the place where they were staying, to be surrounded by the State Police. Shared that I was there to give bibles to the refugees . Was escorted in by Dionisio, a big hulk like policeman with a big smile to speak to the director of the center. Found out that 500 refugees where there. I left a box of bibles,28 copies, Not Enough. Escorting me out Dionisio asked if he could get a bible, only to find out that all where English language and I had to do something, read on.
Met with my friends from Minnesota, we went to a refugee bible study, and they saw the situation in which they live and that we need more help. As you see from the photos, more are being baptized, are studying the Word, and reaching out to their own. We left to return to Catania with one condition, that what I promised to Dionisio will be remembered. Again I stopped to visit the center, this time with New Testaments and 2016 Christian calendars. Not only did I leave a New Testament for Dionisio, all the detachment of State Police asked for a copy too, and all the Italian workers at the center too! I was unable to take photos here for security reasons but what a blessing it was.
This as all happened in part because you have been and continue to be a big part of His plan here, thank you.
I was again able to visit my mom and my brother in Castelbuono. God is good, she is 86 year old now .
On a visit to the Siracusa church with Sean we witnessed baptisms , God is at Work in the lives of people in Sicily. The bible studies are going well. Because of our partnership with splatexperience with Marc Eckel, we gave almost 29 copies of his book Reborn to all that attend the study. It is a great read and great encouragement , I highly recommend it.
As you might remember, I have been mentoring Sean for the last 2 years, God has been faithful in preparing Sean for future ministry. Not only did he help and preached for me this summer with Marc Eckel , he also delivered his first sermon in the local church here. I am blessed to have been used of God in Sean’s life, when one life is changed many will follow. I always say to anyone: you either leave a mark or you leave a stench, it is your decision to obey.
Family is doing great in the States. I will be returning before Christmas to help with Pennie's father estate and to find a place for us, as everything will be put on the market for sale. Also God willing we will set up a non-profit organization to help with the growing ministry here.
We hope to visit as many as possible to share how best we can serve with you. And Always: We are going fishing (really) for souls.
We Can Do It.
God bless you,
Giuseppe and Pennie Collesano
Partnering with Italy for Christ