New Opportunities in 2013

224881_366814713414104_964712689_nI thank the Lord for a fantastic Christmas season, and for the beginning of a new year here in Irún, Spain. Last month, the Lord brought all my immediate family together for a combination wedding, Christmas, and New Year celebration. On December 19, my sister Rachel married Ethan Johnk in the first wedding held at the Aierdi farmhouse. The Lord gave both our families a great time as we celebrated together. Christmas and the New Year meant even more time we could be together as a family.

In church, the choir presented our Christmas cantata. It was the culmination of several months of diligent practice, and the Lord blessed the presentation. A number of unsaved visitors had the chance to hear the Gospel for possibly the first time in their lives.


In my last letter I mentioned the table we set up one or two times a month with gospel literature. Last month, when we went out, I brought a number of the young people along to sing choruses. We all spent a while singing Christmas carols and gospel choruses. The response seemed very positive, and I don’t think we’ve ever had as much audience as we did that day!


I have also mentioned a young man from Equatorial Guinea who has started coming regularly to church. He is still unsaved, but he has started reading the Bible and he comes to me with questions about his reading. I recently sat down with him after church one Sunday and went through the plan of salvation with him. He remains very curious, and I am very encouraged about his progress. About four weeks ago, another young person walked in one Saturday right before our youth activity. One of the men at our church had brought him, though none of our young people knew him from before. I believe he has come every Saturday since then, and he has started coming to church as well. Please pray for him too. It is very exciting to see new and unsaved people coming to church as a result of our youth group’s testimony. Both these men need the Lord, so please pray diligently for them.

Next month, Lord willing, I will be substituting for another missionary here in the Basque Country as he leaves for two months in the US. Roy Keiser pastors Iglesia Bautista del Puerto in the nearby town of Pasaia. He has asked me to fill in while he is away. It is a newer and smaller church plant, I will be preaching and directing the service alone there every Sunday evening. I’m very excited for the opportunity, but please pray for the Lord’s guidance as I serve there.

I am very excited to see what what else God has in mind for this upcoming year. As always, thank you so much for your prayers. I’ll end with two verses I read this morning. I was encouraged by the words of God to another young preacher, a long time ago.

Jeremiah 1:6-7
Then said I: Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

God bless,
David Bonikowsky
Ps. 34:3

An Overview of Current Ministry

Praise the Lord, I’ve been in Spain for nearly two months now. It’s been a busy time, but it is great to see what the Lord has been doing here in the meantime. I’d like to briefly share some of what has been going on here in the city of Irún.

Iglesia Bautista Bíblica de Irún
Of course the most visible part of ministry here is what goes on every Sunday in our church building. It has been such a privilege to be preaching now on a regular basis. One day, Lord willing, I hope to pastor a church here in the Basque Region. Now in the meantime, I believe that the responsibility of regularly preparing and preaching messages is invaluable experience. I’m grateful that my grandfather, Al Bonikowsky, allows me this opportunity.


Another big area of ministry is the teen/young singles group. During my time with them I have been teaching specifically about making the Great Commission central in our lives. Please pray that the Lord would unify them more and project them into the harvest field of Irún. I believe God wants to use this group to accomplish great things.


Advance of the Gospel
A few times a month, along with some of the men from church, I go to an open part of town to give out gospel literature. We usually hand out tracts to the people walking by, but we also set up a table with Bibles and Christian books to give out to those who show an interest. This ministry is headed up by a man from church named Rogelio. It is encouraging to see his passion for the lost people of Irún. Pray for the many unsaved contacts we have met through this ministry.


Another productive outreach we have been able to start has been simply getting together to play soccer in town. I have encouraged the young men in church (and some not so young) who come out to play to think of this as a great opportunity to bring friends to meet their Christian brothers. It is very easy to get people to come to play a game of soccer, and it can serve as a bridge to connect believers with those who need the Gospel. Earlier this month, Andres, one of our young people from Equatorial Guinea, brought a friend to a pick-up game with the rest of the church group. This friend then came to a youth activity the next week and to church this last Sunday. We are keeping as much contact with him as possible, and praying that he well soon accept the Gospel. How awesome is it to be able to play soccer specifically to accomplish the Great Commission for God’s glory in Irún?

20121004_125457_1_bestshotI try to go once a week with my grandfather to work at the Aierdi Farmhouse. Progress there is gradual, but certainly visible. Last month, two work teams from the US came as a missions trip. They accomplished more in the few days they were here than we could have ourselves in a very long time! We recently had a church-wide day of fellowship at the farmhouse on a weekend, and it was a great opportunity to relax, praise God, and enjoy great fellowship.


Graduate school
Last, and certainly not least, I am hard at work in my Master’s program through Northland Graduate School. My classes have kept me busy, but I am convinced they are well worth the 20121114_095134investment of time and money. I believe learning is basically the process of gradually realizing how much you don’t know. That’s how it feels to me at least. However, I’m so grateful for opportunity I have to easily study while staying active in ministry. It’s a privilege that was unavailable not many years ago.

Thank you again for your prayer and encouragement. It is so exciting to be part of the Lord’s glorious, miraculous plan for the Basque Region of Spain!
As a quick reminder, please pray that:

  • God would save the young man we met playing soccer, as well as other lost contacts from Irún.
  • We make closer contact with more who need Christ.
  • The singles group would continue to mature and focus.
  • The Lord make me grow through practical experience and continual study.
  • God would be glorified in every aspect of our ministry here.

God bless,
Ps. 34:3