Ministry in Sicily

Landing in Sicily is initially a relief to those who have risked their lives crossing the sea and endured unspoken horrors on the journey. That sense of relief soon turns to discouragement or despair as people realize that the free homes, guaranteed income and many perks that human smugglers promised them if they reached Europe are not a reality.  While many come to escape religious persecution, famine, and war, a large number come as economic refugees seeking a better future for themselves and their children.

Not everyone who comes will be able to stay.  Many have heart breaking stories and we pray that they might be looked on with favor and granted asylum. While they wait, though, we do all we can to make their lives better, to listen, encourage, train, prepare them for the future but above all share the truth that all that seems to be for evil, God can and will use for good. Jesus Christ is the Savoir of the World. He is the Hope of All Nations and to know Him is the "Human Right".

We currently have a locations in Mineo near Europe's largest refugee camp and in the city of Caltanissetta to serve a large immigrant community that has  settled there. Many are now trapped in a form of servitude where they work and taxes are paid on their behalf but they receive no wages. We are working to do what we can to provide basic needs such as clothing, and weekly food assistance to the homeless.  Loving in word and deed is part of preaching the gospel of truth.


 

Refugee kitchen
 
Inside makeshift home
 

Photo courtesy of Enos Nolli, GIM © 2015 Neil and Kathy Vanaria, Scripture for All

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