Biscarini in Italy!
ITALY... a mission
field ?” What about all those great churches and cathedrals? Isn’t there a rich Christian heritage in the country?
“Occultism, magic, and superstition are rampant in Italy with over $4 billion spent on fortune telling. An estimated 100,000 licensed witches, 3 times the priestly population, contributes to Italy’s reputation as a graveyard for missionaries (less than 10% of them ever returns for a second term).
In the words of one missionary: “In Italy you need two callings…one to come and one to stay!” There are less Evangelicals (0.73%) than in India, Africa, Russia, Japan or China. Divisions among evangelical churches is a reflection of what goes on in government with over 32 political parties, and a chaotic state. Pastors are the first to admit: “we are few and well divided”!
As in most societies, the upper echelon of society may have experienced a great deal of worldly success, yet many are also experiencing a deep emptiness, with lives devoid of meaning and love. They are spiritually bankrupt...The new youth generation, unlike my days, is growing outside of the church walls and learned to distrust the Institution. So the answer to the initial question is a resounding YES!