Mission Partner

Chris and Lizzie Brown

Chris and Lizzie work with the Gruppi Biblici Universitari (GBU) – the Italian student Christian movement. The GBU has been working in Italian universities for over 60 years to share Jesus student to student.

Chris and Lizzie are based in Bologna but support GBU groups in eight university cities around the northeast of Italy. Their work involves helping the student leaders run evangelistic events, bible study groups and weekends away. They train and disciple students so that they can grow in their knowledge of the Bible and be more confident in evangelism.

Chris and Lizzie have two children: Shona and Pietro.

Italy

Population:

62,008,000

Evangelical Christians:

1%

Main religion:

Roman Catholic

Main Languages:

Italian

Recent Prayer Letters

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. Luke 4:18-19
At the start of each new academic year the GBU holds a three-day training event for the students who lead their groups. This year it was in Umbria, with Chris giving the talks on the first chapters of Genesis. There is a detail in the account of the garden that we had never noticed before. Of the many trees in Eden, two are named: ‘the tree of life in the middle of the garden, as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ (Genesis 2:9). Not long after, the woman answers the snake’s question with a rehash of what God has said: ‘We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, “You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.”’ (Genesis 3:2-3).
We recently arrived back home in Italy after being in Ireland and the UK over June and the start of July – having travelled over 3,000 miles on the road in seven different countries. Having been prevented from visiting for several years we very much appreciated the chance to catch up with many people, and we returned to Italy quite encouraged. We are very thankful for everyone that showed us a great deal of kind hospitality during our trip!
These verses were part of the passage that was read on the last morning of the GBU Wintercamp last month, which focussed on Luke chapters 17–19 with the theme of ‘Kingdom come’. The opening question of the talk was ‘is it worth talking about Christ to those who are not believers?’ – a question we know the right answer to, but might not always be convinced of it. The meeting between Jesus and Zaccheus answers this with a resounding ‘yes’ because Jesus seeks and saves those who are lost, whilst the parable that follows also answers again with a resounding ‘yes’ as the nobleman tells his servants as he hands them the minas: ‘Put this money to work, until I come back’. This was a great lesson for the students at the start of a new term, and for us all.
Dear friends, Starting the new academic year, we read these verses with many of the GBU student leaders we follow. It is encouraging to continue sharing the good news about Jesus with them wherever and whenever we are given the opportunity to do so, just as the GBU motto says: ‘sharing Jesus student to student’.
Dear friends, At church, we are working through Luke’s Gospel, and yesterday’s passage was the parable of the ten minas. We were struck by the first and second servant’s humble recounting of what happened. Neither boasted about his investment ability or hard work, but simply stated that it was God’s gift that had produced fruit (‘your mina has earned…’). May we have the same humility, and acknowledge God’s input and provision in all we do!

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