(posted by Mindy)
(Pictures of our week are below as are a schedule and prayer request list.)
Over the last week and a half we had a wonderful time of food, fun, food, fellowship, food, friends, food, family, food…you get the idea. We crammed a lot in to that short amount of time and had a great time doing so, and this week we are back home and coming down off a sugar, fat, processed food high. We are eating healthier again. Since we have only a few more weeks here at home, we don’t want to buy a lot of groceries and are trying to use up what we have on hand. It has been challenging, but fun, coming up with new recipes to pull together meals from the ingredients we have in our freezer, frig and pantry. I told my guys to be flexible and willing to eat things we are not used to eating together. Of course I am the one that is probably going to have issues since I am such a nutrition fanatic. This too I have given to the Lord.
With so much left to do before the move and only 4 weeks of “home” time left, we are beginning to feel the pressure to get things done. Many of you who have moved know the feeling of “What do I do with this?” when going through your earthly possessions. Besides the many different sorting projects scattered throughtout the house, I believe not knowing what to do with things is the hardest thing for me to deal with. Do I need a crochet needle in the Bahamas, do I take my whole sewing kit or leave it in storage, do I really want to pay duty on my great grandmother’s wall mirror, what if this, what if that, should it go or should it stay… Perhaps I should hire someone who has no sentimental attachment to our things to tell me what to do. I am praying over almost every item as I fit it into the bins and add it to the inventory list. Please pray for discernment and clarity of mind.
We are still working on shipping company details. We are waiting for another quote from a company referred to us by a friend, and as soon as we hear back from them and the other company we are seriously considering, we should be able to make a decision on our shipper.
Reminder to those who are interested: our Commissioning Service at our church is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th at 10:00am. If you would like more information, please don’t hestitate to contact us.
Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving week…
December 2: Ministry Presentation at Living Faith, Viroqua
December 7-9: our parents and kids in town to celebrate “Christmas” and attend or commissioning service at our church
December 13-17: Travel to Michigan to visit friends
December 17-20: Travel to Chicago to visit friends (Garrett meets up with us in Chicago)
December 20-25: Travel to Covington, IN to spend Christmas with Mindy’s family
January 4-6: Travel to Green Bay, WI to represent ALC at the E-Free Church’s youth conference
January 7-11: Crazy move week! (see last week’s post for more details)
Immigration paper work is still not processed
Garrett needs a job
Logistics of moving (packing, shipping, etc)
Discernment on purchasing a vehicle in Nassau (specific request: right-side drive, >8 passenger van)
Zach and Logan’s homeschool work schedule (it is challenging for them when we are travelling so much)
Philippians 1:3 says, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.” We think of all our dear family, friends, and acquaintences often. As the Lord brings people to mind, we are compelled to pray for them. If there is anything you would like us to pray for, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line and share your request with us.
May God bless you. Until next time…
The date has been set. Departure day is ***January 16, 2013***. Here is our schedule as it stands right now:
Tuesday, January 8th–pick up moving truck from Winona, MN and bring back to Westby; load the truck with the things that are going to be stored at Tim’s parent’s house in Minnesota
Wednesday, January 9th–Tim and Logan drive to Minneapolis to drop off things at Mom and Dad’s house (and Andrew’s apartment); Logan also has an orthodontist appointment
Thursday, January 10th–return to Westby to load the truck with things going to Indiana, South Carolina and Nassau; depart for Mindy’s parent’s house in Indiana
Friday, January 11th–leave Indiana and stop off somewhere for the night (details still being worked out)
Saturday, January 12th–finish trip to Mindy’s sisters’s houses in Charleston, SC area
Sunday, January 13th–possible ministry presentation at Mindy’s sister’s church
Monday, January 14th–transfer things from the moving truck to a 20 foot storage container to be shipped out of Port Charleston
Wednesday, January 16th–flight leaves at 10am from Charleston airport and arrives in Nassau, Bahamas at 215pm
It will be a very busy week for sure. PLEASE PRAY FOR NICE DRIVING WEATHER! There is not a lot of leeway in the schedule. Garrett will be coming with us to South Carolina and then flying with us to the Bahamas. He will visit with us there for a week and then return the following Thursday. We are excited, yet we know there is a lot to be done between now and then and would greatly appreciate your prayers.
Time with family and friends continues!
