By Glenn and David Sargent
Vittorio Vitalone is a medical doctor in Rome, Italy who became a
Christian years ago after learning the truth of the Gospel from Charles
Moore, a missionary from the U.S., who was preaching there at the time.
Vittorio is now the regular preacher for the Viale Jonio Church of
Christ, in addition to continuing his medical practice at a large
hospital in Rome. He recently sent an e-mail message to Charles (now
living in Frisco, Texas), telling a thrilling story of the power of the
Word of God.
“A lady came to the door of the auditorium at church and asked, ‘May
I come in to worship?’” Vittorio responded, “Of course! You are
always welcome in the Church of Christ.” Vittorio continued his account
to Charles: “She told me an interesting story that I want to share with
you. She said, ‘In about 1970 I used to come to the services of the
church here. I studied the Bible with Bill Burton and Charles Moore for
a long time. I will never forget those studies. Carolyn, the wife of
Charles, gave me my first Bible. I still have it and treasure it. I
attended the worship services of the church on Sunday, and Bible study
on Wednesday night for a long time and we all became good friends.”
Then the lady, whose name is Ina, showed Vittorio some pictures from
those earlier years of several missionaries and their wives whom she had
Then Ina told Vittorio, “Unfortunately, I drifted away from some
reason or other. Almost fifty years have passed, and I am back again. I
want to study the Bible again and worship with you.”
“I am studying with her now each week and she is attending all the
services of the church. I pray that she will obey the Gospel soon. It
seems like she is picking up where she left off 45 years ago.”
On February 5, 2013, Charles Moore sent out an e-mail containing
“Some Special News from Rome”: “I received an e-mail yesterday from
Vittorio Vitaloni in Rome, telling me that the sweet lady named Ina, the
lady we contacted about 45 years ago, and studied with for two months,
was baptized Sunday at Viale Jonio. We are so happy. MAY GOD BE
In light of this wonderful news, Charles Moore wrote, “I have lived
by faith all these years, believing that ‘good seed planted in good soil
will produce good fruit.’ [Ina’s] baptism is "living proof" that this
It IS true! The Good News – “that Christ died for our sins
according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose
again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) –
continues to transform lives. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who
believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” – Romans 1:16.
The BAD NEWS is that sin – of which we are ALL guilty – condemns us
to eternal destruction (Romans 3:23; 6:23). The GOOD NEWS is that God
loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our
sins so that we might have forgiveness and eternal life (John 3:16).
We accept His offer of salvation on His terms by obeying the Gospel:
placing our faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in
repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Jesus before men (Romans
10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed)INTO Christ for the forgiveness
of sins (Acts 2:38). Then, as we continue to walk in the light of His
word, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all of our sin (1
Even if it takes 45 YEARS to produce fruit, the Gospel STILL works....
when we receive it into good soil (good, honest hearts) and accept it through our trusting obedience.
And remember... No matter how far you may “drift away” from God, He is always only ONE STEP back!
Won’t YOU allow the Gospel to change your life, too?
- Glenn and David Sargent; David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood
in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional
entitled Living Water."
learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their