Friends Across the Miles

Finally, we rejoice in the restoration of complete blogging capabilities!  I am excited to share with you a glimpse of our lives these past three weeks.  That's right, several days ago, we hit the "1/4th way mark" of this trip!  There are many more pictures to post, but I have decided to begin with a glimpse into the friendships we've been blessed with across the miles.

There are also many dear people who we didn't get pictures of.  To those of you who we have been blessed to fellowship with these past few weeks but have not taken pictures of our time with you, thank you for your love and hospitality!  We love you!
"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." Proverbs 27:17


12 Days Later............

 .................the Bontrager family is enjoying {chilly} San Antonio!  Thank you, faithful readers, for your patience.  I began a post last week when we had internet access in Dallas, but that never got finished.:)  So, finally, here is a short update! 

We have been blessed to share in multiple churches so far on this tour, and this afternoon we had a very unique opportunity to minister in downtown San Antonio. (that post is "coming soon"!) 

We are so thankful for those of you who are praying for us.  It is such an encouragement and blessing.

God has been so good to us!  He has been so faithful through every step these past days, and I am excited to share much more soon. 

(Thank you, Pastor Al, for the pictures.)

Upcoming Posts
-ministry opportunity in downtown San Antonio
-hilarious, character-building experiences
-divine meetings with people
-specific answers to prayers



for the big trip!

The following pictures give a glimpse of the things we have been busy with in the past days.  

 Joshua crossing off items on his packing list

This fridge now contains much food for the coming days!

The girls' room did look rather like a tornado!  "What will I need for three months"? can be hard to decide.:)

Rebecca has been a good little helper in the midst of the flurry of packing!

LOTS of clothes! 

Getting the new fridge into the bus (the old one didn't work) was quite an ordeal.  To make a long story short, we tried and tried and tried to find a "professional" to help us remove a bus window and install the new fridge.  Unfortunately, after many phone calls, we Dad still had not found anyone who wanted to tackle the project.  Finally, through a friend, we made contact with a local man who was willing to help us.  And on New Years Day, no less!  What an answer to prayer....thank you, Lord!  

This is a ledge in the bathroom which turns out to be storage space for washcloths.

Character definitions posted on the wall.

Hudson looking out the front window of his home for the next (approx.) three months.

Grandma spent hours cutting, knotting, and sewing two new comforters for use on the bus.  Thank you, Grandma!

Organizing and arranging the kitchen has been a fun and challenging project. 


By now we are nearing the "take-off" point; most of the packing is finished.  Things that still need to be finished include the following: last-minute packing, cleaning up the house, outside chores, and showers.  We always seem to end up leaving much later than "scheduled".:)  My current prediction of actual departure: 11:00 PM.

We would appreciate your prayers as we begin this trip.  Check the blog for coming updates!


"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, sayeth the Lord of hosts."  Zechariah 4:6b

Big Catch!

Denver took up trapping this fall, and did pretty well! 
*12 coon
*1 muskrat
*1 red fox!!!
Way to go, Denver!!

New Year's Eve Party

On New Year's Eve, we had a party here with the Zollinger Family. We met their family about 7 years ago and have been very blessed to know them ever since! They own an online store/business, Taught of the Lord, and sell many of our family's favorite books, audios, and homeschool resources.
We enjoyed a lovely evening with lots of yummy food, fellowship, and multiple rounds of "Occupation" & "King Frog".



P r a c t i c e !