update on Michael

Thank you SO much, dear friends, for all your prayers for Michael.  Please keep praying!  Things have been rough recently, and there have been so many setbacks.  Today was hard- Michael is having a hard time breathing, and he's running a fever.  We are trusting out loving Father who is watching over Michael.  
A reader suggested that we post a picture so ya'll can put a face to the name you're praying for.  The above photo was taken last Thanksgiving when Michael and his family came to visit us.  You may remember reading about it here.  Michael left front in the photo above.  
"I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust." (Psalm 40:1&4a)

-posted by Allison


Update on Michael

Please continue to pray for Michael.  He is still a very sick young man; still in ICU on the ventilator; still needing so very much healing in his lungs and body.  On Tuesday he started having a lot more pain (this from someone who has had constant pain and needing pain meds for the past month) so finally they did a CT scan yesterday and found that his feeding tube had become disconnected which meant that his food wasn't going to his stomach!  They did emergency surgery to correct the problem.    Also pray for my sister, Ruth, his mother who has spent everyday for the past month in the hospital with Michael leaving only for the night (when he is stable) and sometimes to go out to eat with friends or for a walk.  


8th Annual Homeschool Family Camp Recap

Homeschool Family Camp 2014 was, everyone agreed, the best year yet. God did such amazing things + it was such a beautiful week of spending quality time with incredible people, being refreshed + encouraged by challenging messages and music, and all in all just rejoicing in the gift God has given us of physical family and most importantly the family of God!
Our theme this year was Serving. Each day we focused on a different aspect of this-serving our families, serving our churches, and serving our communities/the world.
Our theme scripture memory passage was Philippians 2:1-4:
"If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."

Have you been thinking about coming to family camp, and want to know a little bit more what it is all about? Well then, here are a few of the highlights from this year, to give you an idea of what to expect if you come. =)
*Amaaazing food! Fifteen yummy meals, as well as snacks every night! And unlimited coffee. =)
*Beautiful location!
*Lots and lots of optional activities! (zip line, kayaking, swimming, archery, tree climbing, hiking, etc)
*Fun family sports! (volleyball, soccer, and Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!)
*lots of cute little babies
*challenging messages from God's Word
*great object lessons
*special music
*worship before sessions
*young people's jam/worship nights
*scripture memory
*mother/daughter sessions
*father/son sessions
*hands on guys activities
*practical life skill and application activities for the ladies
*informal volleyball training session
*hilarious skits
*ladies, mens, and young people's prayer times
*young people's discussion times
*and much more! (if you are a family camp attendee and have more to add to this list, go right ahead in the comment box! =))

The wonderful thing about this family camp is that people come from just about every kind of background/church denomination/state/etc. We have such a diverse group. Not everyone grew up homeschooled. There are families of every size, from small to large. In addition to families, we have grandparents, single parent households, and single young people attend. We even had a newlywed couple this year! If you come, you are pretty much garenteed to find someone your age. And if you didn't, it wouldn't matter anyway, because at family camp, age and gender doesn't matter-we are all just one big FAMILY and that's how everyone is treated. It is an amazing atmosphere! It is family-focused and the whole point is strengthening families to grow and live for the Lord together.

If you are interested in attending the 9th Annual Homeschool Family Camp, please email us {info@bontragerfamilysingers.com} and we will send you a brochure! Sign up soon, because the 2015 camp is already over half full!

And now, a recap in pictures:

*special thanks to all of the photographers at camp who contributed in helping with these photos!
{posted by chelsy}