Mathew, Kari, and their family are in the support-raising portion of their ministry here at MFI.
Matt grew up with his parents and older brother in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Kari was born in Illinois but grew up in various parts of Florida. They met when Kari went to college at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. After Kari finished her bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications, they were married in May of 1998 and had their first son, Patrick, that same year after moving to Florida.
Matt went to college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and earned an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology with is FAA Airframe and Powerplant license. He then went to work at several different commuter airlines. The first was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Kari and Matt received their second son, Marck, from the Lord. Then they moved back to Illinois and added their third blessing from God to the family, Luke. Shortly after Luke was born, Kari went back to school and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Patisserie and Baking at the Le Cordon Bleu Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. After this, they packed up the family and moved to Jacksonville, Florida to pursue careers.
After about 10 years of marriage, 30-year-old Matt finally committed his life to Christ. Kari accepted Jesus in her life at the age of 35 after dealing with being laid off at two different jobs and having to go through several Christian therapeutic retreats to deal with past issues. At that time, both wholeheartedly started following the Lord and strengthening their faith which soon would be tested.
In June of 2009, while on vacation, their oldest son Patrick was in a tragic accident. Had it not been for the miraculous power of God, he would not have survived, let alone made a near full recovery. He spent months in the hospital and years in therapy but surpassed all the doctor’s expectations and predictions. He is currently in college attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia pursuing a degree in financial services.
Even though Kari had achieved working in both fields that she has degrees in, her sons’ needs and lack of a current job prior to Patrick’s accident made it difficult to pursue her career. At that time, she felt that God called her to start homeschooling their boys. Currently, she is utilizing her time to help her younger two boys get into different schools to maximize their potential while taking on a role of private baking lessons to anyone interested in her services. She is excited to see where God will lead her and her family in life as they make the transition into mission life.
Matt volunteers at their youngest son’s Boy Scout Troop and at their middle son’s Trail Life Troop. He is also helping as an adult leader in the youth group at FUMC. God has called Matt to missions with MFI after he went on several youth mission trips and Walk to Emmaus weekend.
Mathew, Kari, and their family are in the support-raising portion of their ministry here at MFI. Mathew is working full-time as an aircraft mechanic while raising support and will be serving at MFI as a maintenance specialist.
If you have chosen to donate toward the ministry of the Bonk family, thank you! Our staff of pilots and mechanics have chosen to give their time and skills in order to serve the Lord. Therefore, this family relies on the financial support of others in order to continue serving with MFI.
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