By all accounts, the marriage and business (initially known as Max Fitness Club) shared by Steve and Bonnie Pfiester was hugely successful. Unfortunately, that could not have been
farther from the truth.
“While we had a pretty good marriage for quite a while, neglect allowed issues to pile up,” Bonnie said. And soon, the couple separated.
Those marital issues transferred into their business lives and seemed impossible to straighten out, but God had other plans as always.
In mid-December 2013, Steve was the victim of an accidental firearm discharge that went through both his legs. And, as only God can orchestrate, at the same time, Bonnie needed to have surgery for what was thought to be a tumor on her ovary. However, in the middle of the procedure, doctors realized the tumor was actually attached to her appendix. After her major surgery, the estranged husband and wife ended up in the same hospital room together, where an authentic conversation could not be avoided.
“Quite frankly, I think God put us in ‘time out’ in that hospital room,” Bonnie said.
“Bonnie was out of it for days,” Steve said. “But the whole time I was writing down messages that I believe God gave to me. I thought, ‘If God can save us, He can save anybody.’ And then he gave me Isaiah 43:19.”
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
This message resonated with the couple who, before God making Himself known in their presence, didn’t even know if they were going to go home from the hospital together as their marriage had become so strained.
“It was obvious to me that God was doing something in that place,” Bonnie said. “We couldn’t deny what He was stirring in us. To see Steve seeking the Lord, when he’d been away from Him for so long, made me realize he couldn’t be right with God and not be right with me.”
As God began to heal their marriage, they also realized they needed to rebrand their business to reflect the grace God had extended to them as a couple.
Lift Vero has only been in existence for two years and is based on the Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 scripture. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls dow