Can you guess from these photos below??
The Hollands are headed to Rome, Italy!
Rome International Church has invited us to be their next pastor!
Rome International was planted a little over a year ago. They have been on a search for a new pastor and asked us over a year ago to consider taking over this plant. We visited this church during our vision trip last June. The church focuses on the expat, transient people in Rome using English as a means to reach the widest demographic of Internationals. This includes Italians, foreign diplomats, & refugees.
The Lord has been faithful to reveal each step in our journey. During the months to come, we will be inviting others to partner with us in this calling both through prayer and financial giving. Please pray for us as we prepare for pastoring this church. Our desire is to make disciples by introducing the transient people of Rome to the Gospel Jesus Christ.
4.3 million people living in the metropolitan area of Rome.
The city of Rome hosts people from around the world from a variety of backgrounds.
The city has a population of approximately 4.5 million living in the metropolitan area with an average density of 5,781 people per square mile.
Rome hosts individuals from around the world that work for international organizations and multiple embassies.
Rome is a major port for receiving refugees from Africa or Central Asia, many of whom speak English. These refugees comprise a major portion of the 8,000+ homeless residing in Rome.
Rome ranked third highest in Europe for most tourists visiting in 2015.
About 9.5% of Rome's population is non-Italian.
If our family had a theme song in our current stage of life, THIS IS IT! We started singing this song together as a family at the end of Seminary days when we knew God was calling us to be radical and trust HIM with our life even in the unconventional. So we jumped heart first in TRUST in an all-knowing God. We don't see all of the answers, and we don't have the traditional stability, but we we do have God as our portion and all we need.
Ironically our RV is currently parked in the desert of California, yet God is our spring of living water. We hope to find out the confirmed location of where we might be church planting in the next couple of weeks. Pray that God would raise up partners for us in this ministry.
God will make a way.
Our boys like to jam to this song when we have family worship time and they get to make as much noise as they like to Jesus. :)