Materialism, humanism, and idolatrous worship are great cultural strongholds in Italy. Most people are cynical and disillusioned when it comes to God. Spiritual bondage grips the nation. But the greater the darkness, the brighter the light shines. Almost 20 years ago, Calvary Boise sent Brent and Hope Harrell to Rome. They minister to some of Italy’s most economically impoverished and spiritual deprived people and have seen God do marvelous things. Seven churches are established. A Bible College trains new believers for the mission field. Pray that God will send more laborers and will continue to call and equip local missionaries and pastors. The fields remain ripe.
BRENT & HOPE HARRELL – LEAD PASTOR
Twenty years ago, Brent, who was new to Calvary Chapel Boise, took a short-term Engage Truth mission trip to Europe, and stayed behind in Motebelluna to help plant Italy’s first Calvary Chapel. A compassion, concern, and calling for Italy grew and in 1999 the Harrell’s moved to Rome to plant a Bible-teaching church with the goal of taking God’s Word and the gospel of grace to the lost.
Brent Harrell, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Rome, prayed for Kenya for 17 years before God opened the door for him to travel there. Now, Brent, his wife Hope, and the fellowship they lead, partner with various ministries in Kenya to help better equip native pastors to better minister to their churches and in turn, their country. Together, the Harrell’s with ministry partners in Kenya, care for widows and orphans, conduct conferences, and provide both churches and pastors with essential resources such as theological training, Bibles, study Bibles, concordances, Bible software and commentaries. By sharing the Gospel of our perfect King, Jesus Christ, it is our hope to bring revival to another very desolate land.
Calvary Chapel Rome is a growing work located in Tor Bella Monaca, one of Rome’s most populated and troubled neighborhoods where all imaginable urban social issues exist. A work in nearby Frascati and a cell group in Ostia by the Sea have also been launched. Currently our attention, energy, and resources are focused on discipleship—equipping each believer to make disciples. It’s our privilege to minister God’s love and preach the Gospel both in word and deed through the gift of the Holy Spirit. We conduct retreats and conferences; we provide food, clothing, and lodging to the needy; we sponsor special community projects in schools and parks; we host sports events, and give guitar and English lessons to children. Our goal: Give Jesus, with all the love and hope He brings, to a lost nation.”
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Support one of the many needs of a missionary –
a. Encouragement (practical and spiritual)
b. Logistics (administratively coordinating state-side support)
c. Finances (give liberally and joyfully)
d. Prayer (sign up for the prayer team, receive daily prayer requests and pray daily)
e. Communication (intentionally staying in touch with missionaries and their families)
f. Re-Entry (When they return to the States provide temporary residences, cars, travel support, gas, etc.)
Short-Term visit – Calvary Boise desires to send short–term teams to help with various outreaches.
Long-Term service – Calvary Boise desires to bolster the leadership and ministry teams of our missions.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you sense God’s leading to participate in any of these areas.