We have titled this post Reflecting on the Past but Looking Forward to the Future. As we look back over the last several months, we are amazed at how far God has brought us in such a small amount of time. By His goodness and grace we have accomplished much here at the ALCC, met a LOT of awesome people, made a lot of progress on establishing normalcy of everyday life, and came to understand a little more of how God sovereignly guides and directs those in service to Him. We feel blessed beyond words and are so excited to see what God has in store for us here when we return from the states. We admit that this is not a good time to be returning to the states, but that was not clear when we planned this return trip last fall. We are resting on the fact that God makes no mistakes. He will work things out. One of the biggest lessons we have learned is total reliance and trust in the Lord. He is faithful in everything. Our faith has indeed been strengthened.
Going back to the United States so soon? You just got here.
Because we have sensed some confusion from a few people about why we are heading back to the USA so soon after arriving in the Bahamas, we feel compelled to clarify the purpose for our trip. First of all, it is not a vacation. In January when we arrived in the Bahamas, we had not yet received permanent residency status from the Bahamian government, and therefore we had to show the Bahamian government that we had return tickets to the US. We had chosen May 30th as the date to return because we had a nephew graduating at that time. Not only are we going to be attending our nephew’s graduation, but we will also be taking the opportunity to get our vehicle, which is being stored at a sister’s house in South Carolina, back up to Wisconsin where it is licensed and insured. Along the way, we will be taking the opportunity to meet a newborn family member in North Carolina, reconnecting with our home/sending church in Wisconsin, and seeing our children in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tim will be returning to the island from Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, June 11th. Mindy and the boys (including Garrett who will be coming for a 2 week visit) will return to the island on July 3rd. Mindy and the boys will be sharing our ministry work and the ALCC ministry with a couple of churches in mid-June before ending the month with a week spent at Living Waters Bible Camp (boys will be campers and Mindy will serve as camp nurse). We will also be seeing both sets of parents and our sisters and their families.
Please pray for us as we travel, make connections with supporters and family/friends, seek to raise more support, and connect with a couple churches about possible mission groups coming to ALCC. Please also pray for Tim as he heads back on June 11th to get ready for summer mission teams coming to camp starting June 22nd. We are trying to get a lot done now so he doesn’t have as much to do on his own when he returns.
Thank you to all of you who have inquired about and prayed for Mindy’s knee injury. She saw an orthopedic doctor on Wednesday. The doctor believes she has a torn medial meniscus in her left knee. She is scheduled to have an MRI this next week to confirm the diagnosis. Please pray the MRI machine is repaired (it is broken right now and waiting for a replacement part) and that the insurance company approves the procedure. Treatment has not been established yet (trying to remember that in the Bahamas, everything takes a while).
Letting the pictures tell the story
Believe it or not, there were events these last two weeks that we did not take our camera to. The day before Mother’s Day, Mindy joined the Kingdom Life Church ladies at their Lady’s Luncheon, and this past Sunday we were able to spend the afternoon at the house of Cedric and Alexine Moss. Cedric is the pastor of Kingdom Life Church. Both events were great opportunities to get to know some of the people from the church we have been attending. We have found a real connection with the people at Kingdom Life Church, and the teaching there is so much like the teaching at the churches we attended in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Contacting us while we are in the states
If you need to get a hold of us, you can call our MagicJack number and leave a message (under the “newsletter sign-up and contact information” tab above). Mindy will be getting a Straight Talk number starting June 3rd (we will list that number under contact information as well). Of course you may always email us. We will be updating our blog while we are in the US. So stay tuned!
THANK YOU for your support of us in our work here in Nassau, Bahamas! We appreciate your prayers and look forward to seeing some of you over the next several weeks. If you live in the Viroqua area, we will be at Grace Church in Viroqua on Wednesday, June 5th starting at 630pm for a meet and greet time of fellowship. Please come and see us if you can.