This great and gifted nation has a long and rich spiritual history. Impressive churches fill the landscape and are often the architectural center piece of the city or town. Most Italians are Catholic in culture, but deeply cynical of the Church, which has lost over 10 million members. Nevertheless, Catholic traditions and mindset permeate every aspect of national and personal life. The Protestant witness, as a whole, is weak and divided. Only 1500 of Italy’s 33,500 communities have an established evangelical witness.
In 1958 Greater Europe Mission (GEM) held a tent crusade in Italy and soon after founded the Italian Bible Institute in Rome. The purpose of the institute is to teach the Bible to Italians that come to Christ. Graduates of the school serve in churches around Italy. GEM missionaries work at the institute and in churches in the vicinity of Rome.
Italians resist travelling far from home, so if we hope to reach the lost for Christ, we need to find ways to offer them a church within their community. Paul understood Jesus’ plan for reaching the world through church multiplication. In his ministry, Paul did not leave new believers isolated, but rather a trail of local churches.
My objective is to encourage Italians to embrace the gospel and then to serve God through evangelistic outreach in their region and beyond. It is my responsibility to find and develop teaching resources that will help the church to grow in spiritual understanding.
Amy Williams lives in Montefiascone, Italy, a rural community about 2 hours north of Rome. She joined Greater Europe Mission in 2000. First serving in Sibiu, Rmania, she worked within an established church to develop a Christian kindergarten program and help build a youth ministry. Amy led youth on 5 short-term mission outreach trips, giving them opportunities to share the gospel in and beyond their immediate community. God worked her out of her jobs in Romania and led her to central Italy in 2006. In Montefiascone, Amy works in an Italian church plant, leading a youth program, prayer group, helping with small group Bible studies and church leadership. She also participates in a nondemoninational church leadership group for all church leaders in the province of Viterbo. Amy desires to equip nationals to share about their personal relationship with Jesus and encourage believers to serve where God leads them.
Amy grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age. During her youth, she worked for Child Evangelism Fellowship, led small group Bible studies, taught Sunday school and participated in multiple short-term mission trips. At Point Loma Nazarene University, Amy earned a BA in Child Development and a California teaching credential before teaching public school for 5 years. In 2010, she completed her Masters Degree in Intercultural Studies from BOILA University.