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Published on October 26th, 2012 | by ABCUSA

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IM Missionaries Carlos Bonilla, Mayra Giovanetti Accept Call to Serve in Nicaragua

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/26/12)—After serving in Spain for the past two years, International Ministries (IM) missionaries Mayra Giovanetti and Carlos Bonilla are being reassigned to service in Nicaragua beginning in January 2013.  They have been invited to work with the Baptist Theological Seminary in Nicaragua.

The couple will serve in informal theological education in the churches of the Baptist Convention of Nicaragua and as writers of curriculum material for the Seminary.

“There are too many details on how we HEAR the CALL to this new field of service,” Mayra explained,  “But suffice to say that it was a decision well prayed for, as a family (including our children), with our Area Director, and with the support of our Missionary Partnership Team (MPT)…. We are grateful the Lord opened a door for us in Nicaragua where we will continue to serve Him as we have in Chile, in Pennsylvania, in Puerto Rico, in Spain, in Indiana, and everywhere we are.”

Long-term missionaries serving with IM since 2000, Carlos and Mayra’s new assignment follows their service in Chile (2000-2010) and Spain (2010-2012).  The family left Spain in 2012 after the renewal of their resident permits were denied. “We continue to pray and covet your prayers for our siblings in Spain in their time of need,” added Mayra.

Carlos and Mayra communicate with their churches and partners through their journals and photos on the IM website and their updates, Acts in Action—BGsEnRoute. They continue to seek to show others God’s love and mercy, as a reality. They consider it a wonderful privilege to be able to serve God and to practice what the Lord placed in their hearts: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15 NKJV)

To learn more about Mayra and Carlos and their children, Alberto, Carolina and Daniela, who serve in ministry with them, go to www.internationalministries.org and click on PEOPLE.

Nicaragua is located in Central America with a population of 5.5 million people. The capital city is Managua. The Baptist Convention of Nicaragua has 240 churches. 

For more information, contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org.

American Baptist International Ministries (IM) was organized in 1814 as the first Baptist international mission agency in America. It began its pioneer mission work in Burma and today works in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas serving more than 1,800 long-term and short-term missionaries. Its central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God, and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. It works with respected partners in over 70 countries in ministries that meet human need.
American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with 5,500 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.


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