September 2019

With the arrival of September, a new season has begun here in Milan. Everyone has returned from their annual vacations in August, children will begin a new school year in the coming weeks, and we have recommenced our catechism service. Our church was completely full yesterday (Sep 1), with nearly all members in attendance plus some new and regular visitors. This coming Sunday I will conclude my series on the Psalms. It is truly amazing to see the gospel at work, even as it is preached by a minister with an American accent! God is good, and we are encouraged. 

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Michael Brown
July 2019

We are able to look back over the past eight months and see how the Lord had been very gracious to us through the ministry of his Word. We are delighted to see some fruit on the tree, as people are attentive to the preaching and regularly inviting others to worship. We are seeing more visitors, some who are attending to every week and beginning to participate in the life of the congregation. What a blessing to see our Lord make disciples through his Word and Spirit!

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Michael Brown
JUNE 2019

June has seen the arrival of Milan’s intense heat and humidity, but also several blessings from our gracious Heavenly Father who continues to sustain us with his mercy as his Word goes forth. We ask for your prayers on several matters of spiritual need…

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Michael Brown
MAY 2019

As always, Janie and I want to say thank you for your prayers, notes of encouragement, and financial support. The work load is immense and it always feels as if there are not enough hours in the week. Yet, the Lord is so faithful and continues to show us mercy. Preaching in a foreign language is, as one missionary put it, “hard and humbling”. But the salvation of sinners does not come through our gifts and abilities, but through the power of his gospel. All we need to do is be faithful with the time and opportunity that he has given us to make disciples of Jesus. Thank you for remembering us in your prayers!

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Michael Brown
APRIL 2019

It brings me great joy to report that the gospel ministry here in Milan continues to flourish by God’s grace. Services are well attended, the congregation is learning and memorizing the catechism, and we are regularly blessed with visitors and inquirers. Updates include:

  • Good Friday and Easter Services

  • Using Technology for the Spread of the Gospel

  • A Bittersweet Goodbye

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Michael Brown
MARCH 2019

In Italy, there is a common saying to describe the amount of 􀆟time and patience it takes to accomplish something important: “Pian piano.” Literally, it translates as “slowly, slowly.” But the expression is used to mean something more along the lines of, “Slowly but surely” or “In due 􀆟me.” I remember how my Italian teachers would use this expression whenever I lamented how I wanted to learn the language more quickly. They would usually smile with some appreciation for my zeal and simply say, “Pian piano.” In other words, “Just keep at it, and it will come. You can’t rush the process.”

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Michael Brown
JANUARY 2019

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, I had the honor of being installed by the Consistory of Chiesa Riformata Filadelfia (the Reformed church in Milan, Italy) as minister of the Word and sacraments. Using an Italian version of the URCNA form for installation, elder Vittorio Calderaro read the form and gave the charge to me and the congregation.

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Michael Brown
DECEMBER 2018

FINALMENTE! By God’s grace, we finally made it to Milan! This came only two days after I was installed at Escondido URC as a missionary. We arrived on November 21. The following Sunday, the congregation of Chiesa Riformata ‘Filadelfia,’ which I will be serving as their minister, warmly welcomed us with a fellowship meal and festivities.

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Michael Brown
NOVEMBER 2018

It’s been a long road to the mission field, but, by the grace of God, we are leaving on Tuesday, November 20. I have accepted a call from the Escondido United Reformed Church to be sent as their missionary serving in Milan, Italy.

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Michael Brown
AUGUST 2018

Little has changed since our last update. We continue to wait for the Italian Consulate to grant us visas so that we can leave for Italy and labor in the country. They have held our passports since May 15 and referred our application to Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has yet to make a decision. This caused us to miss our scheduled flight of July 9. We have a new flight scheduled for August 21, but we will need to receive our passports with the visa in order to board the plane. 


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Michael Brown
JUNE 2018

We ask everyone everywhere to pray. The Italian government is not generous when it comes to granting religious visas, especially to Protestant ministers from America who want to labor in a church that they (the Italian government) do not officially recognize. If the visa is delayed and/or denied, we will face some new uncertainties and challenges. 

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Michael Brown