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…O Great God!

(posted by Mindy)

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

Words and music by Bob Kauflin 
© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

We sang this song in church this past Sunday, and the words speak volumes and has encouraged us this week.  We feel so humbled and blessed by the fact that God, our Creator, has chosen us, sinful and separated man, to receive salvation through Jesus Christ which has granted us a personal relationship with Him, our Creator.  Not only that, He has also saw fit to allow us to partake in His work to bring others to Himself.  What an awesome gift and responsibility!

Adventure Learning Centre and Camp Newsletter

We have been working on getting a newsletter published for the ALC this past week and a half.  It is now completed and has been disseminated   If you have not received the newsletter and would like to receive the electronic updates (they are ALC updates, not our family updates), please let us know, and we will have the ALC add you to their email list.

ALC (Camp) Facility Update

The electric upgrade continues here at camp.  The construction of the electric meter house is complete, and the electrician is working on installing electric wires and fixtures.  We are hoping the trenchers will be digging the trenches for the wiring that leads to the bathhouse and dining hall next week.

Electric meter house for the electric upgrade

Electric meter house for the electric upgrade

Now it is in the electrician's hands.  He is working his magic now.

Now it is in the electrician’s hands.

Tom and Tim have been working on locating existing utility lines so the trenchers can dig the trenches needed to run the new electric lines from the meter house to the other buildings

Tom and Tim have been working on locating existing utility lines so the trenchers can dig the trenches needed to run the new electric lines from the meter house to the other buildings

The bathhouse has a new water heater and gas tank to supply enough hot water to the 10 showers, 8 sinks, and 3 washing machines in the building.  Tim should be finishing the shower tile and grout clean-up and sealing soon.  Tom Schafer and Tim Ryan are working on putting in new stairs to the bathhouse porch and the laundry room.  They are even building me a ramp so I can pull my wagon  into the laundry room.  Thanks, guys!

Twin water heaters at the bathhouse.  The building should have plenty of hot water now!

Twin water heaters at the bathhouse.

Ramp to the laundry room in progress.

Ramp to the laundry room in progress.

Steps to the bathhouse porch in progress

Steps to the bathhouse porch in progress

We have received the go ahead from the board to finish construction on one of the unfinished cottages.  The completion of the cottage will give us a place for our female staff to live while they work here at the ALC.  We are looking forward to getting this project underway.  Please pray that God supplies the material and the labor for this project.

Ministry Update

We continue to have ALC staff and residents from the Castle over on Monday evenings to play basketball, volleyball, or ultimate frisbee before viewing an episode of the Truth Project together.   After the Truth Project and a short discussion time, we have a time of fellowship.  Truth Project night is one of the highlights of our week.

A game of volleyball before watching "Truth Project" at our house on Monday

A game of volleyball before watching “Truth Project” at our house on Monday

The Camp has a full schedule of mission teams for this summer.  Please pray for our stamina and wisdom as we serve these groups and for each and every team member that comes to serve on these short term mission teams.

Family Update

Hallelujah, Logan is done with his AP Calculus class and all his testing!  He completed his ACT test on April 13th, his SAT test on May 4th, and his AP Calculus test on May 8th.  Now he can focus all his time on getting his other courses completed.  Zachary is up to date and working diligently to finish up all his course work early.  We are quite proud of these guys for what they have been through this year.  Circumstances this year have not always been conducive or ideal for learning.  Once again we thank God for His provisions to them.

Additional Prayer Requests

*Please pray for the busy summer schedule for both the camp and the centre and for all those we will be serving

*Please pray for completion of the building projects

*Please pray for the current ALC staff and that God would send us others to labor here with us

*Please pray that God provides additional monthly support for our personal expenses.  The monthly financial support that has been pledged to us remains at 43%, but even that has not come in every month, leaving us to dig deeper into savings each month.  We are not stressing about this.  God has always provided and will continue to do so.

*Please pray for Garrett as he works on transfering from the University of Wisconsin to the University of Minnesota

*Mindy’s knee still remains an issue, and although we are praying for healing, we are also praying for wisdom as to what to do about it.  We plan to seek help next week if God chooses not to heal it.  We really do not want to deal with the Bahamian medical system (but don’t want to have to pay USA medical prices either).  Please pray for healing and wisdom.

*Please pray for us as we anticipate our trip back to the states at the end of this month.  We have a very full, tight schedule for the whole time we are there (updating a couple churches on our work here, visiting a couple churches about possible mission trips here, and speaking to another church about supporting us).  Tim will be returning to the island on June 11th, Mindy and the boys will be returning on July 3rd (Mindy will be camp nurse at LWBC for high school camp at the end of June and the boys will be attending camp that week).  Garrett will be coming back with us in July for a two week visit.

Last Two Weeks in Pictures

Every other Friday, we try to get together as a staff to bond and build a sense of family.  We were at Tim and Felicia Ryan's house for a pool party (even though only a few of the staff kids actually swam).

Every other Friday, we try to get together as a staff to bond and build a sense of family. We were at Tim and Felicia Ryan’s house for a pool party (even though only a few of the staff kids actually swam).

Some of these guys were really good at this game and could get really low.

