(posted by Mindy)
Hello, everyone. We are sorry we have not posted in a while. This week we have been busily serving our first mission team guest group here at the Adventure Learning Camp. Over the last couple of weeks we were working hard to get the camp cleaned and organized for the group’s arrival, purchasing food (another all day shopping trip because we are still “newbies” here on the island), and trying to figure out how to just “do” things.
It was exciting getting to welcome our first official mission group, and we are enjoying serving them this week. The team of students from Kings Academy in Florence, SC are being led by ALC founder Randy Grebe and his wife Kim. Tim picked them up at the airport mid afternoon on Saturday (he was able to drive the bus to the airport because they don’t require a C-class license here).
As directors of ALC Camp, we are the staff. We came from a camp where positions were filled by several different individuals, so it is challenging for us to fill all the positions and come out feeling like we have done each position justice. We know this will never be a Living Waters, nor do we expect it to be. We have been in prayer about it, and so far God has been gracious to us and given us wisdom and strength to do the work we need to do. Bob and Faye Browning are an older couple from Canada who come here every year for 3 months to help out around the ALC. They have been an invaluable asset to this ministry and a huge help to us. They arrived a week after we got here and will be leaving in April. Faye has done a fantastic job showing me what needs to be done in keeping the cabins clean and kept up. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She has also helped me work through organization of linens, supplies, cleaning regimens for the guest groups, etc.
The last couple of weeks have brought many challenges, but we have learned through each of them. We can clearly see God using events to mold us and train us further into what He is calling us to be and do here. Please pray for us that we remain mold-able and teachable. We do not want to hinder the work of the gospel here on this island by bringing dishonor to the Lord. We are so thankful for our background in camp ministry. It has been a huge asset to us in our job here.
On the home front…
Logan and Zachary continue to work diligently with their school work, trying to get caught up on the many days of missed assignments. They are making good progress. Logan has been helping out at the Centre as a facilitator. They both have also been helping us with set up and clean up of the kitchen for the arrival of King’s Academy. Please continue to pray for them as they work to get caught up on school work and adjust to the new schedules.
We are attempting to get phone service in our house. Not only do we want our own telephone so we can be in contact with family and friends from back in the states, but we are also finding that the camp’s internet is unreliable. We need a reliable internet service for both Zach and Logan’s online courses. We have decided that the money spent on a landline (it will be a USA phone number and we can call USA, Canada, UK, and Switzerland) and our own internet access will be money well spent. We don’t know when BTC will be here to hook up our phone (it could take a matter of days or a matter of weeks…nothing is timely on this island), but as soon as we know something, we will let you know.
The last couple of weeks in pictures….
Here are some pictures of the last couple of weeks. I did not get pictures of everything, but here are some of the highlights…
That is it for now. Today is Thursday, February 28, and it is going to be another exciting day of service for us here at Adventure Learning Camp. I will be gone much of the day, I will be attending a ladies Bible study at one of area churches this morning and a homeschool support group meeting this eveing. We are also looking forward to the weekend when a couple ladies from our home/sending church will be coming. Sheila Eiserman and Kate Aloisi will be arriving Saturday afternoon. Interesting enough, Tim will also be picking up our second guest group/mission team from the airport on Saturday afternoon. We won’t be cooking for them, so we won’t be as involved with them as with the Kings Academy group.
Please keep us in your prayers. We greatly appreciate it. We know we owe many of you personal thank yous for the gifts/support, meals, lodging, etc you have given us over the past couple of months. We feel badly about our deliquency and hope to remedy that soon. We remember your generosity and thoughtfulness and pray that God blesses you for them!
Until next time….
(posted by Mindy)
First of all, if you did not get our update email we just sent out today and would like to hear a really neat testimony of God’s provision, please let us know. We sent a really cool story to everyone on our email list but have chosen not to post it on the blog for certain reasons.
Second of all, yes the weather is absolutely gorgeous here, and we are thoroughly enjoying it. We know you northerners are experiencing some pretty cold, snowy weather right now. We wish we could send some of this warmth to you, but since we can’t, perhaps it might inspire you to come and see us.
Blessings from beautiful Nassau, Bahamas! God has been so good to us. As we reflect back on the last 4 weeks of this journey and even further back upon the last 6 months, we are in awe of how loving and caring God has been in paving the way for us to come here to serve. The problems/hiccups/bumps in the road never happened. In our times of faithlessness, we waited for them, but they just never came. Our faith and trust in God has been strengthened, and we pray that we can live on that trust knowing that God will take care of things in His will and timing as we remain faithful and trust in Him. PRAISE THE LORD!!!
We apologize for not updating you all sooner, but we have been incredibly busy. We have been learning the ministry work, adapting to the culture, serving others, renovating and cleaning our house, unpacking, shopping (On this island, this a full time job in and of itself. I am sooo thankful I did not listen to those who advised me to sell everything and buy new when I reached Nassau. We would have spent way more in time and money repurchasing everything than we did in shipping and duty charges.), and trying to get the boys caught up on their school work. As for what has happened in the last 3 weeks, we will let the pictures tell the story. Thankfully, we were able to squeeze in time to take pictures of our journey. Just so you know, while we were cleaning, painting, renovating, unloading, unpacking, decorating, etc, we were also trying to learn the ministry work at the camp as well as live a normal life and homeschool our boys. God has been gracious to us and has supplied us with enough energy to do all we need to do, and of course we can’t forget that we have some awesome helpers as well.
We miss all of you very much and look forward to future visits from you as the Lord allows and grants opportunity. We appreciate your continued support and humbly ask that you remember us in your prayers.
*ALC ministry: the work we and our fellow laborers are doing, the souls touched by the gospel as it is presented, God’s glory remain the focus of our endeavors
*Mindy’s stepfather, Dick Mikels, was just diagnosed with a tumor in his colon. He is getting a portion of his colon removed in March.
*Garrett still needs a job
*Wisdom for Logan and Zachary’s schooling (especially for what to do with for their geography class since we just found out we cannot access some of the geography videos from the internet because we are not in the US)
*Adjustment to the new culture and ministry work and that we remain wise and sensitive in our interactions with those we meet and serve
*Increase in monthly support funds (We know God is faithful and will supply all our needs as we prayerfully seek Him.)
*That God direct us to the church He would have us fellowship with
The last 3 weeks in pictures
We know we don’t have any pictures of the finished house yet, but that will have to wait until another day! We still have some things we need to finish up. Once it is done, we will post some pictures. Those of you who have seen the house before it was renovated would not recognize it now. It looks so different.
We hope you enjoyed our last 3 weeks in pictures. We have gotten so much accomplished and have experienced so many things. We can’t even begin to write about all of them You have seen just the highlights. Please keep praying for us. We NEED the prayer. Now that the construction phase is nearing an end, we are looking forward to working harder on learning the ministry and working to further the kingdom of God on this earth.
Until next time, may God bless you all!