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…preventative care for burn-out or ministry fatigue–found it!

(posted by Mindy)

“You have got to slow down, take some time to rest or you will burn out.”  We have heard this from others on more than one occasion–both at Living Waters Bible Camp and here at the ALC.  We know burn out is a huge risk to anyone in ministry work, but finding the time and a place for rest and relaxation is often times easier said then done, especially if you live on site at the place of ministry.    A friend of ours said that getting away from one’s ministry work to relax and regroup is like preventative dental care.  Going to the dentist for regular teeth cleaning is better than waiting to go to the dentist until after cavities or gum disease has developed.  Time away (even if it is a short time) from ministry work to relax and rest is preventative care.

We (especially Tim) have been working almost everyday since we arrived here in January (not to mention the work to get here during the weeks and months leading up to our arrival here on the island) with only a handful of days off as time has allowed.  Although we have not felt like we have reached the burn-out stage, we have to admit that we have been starting to feel tired.   This week, God sent us some friends who challenged us and “forced” us to get away from camp to rest and relax for a day.

The adults at the beach of the Sheraton Hotel

Us with Paul and Stephanie Campbell

The boys on the beach at the Sheraton Hotel

The boys with Cody and Caleb Campbell

Paul and Stephanie Campbell and their sons Cody and Caleb, came here to the island on Tuesday, April 16th to visit us and to serve with us at the camp.  They helped us with some work projects and helped us serve a guest group.  On Monday of this week they left the south side of the island where we live to go to the north side of the island and enjoy a few days at a resort before their scheduled departure on Thursday.  On Tuesday, they invited us to join them at the resort.  At first we were reluctant, but we accepted their invitation.

WOW!  What a treat that 27 hours was for us!  We relaxed on the beach and in the pool, watched the boys snorkel and relax, went out for a leisurely dinner (also the Campbell’s treat), slept in a beautiful climate controlled room, went deep sea fishing (only the guys), and most importantly came to the realization that relaxation and time away is vital to the ministry work we are doing.  We are convinced that periodic, brief time away from camp is going to have to be planned in to our schedule.

Thank you Paul, Stephanie, Cody and Caleb for making it happen and helping us realize the benefits of relaxation!  A day away from camp truly is a cure for burn-out or ministry fatigue!

CHURCH HOME UPDATE

We know the importance of being involved in a local church, not only for  spiritual growth, but also for accountability.  We have been visiting many different churches over the last 3 months and have been in prayer as to where the Lord would have us land.  We have found two possibilities, Abundant Life Bible Church and Kingdom Life Church.  Both are great churches, with sound expository preaching and wonderful people.  Please be in prayer for us as we continue to attend these two churches and discern where it is God wants us to attend.

THE LONG AWAITED ELECTRIC HOUSE

As you can see from the following photos, the long awaited construction of the much needed electric house has begun! Praise the Lord things have finally fallen in to place so this project could get started.  We will let the pictures tell the story and update you on where it is at.

Block layers unloading the blocks for the electric house,

Block layers unloading the blocks for the electric house.

The back hoe breaking up the hard ground for the footings.

The back hoe breaking up the hard ground for the footings.

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This is how it looks now.  We are waiting for the inspector to come and approve it.

This is how it looks now. We are waiting for the inspector to come and approve it.

THE LAST TWO WEEKS HERE  IN PICTURES

A group that came from Connecticut to serve at a local Haitian church.

A group that came from Walnut Hill Community Church in Connecticut to serve at a local Haitian church.

On Monday evenings, we get together with a group from the Castle to play basketball and then watch "The Truth Project" in our home.

On Monday evenings, we get together with a group from the Castle to play basketball and then watch “The Truth Project” in our home.

A group of 8 people came from Peace Church in Wilson, NC came to stay at camp and serve at All Saints Camp.

A group of 8 people from Peace Church in Wilson, NC came to stay at camp and serve at All Saints Camp.

Paul and Stephanie Campbell with their sons, Cody and Caleb came to visit us and serve with us.

Paul and Stephanie Campbell with their sons, Cody and Caleb came to visit us and serve with us.

Paul and Tim repairing the Dining Hall screens.

Paul and Tim repairing the Dining Hall screens.

Cody, Stephanie and I cleaned the dining hall screens.

Cody, Stephanie and I cleaned the dining hall screens.

Paul and Tim did a little of the electrician's job so the builders could get the cement floor of the electric house completed.

Paul and Tim did a little of the electrician’s job so the builders could get the cement floor of the electric house completed.

A local guest group we served last weekend.

A local guest group we served last weekend.

Stephanie did a lot of deep cleaning in the kitchen, and she helped us with cooking for the guest group.

