Back to America… temporarily

Well I’m back in the United States again. I’m grateful for all the Lord allowed me to do in Spain this summer. It truly was an amazing time, and I can’t wait to be back again.

This summer I was able to spend significant time in Irun helping my grandfather Al Bonikowsky in the Irun church ministry. I grew closer to the church people there, and was very blessed during the time I was there. Preaching there every Sunday was a valuable and stretching experience. During the summer, I preached through the book of James, and finished the book my last Sunday there. The Lord taught me a lot through it all.

Now I’m here in the States again. I returned to apply for Spanish residency so I can return to Spain for a longer period. From what I understand, the paperwork I will need to go through can take anywhere between 3 to 6 months. I’ll be here as long as it takes everything to go through, then it’s back to Spain.

While I finish paperwork here in the US, I plan on working as much as the Lord allows, possibly taking on a few jobs. I will need to save money for the next few years of graduate studies, since I won’t have opportunity to work while I’m in Spain. I appreciate your prayers that the Lord would continue to provide, and I am confident that He will.

I’ve been in communication with a mission board for my return. So when I come back to Spain I’ll be there as a missionary under World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions, the mission board my parents and grandparents serve with. I’m looking forward to working with them.

SAM_3110Once back in Spain, I will be working in the Iglesia Bautista Bíblica de Irún. I will be in the Church Assistant program through Northland International University and have the opportunity to finish a master’s degree while I work at the church. I expect to take 2 years to complete my master’s degree there. I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue my studies without the drawback of losing contact with local church ministry.

Thank you as always for your prayers. It’s been exciting to see all the Lord has done in my life in the past few months. I am more burdened than ever for the people of Spain, and I really can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for my life.

God bless,

Ps. 34:3

Summer ministry highlights: Aierdi Farmhouse

I mentioned that I wanted to highlight a few of the ministries I’ve been able to be a part of throughout the summer. So today I wanted to mention the work that goes on at the Aierdi Farmhouse.

When the Lord miraculously provided Aierdi 11 years ago, it needed a lot of work. The Aierdi farmhouse is an old Basque structure built over 300 years ago. Though it’s been lived in throughout the centuries, it was barely habitable when the Lord first gave it to us. From the beginning, we’ve taken the challenge of renovating the farmhouse, one step at a time.

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The farmhouse has been used to host many church activities, outreach ministries, retreats, and Bible seminars. It has been a tremendous help to the work here in Spain.

I’ve spent a significant amount of time this summer working there in construction and maintenance. There is always work to be done, and there are always improvements to be made. So whether replacing an old roof, or building a water tank, or clearing out trees, I’ve been kept busy.

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We have held a few of our weekly youth activities at the farmhouse. It is a perfect place to get away and have good Christian fellowship. There is also lots  of room for playing volleyball :).

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Please pray for the ongoing work there. The Lord has used the Aierdi farmhouse to change many lives, and I pray that He will continue to do so. Please pray for safety for those who continue working there. And as always, please pray that the Lord would continue to direct my parents, the other missionaries here, and me as He sees best.

God bless,

Ps. 34:3