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.
“In the beginning, God created…” (Genesis 1:1). It’s been such a comfort to know our Father is the Sovereign Creator of all things, easily able to bring light out of darkness. He’s really helped us to have the right perspective as he’s reminded us not only that he’s behind everything that happens but also that he’s working it all towards the New Creation.
He’s also been speaking to us through 1 Thessalonians in Sunday sermons. It’s really cool being assured that we’re chosen and loved by God. And we’re deeply thankful that in JP (our pastor) we’re receiving the gospel from a faithful, authentic servant of Christ.
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