CCBC ITALY https://ccbcitaly.com/en CALVARY CHAPEL BIBLE COLLEGE Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:07:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Important dates for Autumn 2015 https://ccbcitaly.com/en/important-dates-for-autumn-2015/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:23:16 +0000 http://ccbcitaly.com/en/?p=776 Aug. 10th Deadline for Application Aug. 10th Deadline for Deposit Sep. 3rd-5th Students Arrive Sep. 7th Orientation Sep. 8th Classes Begin Footsteps of Paul TBA Outreach Week TBA Nov. 27th Classes End Nov. 28th-30th Students Depart

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Aug. 10th Deadline for Application
Aug. 10th Deadline for Deposit
Sep. 3rd-5th Students Arrive
Sep. 7th Orientation
Sep. 8th Classes Begin
Footsteps of Paul TBA
Outreach Week TBA
Nov. 27th Classes End
Nov. 28th-30th Students Depart

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July 2014 Alumni Newsletter https://ccbcitaly.com/en/july-2014-alumni-newsletter/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:46:07 +0000 http://ccbcitaly.com/en/?p=727 JULY 2014 This summer we are spending lots of time planning for the next semester. As we mentioned before, we’ve been doing a “Footsteps of Paul” tour following Paul’s missionary journeys. Over the past 4 semesters we visited Rome (Acts 27, 28), Siracusa in Sicily, where Paul

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JULY 2014

This summer we are spending lots of time planning for the next semester. As we mentioned before, we’ve been doing a “Footsteps of Paul” tour following Paul’s missionary journeys. Over the past 4 semesters we visited Rome (Acts 27, 28), Siracusa in Sicily, where Paul stayed for three days, and Malta, where Paul was shipwrecked. Each place is so unique. It is incredibly inspiring to be in a place the Bible mentions, a place where Paul himself stood and did so many incredible things to spread the gospel throughout the entire world.

The next leg of the Footsteps of Paul is to… Athens, Greece! A few days ago in my daily bible study time, I was reading about Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17. He was deeply moved for the people because the city was given over to idols. In one sense he had a captive audience because they “spent their time in nothing else buy either to tell or to hear some new thing.” This is where he stood and proclaimed God to them in a way they could understand. Some rejected and mocked him and some wanted to hear more. And a few became believers. What a powerful story and it will be so wonderful for our student body to learn the history of these people, a history that is in many ways very well-preserved.

We are also making plans for student life: It is a wonderful time to grow in the gifts through outreaches in amazing historical cities nearby such as Treviso, Ferrara, and Padova. The staff is working out the class schedule with a variety of classes that will give students a well-rounded understanding of the Word. During the summer, some of the Bible college staff works even more with the youth group having weekly meetings.  The youth group kids love when the bible college is in session so they can spend time with the bible college students.  They are a great example for the youth group because they’re serious!  They’ve traveled abroad to study the Word and see what sort of missions work God is doing out here. When the youth observes the students and the missionaries, it challenges their faith in ways they couldn’t otherwise be challenged otherwise.

We are looking forward to what God has for the body-staff, students, and church-next semester. We as a staff are praying for the students: that the Lord would work in their hearts for all He has this next season and that He would meet all their needs. Please join us in prayer!
FEATURED ALUMNI STUDENT(S):  BETHANY & LORENZO GEMMA

Hello, my name is Bethany and I’m from Modesto, California. In my life, the Lord has blessed me by giving me the privilege of growing up in a Christian family and this is what the Word of God has taught me since I was a child.

When I was 13 years old I decided to follow Jesus Christ as my personal savior and in that decision I went to Russia on a missions trip (with my grandmother organizing the trip), and the definitive change that took place in my life was my desire to serve the Lord on the mission field.

In the following years during my time at the University of UVU in the state of Utah, during my studies to become a nurse, I decided that it wasn’t enough for my life, I wanted something more.

On day during a conversation with my mother, she reminded me of my desire for missions and studying the word of God, and I began to pray and God guided me through the first 2 semester of CCBC Murrieta California in the year 2007. At the third semester I began to pray for what was my call to missions before, and that the Lord would open up a clear path of what His plan was for my life.

I found out of the new opening for CCBC Italy in 2008, I took that news as an answer from the Lord, because Italy was already in my heart for some time before that news. I was so excited to be a part of the first semester there in Italy.

Even though the school gave me a special semester, at the same time, I tasted what life on the mission field was like and I realized what a difficult path it was.

It was in this way that the Lord began to show me His goodnes, not only in the word but also in the ministry: speakers week in Austria, a missions trip to Norway, a service of new brothers and sister in Christ from all over the world and the opportunity to be used by the Lord in situations and ways that I never thought of.

