Dearest Faithful Prayer Supporters,
Warmest of Greetings to you from Rome,Italy. I trust that each of you are well and have enjoyed a beautiful Pentecost Sunday. It has been a busy day of travel for me - but a great one. With an early morning flight out of Edinburgh I flew into Amsterdam with the Scotland team. After saying good bye and sending them on as they headed back to the states I then boarded another plane and headed to Rome.
Arriving In Rome
Upon arriving in Rome, I was greeted by Rachel Uthmann (BS '00) and her little girl Joy Vania, as well as my dearest friend Tanya Heilman (BS '00)who is also visiting in Rome this week. What a wonderful reception after such a long day. This evening we spent some time relaxing here at the Uthmann's...what a gift it has been to be in their home. I am looking forward to spending the week together and learning more about life here in Rome and their ministry to the refugees.
Tim (BS 99) and Rachel oversee a refugee ministry in working with International Teams and have been serving refugees in Rome since September 2007. Tens of thousands of forcibly displaced people from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and many others travel through Rome each year. Housing, food and social services are difficult to find, but one of the greatest challenges that refugees face is the climate of prejudice and fear they encounter when they arrive. The Uthmann's support several local ministries with food distribution throughout the week while befriending individual refugees in order to share Christ's love. I am looking forward to learning more and participating in their ministry this week.
Thanks for your continued prayers,