Carlos & Denise Brunk
Carlos graduated from Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University) in 1991 with a Bachelor’s in Theological Studies. Carlos and Denise married December 23, 1990, on the island of Curacao, and then pastored the Grace church in Curacao (a Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela) for nine years after it was pastored by GMI missionaries—the Lees, Leonards, and Hunts.
After training other men for the ministry and establishing the church organization with elders and deacons, Carlos felt his goals were achieved and the Lord was leading the Brunks towards new things to do for Him. Carlos resigned as pastor to study counseling and to follow the desire to establish a Grace church in the Netherlands. They left the Curacao church stable, healthy, and growing in attendance.
They started a Grace church in the Netherlands together with six Grace believers from their church in Curacao. In the year 2003 they had our first official services in the city of Almere in the Netherlands. They started an outreach in a public school geared toward the 4,000 Antillean people (from the Dutch Caribbean islands) in the city of Almere. The city is about a 30-minute drive from Amsterdam.
In January 2012, Carlos and Denise felt that the Gemeente de Bijbel (Bible Church) was ready to function on its own under the pastoral leadership of the copastor, Marshall Look, his wife, Shurenda, and a team of deacons.
After praying for a few months the desire grew stronger that it was time to leave the Netherlands. About that same time Denise’s mother called her from Curacao with the news that on the island of Bonaire they were looking for a school teacher. They felt the peace of God in their hearts to live on Bonaire and to start another Grace church on that island. Denise applied for the job as a teacher on the island of Bonaire and got it.
They decided to start the Grace church (Ministerio di Grasia Bonaire) in a Community Center in the district of Tera Kora. About 2,000 Antillean people live in this area. On Saturday night, September 6, 2013, they showed their first gospel movie in the community. They had their first official church service on Sunday, September 7.
We left the community center in 2014 to continue our ministry at our home because of financial reasons. The ministry continued to grow and develop in a healthy way. We used our yard to show Christian films and to hold couples encounters in sharing the Gospel. During the couples’ encounters, the couples would first play some games to break the ice. Afterwards Carlos would share on an issue in marriage. God used the couples’ encounters to save several couples whose marriages were not going well. Some of the couples started coming to our church after the couples’ encounters.
We held our church services, Bible studies, and prayer meetings in the living room of our house. Our children’s church was held in our guestroom. The ministry of Grace grew in our home over the following years.
In July 2017 God provided a community center in town for our church to meet. The community center can seat about 80 people. There is also room for children’s church outside in an open area with a roof.
God has also opened a door for us to share the Gospel of Grace with the entire population of Bonaire weekdays by radio. We were on the radio on Sunday morning for one hour on the most popular secular radio station of Bonaire, but the radio manager offered us time on the air weekdays Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. which started March 5, 2018. We have a radio team of five members, including Denise and Carlos. The other three members are a couple from Bonaire and a young Dutchman, who attends our church.
Please keep our listeners in prayer. Also pray for God to open more doors for us to bring the gospel of Christ to the people living on the island of Bonaire, as well as for the Lord to send more workers in the field to help us with the ministry.
To see Carlos and Denise’s most recent letter, please click HERE.