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“You are serving the Lord Christ”

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:26-28, ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24, ESV

As we reflect on these verses, we are reminded that as Christians trying to be like Jesus, we are here to bring glory to God by selflessly serving others.   In our human weakness, we often times fail and find ourselves complaining and slacking off in our duties.  It is a constant struggle, but we desire to tirelessly work hard without complaining.   We would sincerely appreciate your prayers for us as we strive to serve others in the work God has called us to do here at the ALC.

 Update in Pictures

Once again we have included quite a few pictures that cover the last 2 weeks, therefore we will not write a lot of text.  The captions under the pictures cover a lot of information about what we are doing, who we are serving, and a few tidbits of information about the culture here.  After the pictures, we have included a list of prayer requests.  Enjoy!

All the round-abouts on the island are decorated with Bahamian flags and signs and banners celebrating Bahamas' 40 years of independence.

All the round-abouts on the island are decorated with Bahamian flags and signs and banners celebrating Bahamas’ 40 years of independence.

On July 4th, America celebrated its Independence Day, and yes, there was fireworks on the the island.  Unfortunately we were too tired to attend the celebration.  A week later, on July 10th, the Bahamas celebrated its Independence Day.  This year was a big deal for the Bahamian people because they celebrated 40 years of independence.  In the Bahamas, Independence festivities begin the evening before Independence Day and last all night long.  We did not attend the festivities, but those who did said it was pretty impressive.

On July 4th, America celebrated its Independence Day, and yes, there was fireworks on the the island. Unfortunately we were too tired to attend the celebration. A week later, on July 10th, the Bahamas celebrated its Independence Day. This year was a big deal for the Bahamian people because they celebrated 40 years of independence. In the Bahamas, Independence festivities begin the evening before Independence Day and last all night long. We did not attend the festivities, but those who did said it was pretty spectacular.

Michael was "dressing-up" to play a part for his role in working with Immersion Camp which took place July 14-20. Notice the name on this lab coat. The name is none other than our dear Ted Habel, MD! In this picture with Logan and Garrett are Michael Chatigny and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland who is here for the summer).

Michael was “dressing-up” to play a part for his role in working with Immersion Camp which took place July 14-20. Notice the name on this lab coat. The name is none other than our dear Ted Habel, MD! In this picture with Logan and Garrett are Michael Chatigny and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland who is here for the summer).

After nearly 5 weeks of working without a day off, it was time to get away to relax.   This was our first trip to the beach since Garrett's arrival nearly 2 weeks earlier.

After nearly 5 weeks of working without a day off, it was time to get away to relax. This was our first trip to the beach since Garrett’s arrival nearly 2 weeks earlier.

We were also able to take Garrett down town to see Rawson square with all it's "Bahamas 40th Birthday Celebration" decorations.

We were also able to take Garrett down town to see Rawson square with all it’s “Bahamas 40th Birthday Celebration” decorations.

And of course, Garrett had to experience Twin Brother's world famous smoothies.

And of course, Garrett had to experience Twin Brother’s world famous smoothies.

Chet and Andrea Lowe and their children flew into Nassau's airport.  We dropped the camp van off with them at the airport so they could drive to the port to catch the Ferry to Eleuthera for a much needed family vacation (guess what we are going to do when we have time for a family vacation!).

Chet and Andrea Lowe and their children flew into Nassau’s airport.(Chet is the ALC board president). We dropped the camp van off with them at the airport so they could drive to the port to catch the Ferry to Eleuthera for a much needed family vacation (guess what we are going to do when we have time for a family vacation!).

The Lowe children all loaded up and ready to go!

The Lowe children all loaded up and ready to go!

In our last post, we forgot to mention that Zachary has taken over the running of the camp snack shop.  The store has not really made any money, but it has provided the campers a place to purchase snacks and hang out in the evenings.

In our last post, we forgot to mention that Zachary has taken over the running of the camp snack shop. The store has not really made any money, but it has provided the campers a place to purchase snacks and hang out in the evenings.

Immersion Camp campers with their leaders, our very own Katie Morris and Michael Chatigny.

July 14th -20th Immersion Camp attendees with their leaders, our very own Katie Morris and Michael Chatigny. These young people are from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Our house, the hang-out spot!  It helps having one of the only mosquito-free, bug free wifi hot spots on the camp grounds.  Jen Rogers (left) is our new curriculum writer, and Annika Grebe (right) is here to work at the Centre with the day camp for a couple of weeks.

