About Us

italystar.gifCIAO! Welcome to our family homepage. Thank you for stopping by to find out a little bit about us and our work in Milan, Italy. We appreciate your interest and we covet your prayers. Let us know if you would like to become a prayer partner. You may want to bookmark this page so that you can return often for updates. We commit to keeping the information up-to-date.

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Dio vi benedica! (God bless!)

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Birthdays: Anniversary:
  • Jason – March 27, 1975
  • Allyson – August 8, 1977
  • Jake – December 17, 2002
  • Julia – October 4, 2006
  • Joshua – April 29, 2008
  • June 14, 1997

Missionary appointment:

  • November 11, 2003

Jason, Allyson, Jake, Julia, and Joshua Jason was born in Monticello, Arkansas and raised as an MK (“Missionary Kid”) in Florianopolis, Brazil. He is a third-generation missionary. His grandparents, Bill and Jerry Ichter, served as music missionaries in Rio de Janeiro for 35 years. His parents, Ron and Alana Greenwich, are still serving in Florianopolis, where they have been since 1984. He also has an aunt and uncle who served as missionaries in Brazil and Germany. He is very grateful for his experiences in Brazil and the unique perspective of the world from his family. These things helped to mold him in many ways, and the Brazilian culture, as well as speaking Portuguese with his relatives (some of them actually Brazilians), will always remain a part of him.

Allyson was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Garland. Although her upbringing and background were different, as a child she was already aware of God and His love. While in 3rd grade, a family took Allyson and her mom to New Liberty Baptist Church in Garland. It was there that Allyson accepted Christ, continued to learn about the Bible, and she and her mom grew in their relationships with the Lord. Despite an extremely sad and dark period during high school, she experienced God’s healing over time and following that experience realized God’s purpose for her life. Allyson knew at that point that she wasn’t an accident and that she needed and wanted to live her life for the Lord. During college Allyson committed to serving Him, whether that would be in a secular or Christian work setting.

We met while attending college in Arkadelphia, Arkansas at Ouachita Baptist University. Jason graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Music, and we also celebrated our wedding day in June of that same year. Allyson graduated in 2000 with Bachelor’s degrees in both Music Education (choral) and Elementary Education. Following our time at OBU, we moved to Fort Worth, Texas where Jason attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to complete his M.A. in Missiology. During those years before moving overseas, Jason enjoyed working and traveling as an Admissions Counselor/Ambassador for both OBU and SWBTS, and Allyson held a 3rd grade teaching position for two years and a Music teaching position for one year at Meadowcreek Elementary in the Crowley school district.

While living in Ft. Worth, we became a trio! Jake was born in December of 2002 and has brought us so much joy. By the time Jake was 18 months old, he had already lived in 4 different places in addition to having traveled extensively, while we were awaiting our big move and visas, to visit friends and family before our departure. It wasn’t easy, but we praise the Lord for how flexible he was during that time and for how well he has adjusted now to life overseas and in the big city of Milan. He now hears 3 languages on a daily basis and is slowly but surely processing all of that. We’ve seen that no matter where we are, as long as Mommy and Daddy are happy, Jake’s a happy kid.

On October 4, 2006, we welcomed Julia into our family. She is our little “Italiana”, having been born here in Milan. We thank God for the way He blessed us during her arrival. She is a beautiful little girl, and Jake is one proud big brother!

Joshua joined us during our first furlough (April 29, 2008). He was actually born at the same hospital where Jake was born in Fort Worth, TX five years earlier. We are still getting used to being a family of five! 🙂

At the time of our marriage, we both knew and experienced callings on our lives for service to God. We didn’t know when and where it would be, but God made it clear to us over the first years of our marriage that Italy is where He wants us for now. As we waited for the Lord to show us when, where, and how to get overseas, it was very easy to get used to life in the States with all the comforts, securities, and familiarities that we know and cherish. However, we also knew that we didn’t want to settle for just the good, instead God’s absolute best for us. We feel convicted that the abundant life that Jesus spoke about and promised in the New Testament is found by following in obedience…which is not always the easiest or most comfortable thing to do. We are humbled and grateful, though, for the blessings we’re receiving as we try to obey God and let Him work through us here. We’re blessed with renewed hope, renewed joy, greater compassion, a hunger for His Word, real trust, and growing faith.

We arrived to Milan in April 2004, and our time in Italy has already been filled with a wide array of feelings and adventures: blessings, tears, growth, homesickness, changed worldview and perspective, etc. We know that Jesus Christ is worth all of it. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and He is with us every step of the way as we make these personal sacrifices for Him. A favorite line from a poem that we read last year goes: You moved down to earth for me, so I’ll move for You.

Here in Italy we are part of Team Milano, of the International Mission Board. Western Europe is a unique mission field in that the majority of the countries here consider themselves to be post-Christian. We value the importance of relational evangelism, especially in Italy and in a modern city like Milan. Our goal here is to have nationals beginning a church planting movement which will become reproducible among homes. Many people here are disillusioned and offended by the Church, and we want to show them the importance of not just knowing about God and His Son, but KNOWING God. We want Italians to see the importance of the body of Christ as the church, not just the building, and our hope is that they will learn how to study God’s Word and grow in a relationship with Him.

