Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring 2013- Ministry Update

We had a great Bible Club season! We had four clubs again this year: Smith Valley School, Cayuse Prairie Elementary, Hedges Elementary, and Olney-Bissell Elementary. Three of these clubs had over thirty clubbers coming each week. With these kind of numbers, we were grateful for the help of Jordan Johnson, McKenzie Walker, and Isaac Rajkowski. These individuals are college-age adults that each have a passion for serving the Lord. The clubbers loved them too! We are very thankful for their faithfulness. This year, Jordan had the opportunity to pray with a boy who accepted Christ as his Savior at one of the clubs.

Hedges was a fun club.  Brenda was a important part of this club, assisting directly with the activities and students. She is usually behind the scenes, gathering supplies and providing snacks for each club each week. It is nice to have her alongside as it was great to have our family together as we taught at our children's school.

Please pray for our Olney-Bissell club. Now that they have a more comprehensive busing service, the numbers dropped to seven children. These children are all non-churched. We would love to have more kids coming, but are glad to be making a difference in these children's lives.

Summer is around the corner! This summer looks like it will be especially filled with ministry opportunity. So far we have been lined up to direct one week of Day Camp, speaking both weeks of Camp Promise, and speaking for the two Junior Co-ed Camps all at Big Sky Bible Camp. Also, we have been invited back to lead the Junior Missionary Conference at a missions conference in Waldheim, Sask., Canada. We ask that you pray for God's leading and sustenance.

For more information on these ministries, you can check out the details at www.bigskybiblecamp.org and www.waldheimmissionsconference.com.

Lastly, you can check out our updated prayer requests list on the right side of this web page. Thank you for partnering with us!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall Family Update

Greetings from the Bonefeole Family! Here is a brief family update and newer pictures:


Todd and Brenda are quite busy managing a large household and ministry. Please keep them in your prayers. Some prayer requests include: energy and general health, Brenda's back pain, Todd and Brenda's dental maintenance,  and most importantly that they can continue to be used to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Isaiah's our sweet little goofball. He loves hugs and getting his family to laugh. Praise the Lord that his health has been better and his eating disorders have greatly decreased. He still struggles with some delays but has enjoyed his two mornings a week of speech therapy preschool. This has been helpful in his advancement. Please continue to pray for his improvement in his areas of delay.


Mallory still hasn't figured out she isn't the youngest yet! She's doing well in school and enjoys being the life of the party wherever she goes.


Brett is a great big brother. Brett and Isaiah have a great brotherly bond as Isaiah absolutely adores his older brother. Also, Brett enjoys school and is doing well as he learns new and harder things.


Megan continues to be our compassionate, beautiful young lady. She has such a big heart for people, especially those with needs. She is back in Hedges Elementary this year and doing well. Please pray for her as she makes friends and continues working on developing focusing skills for a classroom environment.


Danae harvested her first deer! She has joined the ranks of successful hunters and has thoroughly enjoyed herself. Danae is being home schooled this school year as some medical problems have caused her to be unable to attend Kalispell Middle School. We are hoping this time can be used to challenge her academically and possibly set her ahead a grade next fall. Danae experienced chronic migraines for about a month which only now have been able to be more maintained. She had a MRI recently as they are trying to work on a more permanent solution and a possible connection to her severe asthma. She will also need to have surgeries on both her feet within the next couple years.  Please pray for her health.


Levi has now reached the height of six feet! He does great in school where he is definitely one tall eighth grader. We are pleased that Levi's recent MRI showed little to no growth as the specialists have decided to watch it before proceeding to brain surgery. Continue to pray that the cyst will not grow or cause him problems.


Linea is attending the local community college, Flathead Valley Community College. She is working on a teaching degree as she eventually hopes to teach overseas. She was blessed with a great job and has purchased a nice car.


Alanna has moved out and is living with a friend. She is studying accounting at Flathead Valley Community College and continues to work at Lowe's.


Post Summer Ministry Update

This summer was busy, as usually, with speaking engagements and camping ministries. As a family, we spent much of the summer at Big Sky Bible Camp. Todd spoke for two of the traditional weeks of camp, but the highlight of the summer was day camp. Together, Todd and Brenda directed the two weeks of day camp for kindergarten through second graders. Brenda did great with the organizational aspects of preparation and execution- coming up with lesson plans, crafts, schedules- while also helping Todd with the hands-on aspects of teaching and games. The first week focused on the life of Joseph making puppets with coats-of-many-colors. Each camper took home a shield  the second week as they focused on the Armor of God. It was amazing to see the work of God in the children's lives as we had much feedback from parents and coworkers about the children's excitement from the lessons they were learning. It was also wonderful to be a part of children coming to the saving knowledge of God's grace. Below are some links to video slide shows from our time at Big Sky Bible Camp this summer.


With our children heading to school at the end of August, our ministry has shifted gears. While Brenda spends her time at children's appointments and helping with homework, Todd has continued to spend time at camp helping with retreats. Recently, all the students from Kalispell Middle School [where Levi attends] were just one of the groups using Big Sky Bible Camp's Ropes Course. Todd has also had speaking engagements at First Baptist Church in Bigfork and Stillwater Christian School.

We have continued to teach Children's Church at Central Bible Church as we prepare for the upcoming season of Bible Clubs. Please keep us in your prayers as we make our way back into the public schools teaching the knowledge of Christ's love and forgiveness.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Important: Please Pray for Levi!

Please pray for Levi as he will most likely be having brain surgery to remove a cyst the size of a tennis ball.

We found out that Levi had a cyst between the two sides of his brain after headaches when Levi was four or five years old. It was a fluke that we even found it as he had it from birth. For the next few years, the neurologist monitored it with an MRI once or twice a year. In 2008, the neurologist believed it would probably never cause Levi any problems since 80% of patients do not develop any issues.

Less than a month ago, Levi went for a routine eye exam. As part of the exam, Levi had his eyes dilated. This caused him to turn gray, pass out, and go into a mini seizure. The optometrist had seen this affect (called a Vasovagal Reflex) on rare occasions and was not worried about any further problems, but recommended an MRI because of Levi's history. About a week later, Levi hurt his thumb in the door and started passing out again. And again, at Costco and while watching a movie after no injury or prompter. We immediately had Levi go in for another MRI.

Upon getting the results back, we found out that the cyst has grown significantly. It is now the size of a tennis ball! Yesterday, Levi had an appointment with the neurologist. He believes that surgery is the best option. Right now, the cyst is not dangerous. It is not cancerous or part of the brain, but left to grow, it could eventually cause brain damage. The doctor advises removing it now before it becomes an emergency surgery. The surgery should not be very invasive as it does not require cutting into the brain and they can go through the soft spot on the top of the head instead of drilling through the skull. Nonetheless, any brain surgery is a big deal.

Please pray for Levi (and our family). Pray for peace of mind and knowledge of the doctors. Next week, he has an appointment to test if he has, or even will have, seizures caused by the cyst. From there, we will need to talk to other specialists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons to figure out the best course of action.