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History of Reformation Christian Ministries in Italy

RCM first became interested in Italy in 1975 through a group in Canada that told of a Roman Catholic Archpriest who had converted to Christianity during a mass.  Newsletters were received, a few letters written, but not much came of it until twenty years later when RCM's director was contacted by the same group from Canada seeking assistance for their beleaguered colleague in Italy.  Within six months, contact was made with Dr. Franco Maggiotto and RCM became involved in seeking to assist him with his reformation plans by being the coordinator of those who prayed and assisted in his ministry in the U.S. and Canada. 

Through a series of events, additional contacts were made with the Modolo family of Vittorio Venetto area (north of Venice) who had providentially lived in Canada for about eight years during which time Giorgio Modolo (a former communist) converted to Christ along with his family.  They became close friends with the Poettckers, who some years later joined RCM.  (See History of RCM in Italy for more extensive information on this.)   Upon the Modolo's return to Italy, they raised their children in the Reformed faith despite the lack of Reformed churches in the country.  Visits with them brought contact between the Modolos in the east and Franco Maggiotto in the west of Italy, and eventually led to the marriage of Andrea Modolo  (son of Giorgio) who had completed law school and Piera, a member of Franco's church in 2004. 

Both Andrea and Giorgio have longed to be of service to the Lord in Italy, being native Italians, and so along with Franco Maggiotto, RCM sought to find ways in which it might help all these people who were committed to the Reformtion of Italy, to be used of the Lord to that end.  After moving to Turin and later Alpignano, Andrea began studying theology under Franco and began filling in for him in preaching either when he was out of town or ill.  In 2005, Franco developed Leukemia, and by December 2006, Franco went home to glory.

At this point in time, Andrea, along with some others from Franco's church, was asked to fill in for preaching there.   He then decided to enter into a serious pursuit of the pastoral ministry by studying through RCM's Reformation International Theological Seminary (RITS) under the mentorship of "uncle" Rudy Poettcker, who also is Dean of Studies for RITS.

At the same time, Giorgio decided that if he was ever going to see a Reformed church started in their area of Italy, it would have to start before he got too old.  So, they began what is now called Christ the King Reformed Church (Chiesa Riformata di Cristo Re) in Vittorio Venetto, with a small group of three families.

After the death of Franco Maggiotto, the Lord brought to the front plans that had been developing along side of the assistance that we sought to provide for Franco's ministry.  That has now developed into an extensive translation and website ministry which intends to be launched sometime by the first quarter of 2009 or before.  This website will include the Good News Bible Study in Italian, along with the Westminster Confessional standards and the Three Forms of Unity.   Its purpose will be to introduce the Reformed faith and the concept of Reformation (and important concern for many Italians) based upon a Christian foundation to Italians in their own language.  We have Bible courses that can be taken on-line and intend to have quite a few articles and resources available to them.  We intend to work as much as possible with any church that holds to the true Gospel (as defined by the historic Reformed confessions).