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13 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Nick Greenwich April 7, 2007 at 12:16 am #

    Hi There,
    I was interested in your last name as it is my last name! Do you know much about the history of the name Greenwich, how did your ancestors come to be called Greenwich?
    God Bless,
    Nick.

  2. jerusalem January 1, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    I don’t know if you guys remember me but I went to OBU with you back in the good ole days!
    A while back someone sent me a link to a video you had posted that was in Italian with subtitles and was used for ministry. It had a girl about to jump off a bridge in it… Do you know what I am talking about? I am involved with the arts team at our church and I would love to show it to them -if you still have access to that I would love a link to it!

    Thanks so much and I hope 2008 is a great year for your sweet family!

    Jerusalem (Jackson) Greer

  3. Zine Smith June 11, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    Love your web page. Great stuff.

  4. Daniel June 23, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi, my name is Daniel, im 19 and i was just looking at some of the Kaka’s I BELONG TO JESUS pics and somehow got here jeje.. and its amazing because i am christian too, i am from Colombia but i lived in italy for many years near Milano and Torino and i am currently living near Miami , Florida. And my dream is to play proffessional soccer also so this is like the perfect webpage! jaja like i think somehow God guided me to this page jeje and was very interested because i didnt know there was an “athletes of God” in Italy and plus i used to go to a christian church in Milano but it was hard to be around christian people in italy since there arent too many, or at least i thought there werent much jeje now i found you guys and would like to get in touch with you, THANK YOU ; )

    DANIEL

  5. Katy Ball McQuistion August 19, 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    Hi there Allyson,
    Like Brooke mentioned also, I was looking for you on Facebook and found you here. There is like a mini SGHS online reunion going on there. It is so cool to see you and your family. Yall look so happy. How is your mom doing? What’s the weather like in Italy? And 3 kids– I can’t imagine. I have my hands full with just one.
    I’m happy to see your healthy, happy, and fulfilled.
    Katy Ball McQuistion

  6. Celso C. Manangan August 21, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    Dear Jason and Allyson,

    Greetings from Manila, Philippines!

    I am Celso C. Manangan, Filipino and a recipient of the 2009/10 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme of the European Union. My coordinating university will be the University of Trento, Italy with some study visits in Germany, Hungary and Slovenia.

    I am a Christian, member of the Greenhills Christian Fellowship (www.gcf.org.ph) and came to know and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while I was an overseas worker. It was in Saudi Arabia where I first experienced to be interrogated by the police and placed in a holding cell because of studying the Bible. It was this incident that made us strong in our faith and until today had caused us to share God’s love.

    My tentative trip to Milan will be on 14 September and have to get the connecting flight or by bus/train to Trento the next day. I wonder if you can provide me your church address so that I can have a chance to visit you before I leave for the university.

    Appreciate your website. It is my prayer that may our God continue to bless your ministry in Milan.

    Regards,

    Celso C. Manangan
    Manila, Philippines

  7. Pat Hyde February 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    The WMU at FBC Kenedy, TX holds a mission study on the 2nd Tues. morning of each month. This month you and your family will be our focus. Thank you for your commitment to sharing Christ in Italy and with professional athletes. We will be praying for you and your family. Oh, by the way, Ron and Sherry Wishert are from our area, so several years ago we were praying for your family and the team in Florianopolis. God bless you.

  8. Pat Hyde February 5, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    I am not good with names. We know Tony and Tammy Wishert and prayed for them and the missionary team in Florianopolis. That’s how we know your parents names. We were including them in our prayers. Your website is great and I will enjoying sharing about your family’s work in Italy on Tues. morning. Pat Hyde

  9. Allison Lane March 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi, Jason and Allyson,
    I am the G.A leader at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shreveport and we are studying about Italy for Parade of Nations. We have enjoyed learning about your family and all the things that ya’ll are doing in Italy. We are praying for you each week and have gathered lots of information for our display board. Thank you for serving in places that we can’t go. God Bless!!
    Allison Lane

  10. Krea Gregory March 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I’ve been praying for your family on a weekly basis since the story appeared in Mission Mosaic. I wrote to you at that time to let you know that I lived in Naples, Italy, as a child (in the 1960’s). The first SBC missionaries were just being appointed to that area as we were returning to the USA. Our fellowship at that time was with missionaries from the Conservative Baptists.

  11. Melody Feaster March 19, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Hey y’all — I know you know what that is!!! A big Howdy from the South! Our church had a Italian night last night and what a treat! Lots of wonderful food. We found out about y’all and the issue going on in Italy. I must say, I never realized there were so many lost! I will be praying for you and your family and I know God will be working through you all! I will be praying for a rich harvest, a calmness surrounding y’all and time for reflection. Love you in the Lord —

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  13. Krea Gregory February 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Thanks for this message. I continue to pray for you as you serve the LORD in Milan. I’m looking forward to being able to access current prayer requests.

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