. Samantha and Maria were open to talking about anything and we were able to discuss our beliefs and share the gospel. The conversation turned when they lamented why many Neopolitans think you have to drink to have a good time and why guys don't respect girls more. It gave us an opportunity to give our thoughts and share how our beliefs impact our actions. We didn't get to the point of inviting them to trust Christ but did get their contact information. Maria became Grace's friend on Facebook later in the day. So the process continues! We have not had this kind of progress in every encounter. One team today was frustrated because they did not have any "quality" converstions. Pray that we will persevere and pray for Samantha and Maria to receive Christ.
The rain did change our afternoon plans for basketball but did not affect the English as a Second Language class. Helen and Amanda worked with that ministry. Five children (all unbelievers) came and learned about Jesus feeding the 5000. They also had a birthday party for one of the boys. Look at the picture of the firework that was used as a candle! We thought the cake was going going to shoot to the ceiling. The rest of the group went to a shopping center/mall to get supplies for Thursday night's meal with Peppe's family (all unbelievers). We later had dinner at the Worthys and made plans for the rest of the week.
Tomorrow morning we will see the city's historic district and learn about Catholicism and maybe do a little shopping. The afternoon will be reserved for ministry at a local piazza/park where we will interact with children/moms via games, crafts, and sports.
Continue to pray for us. Everybody feels pretty good except last night no one slept well. Jet lag kickin' in!
A cool rain try to spoil our plans but God provided a way for us to move forward. We continued our ministry at the University with missionaries Cortney, Grace, and Charlie guiding the three teams. We began by prayerwalking the different areas each team was given. Then we made attempts to connect with students. At times it was awkward trying to find a way to enter into a conversation with people you don't know and speak a different language. One way that worked was simply hanging out at the coffee shop near campus, drinking a cappucino, and becoming part of the scene. After a while, people seemed to be willing to say hello to "the Americans sitting at the next table." We asked if they spoke English and that would either open a door or close it shut. For example, one time we tried to speak to a group of five students and they obviously knew no English and that ended that. But then another time that question led to an hour-long visit with two girls. After talking for a little while, they decided to join us at our table