We want to see the Church grow, thrive, and mature-- in Italy and the United States! As a missions organization we love to connect our partner churches with church planting teams for mutual encouragement and learn, joint outreach, and wider perspectives on the church around the world. Through dynamic missions trips, SEE Teams introduces believers to mission work in two challenging fields: the post-Christian culture in Italy and the predominantly Catholic culture of the Philippines.
As SEE Teams we see this to be our mission to the church in Italy and the United States:
Minister to nationals to spread the Gospel and make disciples
Engage believers in real mission work to encourage missional living
Form long term relationships for strategic mission work together
Italy is one of the least reached countries in the world. Less than 1% of Italians are evangelical Christians. Italy has fewer evangelical Christians than India or China.
Italy is accessible to Americans: Evangelism is completely legal; Italy is a very safe country that's easy to travel to and through; Americans can usually relate to and speak with Italians despite significant cross-cultural differences and language gaps.
While issues of poverty can often confuse poverty alleviation (which often causes dependency) with real mission work (which focuses on restoring relationships) on short term trips, Northern Italy is relatively affluent. The work of speaking the gospel takes front and center, creating challenging witnessing opportunities and sparking great conversations. Italians have perfected how to "live the good life" and tend to care little about spiritual issues.
Real Mission work
Your work-- drama, choreography, puppets, concerts, tract distribution, individual witnessing, sharing testimonies-- alongside church planters makes a valuable and lasting impact. Over the years as we've followed up with contacts made by missions teams, we've seen the effectiveness of teams firsthand.
We do our best to keep travel to Italy affordable for your group. Our campus and fleet of vehicles ensures low costs paired with our knowledgeable team of translators and guides. All in-country expenses include lodging, meals, transportation (including airport pickup) and a SEE Teams shirt. We will also advise you on airfare and sightseeing days to help you make the most of your budget.
SEE Teams trips are turn-key operations with all in-country lodging, food, transportation,travel, and ministry experiences provided by the experienced SEE staff.
SEE has been hosting short term trips for over 30 years.
Sowing seeds of the gospel and sparking interest among Italians for future conversations shapes our methods for team outreach. We need teams of people who love God, are willing and teachable, and are skilled in performance, sharing testimonies, and starting conversations with new friends. The brief impressions we make on Italians in public spaces are incredibly important, so positive, prayerful attitudes are essential, as well as adaptability and constant attention to how your words and actions affect others.
We've found these methods to be effective in drawing Italians in for questions, conversations, and prayer. While some of these methods may seem strange or outdated to Americans, they fit well in a culture where busking (public performances) outdoors is normal and enjoyable.
- Dramas, skits, and mimes
- Chalk talk drawings
- Musical concerts
- Dance performances
- Posting signs and ads
- Handing out flyers
- Teaching ESL classes
- Children's Programs
- Puppet shows
- Dramatic readings
- Nursing home visits
- School Presentations
Many of our teams return year after year, increasing in understanding and knowledge of Italy and a heart for the lost. We've also seen repeated trips develop leaders who become great influencers in their churches and mission fields.
Joining SEE Teams connects churches to incredible opportunities at Saints Equipped to Evangelize, including connection to a growing church plant in Europe and opportunities for members to return to learn, serve, and grow in their heart for missions. Former team members have returned as students at Saints Bible Institute, short term volunteers, and long term church planters in Italy with SEE. Students and young professionals can also join our new church planting internship program Passalo for a three month immersion in spreading the gospel in Italy.