June for us is a busy month. Hubby is busy finishing up his English classes. While I scurry about getting ready for our summer travels, as we usually visit and catch up with friends and churches. We’ll be traveling quite a bit this summer too, as usual. And I really wish you could join us!
A long to-do list to is probably why I goofed in post scheduling this week. Who Needs the Church? should have come out to today for Friday Faith. But anyway let’s get started…
First stop: the hometown
First stop, Hubby’s hometown in the beautiful Cilento National Park, near Salerno. Where we stay right in the home where he was born! Situated in an ancient village, surrounded by rugged and wild wilderness. And with such old-fashioned ways that it’s like taking a giant step back in time.
A Hidden Blessing
When our summer home was first given over into our care, we really didn’t want it. It just seemed like an unneccary burden, more to maintain, and extra expense. (Lord, please forgive our grumbling and complaints!)
For it has turned out to be one of our greatest blessings! Expenses are low, mostly because Italian property taxes are so reasonable – none at all on 1st homes! And quite reasonable on 2nd houses (except luxury homes). Utilities are the only real expense and also low because of not living there year round.
So we get a comfy summer-long holiday, nearly free! And right in the midst of the beautiful national park! But the greatest blessings we enjoy, other than catching up with long-time friends and neighbors, is the cool mountain air and almost total absence of mosquitos!! Thank you Lord!
We haven’t formulated an itinerary yet, but plan to travel north and visit one of the churches we helped plant in Sassuolo, Emilia Romagna. And then further north to Ethnos 360 Italia’s (formerly NTM) headquarters, as we serve with them in the capacity of pastoral care for missionaries. We are so grateful for this opportunity, and hoping to become more involved now that things are opening up!
We also hope to visit other Ethnos staff members along the way. And (I hope) take a side trip into the Aosta Valley region, which we’ve never visited. But best of all, we’ll be visiting churches (some for the 1st time), meeting up with old friends, and making new ones! We’ll try to keep you posted.
Reading and relaxation
In our summer village we always enjoy plenty of time for reading and study. In many ways, it’s become a spiritual retreat for us – and sometimes friends also get a chance to enjoy it with us.
Life can get so busy, what with work, church, and all. So in our lazy village afternoons we hope to study and read a lot. In preparation, I’ve been downloading Bible school materials and free pdfs from Free Classic Books.
More hidden blessings
Not that it’s all free, loafing time though! It’s also a catch-up time for spring cleaning, home maintenance, and cleaning our countryside land. So yes we are blessed, with both work and pleasure. And so many extra, hidden blessings that the Lord sends our way.
Like the year we got to minister in a church in Pozzuoli, near Naples! Called Puteoli in Scripture, the apostle Paul spent 7 days there. It’s so exciting going to Italy’s Bible places! Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Pozzuoli!!
The Lord is always blessing. But if we’re not careful, we might overlook them, like we almost did with our summer home. Because sometimes his blessings come in the most unlikely packaging! Hidden among things we may not see as blessings. How many of them do you miss?
Image credits: Package | Others are my own.