• The C4I Italy team with Rev. Willem Glashouwer and Marianne Glashouwer

C4I Italy’s 10th Anniversary

Chiara Canciani - 9 August 2021

“Till now the Lord has helped us”. Using the same words as the prophet Samuel, the Christians for Israel Italy team, give thanks to the Lord for His faithfulness during the past 10 years. At our opening Marie-Louise Weissenböck, Christians for Israel Regional Director Europe, said in her opening message: “we were full of plans and dreams”. We have realised many of those plans and dreams with God’s help and grace. Over the past 10 years we saw the C4I-Italy team grow, especially with young people and students.

On 3 July 2021, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of C4I Italy in Verona. After a long period of lockdown, it was the first event we had in person. The celebration started with music and songs including the national anthems of both Israel and Italy, to remind us that Italy should walk and stand with Israel. Then we had three sessions of teaching from Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer explaining in a profound and Bible-based way, “Why Israel?”, “Why Jerusalem?” and “Why End Times?”. Violin’s music by Maestro Gianni Cardillo accompanied us during the celebrations which ended, like every birthday party, by cutting the cake and with a L’Chaim toast.

Rev Willem Glashouwer teaching with Chiara Canciani translating

Christians for Israel Italy was founded ten years ago, by Edda Fogarollo, Chiara Canciani, Teresa Mollo together with Rev Willem Glashouwer as Honorary President. We worked in an uncultivated Italian land during these years, where there was no teaching, no knowledge of Israel, and nobody knew about the Christians for Israel movement. We have sown, irrigated the soil, travelled the length and breadth of Italy, touching almost all regions, teaching in schools, churches, and education institutes to bring the Biblical message and to fight anti-Semitism in all forms.

We believe that there is an excellent harvest after this time of sowing, and we believe that the Italian desert will flourish as we will continue what the prophet Isaiah said: “Comfort, comfort my people” (Isaiah 40:1)

With our hearts full of gratitude and thankfulness, we thank God for what He has done, and we thank our precious Christians for Israel family who supported us.


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