I firmly believe that the Lord used this period as a test, during my 2 semester in Italy, to prepare me to depened totally on Him.

On the first day at CCBC Italy, a group of us students stopped to visit a church, there I met a guy that worked with the music ministry and that day he was organizing the stage for the midweek service.

I met that guy again during a Sunday service, but we didn’t get the opportunity to talk all the way up until the last day of my first semester in Italy.

After a trip with the school to the Dolomites

We exchanged a few words during the time in the car, and even with the language it was a big obstacle.

After my return to America we exchanged our e-mails, and I wrote of my intentions to return to Italy, and of life, but through many different miraculous situations the Lord brought be back to Italy.

I tried to look for different paths, I was looking for other places in Europe, but the Lord showed me in a very extreme and clear way, his will was to bring me back to Italy.

I was hoping to finish my last semester in Israel, but through a series of circumstances, the campus remained closed for that semester.

The Lord had a different plan for my life.

I met again that guy in Italy, Lorenzo, and we began to spend time together up until when He asked me to marry him.

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In 2010 it was a great day for us. Today we have a 2 year old baby boy, his name is Jaiden. Lorenzo works in the Airforce and right after our wedding we moved to Ferrara.

In the first 2 years it was pretty difficult, we didn’t have a Christian family around us, we only had each other. The Lord however continued to encourage us and sustain us, because that was his will.

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Today we have a small church where we met 2 times a week, Lorenzo teaches the word and I serve in the children’s ministry and worship.

Even if my story might seem exciting and thrilling, there were times of insecurities, homesickness, fear; whereall myhuman certainties, fell short. Today I understand that maybe this is exactly what I wanted for my life, to be used by the Lord, because in Him I’ve found certainty for life, no longer based on external circumstances, but on an inner stability.

 

Pray for:

1)   Our marriage and family

2)   The growth of our new church

3)   That we can always be focused on the Lord

 

If you want to see how the Lord is working in our lives and also your prayers for us you can contact us at bethanygemma@gmail.com

 

Let Him guide your life, and watch how He will bless

God Bless You

Lorenzo and Bethany Gemma

 

FEATURED MISSIONARY:

KAMPALA, UGANDA

 

John and Lily Eastham met while in pharmacy school.  In 1993, they began serving together in international missions through Project Compassion, an evangelical medical missions group. They have made trips to numerous countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

 

John’s first trips to Africa were in 2000 and 2002, participating in medical outreaches to Malawi and Kenya, which is where he first sensed God’s call to Africa.  After trips to Uganda in 2006 and 2007, John and Lily both felt an even greater desire for their family to serve the Lord in Africa.  In 2011, John left his hospital pharmacist career for training with Far Reaching Ministries.  And one year later, they moved their family of five to Uganda.

 

As Director of Operations at Calvary Chapel Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, John interacts with nearly all of the church’s ministries.  He also teaches a weekly Bible study and oversees translation of Bible resources into two local Ugandan languages.  Lily is homeschooling their children and also serves in women’s ministry, where she’ll soon be starting a new discipleship group.

 

On August 28th, CC Kampala launches the Bible College!  Please keep this new work in prayer as well as the Lord’s will regarding starting up a Sunday school class for 11-14 year-olds.

Eastham family portrait

 

You can find more information about John and Lily Eastham’s missionary family at:

http://www.maranathachapel.org/

http://www.maranathachapel.org/filerequest/6501

http://easthamsinafrica.blogspot.it/

 

 

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June 2014 Alumni Newsletter https://ccbcitaly.com/en/june-2014-alumni-newsletter/ Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:28:56 +0000 http://ccbcitaly.com/en/?p=705 Ciao Tutti! Welcome to our first EVER monthly Alumni Newsletter! We have been a school for 6 years, with 12 semesters and we have had the privilege of ministering to 137 students! So we wanted to start an Alumni Newsletter to be able to connect us all

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Ciao Tutti! Welcome to our first EVER monthly Alumni Newsletter! We have been a school for 6 years, with 12 semesters and we have had the privilege of ministering to 137 students! So we wanted to start an Alumni Newsletter to be able to connect us all together, keep you updated on  recent news of CCBC Italy, have one featured Alumni student and  feature one missionary and to encourage you all to keep praying for the special work the Lord is doing here in Montebelluna, Italy. And don’t forget to subscribe!

Dio Vi Benedica!

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UPDATES: CCBC ITALY Wow!  Spring Semester 2014 flew by with so many amazing experiences!  It was so neat to see the students grow in maturity throughout the semester.  They built such strong relationships amongst themselves and with the staff.  The Lord clearly worked in their lives speaking to them about the future, bringing answers to questions about their faith, and opening amazing discipleship opportunities.

