Thank you for a GREAT night!!

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We wanted to throw a party and you were the special guests!! If you were able to come and spend the evening with us last Saturday April 1st, we pray you enjoyed yourself.

By far, the biggest reason we wanted to get together, was to show our appreciation and communicate how grateful we are for your on-going partnership these last years in advancing The Gospel around the world. Thank you!!

We had the Proclaim band Mercy Street there, live visual artists, great food and desserts, video elements, times of sharing and even vision casting as to what our next 5-year term will look like. If that weren’t enough, God was faithful (as usual) in providing for some resources we needed, like some monthly support we had lost over the last 5-years and also for Bianca and Sofia’s tuition for the 2017-2018 school year. Praise Him!!

If you weren’t able make the evening, we know you still have our back! We missed you but we know timing and the business of life can get in the way.

Our departure time is not far away… early/mid June. There might still be some time to hang out before we leave. Just get in touch or we will try to get in touch with you!

For now, we are encouraged by the amazing community we have with so many great, gracious, generous and loving people like you!

Again…. Thank you for what you do for our family & The Kingdom of God and for your support in our missional calling. We are your hands, feet, eyes and ears in a world that needs reconciliation with God thru our Lord Jesus Christ!

May you be blessed richly and abundantly in Christ Jesus!!

Much love,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia 

Balkans Ministry Update & Your Invited!

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“The trip exceeded my expectations! This is my response when asked about how the ministry development trip to The Balkans went.

My colleague Branko and our brother Clayton traveled to Croatia for the Ima Nade Missions Conference and then climbed in the car for travel to Serbia, Macedonia and Albania. The meetings were very encouraging, fruitful and productive. God is most definitely opening doors for partnerships in The Balkans! We will continue to pray and seek God’s will for ministry together. However it looks like we will be working towards perhaps at least 2-different evangelistic campaigns in The Balkans in 2018.

By the numbers: * We logged over 3,000 kilometers (about 2,000 miles), * Had ten different meetings with potential pastors & partners in four different countries * Somewhere around 15 border crossings * We drank about 100 cups of coffee… each.

I would love to share more of the story of how God is moving thru us in the Balkans. Write me or next time you see me, ask me for more information or come to our event on April 1st! I’ll be sharing more then – See below!! I’d love to talk your ears off!!

May the peace of Christ be with you!!

Blessings, steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

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Your Invited… To our “Sending Celebration and Partner Raising Event! Saturday April 1st, 5:30-8pm at Oak Hills Church in Folsom

Join Steve, Dawn, Bianca and Sofia Liberti for a fun and encouraging evening as we celebrate God’s goodness and prepare to return to our base of ministry in Germany this June. Dinner, dessert, live music, encouraging videos, a few surprises and childcare provided (under 7 years old). You will also have an opportunity to join our support team! It would mean so much to us for you to be there to send us off for our second term in the mission field.

Please RSVP by March 22nd to: dlibertigermany@yahoo.com (mailto:dlibertigermany@yahoo.com) or call 916-805-0187

Please Pray!!

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Please pray!!

We are asking for your prayers as Steve travels internationally for the next 2-weeks for ministry. Due to security reasons, we can’t tell you where he is going and what he will be up to. But, you can still pray for the team he is joining from November 1-14.

Please pray that everything we do to be in perfect alignment with God’s will. Please pray that thru us, God would reveal Himself to people who desperately need Jesus!

Please also pray for Dawn, Bianca and Sofia during Steve’s travels. Pray for Dawn as she juggles responsibilities that are normally shared. Pray that God would give the family a sense of peace, safety and security during this time.

Praise God that we have an opportunity to be salt & light in the lives of people who are trapped in a political and social context that limits religious freedoms.

Much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

 

Our contact info for the year is:

The Liberti Family
114 Sierra Woods Circle
Folsom, California 95630

Steve: 916-805-0798
Dawn: 916-805-0187

Current Upcoming Ministry:

Nov. 1-Nov. 14: Ministry in a closed country
Nov. 29-Dec. 8: Proclaim – Intl. Council and Annual Conference, Georgia
Feb. 2017: Advance trip to The Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo)
TBA: Multiple trips to Proclaim US office in Jacksonville Florida for training and special projects

Ongoing: Serving and working with partner churches, reporting to supporters, investing in and loving people, recruitment, special projects for Proclaim on West Coast etc.

Other Prayer Requests:

That Bianca and Sofia would forge new friendships this year and remain connected with friends they left in Germany.

That Dawn would be able to take the classes she needs to accept more bookkeeping duties with our mission Proclaim.

