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Praise

This year the Lord has been pouring out blessings on us beyond all expectations.
We started our exams precisely a month ago, and so far we’ve had an average of 16-17 people at these four meetings. It’s also wonderful to see how much involvement and interest there has been by people.
It’s really incredible to see how the Lord is working in this city. We can only thank Him and praise Him for what he’s doing.

Prayer

As prayer requests, it would be great to form relationships with the people would come to the studies and in any event find new ways to organise events to attract others (especially non believers).
Another prayer request, perhaps taken for granted by the most important one is that those who don’t know the Lord would accept Him in their hearts and that our meetings would transmit the love of God through the Word.
We’re especially asking for prayer for M and M, two young men non-believers, who haven’t even skipped one meeting yet.

Thank you for this opportunity to share our progress and what is going on. It’s wonderful to see how the Lord is always working.

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Praise
  • We thank God for the outreach week when we shared the Gospel through art with the themes of justice, peace, hope and joy. It was a blessing having lots of people from our group involved in the project. We also thank the Lord for the students who were interested in talking about it with us!
  • We thank God that there was at least one new person at every meeting. He answered the prayers we prayed at the beginning of the year abundantly!
  • We thank God for the series of Bible studies entitled, “The righteous one for the unrighteous”. In these weeks leading up to Easter we studied the arrest, sentencing and death of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke.
Prayer
  • Let’s pray for the students we met during the outreach week.
  • Let’s pray that the seeds planted would grow and they’d get to know Jesus.
  • Let’s pray we would find the most effective way of inviting the students reached in the outreach week to events and Bible studies. Despite wonderful conversations had sharing the Gospel, few of these students have stayed in touch with us, believers or not.
  • Let’s pray the the Lord would give us wisdom as we search for a coordinator for next year.

Jason and Hannah are Australians from the most remote city in the world; Perth (what most people call “the other side of Australia”). During high school Hannah did two exchanges to Italy, not knowing that God would later make use of these experiences. Both Jason & Hannah were part of Christian student groups like GBU while studying at university and found the experience transformative for their walk with Jesus. Both of them are convinced that sharing about Jesus at university is a great privilege!

They are in Florence serving university students. They aim to train, equip, and stand alongside Christian students as together we share the gospel on Italian university campuses. They long to see more Italians working together in the one Spirit to proclaim the gospel on campus and beyond.

They have three children: Elena (2018), Samuel (2020), and Miriam (2022).

Jason loves walking in nature, passing time with friends (including students!) and visiting the park with his children.

Hannah loves cooking, having guests, singing and creating with the kids.

Jason and Hannah are Australians from the most remote city in the world; Perth (what most people call “the other side of Australia”). During high school Hannah did two exchanges to Italy, not knowing that God would later make use of these experiences. Both Jason & Hannah were part of Christian student groups like GBU while studying at university and found the experience transformative for their walk with Jesus. Both of them are convinced that sharing about Jesus at university is a great privilege!

They are in Florence serving university students. They aim to train, equip, and stand alongside Christian students as together we share the gospel on Italian university campuses. They long to see more Italians working together in the one Spirit to proclaim the gospel on campus and beyond.

They have three children: Elena (2018), Samuel (2020), and Miriam (2022).

Jason loves walking in nature, passing time with friends (including students!) and visiting the park with his children.

Hannah loves cooking, having guests, singing and creating with the kids.

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Praise
  • We thank God for our official listing among the Student Associations at Florence Univeristy of Studies, following our request. We had set this objective for three years ahead, but it was achieved much sooner, thanks to the Lord. We have a God who can do infinitely more than what we think!
  • We thank the Lord for having always brought new people to our weekly meetings, both believers and non-.
  • We thank God for our first event of the Autumn semester, the GBU Restart. These were two days full of studying, fellowship with believers, new friends and the presence of God’s Spirit.
Prayer
  • We’re asking the Lord to help us with the difficulty of finding a time and place so that everyone can come along. We’re praying that God transform us into an ever-more united group, despite the practical difficulties.
  • Pray that those present at the events would also come to the Bible studies.
  • Pray that God would reawaken the hearts of the non-believers, especially those in the University of Florence.
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What a season it’s been! 🤩
We wound up last academic year with a whole lot of activities where God gave us the great joy of working with groups of young adults from other churches (as well as with a local branch of Agape Italia, which also works with university students) — what a witness of unity!! 🤝

we’re raring to get going for next year:

without a student leader…

…but with a great number of highly keen and creative young adults and a super fantastic God. 🎉

Florence is referred to as the city of art, isn’t she? Our small GBU group is also full of artistic students of fine arts🎨, singing 🎼, paiting, fashion👗, communication 🗯… and yes, okay, there are also those who are studying law 📚, history 📖 or IT 💻, but precisely that as well as the fact that we come from lots of different countries, cultures and schools/universities makes us a very colourful group. We’d like to use this diversity to get to know lots of new people, especially students 🥂

You can pray that this year we’d reach more non-believer young adults with the Gospel, and that friendship and the love of God would grow among group members. ♥️
Moreover, we hope to see new friendships forming within the group and we hope that not having a coordinator this year will encourage all of us to be involved! !

