Yes I have arrived at 1 year mark. I have been in Italy for 1 year. I have been enjoying the hospitality of Ice cream and pasta and pizza and mozzarella from Naples.
I have seen changes in the way that we discuss trafficking and the issues around that. I have seen changes in the way we pray and people no longer see trafficking as a once a year discussion.
I have laughed a lot, i have also cried a lot. I have had a lot of visitors but more are coming in the next few weeks and months.
I have enough caffeine in my system to worry about the detox when I go on holiday.
I have had the opportunity to walk a path of discovery with new friends whilst confirming old friendships.
I have been able to visit a few of the places of Paul the apostles journey. Greece was and is beautiful and one day I shall return to chill out.
I have seen young people suddenly realize that they have a potential to speak out about issues.
I have been blessed to visit 3 other countries since arriving and have completed 1000’s of kilometers in this journey of ministry.
What does the future hold? I have no idea but God does and I know that it means the journey will be amazing. I know that in a few weeks I will travel to the north to participate in a camp for the youth of the command. I will be able to share my passion for Social Action/Justice as I do.
If you have prayed or called or messaged or done all of those – thank you.
God will continue to do more than I can ever dream or imagine.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (The Message)
‘My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!’
and as the Bible also says (& the verse that convinced me to move to Italy says)
Hebrews 13:24 (NLT)
Greet all your leaders and all the believers there.[a] The believers from Italy send you their greetings.
as they say here, Un abbraccio forte a Vi Voglio Bene.