|Population 61,482,000||Roman Catholic 81%|
|No Professed Religion 14%||Evangelical Less than 1%|
In 2013, Paul Washer traveled to Italy to preach a series of meetings with Coram Deo of Italy and to investigate the possibility of partnering with them in this greatly neglected country. After months of prayer and deliberation, HeartCry has decided to join with Coram Deo for the purpose of: (1) publishing sound gospel literature for the evangelization of the lost and the edification of God’s people; (2) sponsoring regional and national Bible conferences; and (3) supporting indigenous missionaries.
Unlike other countries in Europe, Italy never felt the impact of the reformation and has languished in the shadow of Roman Catholicism. Although missionaries have labored in Italy for decades, only 1.1% of the population considers itself to be Evangelical. Among those who are Evangelical, there is great need of doctrinal and practical instruction. There is good reason why Italy is often referred to as the “grave yard of missionaries.” Many good workers come from abroad, but the vast majority leaves after only a few years. The primary reasons are: depression, lack of results, and difficulties with the Italian culture, bureaucracy, and corruption.
Coram Deo Publishing
Coram Deo is a Latin phrase meaning “in the presence of God.” R.C. Sproul writes, “Coram Deo captures the essence of the Christian life… It literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God” (Ligonier Blog, January 11, 2013).
Coram Deo of Italy has three main goals: (1) To plant biblical churches through the support of indigenous missionaries; (2) To publish biblical literature for the benefit of the church; and (3) To sponsor Bible conferences throughout Italy. The Coram Deo Board and Board of Reference include such men as: Jerry Marcellino (USA), Jim Elliff (USA), Ian McElhinny (Ireland), Alistair Begg (USA), and John Blanchard (England).
One of the most effective ways to teach believers throughout Italy and to network those of like faith is through nationwide and regional Bible conferences. HeartCry will partner with Coram Deo in this vital ministry. We hope to sponsor at least two conferences in the upcoming year.
If you would like to have more information about Grace Alone Church or Coram Deo Ministry, please visit their website: www.chiesasolagrazia.it
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