(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!