Street Preaching Politeama, Palermo
Dear Pastors and Faithful Brethren,
Thank you for your continued prayers for us and the Lord’s work in Palermo. Your labor together with us is an encouragement and we wish it also to bring glory to God. The first Sunday in October was our 2nd anniversary of the church and also the ordination service for Bro. Chris Tolentino. We had a good turnout with several first time visitors. Bro. Chris has had previous Bible training, is a street preacher, a soul winner, and along with his family well meets the qualifications for bishops and deacons laid out in scripture. He is filling the position of Assistant Pastor in the church and is currently teaching the adult Sunday school. Eight men including myself took a trip to the city of Agri-gento to meet up with Jeff, a Nigerian brother who was previously in our church but had to transfer for work. We did street preaching and gospel tract distribution there with no remarkable events. Tracts were well received and we hope to be able to do this on a somewhat regular basis. Jeff is there without a church and needs fellowship. As most every where on the island, any non Catholic church is usually Pentecostal. Pray for Bro. Jeff and for a work to begin there. There is a large population of Africans in Agrigento who are fluent in English. Bro. Stefano Petraglia is here with us again from NYC. Believing that the Lord has a future for him in Sicily, he stepped out on faith for a 3 month stay. He left a good job, a thriving ministry that he had at his job, home church, family, etc.
Pray for the Lord to direct his time here as well as his future steps. I am in the process of applying for permits to have our litera-ture tables set up at the University of Palermo and also at the central bus terminal. Pray for divine appointments, open hearts, and doors of utterance.
Prayer Requestes For Faithfulness: The Maurizio Capizzi family, the Alessandro Manfrè Family, the Zaldi Govington Family, Bro Stefano Petraglia for direction.
We always thank each one of you for your prayers and faithfulness!!
Bro. Sal Galioto and my dear Family Heb. 12:1-3
Street Preaching Agrigento
Dear Pastors and Brethren,
Thank you for your prayers and labor with us. As summer comes to a close we look forward to the things that the fall brings. The month of August is usually a slower month as most stores and businesses have half days and a week or two off. Things shift down into a lower gear as people take time off their jobs and usual schedules for vacation time. We finished up the Bible Institute at the end of July and will be picking that back up again later in the fall. We have continued the literature tables on most Tuesday mornings and every Friday evening and the street work has continued throughout the summer every Sunday evening. We still have liberty to pass out tracts and preach, almost always there are some who have genuine questions and there are good doors to give the gospel. Our group, being multi cultural, speak several different languages, and so there is always preaching in Italian and English and Filipino. Brother June who is one the more reserved side, preached for the first time recently in Tagalog, John 3:16. There are enough Filipinos walking around the piazza so it was a good step for him and them.
Mary and her granddaughter Naomi (Nigerians) were witnessed to about a year ago and then we did not see them until they recently showed up on a Sunday morning for church. Mary got saved that Sunday and then the following Thursday Naomi was saved. There are some difficult circumstances in their lives and we are working with Naomi especially who they were ready to ship back to Nigeria because of behavior problems. Friends and relatives were all convinced that she "has a demon" because of her wild behavior and also a repeated nightly "apparition" of a spirit who was telling her that according to Naomi's words "she was in bondage forever". This would throw her into a wild yelling and thrashing about until the spirit took her voice away and she would fall asleep. Since she has gotten saved, she has not had one episode and there has been a big improvement in behavior. Pray for her and her grandma who is grateful for what is happening.
Francesca Cali went home with the Lord in early July. She had gotten saved just a couple months before she died. We went to the visiting hours at the house and all the family was there. Continue to pray for them for salvation.
Brother Chris Tolentino took the position of Assistant Pastor. There was an ordination service for him on September 15th and I invited Brother Jamie Homan, Missionary in Rome area, to be part of the ordination service. Pray for Brother Chris and his wife Rowena and their son Jacob as he steps into this new position.
The Church will celebrate it's second anniversary on October 6. Brother Chris will be preaching the service and we are praying that it will be a good opportunity for visitors and those who are on the fringes. Pray for this special Sunday.
Brother Stefano Pictraglia from First Bible Church in Staten Island will be spending 3 months with us in helping in the ministries here in Palermo, please be in prayer on what the Holy Spirit will have him to do for his future.
Then on October 8, me and my wife and our son Giacomo will be flying to the U.S. for a brief stay where we will attend to some family needs, namely situating Giacomo with Pastor Joe Silvestri of Wooster Bible Church, Wooster, OH. There Giacomo will be working , getting his drivers license and being a part of the church there. Please be in prayer also for Giacomo on what the Holy Spirit will have him to do for his future.
