Arch Bonnema - Christian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
It encircles the towering ceiling of his kado pernikahan untuk sahabat home, inscribed in gold letters: -Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to provide for orphans and widows within their distress-- Though Bonnema, 56, has launched effective businesses and played a significant role in the early achievement of the film The Passion of the Christ-he purchased all of the chairs in Plano's Cinemark Tinseltown 20 for opening day time, and gave away the 6,000 tickets-orphan homes are the focus of his time and money today. They've with longstanding regional ministries in Uganda, Kenya, India, and Ethiopia to build orphan homes centered around churches and to staff them with widows, explicitly following a words of James 1:27 etched inside his home. -Once we build it all,- he says, -we provide it to them.- At this time, My House sponsors four orphan homes in India, two in Ethiopia, one in Kenya, and one in Uganda, all in rural areas. Four various other orphan homes are under structure; the Bonnemas desire to build 10 in 2010 2010. Over the years, My House has encountered its talk about of scammers--just people who wish money,- Bonnema says. -It's just as bad in the U.S. as it is over there.- Bonnema is rolling out a motto--We inspect what we expect.- My House personnel are on the ground talking to people before the organization builds, looking into the credentials of regional ministries and talking to pastors, mayors, and community leaders. -We make sure they have a good reputation for taking care of children,- he says. Bonnema's enthusiasm for orphans offers unlikely roots in the Minnesota farming community of Prinsburg, population 450, where he grew up. His grandfather, a farmer for many years and later -a very successful businessman,- entertained a constant blast of visitors from overseas-missionaries and pastors, to whom he gave a lot of his money. -He felt the best gift he previously was he knew how exactly to do good business. He understood about the world, because everybody came to visit him. He was very generous. They were expecting to discover some big tycoon, but he previously an extremely modest house. He lived in a very small town. He just gave away an enormous amount.- Faith pervaded the Bonnema family members, which prayed and read Scripture at every meal, three times a day, and attended the Christian Reformed church collectively. -I grew up in a family where all my relatives were strong, dedicated Christians,- says Bonnema, now an associate of Prestonwood Baptist Church. -That's where my heart was first touched by the orphans and widows,- he says. -I saw a different world than the one I lived in. It did two things: It tremendously increased my interest for ministry. I saw how easy it is to change lives, compared to the U.S. When you see how easy it is to make a difference, it makes you want to do more. -And it certainly opened my eyes so that I'm a good steward. It isn't about simply writing a check. It's like the parable of the good seeds.