Cross Culture Missions Update

The following is an update from Pastor Rod Thompson and Cross Culture Missions, a missionary ministry of Reliance Church:


I have Italian Residency!
This is important because I can now purchase a vehicle in my name. We still have work to do for Zuza’s residency. We must obtain updated copies of our wedding certificate and her birth certificate. We may have to go to Serbia to pick them up or possibly go the Serbian Consulate in Trieste, Italy.

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Panama Missions Trip – Day 7 & 8

Day 7 & 8 on our Panama Missions Trip! Please continue to pray as the team nears the end of this trip. Pray that it has a lasting impact on both the people of Panama and the students and leaders that went on the trip.

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Panama Missions Trip – Day 6

We can’t believe it’s already Day 6 of our Panama Missions Trip! Please continue to pray for strength and endurance for this team as they continue to faithfully preach the Gospel to all who will hear!

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Panama Missions Trip – Day 3, 4, & 5

The Panama Missions team is going strong and almost halfway through the trip already. Please continue to pray for strength and endurance for this team as they continue to faithfully preach the Gospel to all who will hear!

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Introducing Our Italy Missionaries

David, evangelism

David has been a missionary in Italy over 7 years and now his new bride Denae has joined him. Together they have gifts in teaching, evangelism, music and discipleship. Pray God will multiply them as they are a light for Jesus in this mountain town of Ferrara, Italy. Follow them at David and Denae website  also David’s Instagram and Denae’s Instagram.


Pray for us leaders – wisdom and consistency in leadership meetings, church organization, and prayer with one another. And above all that we would have spiritual unity and growth in our team relationships.

Pray that the Lord would raise up people in the church to have a heart to serve in kids ministry, projection etc. Denae is now meeting every Sunday morning with 10-year old Violyn. Pray for wisdom and that Violyn would become fully and passionately committed to Christ. She is already reading her Bible at school and explaining it to her classmates!

The Lord has been bringing various people to us from a nearby US military base. Pray for wisdom and grace – how to minister to them, how to conduct services in both English & Italian and that there would be no division/cliques.

We have been so encouraged by some of these new relationships. Namely, one sister that is passionate about the Lord has brought some real refreshment and encouragement to us. Praise God!

That the Lord would bless our relationship with Marco and Laura. Dave is no longer teaching Laura English but Denae is taking an exercise class she teaches. Pray the Lord would open more doors to develop relationships with locals.

pray that spiritual maturity, love, peace, unity and harmony would abound and that our marriage would be used to draw others to Christ. PRAISE-A LOT of good growth and fruit has been borne suddenly in the last few weeks. Thank you for your prayers!

Denae has begun to write Scripture songs in Italian. Pray for inspiration, motivation, creativity, collaboration. There is very little being birthed or created and very little use of these mediums in the Italian language. Pray this would draw many Italians to Christ and inspire other Jesus loving Italians to be creative for Christ.

David says: Thank you for your faithfulness there at the church and your love towards us. We are so blessed by your prayers, support and keeping in touch.

And from Denae: thank you to everyone who is praying for us…I am ineffably blessed by you. Lord bless and encourage each one of you.

Listen to Denae’s song.


Women’s Leadership Class: Leading As A Woman

Ladies, don’t miss your chance to sign up for this enlightening class, where you’ll learn how to become a biblical leader. Leading As A Woman is a six-week class that seeks to train and equip women with a fundamental understanding of how to lead, teach, and mentor other women within the framework of biblical womanhood, as stated in Titus 2:3-5

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Reliance Youth Group: What’s All The Hype About?

Student Ministries Pastor, Kyle Curry, says this about Youth Group: “It’s not about an experience; it’s about a relationship. But through your relationship with God, you experience Him. Come to Youth Group to deal with real life issues and be challenged in your walk with God.”  What sort of impact is the bi-weekly meeting having on teens? Does it really help build long-lasting friendships? Are the sermons relevant? Check out what three high school guys have to say about Reliance Church’s Youth Group. In the following interview, Christian Spence (age 15), Marshall Ott (16), and Trevor Vanderburg (16) open up about their experiences at Youth Group and share why they keep coming back.

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