Today in our missions prayer time, we’re going to Italy and pray for two of our missionaries our church supports through the Cooperative Program. They are John and Nadine Overton and they are based in Milan, in northern Italy. But John and Nadine are ministering to people from Sub-Saharan Africa.
In recent years thousands of Africans have risked their lives to travel to Europe seeking better lives. Many of them have made it to Italy. But life is hard for them — they are in Italy illegally and they cannot hold legal jobs. That produces homelessness and poverty. John and Nadine have located many such Africans and given them “dignity bags,” which have basics like socks, toothbrush and food. Of course they also share the gospel with the Africans they meet.
Later John and Nadine want to establish a welcome center for refugees that would provide Bible study, a safe space to live, and classes on how to survive in Italy. Let’s pray for our missionaries now and ask God to help them be effective as they seek to minister in Christ’s name.