Stephanie did a lot of deep cleaning in the kitchen, and she helped us with cooking for the guest group.

Clean-up after the guest group left.

Clean-up after the guest group left.

Caleb helping clean the dorms after the group left.

Caleb helping clean the dorms after the group left.

We were able to get the Campbells to All Saints Camp and to an orphanage to serve while they were here.

We were able to get the Campbells to All Saints Camp and to an orphanage to serve while they were here.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Praise the Lord Garrett has a job!

Garrett is applying to University of Minnesota to see if he can transfer there next year so he can major in Islamic and Christianity Studies (He feels this will serve him better as he prepares to do mission work some day.)

Planning for this summer’s events at the Centre and Camp

Our trip back to the states in June to raise support, to share the ALC with potential church group mission teams, to get our vehicle back up to Wisconsin, and to visit family

Mindy has a knee injury that has been plaguing her for over a month now.  Please pray it heals so nothing has to be done about it.

God be honored and glorified in all we do

Wisdom and discernment when dealing with the Bahamian people

The construction of the electric house and the electrical upgrade

ALC staff and families

Completion of the cottages

Our Monday evening Truth Project meetings

Logan is taking the SAT and his AP Calculus test in the next two weeks

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support for us.  We greatly appreciate your interest and investment into our lives and ministry work.  May God bless you all.  Have a great week!

…new USA phone number, Easter season celebrations, tearful good-byes, ministry work!

(posted by Mindy)

NEW PHONE NUMBER

We now have a new USA phone number.  It is 612-454-5683.  If you can call Minneapolis, you can call us!  Try it some time.  We would love to hear from you.

HE IS RISEN!  HALLELUJAH! 

Easter is a big to do here in The Bahamas.  Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays.  A lot of churches have Good Friday church services (and they wear black).  On Easter Sunday, parishioners wear light colored clothing.   On the Thursday before Easter, we attended a Seder Supper conducted by a Messianic Jewish Rabbi.  The supper was hosted by Abundant Life Bible Church.

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Our ALC family who joined us for the Seder Supper

Our ALC family who joined us for the Seder Supper

Messianic Jewish Rabbis who conducted the Seder Supper.

Messianic Jewish Rabbis who conducted the Seder Supper.

After attending Easter morning services at Abundant Life Bible Church, we had our adopted family over for pot roast, vegetables and homemade carrot cake! Yum!

After attending Easter morning services at Abundant Life Bible Church, we had our adopted family over for pot roast, vegetables, coconut dinner rolls and homemade carrot cake! Yum!

TEARFUL GOOD-BYES

This past Tuesday we here at the ALC said good-bye to a dear couple.   Bob and Faye Browning left to go back to their home in Canada.  They come here  every year to spend 3 months serving at the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  Bob helps Tom Schafer with maintenance and Faye helps Ms. Aida feed the children at the Centre and us clean and keep the camp ready for our guests.  They are going to be sorely missed, not only because of all the hard work they do, but also because their friendship and companionship has been greatly treasured.   Faye was like a mom to me, and I am going to miss our conversations, her encouragement and wise words/advice, and our afternoon coffee breaks together.  Thank you, Bob and Faye, for being a part of our lives and for all the hard work and long hours you put in here at the ALC!

Good-bye Faye!

Good-bye Faye!

Departure day for Bob and Faye Browning.

Departure day for Bob and Faye Browning.

Another good-bye... Cornelius was an ALC facilitator that just recently left as well.  He came here from his home in Germany last September.  We are going to miss Cornelius.

Another good-bye… Cornelius just recently left as well. He came here from his home in Germany last September.  He lived at the Castle with Billy and Leah Slater and helped out here at the ALC.   We are going to miss Cornelius.

MINISTRY WORK

Tim is still working on the bathhouse’s shower tile cleaning/fixing project, but because of other pressing jobs and obligations and his monthly overnight trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he has not had time to work on the project over the last several days.  One of the jobs that has pulled him away is installing a second water heater in the bathhouse.  The other job/task is the work on getting the new electrical house built here at camp.  A lot of other projects hinge on the new electrical house being built; therefore we feel this job is a priority.  Construction of the electrical house is slated to start Monday.  Hallelujah!

Tim installing the second water heater in the bathhouse.

Tim installing the second water heater in the bathhouse.

Site of future electric house.  (That is our house in the background.)

Site of future electric house. (That is our house in the background.)

With Faye gone, camp laundry and cleaning of the cottages and bathhouse now rests solely on our shoulders.  I spent a good part of my week, developing a system which will make the process manageable and time efficient.   I think I may have it under control now.  Thank you LWBC for allowing me to steal some of your techniques, and thank you Lord for the gift of “ability to organize”.

