Another amazing week! We stayed close to Verona this week and visited all of the mountain areas. I absolutely LOVE the small towns here – they are definitely unique and have an awesome character to them. Some of the roads are so narrow and small that you would NEVER THINK a car could possibly fit down them… let alone 2 cars! Going up to the town of SAN ZENO was frightening and exciting at the same time. I have a greater respect for my husband’s driving skills and his ability to adapt to every situation. There were so many older people in San Zeno – we learned that much of the older community in Italy retire to the mountains. It is quieter, the way of life is much slower, and not to mention the absolute beauty of the place. In these small towns were 80 year old women on scooters riding around! It’s like your youth is extended in some of these places. There is also a great respect for the elderly here – it is not uncommon to find people walking around holding hands with their grandparents or fathers and mothers. There is a real sense of community here that I have not experienced in other places. Lou and I were looking at prices of condo’s and thought… hmmm… maybe someday! LOL.
While sitting at Lake Garda and looking up at the amazing mountains and landscape around you, you cannot help but see the glory of God. I kept thinking, if this place is this beautiful, imagine what heaven will be like! It is beyond our understanding to know the creative power of our God and His incredible ability to engineer such amazing places.
Please pray for the church here. We are getting to know some of the people now and the international community in Italy has some particularly challenging issues. Many of the people who immigrate to this country are looking for a better life for their children and families. Some may have had professional positions in their previous life, but here in Italy if you are not a citizen, opportunities for employment are very limited. Even if you have qualifications, you are overlooked at times because you were not born here. Many internationals though are open to the gospel and the church here has a real opportunity to reach out to them, especially in time of need. It has been a privilege to see the faith of some of these folks who left everything in their previous country to start fresh – God is faithful and He gives favor to His people.