We always thank God for each one of you for your prayers and faithfulness!!
Brother Sal Galioto and My dear Family Hebrews 12:1-3
Dear Pastors and Brethren in Christ,
Thanks to all those who’ve prayed for the work in Palermo the past couple of months. Besides the Missions Conference, 12 have gotten saved and 7 baptized. The Missions Conference was a good charge for the church. We had started faith promise giving right after the New Year and the conference was a practical follow up. Four missionaries presented their work and preached and we are currently able to support one of them, which is a good start for our group. We hope to add to this with time as the church and saints grow. Antonia and Yoli received Christ as their Savior after Bro. Chris gave them the gospel during our street work. Giacomo led two young men to the Lord over the past couple of weeks named Fabrizio and Christian. A dying Filippino man named Juanito called upon the Lord to save him when Bro. Chris and I made a house visit. He since has returned to the Philippines and last we heard he was in his last stages. It was a blessing to see the peace that he had after he got saved. When we arrived at his house, he was agitated and disturbed. The family was also greatful and told us the door was open for us to come back. An Italian woman Sandra mentioned in our last letter who had gotten saved has been faithful in all the ministries of the church. Her mother Francesca was dying of cancer and my wife had gone to visit her in their home. Several of Sandra’s siblings were there and Janet had a very good open door with them. Francesca was ready to be saved and two of Sandra’s sisters named Sabina and Stefania also understood the gospel and called upon the name of the Lord for salvation. Janet was talking with the women, but there were several men present who I have since met and have been to church and need to be saved. Pray for Salvo, Rosario and Giuseppe. Immediately after she was saved, Francesca had to be hospitalized as she was in the last stages of cancer and the doctors told the family there was no hope and that even chemotherapy was no longer possible. She was no longer able to eat or eliminate because of a large tumor that had completely blocked off her colon. She had a tube in her nose for intestinal matter to drain out because of continuous vomiting, and also a tube feed and a couple of other tubes. A lot of praying was going on for her and she took a turn for better which the doctors could give no explanation for. She began to eat and eliminate and was able to have all the tubes removed and released from the hospital. Tests showed that their was improvement to the point that she could have chemo and she just started those treatments. This has been a great testimony to the family. Pray also for her other children, Massimo, Marcello and Alessia. Francesca had told her daughter that as soon as she got out of the hospital she wanted to come to church. She has been twice now, just this past Sunday to see her daughter Sandra get baptized. Sandra’s husband Sandro has been coming to church for awhile now and just listening. He has also been coming out with his wife to our street work and just watching. Two weeks ago after witnessing the Gay Pride parade going on in the street below his apartment, he told me with tears in his eyes that he had seen it all and was ready to get saved. He had understood the gospel and what he needed to do for awhile but somehow seeing that corruption brought him the conviction that he needed. During the Gay Pride parade, we were unknowingly directly across the street from where Sandro and Sandra live in an apartment full of Filippinos. We had been invited to the home of Zaldi and Rely, a couple who attend our church, to have a meal and give a gospel presentation to the friends and family they had invited. As I was going through the Scriptures, the windows were literally rattling from the music and riot. It reminded us of the sodomites in Sodom and Gomorrah pounding on the doors. After the gospel message I gave an invitation and three people got saved, Zaldi, Rely and Joji Pray for the growth of these and also for the salvation of Joji’s husband who we plan to visit again. Salvo, Rosi, Sandro, Sandra, Nenette, Sharon and Jacob all were baptized this past Sunday. It was a good service and we had lost visitors attend. Pray for a woman named Maria who came to the church a second time to talk, she has been studying with the JW’s for a year but is still not convinced and is confused. Pray for Stefania, the neice of Mauirizio and Rosi who we got to give the gospel to while visiting in their home. Pray for Francesco Greco who I had another open door with and he willingly took the tract after we talked. Pray for a young woman named Illuminata who showed up at church and could not stay because she was in a hurry to an appointment, but she took some tracts and gospel literature and said she was searching for the truth and would come back some time. Her name means "Illuminated", pray that she will truly be illuminated and be saved. We have started the literature table again, one in an older section of Palermo on Friday evenings and one on Tuesday mornings at the Central Station. Pray for a man named Michele that we witnessed to. Pray for a "deist" named Eliseo who has come to the piazza to listen and ask questions. Pray for Emanuela, Nirma, Tindara and Giovanna who my wife has had open doors with. We thank you brethren for your great help in the work here. We know that many of you are praying and pulling the load with us and we appreciate it and give thanks to our Heavenly Father. We thank you brethren for your great help in the work here. We always thank each for each one of you for your prayers and faithfulness!!
