The History of Aurora Mission
Aurora Mission, Inc. had its beginning in the heart of Anthony T. Rossi. Born and raised in Messina, Italy, God saved him as a young man. As is natural, when Mr. Rossi came to know the forgiving grace of Christ, he wanted his family and friends to experience it too. He had moved to the United States and most of his family remained in Italy. When he would return for visits, he would talk to them about the Lord.
He started by gathering family members to read the Bible. What began as a Bible reading grew into a Bible study!
No one knew what to expect, or if anyone would show up at the meetings. The first night the hall was filled, and for five successive nights Mr. Rossi preached the Gospel to all who came. From that nucleus, a church was established!
The young church, Chiesa Biblica Cristiana, after having been under WorldTeam (West Indies Mission) for a time, was placed under the leadership of Aurora Mission, Inc., and under the care of missionary John Gilmore. The church continued to grow over the years and is now a strong evangelical voice for Christ in Messina.
In addition to the church planting ministry, Aurora Mission has purchased property in Pennisi, Italy for the purpose of establishing The Italian Theological Academy. Our desire is to provide training seminars for Italian pastors, missionaries, and elders.
Aurora Mission sponsors conferences and training seminars. Our School of Expository preaching began in the spring of 2004. Many books are being published in Italian to train the Italian pastors as well.