One of the beautiful realities of church planting, and international English-speaking church planting in particular, is that there is no one set strategy that a church planter must follow in order to be “successful” in their mission field. Every neighborhood and city is unique and requires the church planter to look at their chosen city through strategic goggles that will help inform them as to the best way to see the Gospel thrive in this particular environment.
A Gospel Sending Station
One of those unique places is Vicenza, Italy. Home to over 10,000 English-speaking US servicemen, Vicenza provides a great mission field for any church planter hoping to have an impact for the Kingdom and see people come to know Jesus as their savior. One of the major tension points in Vicenza that creates a great need for the Gospel is that the soldiers and their families are cut off from everything they know and call home so they have hearts that are more open to hearing the truth of the Gospel. Many of these soldiers are young and single, providing the church planter a great opportunity to have a big impact on lives that are often searching for meaning and worth in a world that is clamoring for their time and affection. It is here that the life-saving truth of the Gospel can sweep in and have life-altering effects on these young lives.
While there are a few mission and church-related organizations in Vicenza, very few of them meet the particular needs and pains present for the soldiers in this season of their lives. This means a church planter in Vicenza can fill a void that is missing and desperately needed. And while the soldiers who serve in Vicenza are typically only stationed there for 2-3 years, we believe this can lead to a circumstance where soldiers who have their lives changed by the Gospel can take this message back home or to their next station. In effect, the church plant in Vicenza can operate as a Gospel sending station, seeing their disciples spreading throughout the world to take the Gospel with them.
Partner with us for Vicenza
What we want you to be praying for as we seek to see a church planted in a Gospel sending station, Italy:
- That God would awake in the right hearts a desire and passion to see the servicemen of Vicenza have a church that will be faithful to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That He will raise up a church planter who is intentional and effective in this particular mission field, and that they will be faithful to respond to the calling of God on their lives.
- That God would begin creating a foundation for an effective church plant in Vicenza. That He will provide relationships and partnerships that will be beneficial to a church plant. And that He will begin softening and wooing soldiers to Himself.
- That God would provide financial and emotional support for a successful church plant in Vicenza. This is a unique opportunity to affect many lives for the Gospel and we want as many people as possible to be a part of this great Kingdom effort.
If you’re interested in planting an English-language international church in Vicenza, please contact us here.