Bro. Sal Galioto, Heb. 12:1-3
Greetings Pastors and Faithful Brethren Palermo 05-07, 2013
Thank you for your effectual prayers for us and the Lord’s work here. Prayer is the real work and we are thankful for those especially who pray for the people that we mention in our letters. We have asked prayer for Sandro and Sandra, a couple that we met over a year ago while preaching at the piazza.
Since our last letter my wife reencountered Sandra while walking in the city and invited her to church. She came for the first time on Tuesday evening during Bible class, and since then she has been in church every Tuesday, Thursday and
Sunday. Two weeks ago after our Thursday midweek service she prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her Savior and is faithfully reading the Bible and doing discipleship lessons. She told the church that she has finally found what she has been searching for the last three years. When we met them the first time at the piazza they stood and listened to the preaching and then took tracts. She told my wife that that evening she had actually prayed the prayer on the back of the tract but she did not contact us. Her husband Sandro has noticed the change in her and is encouraging her to continue to come to church. She has a great burden for him to be saved and it seems that he is not far off. Pray also for her mother Francesca Calì who is in the last stages of cancer. Sandra is concerned about her mother’s soul and we are trying to work out a time to visit her and give her the gospel. Please pray for these different people.
The church took a trip to Siracusa, we filled a Greyhound style bus to near capacity as our church family had also invited visitors. We had a good day of sight seeing and then preaching and passing out tracts in the center of the city. On the bus ride home, a young Filipino man named RapMolen was saved. He is currently back in the Philippines. Pray for his growth.
A young teenage boy named Jasper was saved after Giacomo’s Sunday school class. Pray for his spiritual growth and church attendance.
The Capizzi family brought a family friend to church, a young woman named Egle. She has visited on several occasions but on the last time during a mid week service, she began crying during the opening song and then did not make it through the preaching. Rosi Capizzi asked my wife to take her out of the service and talk with her about salvation. They had already been witnessing to her and so she was ready to call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save her. After going through the scriptures again, Egle accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. When her parents found out, they were upset with what had happened and called the Capizzi’s and let them know that they did not want their daughter to be involved with our church. Egle is nearly 18 and still lives at home and so for now she is not able to have contact with us. Pray for her and that in due time she will be able to come around.
Bro. Maurizio and I made a visit in the hospital to a dying man named Piero. He was in a coma state and his family was present. I preached the gospel to them and gave them my testimony. The family was thankful and wanted to hear more again in the future. Since then, Piero passed away and we are planning another visit to this family. Pray for them, I do not even know their last name, but it is the family of Piero.
I had another chance with Signor Francesco Valentini who is also dying. He claims to be an atheist. I have witnessed to him in the past and this time he took a booklet which gives a thorough presentation of the gospel. Pray for him. Another dying man who needs prayer is Giovanni Spera. His daughter Ina is an old neighbor of ours and she called to tells us that her father is terrorized with the thought of dying. Ina herself is still not saved and knows it. The other family members are hindering the way for me to visit with him. Pray also about this.
Rosi, Salvo and Rita are requesting baptism. They are currently working on discipleship lessons. Pray for them. Rita’s husband Jerome is not saved and we are praying for him.
We have started a weekly youth night on Fridays. There are not many young people yet but the small handful are faithful to meet each week for singing, Bible devotion, prayer, and fellowship. There are other young people in the picture who do not attend for one reason or another. Please pray for them.
Pray for a new family that has been attending, Oscar and Rely Gomintong and their daughter Riziel. As far as we know, they are not saved. They come every Sunday.
I presented a letter to Judge Randazzo who is handling the case of Kelvin Malvar, a young boy of a family in the Church. Without going into a lot of details, pray that the letter will be well received and that Kelvin will be returned to the care of his parents.
Lastly, our first Missions Conference is coming up May 16-19. We have 4 missionaries coming to present their work, Jamie Homan, missionary in Rome Italy, Bryant Frattalone, missionary to Sicily, Joshua Leib, missionary to Sicily, and Joel Hauser, missionary to Germany. The church is busy making preparations. We would appreciate your prayers for the conference. Pray for the attendance as many in the church have busy work schedules.
The family is well. We look forward to seeing our two married daughters with their husbands here for the missions conference. Joshua and Priscilla will have their two baby daughters with them and Joel and Graziella are expecting their first child next fall. The rest at home are finishing up their school year.
We thank each for each one of you for your prayers and faithfulness!!
