This summer holds some new adventures for our family. Stella, Chris and I are all headed out on short term mission’s trips. Stella will be going to serve at Joni and Friends Family Camp and Chris and I will be traveling with a group of 6 others to support our friends and missionaries in Italy, Bob and Sue Kummer. We are anxiously waiting to see how God will use this time in all of our lives. We’d love it if you would pray for us as we all go! Our letters that we sent out are below. Thanks for praying, friends!

(from Stella:)

Dear Friends and Family,

I have been given the great opportunity to serve at Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, PA, from June 18-23. Joni and Friends’ Retreats serves families affected by by a disability. As an STM (Short Term Missionary), I will be ministering to these families by offering support in the camp activities. By doing this, I will be able to build relationships with the people around me, spread the gospel, and tell others about Jesus. Our church, Community Evangelical Free Church of Elverson, sends out many summer short term missions teams each year. From Africa to Czech Republic to Italy to Pennsylvania, each team is hoping to spread the gospel to the people they will be serving. I am praying that God will use me to help these families know the love of Christ. To support me when I go, I am asking you for prayer:

  1. For physical and emotional strength
  2. For my faith to grow even more when I’m there.
  3. For the families coming to Camp, that they will know Jesus’ love.

Finally, I need to raise $385 dollars to pay for the cost of my room and board, and to help the other families attend. If you choose to support me in this way, checks can be made payable to CEFC with “JAF- Stella Palladino” in the memo line. Please mail or deliver your check to CEFC, 52 Brick Lane, PO Box 299, Elverson, PA 19520.

Thank you for reading my letter and for supporting me as I go to serve God in this way. God Bless!

Love, Stellakh

{This photo is of me and my friend, Katie at VBS last year. Her family has “adopted” me for the week at JAF. I am so excited to get to serve along with her this summer!}



(from Chris and me:)

Dear Friends,

On a cold January morning, while getting ready for church, Melissa was daydreaming about our future. She told me how she imagined our church’s Missions Committee approaching us and asking us to go to Italy. I told her that sounded great but that we would have to have a reason to go! That day at Sunday evening prayer, upcoming summer short term mission’s trips were discussed, and there near the bottom of the list was Sesto Calende, Italy! This came as a great surprise, as this is the first year CEFC will be sending a team to Italy.  Melissa signed us up for more info immediately.

Our church has supported the work of long-time missionaries Bob and Sue Kummer for many, many years. Most recently, Bob and Sue have been working in the town of Sesto Calende, just north of Milan, Italy. There, they have established two churches within the community: one Italian and one International. When we learned that the summer mission would be about supporting the local community through teaching English classes in area high schools and offering a kids’ summer day camp, we realized this suited our abilities perfectly. Our applications were submitted.

“Unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain.” Melissa and I know and believe that without prayer and God’s Spirit to lead us, we are without the means to be of any lasting use on this mission. As we prepare to go to Italy, we are writing to ask if you would make a commitment to pray for us. Would you please pray for us as a couple, our team as a whole (there are 8 of us), for our kids and family here in the States, and for the people of Sesto Calende. Our travel dates are June 22-July 4. If you would would like to receive updates as we prepare to go and while we are there, please email Melissa at

Finally, there is a financial need to this mission. We need to raise $3600.00 to cover the cost of the trip for the two of us as well as supplies for the day camp. If you would like or feel led to support us in this way, you can send a check made payable to CEFC with Italy Mission Team – Palladino in the memo line. You can mail the check to CEFC, 52 S. Brick Lane, P.O. Box 299, Elverson, PA 19520 or drop it in the offering box at church. Thank you!

In Him,

Chris and Melissa Palladino

“Contributions made payable to CEFC are tax deductible. Please be aware that CEFC will have complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.”

italy team



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