Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Exch@nge 2014 training session

Tomorrow afternoon in Forte Torre Church,
we'll have a training session for the American and Italian volunteers helping
at the YfC Exch@nge Summer Camps organized in partnership with 5 local churches in the Bologna Area with teams from College Church in Wheaton (Chicago) and Bethel Church in Houston (Texas).

This year we'll organize 3 camps:
Bologna East: with the College Church team in partnership with Nuova Vita and
San Lazzaro churches.
Bologna West: with the College Church team in partnership with Forte Torre and Nuova Speranza churches.
Budrio: with the Bethel Church team in partnership with Impatto A Budrio church-plant.

Tomorrow afternoon Stefano will give a talk to help American volunteers to understand Italian culture and missional needs.
Ester, national director of YfC,
Mark, leader of the Bologna East Camp and
Susan, leader of the Bologna West Camp,
will then give a series of talks on the theme of the camps,
on reaching out Italian teens and on sharing their faith in Jesus with a "peer to peer" approach.

This year the theme for the camp will be the movie Gravity in the light of a series of talks from the Gospel of Luke.

"Gravity centers around two characters and their fight for survival when disaster strikes. Matt Kowlasky (George Clooney) is a confident, buoyant veteran astronaut, accompanied by Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a pensive medical engineer on her first mission in space.
In one of the most poignant scenes of the film, Dr. Stone expresses her sadness and fear in the looming face of death. "No one will mourn for me. No one will pray for my soul. Will you mourn for me? Will you pray for me? I mean I'd pray for myself, but I've never prayed—nobody ever taught me how."

The film itself doesn't definitively answer the questions it provokes, but it probes some of our deepest ones and points in a general way to the varied mythologies of death and rebirth.
As believers we can appreciate the aesthetic qualities of this film... with the confidence that myth became historical fact in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and true rebirth is found in union with him."
From No One Will Pray for My Soul: ‘Gravity’ Reviewed, The Gospel Coalition.