That Steve would be wise with the calendar and not overload himself or the family

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!

Where Are You Steve?

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She is not going to like this. She does not like her picture taken… sorry mom.

Everytime I called mom on the phone from Germany over the last five years, inevitably the first question she would ask would be, “where are you Steve?”

Not because she had forgotten I was in Germany, but rather it was because she was hoping for a specific response. She was hoping I’d say that I was in California and on my way to her apartment to come see her. It was a little game we played over the years. I disappointed her a lot… until now that is. Of course, we are in California and eager to see and spend time with her as much as possible over the course of our HMA year in America.

This is the biggest blessing about being in America for the year… re-connecting with family and friends. People are the most important gift God gives us in this earthly life.

Mary is 84 years young now, has slowed down significantly but remains in good health. She is a sweet, kind, gentle and quiet woman who rarely has anything negative to say about anything or anyone. She has a great relationship with Dawn and Bianca & Sofia love her a lot.

We’ve been through a lot together in life, lots of upheaval, family tragedy and what sometimes seems like more challenge than anything else.

Recently, Dawn’s mom Marilyn gave us a week away as a family in Monterey. We decided to bring Mary with us. It was a glorious time of hanging out, reminiscing, loving on each other and spending quality time together. Thank you again Marilyn!

We pray for mom often, about a lot of things… health, strength, peace, comfort and clarity of mind, but mostly for her salvation.

Mom remains a devout Jehovah’s Witness. She still goes door to door, does what they call “cart witnessing” and faithfully attends every meeting at the kingdom hall that is located across the street from her apartment. We have had many conversations about issues of faith but at this point we have agreed to disagree regarding the theology of her worldview and what it means to know, have relationship with and be a disciple of our Lord Jesus.

It’s really great to be so close to mom this year and to be able to visit with her face to face, give her plenty of hugs and tell her I love her.

However, June of 2017 will come soon enough and we’ll walk into the airplane after saying goodbye once again. When I’m by myself, I’m often very sad when I think about that day… it will come sooner than we think. I’m distraught that she is not walking with The Lord.

So, we pray for her salvation and that she would coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ. We continue to love her the best way we know how while we are together – right here and right now. We are grateful for your prayers.

Peace and grace to you and yours in abundance…

In Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Our contact info for the year is:

The Liberti Family
114 Sierra Woods Circle
Folsom, California 95630

Steve: 916-805-0798
Dawn: 916-805-0187

Current Upcoming Ministry:

Sept. 18: Missions Conference Lincoln
Sept. 22: NAB Missions Meeting
Sept. 24: Worship Team Training Davis
Nov. 3-18: Evangelism and Training Closed country in the Far East
Nov. 29-Dec. 8: Proclaim – Intl. Council and Annual Conference, Georgia
Feb. 2017: Advance trip to The Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo)
TBA: Multiple trips to Proclaim US office in Jacksonville Florida for training and special projects

Ongoing: Serving and working with partner churches, reporting to supporters, investing in and loving people, recruitment, special projects for Proclaim on West Coast etc.

Prayer Requests:

That Bianca and Sofia would forge new friendships this year and remain connected with friends they left in Germany.

That Dawn would be able to take the classes she needs to accept more bookkeeping duties with our mission Proclaim.

That Steve would be wise with the calendar and not overload himself or the family

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!

The Unbearable Pain of Regret

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I’ll never forget the look on the face of my father that day. We had just come from the funeral service and were doing what people do after a funeral… consoling one another and eating.

You could see the deep pain in my fathers face, the heartache and emotion that was swirling around inside him was unmistakeable. It was tearing him apart.

When I was 18 years old, we lost someone very dear in a boating accident… my sister Bianca. It was a tragic time in the history of our family. She was 21 years old and in the prime of her life.  She was kind, beautiful, witty and passionate about life & health. Our daughter Bianca is named after her.

I attended yet another funeral yesterday… actually, it was a celebration of a life well lived. The room was full of people sharing amazing stories about a wonderful woman who was such a blessing to so many. She was so kind, gentle and giving of herself and her time. She loved her family and her family so clearly loved her.

It’s at times like these when I believe The Holy Spirit prompts you to take an inventory of your own loved ones and family members, hopefully thinking about the relationship you have or don’t have with them. I felt the love in the room at this celebration on Wednesday and I pray that everyone there had a great, loving and beautiful relationship with this woman who had moved into eternity with God.

But sometimes relationships are broken and families are fragmented. There are times when relationships are not repairable or reconciliation is not possible. But at times, pride, ego and the messiness of life get in the way of loving the people we should love the most. We avoid people and family members, we don’t go to family functions… years can go by without any contact. We don’t speak to one another because of past experiences, trauma or drama. We allow our flesh to get in the way of reconciliation and redemption.