The student body thrived, having opportunities to study in-depth and then go out to put what they learned into practice.  There were four student outreach teams that went to Kosovo, Austria, Portugal, and Gran Sasso, Italy.  They had incredible opportunities to see other cultures while supporting the ministries in each place.  Some students put on a children’s ministry program while others went into schools and another team of students worked hard helping a ministry prepare for their busy season.  It is such a blessing to see the students minister to the body of Christ and reach out to the lost.

This semester was our third “Footsteps of Paul” tour, which toured the Island of Malta where Paul was shipwrecked and shared the gospel.  The students learned about Paul’s journey and the interesting history of the beautiful island on-site!  Last semester the student body went to Sicily, specifically Siracusa and saw where Paul was said to have preached and visited the church during his lifetime.  The first tour was Rome, with so much rich history.  Paul had such an amazing ministry and it brings it to life to go to the actual place where he was.

Spring '14 Graduation

We watched four wonderful ladies graduate from the full 2-year program.  To see them finish the program strong and go leave seeking the Lord’s will for their next step is what it’s all about.  In the 4 semesters of Bible College.

Now for Fall Semester 2014, we are preparing our classes and planning for our next “Footsteps of Paul” tour and all the student outreaches.  Already we have lots of students enrolled and applying and we are super excited to see what God is going to do!

FEATURED ALUMNI STUDENT: Federica Barrano

My name is Federica Barrano and I’m 23 years old and I was born in Vittoria, Italy. I was raised in a Christian family but obviously if you don’t have a personal experience with God you can’t define yourself as a Christian. I came to know the Lord and decided to give my life to Him and accept Him as my personal Savior when I was 15 years old at a summer camp that my church organizes every year. In April 2010 I came to know of the Bible College after I finished High School in July, and I decided to go to the college from September 2010 to May 2012, completing the program and doing all 4 semesters there. I can say that those two years were amazing,

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I grew a lot personally, because I had the opportunity to be able to live with people of different cultures and nationalities different than mine, but above everything else, I grew a lot in my spiritual walk because I was able to see clearly the hand of God in my life, how He provided for every single need and how He blessed me so greatly in every single class, every single service that we did in Church, and every Speakers Week, but above all, in every Outreach because we had the opportunity to be able to help by manual labor in different communities and blessing others with our help and they greatly blessed us with their prayers.

 

Fededrica Class of Fall 2012

Federica Class of Fall 2012

Now I’m continuing to serve God along side of a Christian Conference Center in Battle, England. Even though at the beginning it wasn’t the easiest to be able to get used to working here because of the different culture and language, but now it’s going great and I see how God continues to bless me so greatly. I want to encourage anyone who has thought of going to the Bible College to do this amazing experience so that you would be able to know God more and to be prepare to be able to confront every difficulty that you might encounter in your life and to be ready to talk about the Lord to someone who might not know Him.

FEATURED MISSIONARY: Marilyn Gibbs – Ukraine

Marilyn has served on the international mission field for over 20 years. The Lord has called her to such diverse countries as Austria, Hungary, Romania, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, where she currently lives.

CC Ternopil has been Marilyn’s home for seven years. She helps with church administration and hospitality, plays flute and percussion on the worship team, and oversees the book/CD ministry at the library she developed.

Marilyn (middle right)

Marilyn (middle right)

Marilyn also teaches. She teaches Bible studies to international students and with a humanitarian ministry to older adults and people with physical disabilities living on low pensions. In addition to teaching English at an English Club at the YWAM (Youth with a Mission) base, Marilyn has been able to use her TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate to teach English at a local high school for the past 6 years, where she has volunteered her time as a gift to the Ukrainian people.

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On July 1st, the Lord is moving Marilyn to another city in Ukraine. She will be serving at CC Mukachevo, planted one year ago by Pastor Joel and Katya Brown. Marilyn anticipates doing many of the same ministries as before but she is also looking forward to the opportunity of ministering to the Roma community in the “gypsy camps”.

Prayer Requests:

  • A smooth transition to Mukachevo and unity on the team
  • The Lord’s leading as to where He would have her serve there
  • His provision for the ministry as well as personal needs and good health

You can follow Marilyn on her blog:  http://gibbsinukraine.blogspot.com



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Autumn 2014 semester https://ccbcitaly.com/en/autumn-2014-semester/ Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:50:09 +0000 http://ccbcitaly.com/en/?p=639 We are now accepting applications for Autumn 2014 semester. For info check http://ccbcitaly.com/ or contact us at info@ccbcitaly.com

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We are now accepting applications for Autumn 2014 semester. For info check http://ccbcitaly.com/ or contact us at info@ccbcitaly.com

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