Some Exciting Praises

I am very excited to share with my praying friends the news that God allowed me to lead my friend Amadeo in a prayer for salvation! I’ve mentioned him in several recent letters. Amadeo had been asking increasingly pointed questions about the things he was reading and hearing from the Bible. On Tuesday, Feb. 26th, I went out to play soccer with him, but20130308 Aierdi overnighter74 we met a little early so we could get a coffee together and he could ask me some more questions. We talked about a few Bible passages he had been reading, and that led into another opportunity to explain the Gospel to him. He was very quiet as I did my best to explain what I could. After we finished, I asked him whether he knew he was going to heaven or not, and if he’d like to pray with me asking Christ to save him. He told me he would like to, but he wanted to think it through more, so could we meet the next day again?

On Wednesday he called me asking me to meet again, and he was very ready to accept Christ. He had a clear understanding but wanted to pray with me. He then bowed his head and begged God to forgive him and help him to live the rest of his life for Christ! He said amen with a huge smile and I welcomed him to the family. He then wrote in the cover of his Bible:

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It has been exciting to see him since that day. He is growing, and wants to start discipleship lessons with me to “learn doctrine.” Thank you so much for your prayers for him. Please continue to pray now for his spiritual growth, and pray for me as we begin discipleship.


In February, missionary Roy Keiser returned to the States for a two-month furlough, and he asked me to substitute at his church plant while he was away. So for the past five weeks, I have led the services at the Iglesia Bautista del Puerto in the city of Pasaia. It has been an exciting opportunity, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the small church. I began preaching through the miracles in John, and yesterday we studied Jesus’ fifth miracle in John 6 (where He walked on the water to join His disciples). I’ve learned a lot through the responsibility of directing a service alone. One skill I’m trying to improve is leading congregational singing while simultaneously playing the piano!


859109_222239441255937_60794095_oThis past weekend I helped out with a regional youth overnight activity held at Aierdi. I brought several young people (including Amadeo) from the Irun church Friday night, and everyone enjoyed an evening of solid preaching and lots of fun late into the night. The activity went well and I trust it was a very profitable investment in the lives of about 25 young people. You can see a video summary of the retreat here.


As always, thank you so much for your prayers. It is awesome to be a part of what God is doing here in the city of Irun!

God bless,
David
Ps. 34:3

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.

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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!

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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