I’m la Signora Sheila. Wife of 43 years, missionary, mom, and nonna to 9. Passionate about my family, Scripture, simple living, and creation care.
This blog was born out of my intense desire to become a woman after God’s own heart, one who pleases him in all things.
It is where I seek truth in his word, while learning to follow him with wholehearted faith, joy, and purpose. And I hope you’ll join me!
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My husband and I – that’s us in the photo above – married exactly one month after meeting for the first time, and our life together has been a truly adventurous blessing!
We have been missionaries in Italy over 30 years and blessed to serve in many capacities. We currently serve in our local church, while also endeavoring to establish bodies of believers in our small towns and share Christ’s love wherever we go.
We set out for Italy with basically nothing. Just two kids and eight suitcases. No support base, no income or money in the bank, no property or assets, and very little cash.
We’ve moved over 50 times, north to south and east to west, mostly in Italy. Even living in a tent, a tarantula-infested camper (shudder), and an old chicken coop, so cozy the chickens kept returning! We’ve gone without, been abundantly blessed, and learned countless lessons along the way. And most of all discovered that God has been, and continues to be, faithful every step of the way!
Where we live
We really live in two towns.
Our main town nestles in the foothills between the Adriatic Sea and mountains of Abruzzo (left image). A beautiful region, it is in many ways also poor and forgotten. Economically depressed, politically neglected, and often even omitted from weather reports on national TV! And most sad of all, mostly unreached with the liberating power of the Gospel. Abruzzo needs your prayers.
Our summer village and Hubby’s birthplace (on the right) is hidden away in the remote and lonely mountains of Salerno’s Cilento area. An extremely depressed area, with little work, few people, fewer amenities, and still fewer Bible-believing churches. Where the people, for the most part, feel abandoned, hopeless, and beyond forgotten. We go there to show that they are neither forgotten nor abandoned, and we covet your prayers for them.
Thank you for stopping by!
I hope that here you’ll find inspiration, encouragement, and peace – and will return often to enrich my journey. All journeys are better shared!
Please keep us and Italy in your prayers.
Images: Us in Rome (long ago) by our friend Maurizio. All others are my own.