Greetings to you all, our partners in the ministry. Let’s start by praising the Lord; actually, everything that we do should start with this.
We start at the end of July, Sunday afternoon. Giuseppe Collesano was on a long-distance phone call with Sicily. At the other end, there was Girolamo…many in America call him Geronimo. Many of you have prayed for him and his salvation. God has answered my prayers and yours. Yesterday at 3 p.m. our time, 9 p.m. Sicily time, Girolamo prayed to receive the Lord. God is at work. Do pray for him. He told me that he will start with his relatives to ask for their forgiveness for how he mistreated them, which started after we closed our meeting on the phone.
This month, I preached twice at the Coast Guard Chapel, which supports our ministry and other missionaries around the world. Usually, before the service, we have a little story time for the children. As you can see from the photos, there is only one room for all at the Chapel. As I prepare to return to Sicily by September 20, we ask you to pray for all that needs to be accomplished there. God is at work.
We ask you to pray for our brother Mark Horn who is going on a mission trip to Senegal on August 7. He was supposed to be helping along the way; now, he is leading the trip. Please pray for George and Marybeth Bowling, who were going to be leading the trip. However, both of them were involved in a three-car crash that requires surgeries and therefore cannot go to Senegal.
My first preaching became a Mission Sunday event. With us, there were two more families serving in Guatemala and Panama, so I gave more time to them to be able to share. We are here for a little longer; we will have more to share too. Preached on how many times Paul was persecuted because of His Namesake in Acts 16. If you search the many times that he was persecuted, you will be greatly encouraged to press on more for the Lord. You see, God was and still is at work.
We enjoyed a mini family reunion with loved ones from Georgia and Alabama; it was fun. We made pizza for a few friends here too.
Sicily updates: do not forget to continue praying, as the Gospel goes forward. In another location, we received a call for help with bibles and children’s materials that Giuseppe La China was able to take to them. Again, we are getting an influx of refugees from Africa. Please search for the island of Lampedusa, an Italian territory where the population numbers a couple of thousand with 8,000 refugees there. Traversing the Sicilian channel is very hard and dangerous. Of the 1,200 that came ashore two weeks ago, more than 60 drowned. As we motivate you to be proactive in serving our Lord, pray for us that we can encourage the local churches to do likewise.
We are privileged to be His Hands and Feet because you are allowing us to serve you in your stead. Thank you again for your love and support.
God bless you.
As always: Let’s go fishing (really) for one more for the One.
Ciao for now.
Giuseppe and Pennie Collesano, president of Act Now Ministries