Bonner Gospel Mission June 2019

Dear Friends,

Matthew 18:21-22 KJV Then came Peter to Him, and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."

As hard as it is, we are called to forgive. Sometimes we're not quite ready to forgive someone who's wronged us. We want some time to stew on it, thinking of w3ays we can take revenge, or even hope something bad happens to them. It takes a lot of time and effort to not forgive. Unforgiveness can consume our time and thoughts causing bitterness, anger and rage. Then before we know it, we begin to suck others into it with slander and gossip.

Eph 4:31-32 tells us to "get rid of all these feelings, be kind, compassionate and forgive each other just as God in Christ forgave you." When we put things into perspective, God loves the other person you need to forgive just as much as He loves you. That's why He…

Bonner Gospel Mission, May 2019

Bonner Gospel Mission May, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friends,

Luke 24:45-48 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures...

Jesus just spent 3 years teaching, mentoring, and being the example of compassion, mercy, and grace with His closest friends, His disciples. He performed miracles that amazed them over and over again. He even gave3 them the power to do miracles. He washed their feet as an example of serving in humility (including Judas, knowing he was about to betray Him). Jesus loved those men. The disciples seemed to be honored to be chosen and taught by him. They even argued about who was the greatest. Even thought they knew Him they just didn't get it. When Jesus needed them the most, to watch and pray they fell asleep. He was betrayed by Judas with a kiss, then the rest of them left Him and fled. Peter even said at one point, along with all the others..., "Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee." Likewise also said all the disciples. Matth…

Brian & Rachel Rich, March 2019

March 2019

We would be naive to think that our enemy would sit idly by and watch us make progress toward bringing God's light to more people.

Until this month, we were happily oblivious to the complaints against us, even though all our neighbors (indigenous and non-indigenous alike) have apparently known for a long time. Ascertaining exactly what the complaints are and who is against us, has proven difficult. It seems to be people from other villages who are jealous of the benefits we have brought to this village. There is also much misinformation that has been propagated, such as us embezzling money that the government intended for them, or that we are growing marijuana. They apparently questioned our presence on indigenous land during some of their big, inter-village meetings, with the presence of some missio-phobic NGOs who need no good excuse to persecute us.

Needless to say, that has been on our minds a lot recently. It is common for missionaries to have this type of thing ha…

Heather MacKnee March

Hi Everybody,

How are you doing? I hope all is well. Thank you so much for taking time to read this update. I hope you enjoy the pictures too. God bless you all as you live for Him.

Joyfully His,
Heather MacKnee 

 The pictures: 
I found a really cool wall the other day. I think you'll understand why I like it. 

In my update I talk about the following:

Blanca and her brother, Jesus, and Blanca's baby boy.
David has his baby on his shoulders, and Mariela is beside him.
One of the last pics I have of Javier, when I was teaching him how to drive my car.
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Bonner Gospel Mission April

Bonner Gospel Mission, April 2019

Dear Friends,

Matthew 4:19 And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."

     Isn't it interesting that Jesus chose 12 ordinary men to become His disciples which resulted in an extra ordinary ministry? He mentored and trained these men for greatness. The had no idea what lay ahead of them. They left everything to follow Him. Some of the men were fisherman who made their living fishing, which required patience, persistence, and a willingness to work long hard hours. They had to be able to work together as a team. Some were brothers, one a tax collector, and even a traitor! Each one was different, but each one was used by God. We encourage our men, that since God did transform and use these ordinary men, He can transform and use them, too.

     Our former volunteer/staff person, Bob Staten, is an example of how God took an ordinary man and transformed his life into a person whose desire is to share what Christ did f…

The Rich Family in Brazil, February 2019

D's picnic wish (we waited for town with less bugs)

Praise God
For the time we spent in town
That He answered our prayers
  concerning our broken boat

Please Pray
For perseverance and strength
For people willing and able to help
  us with learning their language
  and culture

Rachel and boys visiting a lady from church in town

Return to village--Sun after rain and raincoats We are never quite sure what we will find when we return to the village after being away for a while. This time, we were greeted by a practically empty village with many gone to town and the news that a small wildcat had eaten all of our chickens. There was only one guy to help us carry our stuff, so it was tiring and took a good part of the afternoon to make all the trips from t…

The Stewart Family in New Guinea, January 2019

We are back in Papua New Guinea!

The last you heard from us we were still lacking some monthly support and were celebrating Christmas. Then we took off into the sunset and disappeared! So sorry about that! The GREAT news is that God faithfully provided the remainder of our support and we were able to get back to work.
We spent a wonderful sunny week in one of our favorite places on earth, Cairns, Australia, getting over jet lag and doing some last minute shopping (a blender, shoes, nine pounds of cheese…not kidding). We always like to get over jet lag in a country that has McDonalds. Then bright and early on January 7th we flew back to Papua New Guinea. As our Kodiak was circling Ukarumpa and preparing to land Paul turned to me with his eyes filling up and said “We’re back!”
Everyone keeps asking “How was furlough?” And we answer “It was great!” The next question is “Are you happy to be back?” And we say “YES! We are thrilled to be back!” The answer is gloriously BOT…