A Lesson on Recent History
GiM Italy is not as old as the ancient ruins found all over the nation. But in contrast we are up and running! In the early 1980s the Lord brought together a team of people with a vision and a burden for this nation.
The very first Discipleship Training School (DTS) in the Italian language was held in 1983. In 1984 the first ministry in the Italian language was opened in the Swiss canton of Ticino (the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland). GiM began in Italy in 1987, and in 1988 we established the first missionary centre of Gioventù in Missione in Cadegliano. After that a centre began in Orosei (Sardinia - later in Irgoli) and finally a third centre started up in Perugia (Umbria). In 2004, a fourth centre was opened in Piedimonte Etneo (CT), not far from Taormina.
Over the years, the activities of GiM have gained official recognition by the Region of Lombardia as a Voluntary Association (ONLUS) qualified to work in the family and social sector. Later on, judicial recognition on the State's behalf was also given.