Our inaugural blog…
We never thought we would ever enter the world of blogging, but as we investigate the benefits of blogging, we realize it could be a very useful tool in keeping everyone informed and abreast of our ministry work.
Some of you reading this may not know where we are right now, what we are doing or why we are here. (Those of you who know, you may skip the next section.)
Bringing everyone up to speed—
We are on Providence Island (better known as Nassau, Bahamas) to learn about the culture, see the island, meet the local people, visit area ministries, explore the Adventure Learning Center and meet its staff, and most of all to see if God is calling us to do His work as directors of the Adventure Learning Center Camp here in the Bahamas.
This possible move in ministry work is a HUGE decision that must be bathed in prayer. Please pray with us as we seek God’s will and guidance.
The story of our journey is rather lengthy, but we will not take the time here to give you every detail. Briefly, this journey to the Bahamas began a couple months ago when 3 different people, at 3 different occasions approached us about the ministry need of the Adventure Learning Center Camp in Nassau, Bahamas (alcbahamas.org). We met with board members of the ALC at the end of June. At that meeting, the decision was made for us to plan a visit to the ALC in the Bahamas at the end of August to see the ministry and the country to see if this is where God was leading us. As advised by a couple of the board members, we brought Zachary and Logan with us since the move here would affect them directly as well. So, here we are. We flew out of Minneapolis on Tuesday morning, August 28th, and after a 2 hour lay-over in Atlanta, we arrived in Nassau at about 430pm.
Emails we already sent to a few of you this week…
(Wednesday, August 29, 2012)
We made it safely to the Bahamas and are getting acquainted with Adventure Learning Center (ALC) staff, operations and the grounds. The weather feels a lot like it did back in July when it was hot and humid there in the Midwest. It will take some getting used to, but it is doable. I am skyping now with our Garrett (he is at his apartment in La Crosse, WI) and am beginning to realize that this is going to help us out a whole lot with combating homesickness if the Lord ends up calling us here to work full time. Now if something can combat the sticker shock (The price of food is outlandish…I will NEVER complain about high food costs again in the states!).
I don’t have time to write much more at this time, but I will try to get back on line later today.
Soli Deo Gloria-
Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley
(Friday, August 31, 2012)
It is still hot here–humidity is the issue, not the air temperature. The air temperature is less than what you in the Midwest have had, but the dew point is up near 80 degrees. One sweats when just sitting and doing nothing in the shade. We are starting to see that our bodies are adjusting (just in time to fly back home).
We continue to visit and learn about the Adventure Learning Center and the Adventure Learning Center Camp ministries as well as other area ministries that the ALC works with. Yesterday we visited “All Saints Camp”. It is a camp that houses about 30 residents who are sent to the camp after being diagnosed with aids and having nowhere else to go. We worked with an American couple from Fondulac, Wisconsin who moved down here to Nassau about 3 years ago to work at the aids camp. The residents of the camp get only breakfast and supper provided to them by the camp, and the couple (Tim and Felicia) come in at lunch time every week day to prepare and feed the residents lunch. The couple also spear heads work done by mission teams that come down to help out with work projects and improvements at the camp. We were able to get a tour of the camp yesterday and help feed the residents their lunch. Many if not most of the residents of the camp love Jesus, and some of them are bedridden. Tim and Felicia shared a lot of sad stories with us. There is a lot of work that needs done.
Tim (and now I have) had the opportunity to drive a “wrong-sided” manual shift van on the “wrong” side of the road. It has taken some getting used to, but we have not had any wrecks or close calls. We drove ourselves to the airport yesterday afternoon to pick up our friend, Stacie Burtleson, who is on the board here at ALC. She has been showing us more of the culture and island. Last evening we met at Felicia and Tim’s house (they live in a condo on the north side of the island) for dinner and were able to ask them a lot of questions about moving/relocating to the islands from America. They were a huge source of information. Today Stacie took us to meet a Bahamian pastor who is also a member of the ALC board. This evening we are going to the downtown area to experience true Bahamian food and see Atlantis and some of the other touristy areas. Tomorrow morning we hope to go to the north island beaches (we have only swam at the south side beach so far) and visit the famous Straw Market. Tomorrow afternoon we will be meeting up with Billy and Leah Slater (Leah is the sister of Living Water’s former office manager, Peter Rau) at their ministry located near the Adventure Learning Center. We will report back later in the weekend about their ministry because we are not totally sure what it is all about yet.
For those of you wondering if we have made a decision one way or another about our relocating here and working in the ALC Camp, we have not made a decision yet. Suffice it to say, the ALC would like us to come, and we have received a LOT of information to think about and pray about. We will be praying very hard over the next several days and weeks for God’s leading. We are excited to see what God has planned for us.
We are in the process of setting up a blog site that will be more easily accessible. It will be easier to follow us and our ministry work. We will let you know when we have it up and running.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley