LITTLETON, Colo., September 1, 2015–WorldVenture is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth Journey Corps location, centered in the area just north of Naples, Italy. Tim and Jacki Faulkner, WorldVenture missionaries who have lived and worked in Italy for nearly 20 years (since June 1998), will lead the program.
Today, Italy is caught in the crossroads between deep religious heritage and growing spiritual darkness. The Faulkner’s desire is that young adults, by exposure to the challenges in Italy, will come to a new understanding of how the Lord is working in areas like Italy, as well as grasp the need for prayer and dedicated workers. Journeyers will directly benefit from the experience and perspective the Faulkners bring to ministry in such a difficult, post-Christian environment.
“Our field’s mission is ‘to prepare faithful and capable people to lead the churches who work in collaboration with one another,'” said Tim. “We are intentionally choosing not to limit our leadership development to Italians.”
As with current Journey Corps locations, the key elements of biblical community, relationship building, mentorship, context-specific education, and long-term ministry exploration are all central to this new location. Journeyers will spend the first five weeks preparing for ministry placement through intensive language study every morning in Naples. Their afternoons will then be dedicated to cultural adaptation and ministry training through the local church.
Italy’s cultural and geographic setting also opens up unique avenues for Journeyers to share the gospel. Following the initial five weeks of language and cultural immersion, Journeyers will plug into ministry with Il Faro International Baptist Church. In the greater Naples area, they will explore gospel work currently taking place, in collaboration with WorldVenture missionaries and the local church. Opportunities will especially focus on the areas of church planting, leadership development, and ministries working with anti-human trafficking, the poor, and the addicted.
Since 2010, WorldVenture has sent more than 30 Journeyers to Côte d’Ivoire, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The addition of Italy brings even greater diversity to the cultural and ministerial opportunities young adults can find within WorldVenture.
Recruiting for this exciting opportunity is beginning now. Prayerfully, WorldVenture will send its first team of four Journeyers to Italy in September of 2016. Your prayers for the launch of this new location are greatly appreciated. Find out more about Italy and other Journey Corps locations at www.worldventure.com/journeycorps.