Hannah Donato|| needs YRM funding ::

Hannah Donato|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Women in Leadership

What is your ministry?

My ministry is providing training materials for discipling students. As well as preparing materials, I often lead Bible studies with women and students


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn about having direction and developing a plan of how to get there, understanding how to go forward even when others don’t without being insensitive.


What is your leadership role?

At present, I work part-time with the national University Christian Union movement in Italy, GBU (IFES). I am responsible for the area of training and caring for the student leaders across the country, in particular following the local staff who care for them. I also lead our church Sunday School and am on the church council. My husband is one of the leaders of our local church.


SImone Baccella|| needs YRM funding ::

SImone Baccella|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

My ministry is with the youth in my church. Teaching the Bible, helping them understand why the Bible is true and why Jesus is the only way.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Living in Italy, every evangelical should be interested in understanding Catholicism better. I think it’s crucial as new people joining the church come from a Catholic background and we need to know how to deconstruct their mindset in order to help them understand the deep implication of the Gospel.

What is your leadership role?

At the moment I’m attending the IFED course. I’m part of the leadership team of my church and vice director of OM Italy.

Andrea Becciolini|| needs YRM funding ::

Andrea Becciolini|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Pastoral Growth

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to mentor students who follow Christ to love him more, know His Gospel better, and be more able to share it with others.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to fix my eyes on Jesus, delighting in Him as a busy gospel worker, learning how to encourage others when I am not encouraged myself, how to lead and love my family well while being focused on my ministry, how to tackle the temptation of fearing people more than God, and how to develop a biblical and culturally relevant discipleship program.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker for GBU Italia (the Italian branch of IFES – International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and also the Mark Drama Italian director.

Cristhina Danies|| needs YRM funding ::

Cristhina Danies|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Humanitarian Aid

Ministry Focus:
Women in Organisational Leadership

What is your ministry?

I disciple and help women start new lives through job training opportunities, collaboration with social services, and a restoration programme at safe houses.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I wish to grow in my delegating and organisational skills. I also would like to learn how to be more assertive in decision-making and in leading others in the tasks that have been given (following up and empowering them). I would also like to learn how to manage my time wisely and organise my schedule better.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently leading an anti-trafficking ministry called Vite Trasformate in Bologna, Italy. It is a ministry of my church Nuova Vita and it reaches out to victims of sexual exploitation. I am also on the steering committee of an anti-trafficking national alliance in Italy and I help train people, connect new members, and plan events and conferences.

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs YRM funding ::

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Children and/or Youth

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I am involved with university students and I have many opportunities to talk with them, sharing the Gospel. I also run a website to reach students.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I believe my gift is that of an evangelist; my passion is sharing the Gospel with others. I would like to develop in my apologetic strategy and crafting an apologetic talk.

What is your leadership role?

I spent ten years as part of the eldership of a church that started the church plant Bergamo Free Independent
Evangelical Church. During that time I worked with a national mission organization called Operation
Mobilization. In addition to being a church platner, I am also a blogger.

Marco Demo|| needs YRM funding ::

Marco Demo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Evangelism

Ministry Focus:
Ministry to Muslims

What is your ministry?

I work with refugees, most of whom are Muslim, building relatioships with them and sharing the gospel news.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn more about the Muslim faith and culture, how Muslims think, what they believe, how to engage them and how share the Gospel with them.

What is your leadership role?

I work for WEC in Italy, with refugees.

Alessandro Piccirillo|| needs forum funding ::

Alessandro Piccirillo|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Government/Civil Service

Forum Network:
Politics and Society

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Alessandro Piccirillo is a co-pastor in his local church, and a panelist and editor for the Centre of Ethics and Bioethics Studies.

When did you trust Christ?

Born and raised in an evangelical family strongly committed to the local church, I came to give my life to Jesus when I was six, understanding how bad sin was and what was necessary to remove it and to be part of God’s family.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In my teens I started to question the very basis of my faith. I knew I was saved from eternal damnation, but was very reluctant about submitting my whole life to God. Basically my high school years were spent in an ambiguous condition before God, denying the revealed Creator yet clinging to the hope He really existed and worked in reality. After high school I entered the military, a period which was crucial. Having felt the depths of sin, loneliness and life’s senselessness, I resorted to the Psalms and was brought to understand God’s love in Christ. This brought me back to reconsider what I had been taught in church. I became all the more aware of the necessity of believing though not understanding everything at once, but trusting that the Lord would gradually reveal Himself to me through a life of discipleship and submission to His Word and to His work in my life. I soon rebuilt my life in the local church, pastored by the teaching of elders. I was baptized in December of 2003, married in 2008, and became a deacon in 2012.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect it to be beneficial for two reasons: networking and learning. Learning is always welcome, but networking, especially for Italian evangelicals, is crucial.

What is your ministry?

I am a co-pastor in my local church, and a supporting preacher in a church in a neighboring city. I am involved in the Centre of Ethics and Bioethics Studies in Padua as an editor and panelist. I am involved with the Italian Evangelical Alliance (formally the EEA), as well as with YLGen (Lausanne Movement).

What are your past leadership roles?

Previous to my role as a co-pastor I was a deacon and lay preacher in my local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I do consider myself a man saved by God and privileged in serving Him in small ways as well as bigger ways, ways that pass my immediate God-given faculties. This is why I need training and networking.

