Arch Bonnema - Christian Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
---By Julie Lyons Arch Bonnema's mission couldn't end up being hadiah ulang tahun untuk pacar. It encircles the towering ceiling of his McKinney home, inscribed in gold letters: -Religion that God our Dad accepts as genuine and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress-- Though Bonnema, 56, provides launched several successful businesses and played a significant role in the early achievement of the film The Enthusiasm of the Christ-he purchased all of the chairs in Plano's Cinemark Tinseltown 20 for opening day time, and away the 6,000 tickets-orphan homes are the focus of his money and time today. They've partnered with longstanding regional ministries in Uganda, Kenya, India, and to build orphan homes centered around churches and to staff them with widows, explicitly following words of James 1:27 etched inside his home. -There were times when we gave significantly and experienced the largest hardships, but we kept on giving. We still survived. It could have been a year or two later on, but God gave us a tremendous blessing.- In Arch's and Sherry's case, their decision to tithe lavishly was accompanied by the increased loss of their savings and various other assets-just about everything but their house. They even sold their last car, a two-year-old Cadillac, so they could well keep the pledges they'd made to ministries. -We gave everything we'd, including cashing inside our retirement, to ensure that our promises to missions were fulfilled,- Arch says. -It's not really that my business dropped off, but I spent less period carrying it out, and my income dropped-while my giving increased, percentage-wise. No issue, we thought. How will you be happy when existence is full of issues and temptations? Because you learn to trust God. That's when you truly build your faith.- Crossing the world with little money or position allowed him to see reality in the countries he visited, where nobody was trying to impress him. He prevented the big cities and wandered through rural areas, -where you truly see the people.- He witnessed poverty and oppression, degradation and violence. Along with people who have few possessions who got inexplicable joy in their like for God. -That's where my heart was first touched by the orphans and widows,- he says. -I noticed a different world compared to the one I resided in. It did a couple of things: It tremendously increased my enthusiasm for ministry. I saw how easy it really is to change lives, when compared to U.S. When you see how easy it is to produce a difference, it makes you wish to accomplish more. -And it really opened my eyes in order that I'm a good steward. It isn't about just writing a check. It's like the parable of the good seeds. It's giving to the proper place at the right time.- Over the years, Bonnema offers visited 93 countries, all except one with his wife. That one country was Iran, where he believes his group found the petrified remains of Noah's Ark in 2006.