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What is Serenissima?
Serenissima is an ancient Venetian word that means most peaceful and prosperous. Serenissima literally means "most peaceful" and we have come to see that it is one of the best equivalents of the word shalom in the Italian language. It was also the historic name of the 1100 year reign of the Venetian kingdom. This is significant because it is not only a powerful and popular word throughout the regions of northeast Italy, but it also embodies the concept of a prospering people. Therefore, Serenissima is often viewed as "the Italian dream" for the northern regions.
The mission of the Serenissima Ministries has been to show a new Serenissima which is embodied in the very person of Jesus Christ. He is our "shalom-kingdom", our Serenissima. Below, you are invited to see some of the highlights of the new Serenissima and the story that Jesus is writing through our lives and across this land. We call it, The Serenissima Story.
In this post, we share an interview with brother Jonathan Gilmore who leads the Impatto church-planting network for Italy. Serenissima is a part of Impatto, so Rob and Jonathan talk about how that relationship works and how Serenissima can contribute to the larger network as a whole.
Serenissima highlights Francesco & Stefania Lotito in this special video. The Lotito family was saved by grace here at Serenissima, and the Lord has been directing them into ministry. Check out the video and begin to pray for this new family.
A brief interview highlighting our new church plant, La Quercia (the Oak), in the town of Azzano Decimo.
This is a video interview with our dear brother, pastor, and church planter in Trieste, Elio Vannelli. Learn about and pray for the Vannellis and the church in this fascinating city of Italia.
In April of 2018, Serenissima commissioned a precious family to open a new church in the town of Azzano Decimo in northeast Italy. Here is a brief profile of the Tartari family and their heart for church planting.
A video interview with our Ghanaian pastor and planter, Samuel Annobil, who ministers in the city of Bergamo, Italia.
Here is a special overview and praise report with pictures of Serenissima’s baptism Sunday on July 29.
In this update, we share how the grace of God has changed the life of an Italian brother. Share in our praise to God as we recount the story of his baptism day.
Here is an update about what happens when Christ’s love, newly arrived immigrants, and dentists meet for the first time.