Friday, April 27, 2001

Prayer Request for Sicily Trip

I forgot to mention in yesterday's update something for all of you to be praying about. Angie and Heather Casey left this morning at 5 AM (10 PM Central Standard Time), for Sicily. It is a school sponsored trip which makes it very inexpensive, and it is a great tool for getting a better grasp on the language. Among other things they will be passing by Mount Etna, one of the largest mountains in Italy. It is about 14-15 hours away by bus and they will be there until Tuesday morning (May 1st), when they will return here. Please pray that they would have an incredible experience with language, culture and safety out (somewhat) on their own. As for the details I'll let her send those to you when she gets back.

Thursday, April 26, 2001

New Phone!!!

Hey just wanted to let everyone know, thanks for all the supportive emails and prayers. My back is steadily improving and it is beginning to feel better. Our home phone was installed today so we look forward to hearing that ring a ding ding. The number to call from the states is 011-39-075-572-6507. Thanks again for your prayers.

Sunday, April 22, 2001

Crossers' Update 20010423

Sorry it has been a little while since our last email. Since our last email I (Matt) slipped on the marble stairs in our apartment and landed on my back. It put me out of commission for a few days. It still hurts in three spots, neck, upper back (between my shoulders) and my lower back (close to my tailbone). I've been joking (halfway) about having Chuck Parrish flown over here to work on my back (for those who don't know Chuck our Prayer Coordinator, he is a chiropractor). Anyway, it is starting to feel better but still needs your prayers. In the past seven weeks since we've been here, we've (between the two of us) bronchitis, strep throat, severe allergy infections, stomach illnesses & backaches. We are starting to see how Satan attacks those who would be missionaries for God in Italy. Some of you may remember the fact that I shared before we left that only 80% of Italian missionaries return for a second term. Pray for us so that we can help turn these numbers around. Our God is powerful and we will trust in Him to heal us.
Language school has been quite helpful, yet overwhelming at the same time. God the author of all languages will teach us the language so we can communicate His message to Italians. In the meantime we will use the broken Italiano we know to find out when the garbage is picked up, or how much that book is and where do we go to find a mop bucket.
Also this month I went to my first professional soccer game. Perugia versus Inter (Milan). Inter won by one. In the next month I will post some of the pictures on our website. The crowd was exhilarating as they became one body chanting and cheering for their team. After one goal the man standing next to me was sooo excited, yet had no one to share it with so he gave me one of the largest bearhugs I have ever had! whew, maybe that's why my back is hurting. Afterwards he said "Scusi" (excuse me) and looked a little embarrassed, so I said "Prego" (basically no problem, don't worry about it).
Dan and Amy Cormode rejoined our team in Perugia a couple of weeks ago, they are staying with us as they prepare to go on a very important internship with an Italian church in the South. The church they are going to intern with use the cell model in which we are planning to use as a team in Italy. Angie and I have really enjoyed having Dan and Amy stay with us while they readjust to their Italian lifestyle.
Last Wednesday, the Casey's, Angie and myself met a group of mission workers in Rome for some mutual encouragement, networking and having a chance to get to know each other better. Chris DeWelt (Missions Dept at Ozark C.C.), Steve Siglar (CIY Missions Dept.), Kevin Dooley (F.A.M.E. coordinator), and another team that is researching a new site for a church plant, consisting of Roger & Elaine Twitchell and Darrin King. We really appreciated getting to spend time with them as we mutually saw some sights in Roma. (Thanks for the encouragement guys & Elaine. I'm halfway through C.S. Lewis' "Weight of Glory").
Still waiting on that home phone to be installed. I spoke with our landlord about it today and she said that many people take vacations around Easter, and so they tend to get backed up. I'll keep you informed. thanks for all your support.

Monday, April 02, 2001

School Bells....

Hey all, thanks for the emails and the prayers. We started School on Monday. our class is really full, in the summer I'm sure we will have some interesting smells......Mmmmmm. Although, half our class is from the states, which is fairly unusual. we met several of the Americans, which are college age, and we are going to have them over some time this weekend. There are also people in our class from China, Columbia,, Korea, Mongolia, Australia and a few other places that I can't recall. Our updates may be a bit sparse the next two to three weeks, while we wait for our home phone to be installed. It takes a little time for Foreigners to get phones in Italy. We are currently using Jason & Heather Casey's phone line to check, send and receive email. Thanks alot guys. Our love to you, our family and friends, thanks for your support.

Once we get our (home) phone service turned on I will put pictures of our apt on our website, for all to see. And for those that asked about our cell phone number it is 011-39-340-5305186. And our phone service does not charge us for incoming calls. Best times to call from the states would be from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday through Saturday. Ciao.