Ruth Brucato (wife) Children: Elianna Joy and Gabriel Andrew
Mark and Ruth live in Bologna, Italy where they have been since April 2011. Mark is a pastoral intern and elder at Chiesa Nuova Vita in Bologna (the church Mark's parents planted over 20 years ago). The focus of the internship is to learn how an Italian Evangelical church functions and ministers in their own cultural and social context. Mark is working on strengthening the church's existing ministries (with youth, with newcomers, in evangelism, teaching, preaching), and helping to vision cast for future church planting initiatives. Ruth continues to refine her knowledge of the Italian language by working with tutors and she is involved in evangelism with friends and neighbors. Ruth also shares the Gospel with the women working on the streets (prostitutes) of Bologna in the Vite Trasformate ministry. Both Mark and Ruth are working to unite the Evangelical church leaders in Bologna towards partnership in evangelism and church planting.