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.