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Naomi Baliva

My Story

Since the age of 5, I knew I wanted to be a missionary AND make films/ TV shows though I was at a loss for how God might bring these two passions together. After high school, I joined the US Navy and was providentially stationed in Sardinia, Italy. There, God gave me a heart for the Italian people.

When I met Zach, he was studying film after having prayed about going to Bible college. I had prayed about going to film school, but God had led me to Moody Bible Institute. We had much to talk about including art, faith, and Italy. Zach and I spent the first 5 years of our marriage working in the film/TV industry in California before God led us to an opportunity to share the gospel for two years in Rome, Italy. As we were raising support, God blessed us with the birth of our son, Anthony!

After our term, we returned to the US, not sure if He'd have us go back as missionaries, but our hearts have been forever changed by the love He has given us for the Italian people, and His goodness has compelled us to return to Italy long-term. We are grateful for the relational way that TEAM works and so glad to join them in Italy to proclaim the good news by sharing our lives with the Italians. Also, it seems God is opening the door to use our background in film to help equip the churches and reach Italians!


Ministry Focus:

Film, evangelism, discipleship, and small groups.

The People:

Mainly Italians, but also refugees, immigrants, and victims of human trafficking.

Primary Prayer Request:

We are just beginning to raise our support. Please pray that we would depend on God to supply all of our needs and that He would help us to build relationships and partnerships that would serve to further the gospel!

Please pray that God would help grow our hearts in trusting Him for our son, especially in light of the major transition he is about to face.

Please pray that God would continue to work humility into our hearts and lives and continue to give us more and more love for Him and the Italian people.

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