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…reflecting on the past but looking forward to the future!

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.

Mindy’s knee

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

From the outside, the meter house appears the same as it did in our last post, but...

From the outside, the meter house appears the same as it did in our last post, but…

...the electrician has added all the boxes adn wiring he can for now.  We are patiently waiting for our trencher to repair his trencher (he has been waiting for a starter to arrive from the states) so he can get the trenches dug for the electric wires.  As soon as the trenching is done (hopefully next week), we can proceed with the electrical upgrade.

…on the inside, the electrician has added meters and boxes . We are patiently waiting for our trencher to repair his trencher (he has been waiting for a starter to arrive from the states) so he can get the trenches dug outside.   As soon as the trenching is done (hopefully next week), the electrician can proceed with the electrical upgrade.

ALC staff got together at Mark and Kim Wallace's house for dinner.

On May 10th, ALC staff got together at Mark and Kim Wallace’s house for dinner.

Celebrating Mark's birthday at our staff get together on May 10th.

We were able to celebrate Mark’s birthday at the staff dinner.

After dinner, we played games together.

After dinner, we played games together.

Mother's Day morning with 2 of my 4 boys.  I love being their mom!

Mother’s Day morning with 2 of my 4 boys. I love being their mom!

We spent Mother's Day attending church, eating a picnic lunch and swimming at Sandy Point beach, and skyping/google talking with Andrew & Katie and Garrett & Abby.  The google talk session with the boys/girls was a surprise for mom, which of course made her cry.

We spent Mother’s Day attending church, eating a picnic lunch and swimming at Sandy Point beach, and google talking with Andrew & Katie and Garrett & Abby. The google talk session with the boys/girls was a surprise for me, which of course made me cry.

Kevin and I  finished up some painting in the camp dining hall.

Kevin and I finished up some painting in the camp dining hall.

Tim was finally able to install a window to the outside in the boy's room.

Tim was finally able to install a window to the outside in the boy’s room.  If you recall from previous pictures of the boys’ room, this window was covered with plywood and a window air conditioner unit.

With this window , there is now some light and much needed fresh air in a smelly boys room!

With this window, there is now some light and much needed fresh air in a smelly boys room!

Monday, May 20th was a national holiday here in The Bahamas.  It is Whit Monday (celebration of Pentecost).  Schools were closed, and our church took the opportunity to get together to have a seminar for youth called "Real Talk".  The event was held at ALCC.

Monday, May 20th was a national holiday here in The Bahamas. It was Whit Monday (celebration of Pentecost). Schools were closed, and our church took the opportunity to get together to have a seminar for youth called “Real Talk”. The event was held at ALCC.

While Tim and the boys participated in the Real Talk, I watched one of the leader's son.  He and Richelle helped me  make laundry soap for us and camp.

While Tim and the boys participated in the Real Talk, I watched the son of one of the Real Talk leaders. He and Richelle got to help me make laundry soap.

Beatrice, the cat that has been a part of camp for more than 10 years, died on Tuesday morning.

Beatrice, the cat that has been a part of camp for more than 10 years, died on Tuesday morning.  For the last month and half, she spent a lot of time at our house.  We grew rather fond of her.  She is missed.

Power outage...a taste of what we get to look forward to this summer.

Power outage…a taste of what we get to look forward to this summer.  This power outage happened during last Tuesday night’s big storm.

The same storm that caused our power outage caused a lot of flooding on the island.  We had a temporary lake around cabin 6 and...

The same storm that caused our power outage caused a lot of flooding on the island. We had a temporary lake around cabin 6 and…

...in the field and over the driveway.

…in the field and over the driveway beside Tom’s place.  Schools were cancelled on Wednesday because of flooding.  They may not have snow days here, but they do have flood days.  The east side of the island (we live on the south-central side of the island) was hit the hardest.  There were reports of up to 15 inches of rain that night.

Thank you, Thursday morning Bible study ladies, for helping to make my first months in The Bahamas feel "normal".  I have so enjoyed getting to know all of you.  I can't wait until the fall when the Bible study starts back up again.

Thank you, Thursday morning Bible study ladies, for helping to make my first months in The Bahamas feel “normal”. I have so enjoyed getting to know all of you. I can’t wait until the fall when the Bible study starts back up again.

Work is being done on building a home/habitat for  a new porcupine coming to live at the Centre.

Work is being done on building a home/habitat for a new porcupine coming to live at the Centre.

Tom and Tim working on a water line at the Centre.

Tom and Tim working on a water line at the Centre.

Mark and Eric working on the new tree house puppet stage.

Mark and Eric working on the new tree house puppet stage.

Work on the animal cages/habitats in the petting farm at the Centre has begun.  Marlo the marmoset is one of the first recipients of an upgrade.  Sean Wilson is the animal care taker.

Work on the animal cages/habitats in the petting farm at the Centre has begun. Marlo the marmoset is one of the first recipients of an upgrade. Sean Wilson on the left here is the animal care taker.

Look at what finally arrived, the trencher!

Look at what finally arrived, the trencher!

Let the trenching begin!  Now our electrician can start running power lines.

Let the trenching begin! Now our electrician can start running power lines.

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.


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