Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Budrio for Budrio - Community meeting - some thoughts

Yesterday evening as ImpattoABudrio we
went at the first meeting organized by the town hall to connect all the associations operating
in Budrio's community.

It was great to sit next to some people who are very active locally we are getting to know, and that there were even more we still have to connect with. We were excited also to see the Impatto/Acts29 logo next to some historical ones.

Giusy Parisi
The meeting was introduced by the major Giulio and the vice-major Luisa and led by Giusy Parisi, social worker, sociologist and professional counsellor. We were challenged by the language used as conveyed so many of the ideas we are confronting in our studies with Porterbrook, such as: "We need to build a new narrative towards a city built by a common vision and multi-participation", "We need to rethink our life moving from a group of disconnected 'islands' to an 'archipelago' of connected individuals".
As a 'new' reality in Budrio we felt really welcomed and we desire to contribute to the 'welfare of the city' by living out God's Word and proclaiming Jesus' message of salvation and redemption in an increasingly fragile, vulnerable and broken society.

We also had the opportunity to talk with the vice-major Luisa and she's willing to explore the possibility of involving us for painting the "Quirico Filopanti" middle school 
(where we had The Cage on Thursday), 
during the 'service project' we are planning for Saturday the 12th of July at the end of the Exch@nge Summer Camp. Please pray that the Lord will open even this door!

"But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
 Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV)