About Scott & Sharon MacLean
I was born into a Christian family, that loved and desired to serve the Lord.
At an early age I trusted in Christ as my Savior. Throughout high school
God prepared me for ministry by allowing me to be involved in Word Of Life
Clubs. I participated in many different outreaches, including summer missions
trips, and gained a solid base of Scriptural knowledge. My family always
emphasized the importance of missions, and from my youth I believed that
God wanted me to be a missionary.
Following high school I attended Word of Life Bible Institute and School
of Missions and Evangelism. These years strengthened and renewed my desire
to serve God in missions. I then transferred to Moody Bible Institute where
I graduated in 1992 with a BA in Evangelism. God used this time to hone my
abilities and gifts, and to stretch me into new areas.
Following my graduation from Moody, I served a one year pastoral internship
at my home church, Grace Chapel in Havertown, PA. God taught me more about
myself, about the local church, and about working with people during this
internship. In June of 1994, UFM International (now Crossworld) appointed me to the field
At that time I began to seek a prayer and financial support team.
In 1997, the Lord brought to my attention that He had a wonderful
change in store for me before He was ready for me to go to Italy. He
brought into my life a wonderful, godly woman whose gifts and abilities
wonderfully complimented mine. She was already a candidate with
UFM International, but I suppose I should let her tell her story
I grew up in the country of Peru where my parents were serving as missionaries.
At the age of 7 my mom explained to me the gospel of salvation and I then
accepted Christ into my life. Because of my background I learned a lot about
missions. When I was in junior high someone challenged me to consider missions
personally. Since then I have had the desire to serve the Lord wherever He
would lead me
Over the years I have seen the Lord lead me and give me different opportunities
of ministry. After high school I went to Columbia Bible College-a college
which has a high emphasis on missions. During college as well as after college
the Lord gave me several opportunities to go on missions trips. After the
last missions trip back in 1995 I prayerfully and actively pursued missions
as a possible long term commitment. Through a former high school counselor
and her husband I was encouraged to look into UFM. The following summer (1996)
I was accepted by UFM (now Crossworld) to the country of Brazil.
Since then Scott and I met through our local church and we were married on
July 11, 1998.
As stated above, I have a BA from Moody Bible Institute in Evangelism.
My gifts and abilities are in the area of administration and evangelism.
I have experience with preaching, teaching, open air evangelism,
evangelism training, children's Bible clubs, planning and running
a week long children's camp ministry for several years, planning outreach
events and other ministry opportunities.
I graduated from Columbia Bible College with a BS in Bible
and Christian Education.
My gifts and abilities are in the area of hospitality and helps.
I have experience with teaching children, working with
handicapped children, clowning, camp counselor, VBS, and 5-day clubs. I
have been on several short term missions trips, most of which
were evangelism outreaches.
We have been in Italy for 17 years. In our
first term we were able to learn the language and
culture (of course there is always more to learn)
and gain valuable ministry experience working in
an Italian setting. We were able to be part
of a mature church plant where we were able to
both contribute to the work with our gifts as well
as observing and learning from more experienced
missionaries and their work with the Root Center
Church in Milan.
That experience prepared us to join with two
Italian couples in working with a small church in the Ossola Valleys of far
northern Italy. We had the joy of seeing God work in this largely
unreached area for over 9 years. We saw God cause this church to
grow and in 2014 it expressed it's desire to stand on it's own, freeing us
to move to another place of service here in Italy.
In 2015 we transitioned to working with Milan Bible Church, an
international church with services in English. We seek to encourage and equip
these believers to do their part in the making of disciples of Jesus Christ in
Milan. We also have the joy of working with Punto Luce Church, an
Italian church just outside Milan. We work with them occasionally
with some of their outreach events.
Our fervent desire is to see Italians and those from other
nations (who attend Milan Bible Church) not only trust Jesus Christ as their
Savior, but also become trained and equipped to proclaim the
good news of salvation to their community. They can reach
Italy better than we ever will!