This is what happened to my father and his precious daughter Bianca. They had experienced relational issues in their life, big challenges particularly as my sister got older. She made decisions that my father didn’t approve of about many things, including her choices about who she was spending time with… her boyfriend.

Things got so bad, my father disowned her. I remember very clearly him saying, “your not my daughter anymore… your dead to me.” They didn’t speak for over a year.

Then my sister drowned… she was gone.

My father was left to live with the unbearable pain of regret. Filled with remorse about what could have been but what was now impossible.

He was never the same after that.

If we have learned anything in the last 5-years as a missionary serving overseas, it’s this; the people God has put in your life are the most important thing He could ever give you. No other earthly thing is more important than people and loving them well.

Make sure you let them know it – Make sure you tell them at every opportunity how much you love them, how much you mean to them and how precious they are to you. Don’t let pride get in the way of one minute of pouring yourself out for others. Don’t think that you have time to make that phone call, write that letter or make that visit later which could be a step towards mending a broken relationship. None of us are guaranteed another minute.

When Dawn and I or anyone else have asked our girls what they have missed about our life in Folsom or what they miss now about not being in Germany for the year, they have always responded with…”the people.” (We must have done something right)

We’ve missed you. Yes you. You who are reading this. You are precious to us and precious to God. We care about you and pray there is nothing in the way of us loving each other well.

God’s Word says:

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2&3

James Taylor sings these words – “Shower the people you love with love – show them the way that you feel – things are gonna be much better if you only will” (Please play this song at my life celebration when my days on earth are done.)

“What marriage would ever fail – What relationship would ever fail – If the husband, wife, friend, parent, child everyday of their life worked hard, with a sense of urgency, to wear the clothes of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, putting up with each other, loving each other?”
Pastor Kent Carlson

This is our prayer for you and ourselves – That at the end of our earthly lives we would not have to endure the sting of things left un-said or relationships left un-reconciled.

Don’t wait another minute. 

Peace and grace to you and yours in abundance…

In Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Our contact info for the year is:

The Liberti Family
114 Sierra Woods Circle
Folsom, California 95630

Steve: 916-805-0798
Dawn: 916-805-0187

Current Upcoming Ministry:

August 13 and 14: “Worship Expedition” Worship Team Training
Sept. 4: Five Church Outreach in Woodland
Sept. 18: Missions Conference Lincoln
Sept. 22: NAB Missions Meeting

Sept. 24: Worship Team Training Davis
Nov. 3-18: Evangelism and Training Closed country in the Far East
Nov. 29-Dec. 8: Proclaim – Intl. Council and Annual Conference, Georgia
Feb. 2017: Advance trip to The Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo)
TBA: Multiple trips to Proclaim US office in Jacksonville Florida for training and special projects

Ongoing: Serving and working with partner churches, reporting to supporters, investing in and loving people, recruitment, special projects for Proclaim on West Coast etc.

Prayer Requests: 

That Bianca and Sofia would forge new friendships this year and remain connected with friends they left in Germany.

That Dawn would be able to take the classes she needs to accept more bookkeeping duties with our mission Proclaim.

That Steve would be wise with the calendar and not overload himself or the family

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!

We’ve Arrived in California

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Our Home Assignment Year

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We’ve Arrived!

Just a quick note to let you all you that we made it to California!

Dawn arrived on Monday and Steve, Bianca & Sofia landed on Wednesday… We’re doing well – fighting a little jet lag but enjoying the California sun.

We’re staying at a good friends house in Folsom while we try to sort out housing for the year.

Still praying that as many of you as possible can come to our little party on June 25th… details below. Thanks to those who have already RSVP’d!

Here are our contact numbers that will be good for the year while we are in California:

Steve: 916-805-0798

Dawn: 916-805-0187

After a brief period of getting our wits about us, we’ll be seeking you all out to spend time together and begin our work we have while on assignment in the “Golden State”.

Thanking God for his provision of the community we have and enjoy with you!

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Please pray for Bianca and Sofia as they once again say goodbye to friends, familiarity and routine here in Germany
Please pray for Dawn as she deals with her motherly nesting instincts without having a known nest
Pray for ministry being planned for the far east – Steve will join this team in November
Please pray for Steve’s planned advance trip to Albania and other Balkan countries in early 2017
Please pray that we will be a blessing and encouragement to our friends, family and faithful supporters and supporting churches during our year in America

SAVE THE DATE!

