Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Friday, 28 June 2013

Exch@nge 2013 - Training meetings

Tomorrow afternoon and Sunday afternoon we'll have two training meetings to prepare Exch@nge 2013.

Exch@nge is a day camp for teens in Bologna organized by Youth for Christ Italy in partnership with Nuova Vita Church, Forte Torre Church and San Lazzaro church.

Every year a team
of American teens
from College Church
in Wheaton (Chicago) come to help us in running this "English Camp" to reach out Italian kids!

In these two days we'll have seminars on "The vision of Exch@nge", "Caring for individuals",
and Stefano will take one on "Italy: its culture and the spiritual climate in which we live".
We'll have also workshops on "How to share your faith with an Italian teen" and on the programme of this year, which will include baseball and football, English classes and games,
a swimming poll day and a trip to the hills near Bologna.

This year the theme of the camp will be the "Hunger Games" and every day we'll look from the book of Isaiah at how Jesus is an answer to all our deepest needs raised by the "Hunger Games".

"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:4-5 (ESV)