Naples a city of contrasts: sun and light, shadow and darkness; life and vitality, death and decay. 4.5 million busy, LOUD, energetic people, over 144,000 students the vast majority of which 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. This will not be used to support individuals outright but will be used to supplement existing financial support from local churches. They currently support three gospel workers. If you wish to give in support of this ministry click here.
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We are so grateful for your partnership in the work out here.
It’s hard to know how to describe Naples. It’s not postcard beautiful (Florence/Venice), it’s not economically powerful (Milan), it’s not politically powerful (Rome), it’s not even number one in the Seria A football (Turin), but this might be the year! It does however have heart - the biggest heart in the world. The people of Naples wear their hearts on their sleeves. Whether rejoicing or mourning, in love or in anger they pulsate with emotion and passion. There is often a palpable energy in the air as you walk through the streets that is unlike any other European city that I have visited. Naples has heart and yet, tragically, the more we live here the more we recognise it as a dark heart, the dark heart of Italy some would say. There’s a spiritual darkness that pervades the city, holding it in its grip, its people hiding in the shadows. Into this darkness steps the Creator God, ‘But the Lord called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”’ (Gen 3:9). The call of the gospel - come into the light, stop hiding, stop fearing, embrace your Creator who came to seek and save the lost, who will give you a heart of flesh and will teach you what true passion is. How we long for more Neapolitans to join us in delighting in the heart of God!
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