Category Archives: Prayer Requests

Unwanted Pages

In between all of Mike’s chemo visits, we savored a very sweet summer, moving from one event on the calendar to the next – birthday parties, weddings, camping, swimming, Mike even hiked seventy-five miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, but sweetest of all was hanging out with our grandchildren, family and friends.

Then one day we turned the page of our calendar and the temperature dropped. We took our grandchildren back home to start school and came home to our cold empty house and a deepening silence as the leaves begin to fall and we wait for the news that will shape the rest of our story.

For months we’ve been praying that God would use all the chemo in Mike’s body to shrink his cancer enough to successfully remove it. By this time next week, we should have a good idea about how God has chosen to answer our prayer. As Mike always says, “He’ll either heal me here, or He’ll heal me there. Either way, I’ll be healed.”

Either way, God is good!

Either way, we will continue to praise Him!

Either way, His grace in exchange for our brokenness, is still the best deal on the planet!

On Friday morning Mike will check into the hospital and a skilled surgeon will attempt the Whipple Procedure (take two) also known as a resection surgery. “Take two” because this is the same surgery that was attempted in Rome six months ago, but it couldn’t be completed because they found the cancer had spread too far. With the pre-op and post-op this will be an all day event, then he’ll likely spend another ten days in the hospital and eight to ten weeks in recovery at home.

Please pray for Mike and his unwanted (but very grateful that it’s possible) upcoming surgery and for both of us as we learn to live, trust and praise through these unwanted pages of our story.

“If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:19

Please pray for our Women’s Christmas Tea

Today the ladies of Calvary Chapel Rome will celebrate the birth of our Savior with an Festive Christmas Tea. We’ve been busy baking and decorating the church for an afternoon of fellowship, treats, Christmas music and a special guest speaker.

We’ve invited some ladies from the neighborhood and we would also like to invite you to join us in the most important part of any ministry event – PRAYER.

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  • Please pray that the ladies we’ve invited will be able to come
  • That the Lord will prepare their hearts to hear the Good News
  • Pray for our guest speaker, Maria
  • Pray for sweet fellowship with the Lord and each other
  • Pray that the Lord will minister to every lady He brings

“God’s child can conquer everything by prayer. Is it any wonder that Satan does his utmost to snatch that weapon from the Christian, or to hinder him in the use of it? How now does Satan hinder prayer? By temptation to postpone or curtail it, by bringing in wandering thoughts and all sorts of distractions; through unbelief and hopelessness. Happy is the prayer hero who, through it all, takes care to hold fast and use his weapon. Like our Lord in Gethsemane, the more violently the enemy attacked the more earnestly he prayed and ceased not till he had obtained the victory. After all the other parts of the armour had been named, Paul adds: ‘with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit’ (Eph. 6.18). Without prayer, the helmet of salvation, and the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit which is God’s word, have no power. All depends on prayer. God teach us to believe and hold this fast!” ~ from The Prayer Life by Andrew Murray


Giving Thanks!

We have so much to be thankful for as we scan the horizon of blessings God has given us… a beautiful, healthy family who loves Jesus… great friends to partner with us… a mission assignment that incorporates the gifts God’s given us… many miraculous answers to prayer… and the joy of working and worshiping with Calvary Chapel Roma!

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“May You be praised, LORD God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.”

1 Chronicles 29:10-14

Thank you so much for your prayers as we journey through this mission!

Prayer Requests:

  • Today we are having a Thanksgiving dinner to reach out to some of the less fortunate people we’ve met during our market evangelism. Please pray that the Lord will touch their hearts, cover all the details, and be glorified as we thank Him for His amazing lovingkindness and blessings.
  • Please pray for healing for Mike as he has been experiencing debilitating sciatic nerve pain for the past three days and nights. He can barely walk and hasn’t been able to sleep.
  • Please pray for strength, wisdom, guidance, and all the fruits of God’s Spirit as we navigate the daily minefields of spiritual warfare.

Festa di Autunno

Please pray for our autumn outreach festival, “Festa di Autunno”, this Saturday.

