The first morning in Bellaria, I went for a run and I kept wishing I had my camera with me. So this last day before leaving I went for a walk along the same route, this time with my camera. As I went, I snapped photos of things that caught my eye...that is, until my battery died about a quarter of the way into it. Oh well.
God, why do you allow all this pain and chaos in the world? Why me? Why do I get to be among those who can turn on the faucet at will and have clean drinking water anytime? Or can count on a roof over my head every night?
I spend most of my time wrapped up carefully in my middle-class American life, so the reality of how things really are hits hard when I choose to be faced with it.
We turned the corner onto the street where the church is. You can barely see a white sign hanging there on the left. Wow...what a location!
Yes, THIS is the stage. It was a little shocking to walk in and see it. But, Shaun and Brent had visited this church last year when they came to scope it out, so they already knew it would work...somehow.
The medical team was from a church in Florida and they came to give medical attention to the church members and to the homeless who are regularly served at the church.
The pastor and his wife have lived in Italy pastoring International Christian Fellowship for the last 10 years. They speak Italian and know the city well, so they were out tour guides for the evening.
We got bus passes and the pastor's wife put a healthy fear in us about the many thieves, mostly gypsies, who are master pick-pocketers and explained how to keep our valuables safe.
After a short, sandwiched! ride, we were in a hub of activity, full of beautiful buildings and cobbled streets.
Justin, our tour guide. He is a missionary in Italy and supports himself by giving tours. Highly recommend him!
These are the holy Sainted Steps, believed to be the stairs that Jesus climbed to see Pilate and still have blood stains. So holy, in fact, that if you climb them, it has to be on your knees. I opted for the stairs on the side that can be climbed in a more traditional manner.
Onto St. John Biscilica (the old Vatican)
As soon as we got back to the hotel, Shaun and Brent left to work at the church.