Jesse Bonilla

What is a Lead Missionary?
A staff member who, not only builds relationships with teens, but also vision casts, plans and implements the mission at their site. Lead Missionaries also build up, train and guide other local missionaries.

When I first encountered the love of Christ, I remember instantly that I wanted to give my life to Him and serve Him for the rest of my life. Once I learned about missionary work, I used to imagine myself giving my life in service of others, I had a strong desire but figured it wasn’t the right time. Then after 8 years of being a part of a beautiful ministry called Tira La Red, I felt a strong calling to leave everything behind and move to Pittsburgh. In a very short period of time, I made the move and within the first month I learned about Vagabond Missions. It started to stir that same desire that I had in me for years, and eventually God made it clear that this would be the next chapter of my life. And now I am here, giving myself fully to the youth and using all the lessons God has taught me over the years.

I am excited to be able to walk with different teens in different situations. It will allow me to better understand and further learn how to love. I am looking forward to doing street evangelization, meeting these teens wherever they are. Especially on the basketball court so I can school some of these youngsters. Finally, I look forward to seeing the transformation of all the youth we meet and building their confidence and directing their lives to God, providing hope to the hopeless.

“If my life were a movie, I honestly do not know too many young Latino actors, but Jason Genao is short like me, so I would want him to play the part of me.”

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