Yesterday we picked Tim’s dad up at the airport (he had been in Alaska on a hunting trip). We spent the afternoon with him and had dinner with him and Mom. Last evening we went and visited with another family that we met at homeschool family camp at Living Waters. We had a great time visiting with the Cobb family in their Brooklyn Center home.
We were suppose to meet with another family tonight, but they have contracted a stomach bug. We will not be able to see them on this trip.
I had better get this posted and get on with the day. We have some errands to run this afternoon before having dinner at Mom and Dad’s house.
Enjoy your day everyone!
(posted by Mindy)
We had a great meeting with Rob and Nancy Weise Friday morning in Wausau. We discussed how the ministry work Rob does and the ministry work at the ALC can work together.
Friday afternoon on our way to the Twin Cities from Wausau, we stopped in Eau Claire, WI to see a family we got to know through homeschool family camps at Living Waters. The Whiting family is a special family, and we had a great visit with all of them. Scott is a pastor who is planting a church in the Eau Claire area.
Friday we arrived in the cities around supper time and met up with Tim’s mom before heading to Paul and Becky Kuehn’s house where we are staying while we are in Minnesota. (Becky is Tim’s sister). Saturday morning we met with Andrew, Katie and her parents for brunch.
Saturday afternoon we met up with Adam and Carole Miller in Apple Valley. Saturday evening we went out with Paul and Becky and Tim’s mom to Beirut, a restaurant in West St. Paul that serves Lebanese cuisine. We got to try a lot of interesting food; it was delicious.
Sunday morning we presented the ministry to the assembly at Grace and Truth Chapel in Minneapolis. We had a great time of worship and fellowship with the brothers and sisters there. This is the church Tim attended while he was growing up. Four people we used to attend Eden Baptist Church with joined us at Grace and Truth to hear our ministry presentation. We then fellowshipped with them at lunch afterwards.
As you can tell, our weekend was full. We have a full week planned for this coming week as well. We will keep you posted.
God bless you all and have a great day!
Someone asked, so I thought I had better post…
Tomorrow, November 18th, we will be at Grace and Truth Chapel in Minneapolis to worship with the assembly there and to present our ministry during the Sunday School hour. Worship time is at 930am and Sunday School is at about 1115. The address is
200 44th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Call us on our cell phones if you have any questions.
Have a great day!
(posted by Mindy)
We are still unable to share any definite departure plans. We are waiting to hear back from a couple more freight forwarders. We are keeping an eye on airline ticket prices. The prices jumped up $50 this week. We are going to watch them for a few days and hope they go back down. You can pray that the ticket prices drop again.
We had an enjoyable day yesterday connecting with friends and family in Wausau. We began the day enjoying breakfast cooked by our awesome host, Tony Nakhla. We then made our way to the Grebe’s store to purchase a grain mill (Yes, we plan on grinding our own wheat-an economical way to have whole wheat flour in the Bahamas) and a washing machine to take with us to the Bahamas. We visited Dani (Lotz) Miller in the afternoon at her home before making our way to a restaurant to have dinner with the Hess family and part of the Winterhoff family. After dinner, we relaxed and visited with the Nakhlas at their house before going to bed.
Thank you, Tony and Luann for your hospitality. We enjoyed our visit with you. Now it’s your turn to come and visit us–in The Bahamas!
This morning we will be having breakfast with Rob and Nancy Weise to discuss the ALC (Tim grew up with Rob and Nancy). Rob is a pastor/director of student and family ministries and is resource to 100 Evangelical Free Churches in Wisconsin in the area of student ministries. Later today we will be heading to Minneapolis to start our week long visit with Tim’s family for Thanksgiving, to present our ministry at Grace and Truth Chapel on Sunday, and to visit and connect with friends in the Twin Cities area.
Have a great weekend!
We made it to Wausau yesterday evening. We presented the ministry to the wonderful people at Bible Truth Chapel. It was nice to connect with the people there. We have known most of them for many years.
Today we will be shopping for a new washing machine to take with us to the Bahamas (a far better alternative than buying new on the island even after paying the duty on it), and then we plan to connect with a couple friends this morning and some more friends this evening. We are staying in the home of one of Tim’s cousins, Tony and Luann Nakhla. The opportunity to visit with friends and family is always such a blessing.
Have a great day everyone!
