How it all began....
Our story starts basically with Angela…
Angela is typically a very shy lady. So when she insisted we to go visit a church in Orlando, I was taken aback, but figured it must be a God thing!
So we went to the First Baptist Church of Windermere. The Sunday school teacher, was a missionary from Brazil, just like us. He gave his testimony about Mozambique, and the corruption, the difficulties, the poor housing, and the poverty.
Afterwords, I approached him and offered an old metal building that I would like to send, and he directed me to Pastor Paulo Roia in Africa.
And at that moment, our Mozambique journey started.
After many talks, we learned that it would it cost about $18,000 to transport two shipping containers from my home to their final destination in Tete. Out of curiosity I asked Paulo how much it would cost to build an 8,000 square foot structure, and learned it would be less than $10,000.
Okay, now that is interesting! I can do that!
As we became friends, I found out that he oversees 14 churches. Most of them are in very poor condition, like lacking walls and roofs, and in some cases, no structure at all. As a builder, the situation started to get to me. At the same time, Paulo was sending images of him preaching on street corners, in open fields, and in huts.
One of those locations with no building, was the Village of Caphiri Dzange. I learned that we could help build a brick 30'x60' church for $1,500, which covered the cement, wood, and metal.
I shared this with Angela, and she was all in. And we completed our first church project in Monzambique!
Not long after that, Pastor Paulo asked if I could help finish a missionary's home where they hold classes, host pastors from other areas, and house two students permanently.
Again, I asked Angela and again and she said yes, let’s do it.
Upon completion of that home, Pastor Paulo called me and said, "Mr. Guil, I have $50 dollars left over. What do we do with it?" Imagine my surprise!
We learned we could feed ALL the 23 kids with that $50 for a whole month!
Excited with that deal, we spoke with our children, friends and family, and all of them wanted to help feed those kids. So, in just a couple of days, we had $250 a month from donors. Which was God's perfect work, because with the addition of a meal, more kids were coming to school. We needed more food and more teachers.
Today we feed 83 kids, plus pay 4 teachers!
Over that same time period, I was still receiving pictures from Paulo, and God had me notice the number of people without bibles. Especially noticing Paulo's crumbling bible, but he corrected me... the pastors actually tear apart their bibles so they can share one.
After that, I understood what God was laying on my heart.
I had to get bibles to those people.
We did the math, and we counted 1,000 church-goers. That number seemed so big to me at the time. Searching the ways, my brother found an organization called The United Bible Society with a chapter in Mozambique. We received a quote that the Portuguese (their native language) written bibles would cost $11 each. Ouch.
During a visit from Pastor Wes and Darlene to our home, I told him the story, and he generously said Williston Church Of God would help us buy 200 Bibles.
Then I got the calling to go visit Africa. We packed suitcases with clothes crayons, books, pencils, and the love and prayers of Mrs. Angela.
What an experience!
After reception and a shower, we went directly to the Bible Society and I learned they had a special deal. I suddenly had the money to buy 400 bibles!
What really impressed me on that trip, was the reception I received in all of the churches. They gave offerings while they were dancing, singing, and so very happy to give. And it was unbelievable how much they gave!
And the poorest of all the churches I visited, gave so much food and money. They wholeheartedly believe that as they give, they will receive their blessings.
During the 30 hour trip back home, I was reviewing the pictures and wouldn't you believe it, but God showed me another real need: water.
Would you imagine if you had to walk five miles, one way, only to bring unsanitary water to your home?
When I landed in NY, I immediately called Pastor Paulo to find out how much wells cost. A bit later, he informed me that each well is $5,000.
And we need 14 of them!
Following God's lead, I started sharing the story with friends, family, clients, and acquaintances. I am happy to report that as of January 2019, we have installed 3 wells! It has not been easy, but God simply keeps opening doors for progress.
In the midst of the construction, bible distribution, and well installations; generous donors were filling other needs, including: 17 soccer balls, 100 flip flops, and 55 dental care packages.
We did not plan for this, but our prayers are that God uses us.
After much prayer, and with the large amount of donations we were using, we decided it best to open a non-profit organization, and “Guil Bombonato Missions, Inc.” was born.
By the grace of God, we are open for business! We need your prayers, and would love you to get involved.
Thank you all and may God bless you.