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It was an encouraging start to the year for GBU Florence, which saw many students leave but many new faces join, where we were compelled to manage relations and share the Gospel remotely.

We give thanks for the stimulating conversations and outreach opportunities had around the local universities and libraries for the “winter meets”, a series of meetings for the group on how and why to read the Bible.

Even though we we not able to do our well-known Winter Camp, we were able to hold a joint “winter breakfast” with GBU Bologna and GBU Modena, where there was a sharing time and a time for testimonies and games, as well as the training. We are grateful to be able to start up weekly Bible studies again on the quite topical subject of the unjust, shameful, lonely death of Jesus.

It has been wonderful to see familiar faces again in our recent meetings, to be able to share the hope and gospel message clearly, and to acknowledge how many group members have grown in knowledge and experience, and despite being scattered around the world, have continued to support the group in prayer and with exhortations and love. Truly priceless.

We are aware of needing God’s guidance and wisdom over the coming months. It is not easy to keep up with people, making new contacts and reaching new students in this era of social distancing. It is not easy to find the enthusiasm and creativity to keep up the activities.

Therefore we are asking for prayer support,

  • that God would help us deepen our friendships with believers and non-believers,
  • renew a deep love in our hearts for the students in Florence
  • and give us fervour to make Jesus known among the people He has put around us at this particular time.
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GBU Florence is starting again with many new faces and a desire to form a cohesive group of joyful disciples who will courageously share the knowledge of Jesus in their universities.

We give thanks for:

  • our first month of activities which God hugely blessed with training and mentoring evening events for the new members;
  • an opening event of outdoors games where the gospel message was proclaimed through love and words;
  • A first series of Bible studies on the subject, “God, what are you doing in all of this?”, which saw active participation by new students and the involvement of others in leading the discussion groups.

At this difficult moment in history, where lectures are reduced or not happening, with restrictions and difficulties in organising meetings over a certain number of people, we’re grateful to have rediscovered the value of closer friendships and in particular the great power of prayer.

Over the last week, we stopped every day to pray for 5 minutes for 5 friends at 5 pm, and we found ourselves praising God for the wonderful conversations He has given us during this time with many of them!

We’re asking for prayer support for:

  • group members, that they would grow in the truth of the Word and as children of God, and feel involved and equipped to be a light among their friends.
  • a social event taking place on Saturday 14 November, that it would be a time to grow closer together through games and sharing, and a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel with friends and housemates;
  • our staff and student coordinator, for guidance and wisdom in making plans which are always subject to changes, and for time management.
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The year started off fantastically. The group is tight knit and we’re grateful to God that new believer students are there, attending regularly and assisting with the prayer.

New students, who are curious about the Gospel have also been coming along to the Bible studies, joining in and asking questions.
God really is guiding every detail and we’re seeing his plans go ahead in a truly wonderful way. The local GBU staff member has been in touch with some of the city’s churches and has introduced the GBU to the church leaders, who seem keen to help us and collaborate with us in a practical way as well as through prayer.

On 12/11 we showed Giosuè Petrone’s film, “Imperdonabile” [Unforgiveable]. We organised the evening in conjunction with two other associations in a bookshop cafe in town. The outreach event was patronised by the town council of Florence and was attended by the Councillor for Education.
We’re asking for prayer for the 20 or so new people among whom there were several who asked the director some very deep questions. Let’s pray that the Lord causes them to ponder the amazing truth of forgiveness, so they want to go deeper with that Bible topic and come to believe in Jesus and receive forgiveness for their sins. We’re also asking for specific prayers for:

  • The series of Bible studies on forgiveness that we’re doing in the GBU
  • Those currently in positions of power within the city who know about the GBU in the university
  • The PSI, the Academic Association of Psychology, one of the two associations involved in putting on this outreach event
  • The association, Agape Italia, who asked for our collaboration in organising the evening
  • The people who work in the bookshop cafe, who attended the event and were very moved

A final request is that the group members would pray continuously and would have wisdom to know how to welcome and involve all the international students well.

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Praise
  • Training sessions during the winter period: we explored and examined topic areas that affect society and the university environment (such as homosexuality, Catholicism, the Bible and science) with the believers of the group, sharing what challenges us and seeking counsel for the “prickly conversations” around the Bible and books from Christian literature.
  • Three studies on the person of Jesus, especially for A, who has been actively joining in the meetings since the beginning of the year, while continuing to not believe in God.
  • Winter camp: especially for D. He has also been attending the meetings since the beginning of the year and is asking a lot of questions about God.
Prayer
  • A. and D.; B who has been coming to the meetings for years.
  • Outreach week in May: three intense days when we will be at the university to speak to students and try to understand what people believe in. We will ask them what they think about who Jesus was and we will try to engage them in conversation to invite them to the themed events we are putting on for three consecutive evenings, but more especially, to invite them to ask questions, to investigate better and get to know Jesus personally! We are asking for prayer for organising the events, for the venues where we can hold events, for people to get involved and for the evangelistic talks, that they would clearly proclaim the Gospel.