Area: 301,000 km2
Christian: 82.38 %
Non-religious: 14.13 %
Muslim: 2.6 %
Catholic: 84.37 %
Orthodox: 1.74 %
Protestant: 0.63 %
Highly industrialized, Italy is the world’s seventh-largest economy and known for quality manufactured goods. A notable contrast exists between the affluent north and the south, where economic modernization has been limited and where unemployment is widespread and higher. Corruption, organized crime and weak lawenforcing state mechanisms are common and discourage investment and expansion in many sectors. The world’s third-largest debt.
The statistics are meant to give an impression, not to stigmatise. Statistics taken from “Operation World, 7th edition, 2010”, see also www.operationworld.org
Thank you Brian Heerwagen and Abundant Life Church for hosting yet another wonderful
live telethon for Doug and Dee Valenzuela and the Melito Church in Naples, Italy. A huge thank
you to Pastor Bob Thomas and Calvary Church, Los Gatos for giving $20,000 and Abundant Life
Church, Portland for giving $25,000! Simply amazing. Please consider giving by clicking on
the link above. If you missed the show you can watch the telecast below.
We are so encouraged by the generosity of so many wonderful churches and individuals who have given towards this historic project in Napoli. On April 30th, we were able to make the mega down payment to Mr. Achille Calafiore. of $400.000.00
This initial payment included
$90.000.00 just in taxes to the Italian government.
Fees to the city offices as well as to the lawyers who presented our case for the zone changing laws in the city and all other “official” costs, came to an additional $35.000.00!
April 30th, 2015 will long be remembered as: THE DAY WE MADE THE DOWN PAYMENT”.
Thanks to all you who gave so generously and made this day a possibility.
We are only half way there, but we know God will continue to amaze us.
Your gifts are still needed to complete this purchase and you can follow the above link to our mission to send in your donation
Your prayers and GOD’s power were on great display on APRIL 18th, as the city council of the city of MELITO, met to discuss and vote to change the actual zoning law from “Industrial” to what we really need, which is “SOCIO-RELIGIOUS”.
We were concerned because these types of changes are neither easy nor certain, as oftentimes there are many different types of opposition.
We sat there as they deliberated and then, you will hear the moderator ask for the vote. He askes first: “Abstentions? (nothing…silence) Opposed? (the same) In favor? ”
Then you will see their hands shoot up faster than you would see a group of people ask for free lotto tickets! And then our church erupts in applause.
So moving was the moment that the city councilmen and women, also got up and started CLAPPING!!!
W now have the final approval!!!
“Corruption stinks and a corrupt society stinks! So go ahead and clear your souls and clean up the city and clean up society so that there is no longer that stink of corruption,” Francis said.He was speaking in the shadow of a dilapidated sail boat-shaped housing project known as Le Vele, so dangerous that even police are sometimes afraid to enter, according to locals.The pope urged residents of the blighted area, which has often been the battleground of Camorra clans fighting each other for control of drug trafficking and extortion rackets, not to let criminals rob them of their hope.So please continue to pray for us as we seek to raise the remaining funds needed to purchase this building right in the heart of this battle zone!