Today’s post almost read “Timeline and Departure Plans!” But just as I was about to sit down and draft the post, we got an email that disrupted our plans. It is a small glitch, but nonetheless, it is a glitch, and we are unable to say definitely what our plans are. We are just going to have to wait a few more days.
We have been getting a lot of “Do you know when you are leaving?” and “What are your plans?” Rest assured that when we know, you all will know.
Please pray for wisdom and discernment with finding a shipping company to ship our household items to The Bahamas in January. We thought we had it all ironed out, but there are some snags. We are not stressing about it because we know God will take care of everything. Just pray we see God’s will/plan in this.
Hopefully everything will be ironed out over these next couple of days. We leave tomorrow to go to Wausau, WI to present the ALC ministry at Bible Truth Chapel Wednesday evening and meet with Rob Weise for breakfast on Friday am. Friday evening we will be heading to Minneapolis. We will be presenting the ministry to Grace and Truth in Minneapolis on Sunday and then spending the week with family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Have a great day everyone!
(posted by Mindy)
On the Home Front
The scent of pumpkin candles is wafting through the air, giving some semblance or facade of normalcy in these messy surroundings. If I close my eyes, I can almost picture what this place looked like last year at this time. I am learning to cope, but I have to admit that I am missing my neat, tidy, put together house. I realize this is only for a season and am praying for grace and patience during this time of transition.
Our new prayer cards are done. We sent them out in our newsletter this week. If you have not received a newsletter by next week and would like one, please email me your snail mail address and I will send one to you.
Preparations for leaving are underway, the piano is gone (sad day) and other items have sold and await to be sold on Craigslist (if anyone is in need of a snowblower, we have a really nice one for sale). The bins are piling up in our dining room. Tim and Zachary have had their doctor’s physicals. We all have had a couple of vaccinations. We all have been to see our eye doctor. In December, the boys visit the dentist, and in January, Logan and I get our turn at the doctor’s office.
I have been busily researching moving/customs procedures and planning out what furniture (and other things) we will need in the house we will be living in. We need to balance bringing the right things and not taking things we don’t need. Shipping even used household items to the Bahamas is a very tricky process. I am so thankful God has raised up a Christian customs broker in the Bahamas that will be helping us through this importing process. Right now I am working on going through every packed box and bin and writing down literally every item that is in the container, even down to how much packing material is used in the bin or box. There is duty on EVERYTHING. If you ever get bored and want to read a document that will challenge your brain, let me know, and I will direct you to the tariff and duty document on the Bahamian government website. I almost wish they had a flat rate option where you are offered to just pay a certain amount for the convenience of not going through all the paper work.
Living Waters Update
Tim finished his last days of cooking for guest groups and campers this past weekend at Living Waters. His job in the camp kitchen is by no means done. He has been busy deep cleaning the kitchen and getting everything in order for his replacement. His official last days at camp are at the end of December. He has several vacation days left and will be using them as we travel to see friends, family and supporters over the next two months. I will be finishing up my “nurse” duties at camp over the next several weeks as well. It pains me to do this since this has been my passion for more than 15 years.
Tim has been busy trying to pull together a brochure to use for promotion of the ALC Camp. We will be speaking with a couple of the ALC board members on Saturday about a conference we will potentially be attending in Green Bay, WI in January. This conference will be a great venue to promote the work of the camp and would be a great opportunity to connect with youth leaders and young people who might be interested in taking future mission trips to the Bahamas.
We joined Grace and Truth Chapel in Westby, WI this past Sunday for their worship service, and then presented our ministry to their congregation during family Bible hour. Next Wednesday, we will be in Wausau to present our ministry to Bible Truth Chapel during their Wednesday night prayer and Bible study time. On Sunday, November 18th, we will be at Grace and Truth in Minneapolis to speak to the assembly and present the ALC ministry to them. We have also been asked to come and present our ministry to another church in Viroqua some time in December, but that date has not been set up yet. There are other visits to other places in the works as well. Please pray for safety in travel and our contacts with these other ministries.
Our Bahamas departure date has not been finalized yet. We are still working with the shipping company to finalize our shipping plans. As soon as we have a shipping date, we should be able to purchase our plane tickets. We are still waiting on Bahamas immigration to approve our residency in their country but plan to go ahead with our plans to move there while we wait for the approval. Please pray that a “miracle” happens, and we get the word sooner rather than later. We will keep everyone posted.
Until next time, have a great weekend!