(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.
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.
THE LAST TWO WEEKS HERE IN PICTURES
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!
(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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
MISC. SHOTS FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS
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!
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.
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.
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