Please pray for all our preparations this week, including invitation flyer distribution, outdoor venue clean-up, successful carnival games and gospel skit prep.

DSC05790Strategizing Our Game Plan! 

Pray that we have nice weather, abundant candy donations for prizes, plenty of food for the BBQ, much grace to cover all the bases, lots of guests with hearts hungry for the Good News, and many divine appointments!


Looking Up

We love living and serving in Rome! Who wouldn’t? Right? We’ve been blessed beyond measure as we’ve watched the Lord pull everything together to bring us here. We know we are in the center of His will and feel right at home with our new church family at CC Roma. Yet, we left a big part of our heart back in the States… The part that belongs to our family. We were so blessed to spend lots of quality time with our children and grandchildren this summer while we were wedding hopping back in the States! But then came the goodbyes. When our youngest granddaughter said, “Bye-bye Ma-mah”, like we might see each other in just a few minutes, I had to turn around so they wouldn’t see my struggle to hold back the tears. The next time I see her, she’ll probably be able to pronounce “grandma”. We’ll miss their birthdays, programs and holidays, their hugs and spontaneous visits. They will grow on without us and we will continue to “Look Up” to the One who holds our tomorrows and holds all our hearts together.

Last spring, after we had been in Rome for a couple months (long enough for the newness and excitement to wear off) we even started to miss the little things that we left behind, like cool quiet nights, green manicured lawns and clean sidewalks. We don’t live in the postcard Rome, we live in Tor Bella Monaca, the most impoverished zone in Rome. And I confess, all the graffiti and garbage were beginning to steal my joy. So I started to pray about it (the kind of prayers that David prayed when he was in the pits, the desparate kind that can easily be confused with whining). Thankfully, the Lord reminded me to “Look Up!” It’s always such good advice to look up and put your focus on the Lord. I started reading and re-reading the Songs of Accent (Psalms 120-134) and let the hope in His Word wash over me like rain on a parched desert. ” I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.” ~ Psalm 120:1DSC05269

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:1

Dark graffitti in Tor Bella Monaca

” I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.” ~ Psalm 123:1


Then, while we were walking along, dodging litter, the Lord again, whispered the words, “Look Up”, and I realized He also meant it literally. I raised my gaze above the graffiti covered cement walls to see beautiful green trees laden with flowers, lemons and a variety of new fruit. You’ve gotta love new fruit (especially the hard-to-grow varieties)! God sure has His work cut out for Him when He wants to produce new fruit in His whiny children!

Our top five Prayer Requests

Our number one prayer request… Lord, teach us to be content with our heart in two places! Grow your fruit in our lives and in our family as You grow our faith in You. “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” ~ Psalm 126:5-6

We were blessed to spend the last two weeks at Calvary Chapel’s Conference Center in Austria. One week was spent at the European Missions Conference, followed by our CC Roma Conference. Please pray for lasting fruit for all who attended each conference.



Please pray for divine inspiration in the writing and artwork for our ongoing Children’s Curriculum project.  Pray also for our Children’s Ministry Team, the students and the start of our new Sunday School year this month.

Please pray for hearts to be receptive to the good news, for the salvation of our neighbors and all the people God brings across our path.

Please pray for continued progress in our language acquisition (in both the Italian language and the stronger language of love)!


In the Twinkling of an Eye…

Please pray for these precious people to receive the love and grace offered through Jesus!

Children’s Ministry Curriculum Project: Pray for the Lord’s divine inspiration in the writing, artwork and translation of our new Italian Sunday school curriculum project for preschool through elementary age children.

Summer Fun Sports Outreach: Pray for all the details and that God will bring many participants. Pray that new relationships will be made and that many will hear and respond to the Good news!

Italy’s Migrant Crisis: Please pray for the illegal immigrant population flooding into Italy from war torn regions south of the Mediterranean. Last month over 4200 migrants were rescued from fishing boats and rubber dinghies on their way to Italy. Over 35,000 people have migrated since the beginning of the year and over 1800 are presumed dead or missing. One article said that as many as one million Muslim migrants are estimated to attempt the crossing this year. Read more about it on the following links…

Thank you also for praying for us while we are in the States for our son’s wedding!