A team of twenty students and leaders from 12 churches in 7 states came together at Grace Christian University to prepare to serve cross-culturally in both Curacao and Bonaire. After preparing lesson plans, special music, crafts, games and testimonies in boot camp, we began our ministry about 40 miles north of Venezuela on the beautiful island of Curacao. It was great to work together with our local leaders on work projects like building a storage shed, fence repairs, and helping to renovate the interior of the church. To share our testimonies, sing and worship together with the believers in two churches affiliated with GMI was a blessing.
After a 25 minute flight, our next stop was the island Bonaire where GMI missionaries, Carlos & Denise Brunk had a busy week lined up for us. Aside from lots of painting in the church’s meeting place, we were able to share the Gospel with kids in 4 Community Centers through the creation story. What a blessing to watch high school students stepping out of their comfort zone and sharing the Good News using the evangecube! Another highlight was helping the church host a beach volley ball tournament as an outreach event. It was a fun night and many heard the Gospel as it was shared through the testimony of Pastor Marshall Look of the Netherlands. The local TV and newspaper gave the event a lot of coverage. Neither of the two EXITE teams won the trophy but we had fun trying.
One can’t travel to Curacao and Bonaire without taking time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. The snorkeling, the flamingos, the iguanas, and the salt flats were all incredible.
A big thank you to Carlos and Denise Brunk and the leadership of the two Curacao Grace churches for making this trip possible!