My name is Nikki. I am originally from Mississippi, but my family and I have recently settled in Arequipa, Peru and we are hoping to put down roots here for the long haul. My husband Nate and I have been married for 10 years and have 3 little boys, ages 4, 4, and 5. As a family, the Lord has called us to cross-cultural ministry and adoption and we are passionate about sharing about both with whoever will listen! In addition to my roles as wife, mama, and global worker, I love to read, write, travel, and dream up sewing/crafts/home decor projects that never actually come to fruition.
Our home of Arequipa is located in southern Peru and is completely surrounded by desert. It is fairly isolated both geographically and culturally. The skyline is dominated by a towering volcano and the Andes mountains from every direction. It is beautiful and dry, and though we only get about 3.5 inches of rain per year, we get to enjoy warm sunshine practically every single day. It’s a growing city of about 1 million people, and it is in a season of rapid development and change. We are thankful to be here during a time when the city and region are so ripe for hearing the truths of the gospel.
Our ministry is primarily focused on church planting, discipleship, evangelism, and mercy ministry in Arequipa. My husband is currently co-pastoring a small local congregation, and we are hoping and praying that this tiny church will grow to be able to plant other thriving, gospel-centered churches in and around this growing city. We are involved in teaching and discipling, music ministry, youth ministry, counseling, and teaching English. While Nate’s days are spent pastoring, building relationships, and discipling, mine are filled with homeschooling our three adventurous little superheroes, helping with church ministry, teaching the Bible to women in our church and community, and figuring out how to cook, clean, and live in a whole new context!
Join us in praying for the people of Arequipa and for our small team here as we minister and share the gospel.
- Please pray for our tiny but growing church, that the members would continue to deepen in their thirst for a relationship with Christ and that doors would open for continued church-planting around the city.
- Please pray for our family as we continue adjusting to our new home here in Arequipa while we learn the culture and continue learning the language.
You can keep up with our family’s adventures at www.NateandNikkiBonham.wordpress.com and our team at www.CrossCollaboration.org.