Naples pastoral assistance project
Ministry: Church leadership
Why is this project so important?
So few evangelical churches in Italy have a full-time pastor. Many of these are simply “self-taught” or “self-ordained.”
Of course, this lack of solid training keeps the typical church in a state of ignorance and bondage to tradition or legalism.
God has so blessed us to have solidly trained men who are also FULL-TIME and can dedicate themselves to prayer, study and effective leadership in the church.
However, the economic situation of Napoli (EUROSTAT 2017 shows our area at 57% unemployment) and along with the religious context, makes it very difficult to effectively keep these men supported.
Your giving will allow these pastors to continue to train in key areas such as theology, preaching, counseling, leadership, church strategies, youth and more.
- MARCO and MARIA SCARPATI
Marco has become a focal point for so many families in desperate need of marriage and family counseling. He and his wife, Mary, not only teach these vital living principles, but they show the power of Christ as they live their lives out in this very difficult area of Napoli. As he preaches and teaches the Word of God, many have responded, and we see families built up in truth.
- GENNY and ENZA CARLEO
Before coming to new life in Christ, Genny Carleo was studying to become a priest. He has always desired to know the truth of God’s word. Since his conversion in 1981, he has dedicated himself to the study of His Word. Now, along with his family, he faithfully pastors the Casoria church. His own son Mimmo is taking after his father in leading and directing the church service.
- TONY and ANGELA ARUTA
Up until 1994, a life of drugs and alcohol had destroyed Tony’s life. But He met Jesus and not only was he freed from this negative lifestyle, but committed himself to doing anything we needed him to do in the church. Now married to Angela with two great kids, he serves the Lord working with youth, leading studies and preaching and teaching in both our churches.