"My prayer entering into my study abroad experience was that God would redefine my definition of "home" not as a place or feeling of comfort, but as wherever He calls me to be. Not only has that prayer become a reality, but I have grown in so many ways that were unforeseen to me. Witnessing the way the church is shockingly different here than at home has expanded my understanding of the body of Christ and caused me to see myself and the church in America in a new light."
"My time here has been amazing so far! I honestly have never experienced God's peace so tangibly and I have been learning so much about what it really looks like for me to depend solely on Him. Last week, we went to the catacombs with Leonardo and learned a lot of really disturbing things about the history of the church in Rome, which God used to speak to me personally in a big way so that was incredible :). Additionally, several things that I've learned about the church both past and present so far (both in various classes, from Valeria, and through experience) have blown my mind and changed the way I view the church (as in the people of God all around the world) as a whole."
"As it turns out, God is more ancient, powerful, intricate, and wild than I ever could've imagined or discovered from inside the box of my English-speaking comfort zone. For me, Italy was an adventure in leaving all other comforts behind and seeing what was possible with God alone."
"I came to this semester wanting to be challenged and stretched. So far, I’ve gotten what I came for, in more ways than I imagined! God is transforming how I see missions, the church, non-believers, and myself. The structure for most of these changes is taking place in the church history class. For the first time, I feel like I’m truly beginning to grasp what was going on in the struggle between the Catholic Church and the reformers and why it was significant."
"This semester in Rome - away from family, friends, and country - has stretched me in many ways. I learned to communicate with people from a different language and culture, learned to live with roommates from a different background and worldview, and was challenged to see a country filled with churches yet devoid of true spirituality. My eyes have been opened to the depth of human need, and the faithfulness of God to those who commit their lives to bring His message to people who otherwise have no hope."
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