On the recent earthquake in Italy

You put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

As you have known about the earthquake that yesterday hit Central Italy, I write to assure you that all the people of our church Filadelfia and the groups associated with it in Turin and Perugia are doing well. Also PCA missionary Mike Cuneo and the people of the church plant in Viterbo are well. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the area between the cities of Rieti and Ascoli, only 50 miles North of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region, which was badly hit by another earthquake seven years ago.

Even though we are grateful that our closest Christian friends are safe, we deeply grieve for another tragedy as we look at human suffering. And yet, our deepest mourning arises from the fact that very few Italians are looking to the hope of the gospel to find comfort in life and death. We therefore ask you to join us in prayer for the Italian people, asking God that in their sorrow they may find consolation in the God of all comfort.

And as we pray in this valley of tears, in the days of our earthly pilgrimage, let us receive assurance that God is keeping all of our tears in bottle, keeping record of them, in view of the day in which He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, when death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

With warm Christian greetings,
Pastor Andrea Ferrari.

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