I just wanted to express my gratitude for my husband today on his 31st birthday!
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.” (Philippians 1:3-7)
You are a great father and husband and minister. I love you and am thankful to have you in my life- more than you will ever know.
Our blog always has a prayer page which lists our requests and needs, but we decided to write a post in order to emphasize a few important prayer requests. We would plead with you to join us in prayer and fasting for these few important points:
1- We rejoice in the Lord and praise him for how well Carli’s pregnancy has gone up until this point. However, we now ask your fervant prayers for hers and the baby’s protection during these last 2 months. We had our last doctor’s visit here in Italy on Friday and the doctor said that Carli is needs to rest and take medicine to stop contractions (dialation) for 10 days (and then minimize the dosage and be up a bit more and see how things go). 10 days brings us to 4 days before our departure! Please pray that God will intervene and calm the contractions and help baby girl to stay put until her due date.
2- Please pray for God’s grace and protection in our travels. The doctor gave Carli permission to fly, but it has become even more of an adventure with her current state of being. Please pray that our travels will go smoothly. Pray for the kids to rest, and behave. Pray for connections and for all the details. Pray for Carli and the baby specifically- for grace and physical strength.
3- Please also pray with us for these last 2 weeks. We are sooooo busy! There is so much to do since we are leaving for 3 months. Gianluca in particular is very busy and with Carli having to rest he is also having to pick up the slack a lot around the house- lifting things, helping with the kids, groceries, etc. Pray for grace,
the ability to use every minute wisely and for physical strength.
4- Pray for all of our health!!!!!!!!! Pray for Carli and the baby in particular, but also for the rest of our
family. The kids have been battling cough/colds for over a month now (with fever coming and going) and Gianluca has been battling a sore throat/cold too. We would humbly ask that you intervene for our
family’s health. We are asking the Lord for good health for our travels and our time in America.
5- Please pray and fast for the national youth event that is held annually on November 1st. We had
scheduled to be here on the 1st and leave the morning after because Mission i6:8 is very involved in the event this year. Unfortunately they cancelled our flight on the 2nd and now we will be leaving on the 1st (which means Gianluca will be unable to attend). This requires a lot more orgnanization and delegation on his part. Please pray for the event itself which is always very evangelistic and which challenges young Christian youth to continue growing in their walk with the Lord. Please also pray for Mission i6:8‘s involvement this year. Pray that God will challenge many Italian youth to get involved in the world of missions and to dedicate their lives to serving God full time.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. We appreciate your prayers always! They are a true blessing and encouragement. It is good to know that we are not alone.
Tanti Auguri Elaigia! We love you and are so proud of you. You (and your sisters) are the most important thing in the world to us! Happy Birthday you big four year old!
Mission i6:8 has chosen the team members who will be attending the upcoming trip to Kenya this winter. The leadership is busy preparing and training the team for departure- please pray that God will bless them. The members are scrambling to raise funds for the trip and praying for God’s divine provision!
Mission i6:8 will have the opportunity to share about the ministry this year at the annual youth conference on November 1st. Because our airplane tickets had to be changed, Gianluca is busy prepraing the leadership team for the presentation and booth that will be held that day. We are excited and prayerful that God will challenge many young people to become involved in missions through Mission i6:8 that day.
Mission i6:8, through the persons of Gianluca and Nico Pugliese, continue their efforts to start a small group at a local refugee camp with a group of Nigerians. There were 9 people at the last meeting.
Please keep praying for this ministry. Pray that it can truly change many young people’s lives.
We just wanted to say Happy Birthday to our niece and send her a special thank you. This year for her birthday she decided to do a fundraiser instead of recieving gifts and gave the money to the ministry here and to a project for World Mission. You are an amazing girl Kiernan! We are so proud of you and love you so much!
We also want to say Happy Birthday to all the October Babies in our family! Happy Birthday to Kiernan, EJ, Brennan, Reece, Gianluca and a special Happy 60th to Pino (Opa). We love you guys and hope this new year of your life brings many blessings and much joy! Auguri!