- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Bonnie Ellis serves in the many farming communities throughout rural south central Iowa. Though often struggling financially, residents in this area are very friendly and welcoming. Most live and work on small farms or in agriculture and manufacturing industries.
While many people in these communities have grown up in the church, they tend to be reserved when it comes to spiritual matters. Many have not given their lives to Christ, and only attend church because “it’s always what we’ve done”. There are many spiritual needs in these communities, and families struggling to make ends meet especially need to hear the hope of the gospel. There is also a great need to disciple young believers and encourage them in their faith.
After seeing the need in her community, Bonnie began reaching local children and youth through a number of ministries. Throughout the year, she holds a kids’ club for children in the area with the aim to reach children and their families with the gospel message. Bonnie is also the current director of Winsome Bible Camp, which hosts three camp sessions in the summer and conducts a retreat for adults.
“I have been blessed to see many children come to faith during my years of ministry,” Bonnie writes. She also helps equip local churches that are connected with the mission to better serve the children in their congregations. In addition to children’s ministry, Bonnie holds a Bible study for senior ladies and makes frequent visits to the elderly in surrounding communities.
Bonnie has served as InFaith field staff since 1966.
Bonnie and her late-husband both majored in Christian education in college, and joined the mission in 1966 to use those skills in rural Iowa. After her husband’s passing in 1999, Bonnie continued the work they started, and still reaches kids today with the gospel message.
Bonnie has three adult children.