Bro. Sal Galioto, Heb. 12:1-3
Greetings Pastors and Faithful Brethren, Happy New Year in Christ Jesus our Lord, Palermo, 3-11-13
During the past two months a lot has gone on and here are some of the main highlights. There have been five saved in our church services and one assurance of salvation made. Eliano, Derek and Dario were saved on different Sundays. They are young teenagers and have been faithful to attend church and also the theology class on Tuesday nights. Pray particularly for Eliano as shortly after his conversion his mother had to be disciplined out of the church for an extra marital relationship. Pray for Sis. A’s repentance and return to the Lord and also for Eliano that he will continue to come to church and grow. Leslie came forward to reassure her salvation and is going through some follow up Bible studies. Salvo Capizzi was saved a couple of weeks ago and had been attending church with his parents for the past couple of months. He is 19 yrs. old and made a serious confession and profession of his faith. Before he was saved, of his own choosing he removed his earrings. He then left his gang of friends and also his steady girlfriend of two years because he did not want to be distracted. This was done all on his own. Shortly after that he knelt down with me in my office and received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. He and and his family continue to be faithful in church, Theology class and also come with us for street preaching on Sunday evenings. Maurizio and Rosi had gotten saved years before both coming out of a serious mafia background. They had been faithful in a Mennonite church but were not in agreement with the doctrines of the church. They sort of floundered for a while and then met us last fall on the street while evangelizing. Right after the new year they began attending and have been in every service and activity. It was their heart’s desire to see their son Salvo get saved. Pray for this family. Another great blessing for our church was the salvation of Nenette this past Sunday. Her husband Alan had gotten saved last year through the ministry of the church and has been faithful in all services, discipleship and street work. His wife had been in an adulteress relationship for the past 6 years and after Alan was saved my wife and I made several visits to their home trying to win Nenette to the Lord. She was not ready to get saved but continued to attend church infrequently. We can only just praise the Lord for the amazing grace and patience that he gave to Bro. Alan to continue to care for her and love her. The whole church knew of her relationship and she knew that everyone knew. The sisters of the church continued to show love and kindness to her and all of this over time softened her heart. A couple of months ago she cut off the relationship she was in and began attending church very regularly with her husband. Then this past Sunday I was led of the Lord to preach on the woman of Samaria at the well and during the invitation my wife asked her if she was ready to get saved and she replied "very much so, I have been waiting for someone to lead me". She then went to the altar broke down and cried her heart out asking the Lord to save her. Basically the whole church was in tears to see her so broken. She was so very thankful for her salvation and loves much because she has been forgiven much. We have asked for prayer for her in our other letters and so those of you who have been praying can rejoice in the fruit of your labors with us for the salvation of Nenette. Pray for their daughter Lyka who is 16 and attends church but needs to be saved. We have another Italian family who have been joining us for our midweek service and also street meetings. Cosimo and Daniela Sabato with their two children Cristina and GianLuca. They have been a blessing and we pray that the Lord will meet their spiritual needs. Cosimo lost his job with Enel which is Italy’s main electric company. He has a family to feed and so is greatly burdened with this need. Please pray for this. Brother Stefano Petraglia has been visiting with us from First Bible, Pastor Mike Veach in Staten Island, NY. This is his third con-secutive visit over the past three years and each time he has been a great blessing to our family and the ministry by participating and also ministering the Word of God. He preached twice in church and also publically at Piazza Politeama with Samuele translating. We also took a trip to my native city of Termini where we had a cook out with my cousin out at his country house and then preached publically at the belvedere, sang and passed out tracts. The belvedere is a piazza at a high altitude that overlooks the lower part of the city and the sea and is a popular place for people to walk or just hang around. Brother Steven came with us, he’s black and he preaches up a storm. This was also the first time for me to preach publically in my native city and I met up with some relatives who said they were glad to see what we were doing. As the Lord wills, I hope to have more opportunities to evangelize in Termini. The church had a Faith Promise Sunday on February. All the messages prior to that from the beginning of the New Year were around the teaching of faithfulness, both God toward us and us toward God. On that Sunday we had good start pledged monthly for missions. May 16-19 is our mission’s conference and we have at least three missionaries who will be presenting their work and preaching the Word of God. As the Lord leads these missionaries will be taken on for monthly support. We appreciate your prayers for this. Several from the church took a trip up to the mountains to see the snow. The young people had a great time throwing snowballs and building snowmen. On April 1 the church is planning a trip to Siracusa (Syracuse where the apostle Paul landed and more than likely preached). We plan to preach publically and distribute tracts, do some sightseeing and also visit a handful of Filippino brethren who are meeting together but have no pastor. Please pray about this trip.
Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus our Lord, happy new year in
Christ our Savior:
We have just come out of a busy time, as it is for most everyone at this time of year. Besides our usual street work we did some Christmas caroling. We noticed that there was increased indifference from last year. Normally at Christmas time there is a little more sensitivity to spiritual things but there is no room for Christ more and more. Besides the energy saving Christmas tree that was illuminated by a series of pedaled bicycles, the traditional hymns about the birth of Christ were blaring to techno music. That prompted the Christmas caroling to include some preaching. We were reminded of Noah and how foolish his work and message seemed to those around him. We still believe that "where the word of a king is, there is power" Eccl. 8:4 and that the gospel continues to be
"the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth" Rom.1:16, and that it is "the foolishness of preaching" I Cor. 2:21 whereby we are saved. Pray for fruit from the tracts, preaching and singing. The church organized and performed a Christmas Cantata which included scripture readings in between the songs and a
gospel presentation at the end, followed by a dinner. We had many visitors that evening and continue to pray for those that heard the gospel. A special afternoon was held at the church by my wife and the sisters of the church for children where they heard the story of Christ’s birth, the gospel message and had other activities. There was also a good turnout for that. Please pray for fruit from these outreaches. The height of activity happened at the end of the year, on Sunday December 30, our daughter Graziella was married to Joel Hauser,
missionary to Germany. Joel had come for a three week visit and there was originally a May wedding planned. Because of Joel’s preaching schedule and the fact of living overseas, they were willing to forgo a more involved wedding and it we concluded that there was no reason to wait until May. There were not going to be any relatives from either of their sides able to attend the wedding in May. Joel is on full time deputation, so once married they would be getting back to his meetings. Graziella has lived on the road several times between our
deputation and furloughs so she is already used to this kind of lifestyle and was ready to join him not only in marriage but also in his calling. They had a simple wedding at the church among our church family and the brothers and sisters all pulled together to make the event special. They had a week of honeymoon here and then flew out to the US on January 7 to Wisconsin where they will spend time with his family and have a reception there. On that same day, our second grandchild was born, Elizabeth Faith Leib. Joshua and Priscilla
called us about ten minutes before the wedding ceremony began with the news. They are off the road for a couple of months and then will pick up their deputation again. We had a two day preaching services over the New Year where several men in the church were given an opportunity to preach and also to pray in the New Year. All went well except that during one of the services some street kids threw an M-80 into the building through the partially opened door. Thankfully it landed on the floor a few feet from the pulpit and not on anyone
or in between the seating. It shook the place, but no one was hurt. Several of our men chased them down on foot and they were detained until the police came. Also recently one of our young people was held at knife point and robbed of his brand new cell phone. He had just left the church after our midweek service. He ran back to the church shaken and in tears. Pray for Arnel, he is 12 years old and shows real potential for the Lord. This was a sobering event in his life and we pray that the Lord uses it to help him love the good and hate evil. Also recently a 4 year old boy of one of our people was molested. We need wisdom and protection to deal with these kinds of things, thank you for your prayers. The Lord continues to add to the church. We have Oliver, Joseph, Anju and Helen all coming faithfully as newcomers over the past couple of months. Theology class on
Tuesday night continues to go well with about 8 students. Pray for the situation with our church sign. Now that the holidays are over business picks back up and we hope to receive the permit soon to mount the sign. We’ve done some light remodeling inside the two buildings and are still waiting for permission to cut a door between them. One building is used as the auditorium and the other is used for classrooms, kitchen and fellowship area. We appreciate your prayers for this. Pray for the visitors who have been in our services that have heard the gospel and need to be saved. Lorenzo, Wernalita, Nenette, Sheila, Eliano, Cristina, and a handful of young people who come at times. Pray for the following people who have heard the gospel recently, our landlords: the Ciravolo and the Imburgia Families. At our recent business meeting the Church agreed to begin a faith promise missions for this year. Bro. Joel Hauser was the first missionary to present his work in our church and it was well received. Pray for this part of the church outreach. It was also decided to cho-ose the theme of faithfulness for a New Year’s goal. There are several objectives that we are aiming for such as faithfulness in Bible rea-ding, witnessing, giving, etc. Pray for our people that this will be a year of real growth in their lives. We are in the process of renewing our mailing list. To minimize postage expense, please send an email adress to: firstname.lastname@example.org
that we can send the prayer letter to. A hard copy can still be sent to those who would need one. We thank each of you for your prayers and faithfulness this past year and for all your labours with us in the year to come and also thank you for the Christmas gifts and cards and notes of encouragement that some sent.Bro. Sal Galioto, Heb. 12:1-3