"My Times Are in Thy Hand"

Psalm 31 reveals a glimpse of the David’s deep faith in His Lord. In a time where nothing seemed to go his way, David gave this testimony: "But I trusted in Thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand" (v. 14-15a).

Those of you who have followed my updates know that I’ve been in the US for over six months now applying for a visa to return to Spain as a missionary. What I had hoped would be a short visit of a few months has become a long time away from the ministry I love in Spain. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been stuck waiting for one thing or another to come through in the application process. Unfortunately I still don’t have much of an idea when I’ll actually have my visa in hand. But as soon as God is ready, I’ll be back in Spain.

In the meantime, I’m very grateful for His provision and presence so far. God has given me many small opportunities to help in different ministries here in Greenville, as well as great opportunities to share the Gospel with coworkers and friends. He’s provided work opportunities at the times I’ve needed them most, and He’s taught me so much about patience and faith in Him. So I can praise the Lord with David: "Blessed be the Lord: for He hath showed me his marvelous kindness in a strong city" (same Psalm, v. 21)

But as always, I covet your prayers more than anything else. I’m updating the prayer requests page on my website (here is a link), but these are some of the biggest things I’m praying for:

  • Visa application: my biggest goal right now is still to make it back to Spain, and I can’t do that until my visa is approved
  • Gospel opportunities: I hope for more and clearer opportunities to share Christ with unsaved friends and coworkers.
  • Website business: I have started building websites as a means of supplementary income. I’m praying the Lord will let that business grow so I can keep doing when I return to Spain. If you know of a need for a website, I’d appreciate a shout out for www.sierracreation.com
  • Financial provision: As I mentioned, God has provided work roofing and elsewhere at the times I’ve needed it most, but it has been hard to save anything up for graduate studies when I return to Spain. I’m praying that God would provide everything I’ll need for grad school.
  • Spiritual growth: Please pray that God would keep drawing me closer to Him.

Thank you so much for your prayers. I trust it won’t be long before I’m able to return to ministry in Spain.

God bless,
David Bonikowsky
Ps. 34:3


Up on the roof once again...

Roofing can be quite a bit of fun, actually… :) Praise the Lord for work opportunities though.


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Heritage Baptist Church in Fountain Inn, SC. My brothers and I have been attending there for a while now, and we enjoy helping out with music as often as possible.


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Coworkers who desperately need the saving power of the Gospel.

Unexpected ministry

IMAG0299I’ve been holding off sending another email for a while now, because I keep hoping to say I’m getting ready to make it back to Spain. But unfortunately I still don’t have much of an idea when all my paperwork will be done. I’ve run into some more delays lately. The professional translator who was going to translate my paperwork into Spanish seems to have dropped off the face of the map! I’m trying to be patient, but I am definitely ready to be done with all this and get busy in Spain. I’d appreciate your prayers that I make it back soon.


In the mean time however, it’s been encouraging to see the Lord’s hand in my life while I’ve been in the US. He has been teaching me so much in so many different areas. As I’ve worked with different crews roofing for the past 3 months, IMAG0659I’ve been given many opportunities to live out the Great Commission. Please pray with me for Zach, Damian, Luís, Alejandro, Benjamín, and Eric. These are all men I’ve been able to share Christ with in one way or another. Damian, who invited me to join him in a soccer league a month ago, has come with me a few times to a Christian soccer ministry. There he hears the Gospel preached clearly. Luís has promised to come with me to church one of these Sundays. I’ve told him I’ll teach him and Alejandro guitar if they’ll come to a Hispanic church with me. They both love guitar and are eager to learn. Zach is a guy my age who was just released from prison. He and I are now friends, and I’m doing everything I can to show him the Gospel’s power to change lives. Eric is an almost-homeless man who I give a ride to his work every week.

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Sometimes it feels like this time I’m spending in the US waiting for my visa is a waste of time. There is so much to do in Spain, and during these months I’ve had my share of disappointments and setbacks. But I’m learning that if you are willing to slow down and look around, you’ll see that God is staying faithful to His promises, and He is working everything together for good. I’m so thankful for different ministry opportunities He’s provided. Most of them have come up completely unexpectedly, and they always show God’s handiwork.


IMG_1791I have one huge praise to share though. The Lord has provided the chance for me to make it back to Spain for Christmas this year. I am very excited to make it back. It has been 4 years since I’ve spent Christmas with my immediate family, so I can’t wait to be home with them again. There are a few things I’m hoping to look into while in Spain, so the Lord has worked it out perfectly.

As always, I appreciate your continued prayers. Pray that the Lord would give patience and wisdom. There is still a lot of red tape to wade through before my visa comes in. Pray that the Lord would continue to provide work as Greenville heads further into winter (when days get shorter and roofs get colder).

I love to hear back from you.

God bless,
David
Psalm 34:3