|I know you're jealous.|
|Taiwo and I in the center. Naturally.|
|Friends and Studies alike|
|Totally Italian on the left, right?|
After the Program, we talked to a brother that gave us some useful advice on what it takes to stay longer here in Italy. There are so many hoops to jump through that it is hard to keep track of them all. Zech and I have tackled one at a time, and are determined to press ever on, provided Jehovah keeps supporting it! I'm getting my certification right now as an English Teacher, which might prove useful as a way to get permission to stay. Maybe not, though, haha. We'll have to see...
Anyway, I'll share a few more pictures now.
|Still Practicing Italian|
Ha! Did you think I forgot??? Well I didn't! One of my readers, Kaley, said: "Hey Trevor! Love reading your blog. I have a question, are there any other avenues of service that the English congregation works or even the Italian congregation for that matter? Like here in Florida we have letter writing, business territory, Phone witnessing ect. Do they do the same or maybe something different?"
Kaley, thank you for your comment. (Like how professional I make this sound?) There are a few ways that we spend our time here in the ministry here, but nothing really unique as in different avenues of service. Really, the biggest difference in HOW we accomplish it. For instance, being in the ~English~ field makes the ministry a very targeted work here in Italy, as comparatively few speak ~English~. Nope, I'm not sure why I included the squiggly lines. Here are some of the ways we use the normal avenues.
Station Work: We go to the train station and watch for those that we might think are English Speakers. They can be African, which makes it easier. Or maybe as we walk around, we hear some speaking English. That makes it very easy. We approach them and just show some personal interest, and the conversation ALWAYS goes to "What are you doing in Italy?" "Well," we could say, "Since you ask, let me tell you!" Then we just tell them why we chose Italy to pursue our ministry, and ask if we could share something with them.
Street Work: Street work is easy here. As with the station work, we listen for English, and approach those that we think might be English speakers. African ones are always easy to find, and many of them speak English. Most, really. Just the other day I met a man named Christian who was from Sudan and spoke English. After a conversation, we ask for their phone number, and we keep in contact that way. Very simple. Keeping it active, now that is another story. :]
Studies: As for studies, it is quite easy to start one. After the initial contact, we call them up, make an appointment, and meet them across town, in their shops, in the Refugee camps, whatever and where ever. Some days there are multiple studies, so we cruise all over town trying to catch them all in time. Sometimes it is a bit difficult, as they have something come up or are unable to come, but we get used to it rather quickly. Sometimes things just get in the way, right? Besides, this is very much similar to Uganda, so I'm already used to it. :]
I believe that might just sum it up. Does that answer your question, Kaley? If not, cyberpunch away and ask me to clarify!
Here is another heartfelt expression from the 'kidney' portion of Trevor (if you read your bible, you'll know what that means!). Readers, thank you for your support! Let's be honest here, alright? If it wasn't for you readers, this blog would be useless. Seriously, thanks for all the support and comments, it means so much to humbly little ol' me! Am I the most popular person on the internet? Nope. But that is fine with me, because I'm cool enough in person, right guys?