Just occasionally, it's worth thinking the unthinkable. Recently a minor earthquake occurred in Italy. Happily, this quake was entirely metaphorical and the disruption it will cause is almost wholly positive. The following report was written by Fiona Kendall, a staff member of the refugee ministry Mediterranean Hope, and Global Ministries mission co-worker jointly appointed with the Church of Scotland and the Methodist Church in Britain.Read more
Tragedies at sea, corridors to expand, laws to correct
Editorial by Paolo Naso, published in Avvenire (p.16, 3rd October 2020) On 3rd October 2013, a few miles from the coast of the Island of Lampedusa, a boat loaded with migrants from the Horn of Africa caught fire. One of the most tragic incidents in the history of Mediterranean migration, heightened by the images of coffins lined up in the airport hangar… Read more...Read more
From the churchyard to silence
La barca quasi integra dopo gli incendi del 5/6/2020, Foto di Elisa Biason The “Lo sguardo dalle frontiere” (A Look from the Border) editorial is written by operators of Mediterranean Hope (MH), the migrant project of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI). This week’s “Look” comes from Elisa Biason, a volunteer in Lampedusa. Read more....Read more
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 45:1-15
Prayers for Italy:
At times things seem bleak and we cannot fathom your purpose. Yet even painful experiences can strengthen us, reveal new truths and engender change. When Joseph was sold into slavery, things were desperate. Yet he was enabled to alter the lives of many, govern wisely, and bring healing and hope for all.
So we ask for confidence in your purpose and perseverance in our walk with you.
We pray that Italy’s leaders would act wisely in responding to COVID-19’s effects on the nation’s health and economy.
We pray for those in Italy who have shown strength of character, discipline, and concern for others, that they might continue to do so, keeping Italy safe and communities strong.
We pray for those on the margins, for whom hunger, homelessness, or exploitation are a reality. We pray for those arriving in small boats across the Mediterranean, exposed to danger, poverty, and hostility. We ask you to strengthen those working to uphold their right to claim asylum and their struggle for dignity.
May we not close our eyes to the needy nor, through our actions, perpetuate their vulnerability. In all that we do, may we change lives for the better.
“Regularising” Migrants Is A Social Duty
Rome (NEV), 5 May 2020 – A “warm welcome” comes from Paolo Naso, coordinator of Mediterranean Hope, refugee and migrant program of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, for the idea launched yesterday by Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova for wide scale regularization of migrants – 600,000, according to press reports. “Farmers have for years complained about a labor shortage, aggravated by the Covid-19 crisis,” he declares.… Read more.Read more
Coronavirus, First Funds from Methodist and Waldensian Churches Allocated
Rome (NEV CS/11), 22 April 2020 – Mediterranean Hope, in particular the initiative in Piana di Gioia Tauro, is among the projects to be allocated funds from the first tranche from the Methodist and Waldensian Churches for the Covid 19 emegency. So reads a note from the Waldensian Board. Read More...Read more
On 26th February this year, some of us chose to enter a period of discipline, known as Lent. We could not have foreseen that, thanks to the spread of Covid 19, discipline would in fact be required of so much of the world’s population in so short a space of time, nor that discipline would be required well beyond Easter, when Lent concluded.Read more
I understand that a number of you have been inquiring about what life is like for a mission co-worker in one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19.Read more
Mediterranean Hope (MH) is a project conceived by the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (FCEI). The project began in early 2014 as a response to the challenging situations of Mediterranean migrants. Many refugees are arriving from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East to the Italian coasts and in particular, the Italian island of Lampedusa.Read more
Written by Fiona Kendall, European and Legal Affairs Advisor, Mediterranean Hope
and Mission Co-Worker jointly appointed by Global Ministries and the Church of Scotland
As the world faces a new challenge, this seems an appropriate time to write to you all with an update on the work being carried out by Mediterranean Hope (MH) and how we are experiencing the current situation. Tough operational decisions have had to be made within a rapid time-frame. However, we remain committed to carrying out what work we can with due regard for the current health situation and attendant measures. [See below for ways to support these efforts.]Read more