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