“Hey do you want to go to Milan? I’ll pay for your trip.”
I hop in a car full of strangers, only personally knowing one individual, and off we go! I don’t think I fully understood how long it takes to drive to Milan from Rome. We ended up stopping at a hostel in Florence for the night because we left rather late.
I would definitely recommend this hostel to everyone.
The next day we had breakfast and went up to the roof to pray before we left to Milan. We prayed for encounters with people and God moments to mark the weekend.
Our first night we went to the Duomo and Galleria and just walked around. We wanted to meet up with a friend of a friend, so we walked to Piazza San Lorenzo, le colonne. This is the site where Constantine made the Edict of Milan in 312 AD and ended the persecution of Christians.
We grabbed three books of John in Arabic and kept our eyes open for opportunities to love people. Jodi passed out two of them, so one remained.
While we were walking, two men were telling me I was beautiful and wanted to get some food with me, but Chelsea and I just waved and were silly. Later, they were walking through the piazza where we were and stopped to chat with us. Long story short, it was a great conversation, a learning experience, and new friendships with people whom God loves so much. And all three books of John were given away, in the three specific encounters we had.
The whole reason we went to Milan was to go to this amazing church. I had no idea.
This woman came to Italy from Brazil when she was twenty years old, ready to become a nun. She was about to leave Italy when God stopped her on the streets to tell her that Italy holds the key to revival in Europe. She now is the pastor of an evangelical church with 57 locations across Italy. Single by choice, fiery, and so in love with Jesus.
We met up with some new friends, Glaucy, Rafaele, and Giovanna, who spent their day with us, walking and showing us around their city. They gave me the best gelato I have ever had in my life, and we really became close friends in such a short amount of time.
Glaucy wants to come visit my home church, Bethel, in Redding, California sometime soon- how amazing will it be to host her there in my city. I love these God encounter friendships so much.
On Monday we ended up having more time than we originally thought to get back to Rome. We decided to drive to Genova for the views and some lunch. Somehow, taking in a deep breath of the sea breeze is always refreshing. I had the best pesto lasagna, and great conversation with some amazing women.
Until the next adventure…