A while has gone since my last newsletter in 2015, so I am pleased to update you about Montebrollo’s activities here in Bologna (Italy). The vegan cooking courses have continued to take place during this year 2016, with the presence of a very good vegan cook of Bologna. In one way it is more practical to have Davide live in the same city, on the other hand he is not an Adventist, so we miss the personal testimonies of Concetta and Leila while leading out their courses. My plan is to have them join us again in autumn 2016. And of course keep a friendship with Davide that can lead him to think that Christians aren’t after all so bad! (so many people here in Italy have a distorted idea of God and church due to the negative influence of a certain church in the history of this country).
After the cooking-class, we usually have a lunch together in the big living-room and a walk in the beautiful paths around the house. The hills nearby remind us a little bit of Tuscany, which is not so far away from us.
A small group of participants are coming now regularly to the courses and a friendship has developed from these events. The words of Giulia, the daughter of a couple that loves to come and herself participates, has especially touched me: “Thank you Alessia for these moments of peace and fellowship in your house. A long time has passed since I have seen my parents in such a good mood and harmony among themselves!”. The couple, that I know personally since the father is a MS patient of mine, has experienced a negative atmosphere in their relationship, due also to his invalidating illness.
Such are the rewards for me, small but significant: to make a difference in the life of others by sharing a place that many say brings a deep peace within, that they say to experience very rarely. Indeed the soothing sounds and atmosphere of nature around the property mean a lot.
These and other experiences have convinced me about the need to move to the country-house myself. So, the need for a person/couple that would help with running the B&B and the health courses is now more than ever urgent. They would help with cleaning and preparing breakfast, and with running the orchard and garden around the house. In exchange they would be offered lodging in the house, like an au-pair exchange. They would need a car, and some economic independence. I am thinking about some students that have ended a medical missionary school, a retired couple that wants to support a missionary oriented health project, or a single lady with a vision and experience. As the B&B activity will increase, the work will too and it will be possible to pay a salary.
My request to you is to please pray for this small project and spread this particular request with friends and church members. If you have any questions, suggestion or idea please feel free to write me back, as it is always nice to read news from you and keep in contact. You are also welcome to visit! Thank you for your support and friendship, God bless you always,
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Nyanchwa Adventist Hospital is a newly established hospital which was formerly serving as a dispensary in Kisii town, Kenya. Dr. Elfred Solis (general surgeon) and his wife Marialita (obstetrician) are the only doctors in this 30 bed facility. Since 2014 they have done about 700 surgeries.
Many of their patients are having BPH or urethral strictures resulting from infections or forceful catheterization done in some rural health centers. There are no urologists in this area and often surgeons are expected to handle these cases. Right now the only way of managing them is by open prostatectomy and urethral dilatation or scar excision.
By October 2016 a German urologist plans to serve in Nyanchwa Adventist hospital to help improve the services for urological patients. Thanks to generous donations we already received some endoscopic equipment, such as a light source, a camera and monitors. To properly attend to the needs of our urological patients we still need a cystoscope, a urethrotome and a resectoscope. We would be most thankful for used equipment or financial support.
For further information contact: Nyanchwa@gmx.de
Think about it.
We run a country-house on the hills of Bologna where we host since 2014 regular vegan cooking classes and health programs for the general public: friends and patients of the physiotherapy clinic that Alessia Venturoli runs downtown.
The idea is to start this year 2016 with a christian bed and breakfast, so to share our christian view of life through friendship and literature and healthy breakfasts every morning.
For this project we offer a working place as helper in the running of the bed and breakfast.
For more info see our Newstart Map.