Today Bailey turns in her application for a three month mission trip! Yep...I said three months! We have friends in Udine, Italy...about an hour and a half northeast of Venice. She would stay with them and teach ESL classes. The classes are strictly ESL, but after class and on weekends, apparently the students do a lot together and that's where Jesus comes in. She can share Jesus during those extra, after school times. Our friends are church planters there and work at the Bible College in Udine.
You might think...Italy...what a boondoggle! But listen to this: out of the 34,000 towns in Italy, 32,000 don't have anything evangelical at all! No evangelical church, no missionary, no evangelical bookstore or radio...nothing...kaput...nada...1% of Italians are evangelical! Italy has become so dark and lost that the major missions organizations like Campus Crusade and Wycliffe have put it on their lists of the most unreached people groups!
So in September when most kids are heading back to school, Bailey will most likely be headed off to Italy. Please pray for the application process, for Bailey, for our family, and for God's will to be done. This is an opportunity for which we think is just right for Bailey. And every day, I feel more and more convinced of it being God's will for her!
Her life is really about to begin!