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To Make Him Famous (Part 5)

I have started to write this post multiple times, and every time I come back to it, I just can’t do it. I know I left you all hanging on the Italy portion of our trip. And I know that I need to just write this part and get it overwith. But here’s the thing…

I loved Italy. I loved spending time with Keith and Debby and their sweet kiddos. In some way that I can’t even articulate, our time in Italy changed me.

So maybe part of me hesitates to write this post, because once it’s over…well, then it’s over. And the part of the trip that changed me – that part is not really “over” yet.

So, let’s try to do this…again. *Deep breath.*

We landed in Milan on Saturday, October 23, and were greeted at the airport by our aforementioned missionary friend, Keith. As we stepped outside (mere moments before we walked right by a Maserati, by the way), we realized that Milan was MUCH cooler than Halkidiki, Greece. Whoops. Maybe next time we take an international trip, I’ll try to check the weather first. Duh.

When we arrived at their home, we were welcomed by Debby and their three kiddos, whom I adore…

The next morning, we had the privilege of attending church, held in Keith and Debby’s home. The entire service was in Italian, so Debby translated parts of it for me. Luke was able to play guitar with an Italian believer named Orazio, and that was a good connect for him.

We also attended an international church service that evening, and were able to help with their music ministry.

The next day, we got another taste of everyday missionary life as Luke and I accompanied Keith to a neighborhood of apartments that would be considered the “projects.” There we were able to distribute about 750 fliers sharing the Good News of Christ.

That evening (Monday), we went with the whole family to downtown Milan for a little bit of sightseeing. It was beautiful. We perused an old castle, walked through the streets of old buildings, and tried our first bites of gelato.

Quite possibly the most amazing building I’ve ever been inside is the Duomo. It’s a huge cathedral in Milan…So incredibly ornate and beautiful, and yet so incredibly sad when you see people lighting candles for their deceased relatives and praying to the saints. Italy, though steeped in religious tradition, is a very dark place.

(Please note that I’m leaving out gajillions of pictures I could be sharing, in the interest of keeping it reasonably short-ish. If you need to see more, let me know. My computer is gurgling-full with them.)

The next day, Tuesday, we enjoyed a day at Lake Como. One word – BEAUTIFUL! We walked around the lake, and then took the “Funicolare” (i.e. cable train) up the side of the mountain and had a picnic at the top.

That evening, we helped teach a group of Italians in an English class. It was a fun experience! The four students we were working with were already fairly fluent and able to hold a conversation in English. It was fun to be involved in that arm of Keith and Debby’s ministry as well.

Maybe one of the coolest parts of being in Italy (besides getting to know one amazing family…and besides the coffee…oh, the coffee…) was just seeing the day-to-day life of a missionary. And then catching the vision for their work. They have a strong desire to see Christ’s gospel spread to the people of Italy.

It was sad to leave Milan, not knowing if or when we’ll ever be back. But it was really, really, really, SUPER great to come back to these precious ones…


  1. I pushed the “like” button a bazillion times, it finally worked. I think my left mouse button is dying.

    I loved this post. Thank you for taking the time to write and re-write. I am so glad you were able to take this amazing trip – a trip of a lifetime. Your children were fine! They loved their different sitters. But, no one takes care of them like their own mother! We are glad you are back, safe and sound, and have memories that will last forever.

  2. Great post, Lacey! I’m so glad you were able to go on this trip!

  3. They had T-SHIRTS! Aaahhh, that’s adorable!!!!!!!!

    Ok, got that outta my system…cuteness overload, gracious.

    WOW, awesome stuff. You guys got to see parts of Italy I wish we could have covered (the non-touristy, gritty, meet-real-Italian-people stuff!). But I do remember that church! What a building! It was amazing. And I do miss the ice cream. Mm mm.

    Did your experiences make you think you might try short term missions again? Or even longer stints? Or did it just help to show you how to make a difference where you’re at?

    I’ve heard many people say short term missions should be a requirement for believers, just to open our eyes to the rest of the world and to refresh our spiritual walk. It makes me want to try a trip with Tobin sometime. Our current church is very active in missions, but we are leaving so soon, I imagine it would have to wait until Louisiana.

    Love you guys, thanks for sharing your hearts with us! Maybe you can bring some of those pictures along with you in December so T & I can see them!

  4. You need the funicolare song!

    Play the MIDI. You know the song.

  5. I just wanted to say how proud I am of you for trusting the Lord enough to leave your kiddos and do this trip. That was a huge step of faith!! I’m so glad you were able to go to Italy, was it living with the missionaries that really touched you the most?

  6. Erin – I would definitely be open to more missions trips, short or long-term. Whatever God has in mind for us. You and Tobin should definitely try to take a trip together sometime. There’s just something about serving together that brings togetherness in a marriage. Of course, everyday serving in the church can do that, too. And we’ll try our best to remember to bring pictures to our Christmas gathering! (I’m sure Luke will bring his laptop.)

    Dad – That’s hilarious! I never knew what that song was about! You are a genius.

    Chae – Thank you! It was definitely a big step for me to leave the kids. It’s hard to pin down what touched me the most, but being up-close-and-personal with the missionaries was definitely one of the greatest aspects of the trip! I knew before that missionaries are real people (not necessarily Super-Christians), but this trip definitely made that more clear to me.

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