First Sabbath Offering for the Lighthouse Missionary Bible School, Italy
To be a missionary in this world it is not enough to have faith and virtue. It is needful also to have knowledge. Without it the people of God “are destroyed” (Hosea 4:6). With this in mind, in 2013 the Scuola Biblica Missionaria IL FARO [Lighthouse Missionary Bible School] was established as the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement Italian Conference educational institution. “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) was the Bible verse that inspired the school’s motto, “Receive Light to Be Light.” The institution offers our young people and members of the church the opportunity to acquire knowledge and become more useful in voluntary missionary work.
The first course, a series of seminars organized by the school, began in 2013 and ended in January 2016. Students from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Bolivia, Congo, Ecuador, Peru, and Romania attended the course. Though many of them were not yet baptized, by the time they graduated, all but one remained unbaptized. Today graduates are involved in many missionary activities, and some of them have become officers of their local church or conference. We are very thankful to God for this first result.
The first course was held in the Poppi Church premises. However, last year one brother donated his property in Bricco Martino, Tigliole D’Asti (Asti), to be used for educational programs of the missionary school, as well as for other church events. This property has a building situated on a good piece of land in the country.
In order to run the programs for the school, we need to renovate half of the building to accommodate at least 20–25 persons, as well as a classroom and chapel. To do all the renovation, the Italian Conference does not have the finances. For this reason, we appeal to you dear brothers, sisters, and friend to give a generous donation for this project. This will enable the education programs of the LIGHTHOUSE Missionary Bible School, the only SDARM educational institution run in the Italian language, to continue to prepare people to be a light in this dark world, to preach the Good News and hasten the second coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Your brethren and sisters from the Italian Conference