Some of these guys were really good at this game and could get really low.  Way to go Shadow!

I just thought this was so cute and had to share it! This is Mark and Kim Wallace's son, Adam.

Just thought this was so cute and had to share it!
This is Mark and Kim Wallace’s son, Adam.

We also celebrated March and April's birthdays.  Happy Birthday, Sam and Katie!

We also celebrated March and April’s birthdays. Happy Birthday, Sam and Katie!  (Ms. Aida was not able to join us that evening.  Happy Birthday, Ms. Aida!)

Mindy's parents came to visit us.  This was taken at Montague Bay just east of downtown Nassau and Paradise Island.

Mindy’s parents came to visit us. This was taken at Montague Bay just east of downtown Nassau and Paradise Island.

Tim and Dick moved an arm of the clothes line to the other end of the front yard.  It was originally located inside the gate and everyone seemed to hit their head on it.

Tim and Dick moved an arm of the clothes line to the other end of the front yard. It was originally located inside the gate and everyone seemed to hit their head on it.

Mom helped fold and organize camp laundry.

Mom helped fold and organize camp laundry.

My mom helped me design/arrange our front porch.  We use this space a lot, especially since we have a lot of company sharing meals with us.  It is not only a bigger space, it is a lot cooler.

My mom helped me design/arrange our front porch. We use this space a lot, especially since we have a lot of company sharing meals with us. It is not only a bigger space, it is a lot cooler.

That evening we took Dick and mom to Paradise Island to see Atlantis.

One evening we took Dick and mom to Paradise Island to see Atlantis.

Enjoying the ocean at Cabbage Beach with mom!

Enjoying the ocean at Cabbage Beach with mom!

Mom and Dick experienced their first Junkanoo parade.

Mom and Dick experienced their first Junkanoo parade.

While walking through Marina Village, Zachary saw this T-shirt.  We were able to talk to this gentleman, his wife, and his niece and her husband.  They were visiting from Texas and Illinois.  They were attending a Gospel music program.    on Paradise Island.

While walking through Marina Village, Zachary saw this T-shirt. We were able to talk to this gentleman, his wife, and his niece and her husband. They were visiting from Texas and Illinois. They were attending a Gospel music program on Paradise Island.

Tom, Tim and Dick trying to locate utilities lines in the yard.

Tom, Tim and Dick trying to locate utilities lines in the yard.

This is what happens when you boldly introduce yourselves to someone after noticing them wearing a really cool t-shirt...we made some new friends.  We were able to meet these dear people after church on Sunday for lunch.  We then took them on a tour of the island and of the Centre and Camp.  We had a great afternoon and evening getting to these guys.  Praying God allows us to meet again.

This is what happens when you boldly introduce yourselves to someone after noticing them wearing a really cool t-shirt…we made some new friends. We were able to meet these dear people at their hotel on PI after church on Sunday. We  took them to lunch at the Fish Fry and then gave them a tour of the island and of the Centre and Camp. We had a great afternoon and evening getting to know these guys. Praying God allows us to meet again!

Katie and Jesse were visiting the island for the day while their cruise ship was in port.  Katie worked here a couple years ago.  They were married last year and stayed at the camp for part of their honeymoon.  We were able to give them a tour of the house where they stayed last year and where she had lived when she was working here.

Katie and Jesse were visiting the island for the day while their cruise ship was in port. Katie worked here a couple years ago. They were married last year and stayed at the camp for part of their honeymoon. We were able to give them a tour of the house where they stayed last year and where she had lived when she was working here.

Thank you for your prayers and for your interest in our lives and ministry!


3 Comments

  1. rjdzj@frontiernet.net says:

    Good Morning My Dear Friend Always good to hear from you and SEE you on the photo’s!! I PRAY for your family EVERY morning!!!!!!!! trust that your knee will heal on it’s own but will PRAY for God’s healing and timing and wisdom for your decision on what to do. LOOKING forward to seeing you when you come

    Have a Blessed Day all is well here very busy with the end of another school year and Zach’s graduation in two weeks from today Off with Jacob’s class today to the Madison Zoo for a field trip and then heading to Iowa tonight for MOTHER’S DAY

    Love You LOTZ Jane

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  2. You were definitely productive this first term, Mindy. How blessed to see the fruit of your labors! So glad the boys are doing well. I’ll be praying about your knee. . . Have you tried to eliminate dairy, sugar and gluten from your diet for a few weeks, to see if that would help the pain?? Just a thought. It worked for me!

  3. Mindy, I’ve never commented…but just wanted you to know I follow you here! We are thrilled to have you attending Kingdom Life, but also thrilled to have you laboring for the Lord along with us in this country. We were hoping to have you over before your trip back to the U.S., but looks like we’ll have to wait! We’ll be gone July 8-24th to the U.S. as well. We’re looking forward to getting to know you all better and seeing how we can be a blessing to you all. We’re so excited to see all God will do through your family at ALC. Looking forward to the days, weeks and months ahead! I will pray about your knee situation…just a little FYI…there are two doctors in our church…husband and wife…. The husband is a surgeon. They have been immensely helpful to us and would be a great resource to check with here! Much love,
    Kristin

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