(posted by Mindy)
Tim has not been formally offered the position as camp director at the Adventure Learning Camp (this is going to be formally addressed at the ALC board meeting at the ALC on October 20th). Nonetheless, Tim has advised Living Waters Bible Camp of his intentions of leaving his position as the Kitchen Manager. This gives camp the opportunity to find his replacement over the next couple of months. A lot of our energy has been poured into the ministry here, and the thought of leaving is bittersweet.
As we look forward to the potential position at the Adventure Learning Camp, “There is so much to do” is all we can say. I am almost overwhelmed and feel like a toddler that has just been put into a large messy toy room and told to pick up all the toys. I have given my anxiety to the Lord and am going to take Tim’s wise advice: do what you can when you can, and take one day at a time. Now if only my racing brain can slow down to that speed. God has gifted me with an extremely organized brain. I know I will be able to do this with His help.
At least our 19 girls (aka Bella the dog and her 18 feathered, egg-producing friends) are going to be well cared for when we leave. We have found new homes for them. Unless something changes between now and December, Dennis and Maryann Siler will be taking Bella, and Chris and Annie Sutton are going to take the chickens.
As I peruse the piles of belongings on our garage floor that are waiting to be picked up and taken to a garage sale, I am reminded that God’s Word teaches us to hold lightly onto earthly possession. All those things that once filled a need, or at least acted like they filled a need, now have no meaning or value to us. The temporal things of this world are but tools we use to do the “real” work on this earth: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31)
We will be discarding (via garbage, selling on Craig’s list, donating to our church garage sale, giving away) more than half of our belongings. A small part of our belongings will need to go in to storage, and the rest will be shipped over to the island. The huge challenge for us is trying to decide what we will need and use. The house we will be living in is much smaller than the house we currently live in, and of course there is the issue of the high duty charges associated with bringing goods into the country.
I am sure we will be thinking about this a lot over the next couple of months.
In the meantime, could we please ask you to pray for:
-discernment as we make small decisions (as well as the big ones)
-Living Waters Bible Camp as they look for a new Kitchen Manager
-us as we begin raising support for our ministry in the Bahamas
-our travel to the Bahamas in October for the board meeting (Tim and I are the only ones going this time.)
Enjoy the pictures of the last days of our trip!