(posted by Mindy)
Last weekend Garrett, Katie and Andrew were home for the weekend. We had a great time together and were able to celebrate Zachary’s birthday. As you can tell from the header (and from Facebook for those of you who have seen my Facebook site), we had family pictures taken last weekend while everyone was home. For those of you who don’t know, we have been able to get family pictures taken every other year for the last 25 years. This year was the first year I was not the only female in the pictures. That was nice! Thank you Mandy Felten for helping us take them!
Yesterday we received some sad, though not unexpected, news. My mom called to tell us that they are going to have to put my grandfather into the VA nursing home in Danville, Illinois. He needs round the clock nursing care (I wish I was not too busy right now to go and be his private duty nurse; oh how I wish I had the time!), and my family is just not able to give him the care he needs. My grandfather, aged 87, was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, had his lung partially removed shortly after diagnosis, and was doing well until late last year when he started to show signs of his cancer returning. The cancer has been taking over his body nearly all year this year, and his health has been on a steady decline. On Monday of this week, he flew with Honor Flight to Washington DC to see the WWII Veterans Memorial (he was a WWII vet). The trip wore him out, and he has not recovered. He is getting weaker as the days go by. My mom says it is only a matter of days now. Praise the Lord he is a believer and he is ready to meet his Creator and be reunited with my grandmother who died three years ago.
Today we leave for the Wausau, Wisconsin Youth Conference at Bible Truth Chapel. We will be representing the Adventure Learning Centre as well as Living Waters Bible Camp. We are excited that we are going to be able to talk to young people about these two ministries and connect with friends we haven’t seen in a while. We so enjoy fellowshipping with others of like faith. It always seems like a big family reunion.
Ministry transition news…
This afternoon we will be skyping with the pastor that is in charge of interviewing new missionaries that are requesting acceptance with Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators. We have applied to Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators to manage the financial affairs of our ministry work. What this means is, those who wish to support us in our ministry work at the Adventure Learning Centre in the Bahamas will be able to make a tax deductible contribution to us by sending the funds to Shepherd’s Staff directly or by submitting a credit card payment online at their website. Shepherd’s Staff will distribute funds to us on a regular basis from the monies donated by our supporters. Supporters will receive the tax deductible documentation needed for tax purposes. As members of Shepherd’s staff, we will also be eligible for group health insurance. Pray the interview goes well and we are accepted.
Our immigration documents made it safely into the hands of Mark Wallace, director of the Adventure Learning Centre in Nassau–Praise the Lord. Now we need to pray that everything goes through appropriately. These kind of things can take a lot of time and are susceptible to delays and mishaps.
This week we spent a good deal of time online and on the phone trying to get quotes for shipping household belongings to Nassau. We are finding that it is going to be a long, tedious, expensive ordeal. Please pray for wisdom and discernment with what to do in packing and who to hire to do the job of shipping.
Thank you for following our story. We look forward to connecting with you again.