By Kim Barry
In the past few years, I have studied about and met some truly amazing people and looked at the legacies they left by their lives, impacting those around them and their descendants. We don’t often see first-hand the influence one person has had on the lives of others, but recently some of us were fortunate enough to experience this.
On March 1st, 400 people gathered at UTS for a seunghwa ceremony to celebrate the life and give our final farewell to Bruce Bonini. He was not a major leader in our movement, and I’ve yet to see an announcement on an official church site about his passing. What drew so many to his final farewell? It was his heart.
The large attendance of so many young people attested to the fact he had a big impact across generations. Several young men gave tearful testimonies of how just a few wise, kind words from Bruce had life-altering impact on them.
Bruce was instrumental in the development of Shehaqua Family Camp in Pennsylvania, the Pocono Family Ministries, which has been such a great source of inspiration, education and community. It would take a book to document the impact that Shehaqua has had on the lives of countless families. All of those who started and invested in that camp should be proud of its legacy. Bruce more recently had invested himself in developing a music ministry in Bridgeport, Connecticut.