Italy Children’s Ministry Project: Più Forti

Più Forti is a project that aims to provide FREE Italian resources to children and Children’s ministries that are Biblical, excellent, and fun! We are proud to share that after completing our first Italian kids CD for children, we are currently working on our SECOND CD for teens! Just like the first CD, it has 10 songs with 10 different styles based on 10 Bible verses…something all (including parents) can enjoy…and it’s 100% FREE!

Our desire is 1) To draw children and teens to Jesus through knowing His Word and encourage them to glorify God with their own creativity, 2) To equip Italian churches, camps, and outreaches with free Biblical resources (when resources are hardly free!) and 3) To break down barriers with our generosity and build bridges between denominations in a much divided Italian church culture. It is our hope when you hear the songs and see the videos that you will catch a passion for these children and teens in Italy who are often discouraged because so little content exists to provide them relevant yet biblical resources.

“In funding this project, you are not only giving us the ability to distribute this content for free, but we pray and believe you’d be helping a shift happen in the Italian Christian culture. We get to show these children the joy and beautiful fragrance of Christ when, sadly, most of what they know of Him is stern rigidity.” – Denae Downs (Missionary in Italy)

More than 150 people have freely given their time, energy, talents, and resources to bring this project thus far– and we are not done yet! We continue raising funds in order to complete this second CD, the corresponding Sunday school curriculum, and the mail distribution of children’s ministry packets and CDs to over 1,400 evangelical churches throughout Italy.

Project Più Forti

“Più Forti,” in English: “We Are Stronger,” is a project by Denae Downs and Mick Taras.

What started out as one Scripture song with a silly video to encourage the Children’s ministry at Calvary Torino during lockdown soon turned into, “Why not write a bunch of scripture songs and make a CD and dance videos so others can use and enjoy them as well?!”

When Mick (an Italian national who produced music in LA for 30+ years) moved back to Italy and reached out to Denae about helping with the project, it was launched into what it has become.

Almost 3 years later, the first CD can be found on every streaming platform, the corresponding music videos on YouTube, the Sunday school curriculum on our website, and now we are in the middle of finishing the second CD AND its second curriculum! This project is unique since we collaborate with various churches in all of Italy as well as focusing on creating content for the pre-teen/teenage ages, since much does not exist for them.

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Maria

native Italian and Sunday school teacher at the Assemblies of God

Maria told us, "Thank you so much for this project," and then when she found out we were doing all of this for free, she said, "For free!?" with a photo of an astonished goldfish's face, and then "Do you know that every time I want to do something with or for children, I have to pay a lot? I could cry. Thank you for your project! Thank you!"

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Hope

American missionary in Rome

As a missionary in Italy for the past 20 years, I can wholeheartedly attest to the very real and constant challenge we face when it comes to finding good/any resources in Italian for reaching and ministering to the hearts of kids. So what do we do about it? We get creative, like my fantastically talented friends have. What a wonderful, and much needed tool this project is to encourage and plant seeds of God’s Word into the hearts of little ones that they can keep with them for a lifetime. It is a beautiful thing to see God raising up talent to provide resources to missionaries and Italian churches that will spark change in a dry and thirsty land-all while having fun! If there was ever a project to consider helping reach its goal, I would personally (and selfishly) say choose this one!

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Amy

American married to an Italian with 2 kids

I play scripture songs for my kids every morning, and have prayed for years for them to have some in their own language because there is nothing in Italian like this! God has heard my cries and used my amazing friend Denae to do it!

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