TGC International Outreach is engaged in Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. We create Relief Projects by working with translators, publishers, and printers here in North America as well as overseas, and donate these resources through global missions networks. Through your generous gifts, these projects enable us to strengthen thousands of church leaders around the world.
This publishing project is being initiated in conjunction with ministry events in September of 2013. Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition and Chris Castaldo of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, will be teaching pastors and church-planters in several cities across Italy. Copies of this book will be distributed free to all who attend these events. Additionally, TGC International Outreach will put these into the hands of several networks of Gospel-centered church leaders.
Italy is often associated with the Roman Empire and yet this beautiful country is diverse with people and ethnic groups from all over Europe. This is the nation that gave the world so much in terms of art, culture, science, math, politics, and the Christian faith. Roman Catholicism ceased to be the official state religion in 1984 and all other religions and faiths have equal freedom under the laws of Italy. Many of the immigrants came to Italy to enjoy this freedom of religion. Despite the freedom of religion the Protestant Church has experienced very little growth. Part of this is due to the oppressive hand of the Catholic Church but also the shortage of mature Christian leaders who have not been influenced by corruption, wealth, and attitudes of complacency.
A sign of hope for the church is the birth of an interdenominational missionary movement seeking the training of pastors and saturation church planting in Italy and surrounding nations. Despite Italian’s reluctance to read, most Christian groups indicate that literature will be of great importance in the spread of the Gospel, reaching students, and the proper training of church leaders. The newer, smaller congregations are making a vast impact across the countryside of Italy. (Alliance for SCP, Operation World, pg. 364-68)
94% First Language Italian Speakers
98% Literacy Rate
* Statistics are from Operation World and IWS
Alpha & Omega is a "non-profit" organization that operates in cooperation with pastors of proved witness and experience of Italian and foreign reformed churches, that have helped to start its ministry. A&O’s main purpose is to make available good evangelical literature (old and new) in order to strengthen the faith of Italian believers and to provide theological instruction to pastors and church leaders. This because, as the Puritan Richard Baxter said: “a book is a sermon preached to the eye”! Since 1997 A&O has published titles on topics such as biographies, theological, historical, commentaries, pastoral ministry, counseling, puritans, devotionals, children, family, science and faith.
Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that exists to proclaim the gospel through publishing in order to, by God's grace:
Assist individual Christians and the church in growing in knowledge and understanding of the Christian life;
Bear witness to God's truth, beauty and holiness, and to the Lordship of Christ in every area of life;
Help bring men, women, and children to Christ as their Lord and Savior;
Glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in every way.