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs forum funding ::

Giuseppe Palermo|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Giuseppe Palermo is a church planter and leads several short-term mission trips in Italy each year.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to trust the Lord at the age of 13 at a Christian summer camp. However, until the age of 19 I was not consistent, and did not have a real grasp of what it meant to follow Jesus. After more study and guidance from other Christians in my life, I recommitted my life to the Lord and the change was evident to all. Since then life with Christ has been much more real.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think the most important thing for me was the training I received at London Theological Seminary. Studying God’s Word and being trained and taught by great men of God was life changing for me. I appreciated the quality time spent with these people, which enabled me to have a much deeper understanding and knowledge of the Word of God, and how to live it out practically on a day-to-day basis.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The teaching at the European Leadership Forum is amazing and a great blessing. The Forum has lots of resources, fellowship, and interaction with other people involved in different ministries throughout Europe. There is good networking and I have received great deal of helpful information for my ministry in Italy. I want to return to the Forum to meet other Christian leaders from all over the world. I want to learn from them and have fellowship with them. I also want to see if there are any opportunities to partner in ministry and to learn how to better pray for my brothers and sisters more effectively.

What is your ministry?

I work among students and am involved with another missionary family in church planting here in Milan. We started off with some small home Bible studies and now rent a building every Sunday to meet and worship together. I am also part of a mission network called Italian Ministries. I am one of the founders of this network and also part of the board. I lead four short term mission trips each year.

What are your past leadership roles?

I spent ten years as part of the eldership of a church that started the church plant Bergamo Free Independent Evangelical Church. During that time I worked with a national mission organization called Operation Mobilization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My only goal is to reach out to others with the Gospel, to share Christ, and to be involved in telling others the Good News. I also have a heart to help the local church by training and helping young people to preach and teach. There is an urgent need here in Italy and my burden is great, so any investment is greatly appreciated.

Leonardo Cerasino|| needs forum funding ::

Leonardo Cerasino|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Leonardo Cerasino is the pastor and founder of a church in Parma, Italy.

When did you trust Christ?

I put my trust in Christ on March 4, 1989, in the city of Viterbo, Italy. I was in a military area and was thinking about how somebody had told me, just a few days before, about her personal relationship with Jesus. It was then that I started to pray alone and as a result really began to feel God’s presence. After that day I began studying the New Testament and since then have been growing in my relationship with Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most crucial moments was in 1990 when I decided not to follow my dream of becoming an officer in the military. Though I wanted this, I knew that God was calling me in a different direction. That was a major decision in my life, but I knew it was in obedience to God’s will and he has shown me so much through this decision.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Italy is a very secular country, and as a result I often feel isolated from what else is happening with other Christians across Europe. The Forum has been an incredibly valuable experience as it has connected me with other leaders across Europe and allowed me to see what God is doing all over Europe. It is also a valuable place for me to develop my skills as a leader and teacher so I can best serve those in my church and at Progetto Archippo. Finally, we are planting a new church, so the training and mentoring I receive in the Forum’s Church Planters Network will be invaluable as we are involved in this process.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church in Parma, Italy. My wife and I founded this church in 2003 and the church has grown to over 250 members. In addition to leading this church, I organize groups within the church, develop leaders, and teach others. I am also the Vice President and Founder of Progetto Archippo, a formation school in Parma. I am able to teach and lead at this school as well and make it my ministry to do so with the love of Christ.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Through the support of others, I can be better equipped to be a leader in my church and to serve others through my ministry. Additionally, my ministry is building leaders of the future and attending the Forum is a significant factor in helping develop these leaders.

Assuero Bruno|| needs forum funding ::

Assuero Bruno|| needs forum funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry— Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

When did you trust Christ?

I was 16-years-old when my personal relationship with Jesus started. It occurred during a conference, when I could hear the voice of the Lord calling me, changing me, and enabling me to walk in His way!

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I was born in a Christian family. Therefore, I grew up in a church environment and with a Christian education, experiencing the blessing of the Lord since my childhood. I can remember many of the pastors who led our local church before my father was appointed, and I can remember the lecturers and pastors I got to know during my time at Bible College. They all greatly impacted my life! Another important experience was when I was in Albania as a missionary. When I returned to my home city, in 2000, I found a very small church that needed to be encouraged and rebuilt.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I want to be inspired, to connect with other believers, to confront my own weaknesses, and to start future collaborations.

What is your ministry?

At a local level, my wife and I are working as church planters. We also run a food bank to serve our community. We further work to develop unity among existing churches. At a national level, we are working to train emerging evangelists and emerging young leaders.

What are your past leadership roles?

I have been a youth leader since my teenage years. When I moved in Rome, in 1995-1998, I interned as an assistant pastor. During my time in Albania, in 1999, I was a missionary assistant, which included preaching, teaching, and doing discipleship. When I moved back in my home city, in 2000, I found a very small church, so I started preaching the Gospel and discipling people there. In 2010 I was asked to be the Italian National Motivator for Mission-Net. I then worked for the Italian Evangelical Alliance, where I connected youth leaders, provided new models of partnerships, connected church leaders and youth leaders, and facilitated expressions of unity.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am following a vision from the Lord that may be of great impact for future leaders of the church.

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