Cross Collaboration 2019 Update
Westminster’s Mission of the Month for March is “Cross Collaboration,” the partnership of three missionary families: Nate and Nikki Bonham, Nathaniel and Alicia Gutierrez, and John and Lorena McCall. Many of you will be familiar with the Bonhams and Gutierrezes, but may not be aware that the McCall family was added to the team in April, 2018. They are currently all spread out, with the Gutierrez family on a year-long Home Ministry Assignment in the United States, the McCall family continuing to raise funds for the rest of the year, and the Bonhams are busy holding down the fort in Arequipa in the meantime.
Here are a few things that Nate Bonham has asked us to pray for them:
- Seminario Bíblico Reformado (Reformed Bible Seminary) continues to grow. We just started another module of classes at the beginning of February. The Seminary has touched the lives of more than 150 in three countries, and we will celebrate our 1 year anniversary in March. Rodny (a Venezuelan) and his wife, Sara (a Colombian), continue to work with us in the seminary.
- We are also busy partnering with a few churches here in Arequipa. Our role is to help support and equip local churches and their pastors. One particularly incredible story is that we are helping a church come out of the "Prosperity Gospel" and into the true gospel. Their leaders asked us to come alongside of them and help them adopt a confession of faith, a path to church membership, and a strategy for discerning and discipling future leaders. Along with that, Nate preaches and teaches regularly at these churches.
- Nikki just began a community women's Bible study. Their first meeting had over 40 ladies in attendance consisting of believers from various churches and also non-believers looking for answers. Most of the ladies are used to women's Bible studies that are nothing more than lists of things a woman must do. Nikki is tearing down those false messages and building from scratch upon the Gospel.
- Nate continues to learn the ropes as Regional Director of South America. This involves a lot of time shepherding and leading our colleagues throughout South America. We currently have over 70 missionaries present in 6 countries. This will also require an increased amount of travel.
This is a snapshot of what is going on in the lives of the Bonhams and how YOU can be praying for them.
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Local Seminary Students
Nikki leading a women's Bible study in their home
Nate preaching at a local church
Nate preaching at a church in the outskirts of the city