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Zach & Naomi Baliva
Zach & Naomi Baliva
Italy

family members/kids: Anthony

what country do you serve in?: Italy - working in Venice and the mainland known as Mestre

how many years have you been there?: We served in Rome from 2011-2013 and arrived in Mestre in July of 2019.

your job in 2 sentences or less: Our team's vision is to see the region of Mestre-Venice, Italy, a population of over 300,000, filled with transformed lives through the power of Jesus Christ, to the glory of God, by the planting of a network of Gospel Communities on Mission. We're also leveraging our skills and professional backgrounds in film, TV, and media to create content that will support and strengthen the church and reach Italians who haven't heard the gospel.

favorite book: Books that have recently shaped our vision and strategy include Letters to the Church by Francis Chan and Gospel Centered Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester.

favorite food from the country you serve in: Pasta, pizza, gelato, and seafood.

what do you love about your ministry? We often meet Italians who believe they have rejected the gospel when they've really never heard a full message about the freedom and unending life available to them through Jesus Christ alone. Watching as they grasp this concept and live within that freedom for the first time is a truly amazing experience.

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