We have hosted a couple day events for local churches over the last few weeks, but other than that, camp has been empty, up until now.  Five people from Walnut Hill Community Church in Connecticut arrived Thursday (their leader, Chelsea, actually arrived here on Tuesday) and will be staying until Monday.  On Sunday, a group of seven from Peace Church in North Carolina will be arriving and staying until Friday.  Next weekend a local group of 21 will be here for a weekend retreat.  We love having guests to serve, so consider bringing a group here for a mission trip!

The Boy's Brigade from Abundant Life Bible Church used the camp for an activity night.

The Boy’s Brigade from Abundant Life Bible Church used the camp for an activity night.  This is their leader Captain Smith.

EASTER MONDAY FUNDAY AT ALC

Easter Monday was a huge day for the Adventure Learning Centre.  The ALC staff (and many volunteers) hosted nearly 1200 Bahamian people who came to enjoy Easter Monday Funday at the Adventure Learning Centre.  The Funday is one way the ALC raises funds to operate the ministry.  It was a busy, long, hard day for us (partly because we didn’t know what to expect and partly because we were on our feet from early morning until late at night), but it was awesome seeing how the day unfolded and meeting and serving the Bahamian people.  We learned a lot, and can’t wait to do it again next year.  A couple days after the event, the ALC staff were able to get together to debrief.  It was a great learning experience for all of us.

The gates to the Adventure Learning Centre were opened for Easter Monday Funday at 11:00am.

The gates to the Adventure Learning Centre were opened for Easter Monday Funday at 11:00am.

Playground, climbing wall...

Activities included the playground, climbing wall…

...horseback rides...

…horseback rides…

...petting farm...

…petting farm…

...carnival games...

…carnival games…

...egg hunt...

…egg hunt…

...food...

…food…

...face painting...

…face painting…

...train rides (with a drama presentation)...

…train rides (with a drama presentation)…

(Zachary and Logan were involved in the drama presentation performed during the train ride)

(Zachary and Logan were involved in the drama presentation performed during the train ride.  The drama presented the gospel to the train riders.)

(We worked with Ms. Aida and Faye in the kitchen cooking the food we sold that day.)

(We worked with Ms. Aida and Faye in the kitchen cooking the food we sold that day.)

The weather was warm and beautiful for the Funday.

The weather was warm and beautiful for the Funday.

A lot of people came out for the day.

We welcomed a lot of guests.  It was a great day.

MISC. SHOTS FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS

Fellow missionaries, Tim and Felicia Ryan with their foster children, Richelle and Shadow,  had us over for dinner one evening last week.

Fellow missionaries, Tim and Felicia Ryan (with their foster children, Richelle and Shadow), had us over for dinner one evening last week.  Please pray for this family as they are trying to adopt these children.

One last trip to the Fish Fry  at Arawak Cay with Bob and Faye before they left.

One last trip to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay with Bob and Faye before they left.

Sitting in Marina Village waiting for our first Junkanoo Parade.

Sitting in Marina Village waiting for our first Junkanoo Parade.

A Bahamian tradition, the Junkanoo Parade (in miniature).

A Bahamian tradition, the Junkanoo Parade (in miniature).

Our consensus is that we are looking forward to the reall Junkanoo Parade that takes place the day after Christmas!

Our consensus is that we are looking forward to the real Junkanoo Parade that takes place the day after Christmas!

Well, that is it for now.  We are looking forward to friends of ours being here for 10 days starting this next Tuesday.  They are coming to see us, vacation, and help us with some work projects here at the camp (maybe we will get the bathhouse showers done!).  Please pray for their safe travels.  Until next time, God bless!

…telephone changes, tour or our house!

PHONE NUMBER CHANGES

The 612-235-6141 number is no longer in service.  (Short lived I know.)   We were having issues with the Bahamas Telephone Company internet and VIBE telephone connection, so we had to discontinue them.  The maximum internet speed we could get through BTC was 0.7 to 0.8 mbps, and the slow speed was interfering with the phone connection and the ability to be online.  BTC is suppose to be installing 4 mbps and 8 mbps service throughout the island, but they could not tell us when that service would be available to us.  Since Zachary and Logan are taking online courses, we have to have faster internet speeds. We have switched to Bahamas Cable for internet.  We will be getting another USA telephone number in a week or so.  We will let you know what that is when we get it.

HOUSE TOUR

Some have asked us when they are going to get the “tour” of our house.  Well, I was able to get some pictures last week, so here you go.  It shouldn’t take too long, the house is tiny.

