Bontrager family going to Detroit
Most times when people hear the word “BONTRAGER” they think of tires on a Trek bike. We are the “other” Bontragers.
My wife and I (Ruth) were married May 1993 in Greenville, South Carolina. We now have four children and love how God has used even our children to mold us more into His image. Katie is our oldest (15 years old) and is a freshman at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro. Kellie is our youngest daughter (14 years old) and is in 8th grade at Evergreen Middle School. We also have two boys Clete III (8 years old & 2nd grade) and Clayton (6 years old & kindergarten) both go to Patterson Elementary School.
We have the great privilege of ministering at Grace & Truth Bible Church. We have been so blessed with so many friends over the past 3 years and will terribly miss them when we move to Detroit. We have become so close to the folks in our small group and thank the Lord how they have ministered in our lives. I want to thank especially Paula Hoke for her love for our family and her love for her King and being a great influence in our life and also Terry and Becky Woolbright for their wisdom in our small group. They have been such a blessing in our life.
A desire for ministry to the marginalized of our society has been a recurring theme in our life. God has placed within us a real burning desire to see His saving grace go forth in this type of setting. Bridgetown Ministries has been a great training ground for us in a lot of ways.
One thing we have learned is that changing a person’s physical situation is not the only change that needs to happen, but it sure is a great way to see the gospel in action. If we do not take care of the physical needs of these people, but only care only about getting the gospel message to them, we are not being faithful with the gospel Jesus has entrusted us with. On the flip side, if we only take care of physical needs and never get to the real problem of every person, we are again not really loving people like Christ loved us. (James 2:5 / Matt 25: 37-40)
The Bontrager family sees this next chapter of our life as what we have been designed by God to do. We hope to see many people that Jesus purchased on the cross come to Him by our ministry. We want to be salt and light in a decaying place (Matt 5: 13-16) like Detroit Michigan.
Some prayer needs:
- we have put an offer in on a house, it is a short sale so the bank will need to accept our offer.
- we need to move our business (Wholesale Wheel & Hubcap)
- we need the Holy Spirit to bring in the promised harvest. (Luke 10:2)