Jonny and Ruth serve alongside Forte Torre Church in Bologna.
Forte Torre Church is in the heart of Bologna, providing a visible gospel presence in a city almost completely bereft of evangelical churches. It was established by Crosslinks mission partners JP and Sue Aranzulla in 2010. Jonny first went to Forte Torre Church in 2014 as part of a team of students sent from Christchurch Durham. Ruth joined a similar team along with Jonny a couple of years later. Both teams worked with Forte Torre Church in the running of their kids summer camps.
For their first two years in Bologna, Jonny and Ruth are focusing on learning the language. Alongside this, they are serving the church through one-to-one ministry and helping with the youth and children’s clubs. They also hope to think of creative ways to reach the city with the gospel. In the long-term, Jonny and Ruth would love to be involved in training Italians to be faithful servant-leaders.
‘Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.’ Hebrews 2:14-15
Ruth is studying Hebrews one-to-one with Sue and Jonny’s studying it alone… (Billy no mates). We’re so grateful that God’s Son took on flesh and blood to deliver us from fearing death. Of course, as sinners, everyone should fear death but God’s Son has made propitiation for our sins, removing death’s sting. So, no matter how severe the temptation to turn away from Jesus, even the threat of death needn’t worry us anymore. Please pray that any brothers and sisters who are tempted to turn away from the gospel would realise the wonder of the salvation we have in God’s Son. Please pray for us to be ready to fearlessly die for Jesus (and continue through any temptation leading up to that). And please pray for our brothers and sisters here not to fear death amidst the spread of the coronavirus, but to speak boldly about the hope we have in Jesus.
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