Outside our little house with the white picket fence (I never even dreamed of living in a house with a white picket fence, but God gave it to me anyway.)

Outside our little house with the white picket fence (I never even dreamed of living in a house with a white picket fence, but God gave it to me anyway.) We will be entering at the front which is on the left side of this picture.

The front porch to our house.

The front porch to our house.

 

Entering our front door...

Entering our front door…

Just inside the front door...entering into the living room area.

Just inside the front door…entering into the living room area.

As you enter the living room you face a wall that separates the living room from the kitchen.  To the left is the dining area and the bedrooms that open off the living/dining area.

As you enter the living room you face a wall that separates the living room from the kitchen. To the left is the dining area and the bedrooms that open off the living/dining area.

The door to the left is mine and Tim's bedroom and the door to the right of the cabinet is Zach and Logan's bedroom.

The door to the left is mine and Tim’s bedroom and the door to the right of the cabinet is Zach and Logan’s bedroom.

Continuing to the left of the front entry area...the living room seating area.

Continuing to the left of the front entry area…the living room seating area.

Further around the room.

Further around the room.

Living room seating area from the back of the house towards the front.

Living room seating area from the back of the house towards the front.

Front entry area of the living room.

Front entry area of the living room.

Entry area/desk area.

Entry area/desk area.

Kitchen area...

Kitchen area taken from the dining area…

 

Further to the left of the kitchen is the bathroom.

Further to the left of the kitchen is the bathroom.

Taken from the kitchen, facing the dining area with the back door to the right.  That tiny little area is too small for a regular table, so God used Tim's cousin to provide us with a fold up table.  That cabinet is a a fold out table.  You can see it being used in a previous post.  Praise the Lord for little blessings!

Taken from the kitchen, facing the dining area with the back door to the right. That tiny little area is too small for a regular table, so God used Tim’s cousin to provide us with a fold up table. That cabinet is a a fold out table. You can see it being used in a previous post. Praise the Lord for little blessings!

More of the dining area.  My American friends, don't take your tap water for granted!  You see that 5 gallon container to the right in this picture, that is the safe drinking water we use.  I don't know how many times I have almost used tap water to drink and cook with.

More of the dining area. My American friends, don’t take your tap water for granted! You see that 5 gallon container to the right in this picture? That is the safe drinking water we use. I don’t know how many times I have almost used tap water to drink and cook with.

Continuing on around.  A note about the dark brown cabinet here and the one in the living room, Tim built them in Wisconsin for us to bring with us. We are very, very glad God gave us the wisdom to do this.  They are full.  I don't know what we would have done without them.

Continuing on around. A note about the dark brown cabinet here and the one in the living room, Tim built them in Wisconsin for us to bring with us to the Bahamas. We are very, very glad God gave us the wisdom to do this. They are full. I don’t know what we would have done without them.

Taken from the back door in.  That line on the ceiling is the only reminder of what this place looked like before we started the renovation and moved in in January.

Taken from the back door in. That line on the ceiling is the only reminder of what this place looked like before we started the renovation and moved in in January.

Before picture

Before picture

View of kitchen from the back door.

View of kitchen from the back door.

Looking into our bedroom.

Looking into our bedroom.

View out of our room

View out of our room

Looking out of the boys' room.

Looking out of the boys’ room.

Looking into the boys' room from the dining area.

Looking into the boys’ room from the dining area.  The window above Logan’s desk opens to the laundry room and cannot be opened without smell entering the room.  The other window has been boarded up.  We are in the works at getting a window installed here so the boys can have light and ventilation.  For now, we took the window a/c out to give them a little air.

From the other corner in the boys' room.

From the other corner in the boys’ room.

Our bathroom is almost too tiny to get a good picture, but I wanted you to see the beautiful, tiled shower Tim installed.

Our bathroom is almost too tiny to get a good picture, but I wanted you to see the beautiful, tiled shower Tim installed.

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Be it ever so humble, their is no place like home!  We love our cozy little house.  It may be small, and we may have to adjust at having only one bathroom (we can always use the camp bathhouse if necessary), but at least it takes no time at all to clean the whole thing.  God was at work in every little detail of our move here, and even our house is testament to that.  The pieces of furniture we have in that house are perfect for the spaces they occupy.  We have a lot of dual duty furniture pieces that are good for small spaces.   The only 2 pieces we had to buy were the sofa (which is a sofa sleeper) and the coffee table/ottomans.  Everything we brought is being used in some way or another by us or by the camp. (Even that little red wagon!)  God is good!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Have a great rest of your week!

Tim, Mindy, Zachary and Logan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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