Naples a city of contrasts: sun and light, shadow and darkness, life and vitality, death and decay. There are 4.5 million busy, LOUD, energetic people and over 144,000 students. The vast majority of residents do not know their right hand from their left spiritually speaking.
In 2013 Mark and Jane moved to Naples with their four children Sofia, Inez, Luisa and Archie to plant a church in the heart of the city and to work with students.
Here's a taste of Chiesa Evangelica Neapolis:
Mark and Jane have also set up a fund to resource young Neapolitans wishing to engage in full-time gospel ministry. If you wish to give in support of this ministry click here.
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Sofia (14) successfully made the jump to senior last September and found herself in the middle of a school mutiny in December - all fairly normal for Naples so we’re told! Due to a break down in relationships between senior staff and students, the students of the Convitto Nazionale decided first to stage a mass sit in, obstructing corridors and refusing to enter classrooms, they then occupied various classrooms and declared self-governance, organising a series of ‘lectures’. Finally they refused to enter the school building. We were struck by the initial heady excitement of rebellion experienced by the students followed relatively quickly by disillusionment - the lectures were apparently pretty boring and disorganised! A school in auto-gestione, a city in auto-gestione, a world in auto-gestione, living and loving in rebellion against its rightful ruler. All around us we see the consequences. Just this last month, teenage girls who have never met their fathers, boats of immigrants who are refused landing, a retired senator and engineer who fight outside our door over car parking spaces. Paul writes to Timothy with instructions on how the Christians in Ephesus should live that the church might be the pillar and buttress of the truth (1 Tim 3:14-15). The truth that as long as we mutiny, as long as we obstruct, occupy and organise our rebellion we will be desperately unhappy. The truth that the ruler of this world longs for all rebels to be saved (1 Tim 2:4)!
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