SATURDAY JUNE 25TH…

We will arrive in California to begin our HMA year on June 14th. Shortly after that on June 25th, we are planning a get together… a first opportunity to hang out together and re-connect! And, if you are reading this e-mail, YOU ARE INVITED!

Here are the details:

When: Saturday June 25th 4-9pm

Where: Our friend Christine Jackson’s Home -108 Paine Court Folsom

Why: Hang out with The Liberti Family

What: Potluck BBQ – Burgers and Dogs provided –

Please bring a “ready to serve” side dish or dessert
Last Name “A-L” bring a side dish/salad   “M-Z” bring a sweet treat (all condiments, drinks, plates napkins etc. will be provided as well)

Who: You! Come and hang out a while or stay the whole time! Super excited to see you all!!!

Don’t forget your swim suits… Christine has a pool!!

Please RSVP by June 15th via e-mail to: dlibertigermany@yahoo.com  (we need to know how much meat and other stuff to have on hand)

Please consider blessing us by coming to this hang

out. We are super excited to see all the people who

have loved on us and who we love so much!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Other Prayer Requests: 

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our upcoming HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!

Prayer Request For Albania & Save The Date

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Discerning a Strong Leading Towards Ministry in Albania and The Balkans

These last months have been an intense time of reflection, assessment and thinking about what God has done in and through our family the last five years. As we reflect on the last evangelistic outreach to South Africa and prepare for our HMA year in America, thoughts and prayers turn to what the next five years will look like when we return to our German field assignment in mid 2017.

We will continue to devote much prayer, discussion and thought to this but it seems like God is leading us to pursue a smaller ministry focus. In Proclaim, I have the privilege of ministering all over the world. This is well and good. However, God has given me a heart for The Balkans and specifically Muslim people. I believe this is where God is leading us to focus the bulk of our ministry efforts.

During our HMA year in early 2017, I’m planning on an “advance” trip to Albania to come alongside national churches, identify new partners and re-kindle long standing partnerships and alliances there.

God led me to Albania for the first time in 2006 with Proclaim. I saw immediately that the church was in serious need of help with training and evangelism. I’ve had three opportunities in the past to minister in Albania and with every visit, I’ve felt closer and more connected to the church, it’s people and their zeal to reach the lost for Jesus. It’s easy to fall in love with people and that’s exactly what happened during my times of service there. God has given me a heart for this country including other areas in The Balkans along with a passion to reach Muslim peoples. Albania is 70% Muslim , 20% Albanian Orthodox and 10%  Roman Catholic.

Balkan countries include Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina. I’ve had the privilege of ministering in four of those six countries and I look forward to serving and helping our brothers and sisters in Christ proclaim The Gospel in this part of the world.

In a way, I’m picking up where my colleague and brother Bob Johnson left off, as he invested so much of his life in Albania, including starting a Bible school there. He is with The Lord now. When Bob and I meet in eternity, it will be great to share stories about the times we served together and how God used us in Albania.

Please pray with us for God’s clear direction regarding this ministry focus.

PS-Ask me sometime about the time Bob and I escaped a mob in downtown Tirana and how God turned a seemingly dangerous, impossible situation completely around… amazing!

SAVE THE DATE!

SATURDAY JUNE 25TH…

We will arrive in California to begin our HMA year on June 14th. Shortly after that on June 25th, we are planning a get together… a first opportunity to hang out together and re-connect! And, if you are reading this e-mail, YOU ARE INVITED!

Here are the details:

When: Saturday June 25th 4-9pm

Where: Our friend Christine Jackson’s Home -108 Paine Court Folsom

Why: Hang out with The Liberti Family

What: Potluck BBQ – Burgers and Dogs provided –

Please bring a “ready to serve” side dish or dessert
Last Name “A-L” bring a side dish/salad   “M-Z” bring a sweet treat (all condiments, drinks, plates napkins etc. will be provided as well)

Who: You! Come and hang out a while or stay the whole time! Super excited to see you all!!!

Don’t forget your swim suits… Christine has a pool!!

Please RSVP by June 15th via e-mail to: dlibertigermany@yahoo.com  (we need to know how much meat and other stuff to have on hand)

Please consider blessing us by coming to this hang out. We are super excited to see all the people who have loved on us and who we love so much!

With much love in Christ Jesus,

steve, dawn, bianca and sofia

Other Prayer Requests:

Please pray for people trapped in physical and spiritual poverty in South Africa.

Please pray for Jesus to be magnified and God to be glorified through the work he has for us!

Please pray for all the logistics surrounding our upcoming HMA Year.

Please pray for the thousands of refugees that continue to enter Europe, that Christians would be bold witnesses for Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry God has blessed us with!