Our house, the hang-out spot! It helps having one of the only mosquito-free, bug free wifi hot spots on the camp grounds. Jen Rogers (left) is our new curriculum writer, and Annika Grebe (right) is here to work at the Centre with the day camp for a couple of weeks.

Day camp at the Centre is nearing its last days.  Next week is the last week.  Every morning they raise the Bahamian flag at the Centre.

Day camp at the Centre is nearing its last days. Next week is the last week. Every morning they raise the Bahamian flag at the Centre.

On Sunday, we welcomed another guest group.  A youth group and their leaders from Peace Church in Wilson, NC are here for a mission trip.  This group has been a joy to serve!

On Sunday, we welcomed another guest group. A youth group and their leaders from Peace Church in Wilson, NC are here for a mission trip. This group has been a joy to serve!

Fellow ALC staff helping serve the group at meal time.

Fellow ALC staff helping serve the group at meal time.

My first piece of poke cake in nearly 2 1/2 years.  (Marion Jung never thought I could make it a year without my former "favorite" dessert.)

Mindy’s first piece of poke cake in nearly 2 1/2 years. This was her all time favorite dessert at Living Waters Bible Camp. She quit eating it in 2011, but decided to have a piece here.

Mission team from Peace Church in Wilson, NC.

Mission team from Peace Church in Wilson, NC.

One of Peace Church's dish washing crews.

One of Peace Church’s dish washing crews.

We participated in evening worship time with this group, and it was such a blessing.  Boy can tis group sing!

Worship leaders for the mission team. Boy can this group of young people sing!

Logan, Zachary and Annika joined the worship time with us.

We participated in evening worship time with this group, and it was such a blessing.

Brad and Kasey Perry and Brad's mother, Deborah Lamm.  Deborah was here on a mission trip in the spring with her husband Tim.  It was good to get to see her again this past week!

Brad and Kasey Perry and Brad’s mother, Deborah Lamm. Brad and Kasey are the youth leaders at the Peace Church and were leading the mission trip here this past week.  Deborah was with the group as well and was here on a mission trip in the spring with her husband Tim. It was good to get to see her again this past week!

This is the orthopedic doctor who will be performing Mindy's knee surgery on August 1st.

This is the orthopedic doctor who will be performing Mindy’s knee surgery on August 1st. Neat fact, he is also a twin. The medical system is so much more laid back here than in the US.

We had a couple young men here this week helping do some odd jobs.  One of their tasks was helping clear out Cottage 1 so it can be worked on.

We had a couple young men here this week helping do some odd jobs. One of their tasks was helping clear out Cottage 1 so it can be worked on. We are hoping to begin work on the first cottage soon.

Tanner and Ian helped Tom tear down the dividing wall between the men's and women's sides of the old bathhouse. The old bathhouse is now being used for storage, and the missing wall provides more floor space for storage.   This is Tanner.

Tanner and Ian helped Tom tear down the dividing wall between the men’s and women’s sides of the old bathhouse. The old bathhouse is now being used for storage, and the missing wall provides more floor space for storage. This is Tanner.

Ian helping with the removal of the divider in the old bath house.

Ian helping with the removal of the divider in the old bath house.

Ian and Tanner helping move things around camp.  They helped Tom tear down the dividing wall between the men's and women's sides of the old bathhouse.  The old bathhouse is now being used for storage, and the missing wall provides more floor space for storage.   They also cleared out all the items being stored in the unfinished Cottage 1.

Ian and Tanner helping move things around camp. Here they are bringing a desk into Tim’s future office space from one of the cottages.

Right now, this is Tim's office space.  You will notice it is right in the exact middle of our house.  When your house is only 684 square feet, things can feel really crowded.  Mindy has been extremely patient, but she is so looking forward to getting him his own office space.

Right now, this is Tim’s office space. You will notice it is right in the exact middle of our house. When your house is only 684 square feet, things can feel really crowded when you begin to use the small space for many different functions. Mindy has been extremely patient, but she is so looking forward to getting him his own office space so she can have her house back in order.

Zachary has taken ownership of preparing and painting Tim's future office space.  He hopes to start painting it this weekend.

Zachary has taken ownership of preparing and painting Tim’s future office space. He hopes to start painting it this weekend.

Logan helped dad this week bust up some of the ground where the trencher could not dig.  With this done, the electric upgrade is another step closer to being done.  We are now waiting for BEC (electric company) to come and install their portion of the power installation and for our electrician to come and finish his job.  Earlier this week, we went shopping for bath house light fixtures.

Logan helped dad this week bust up some of the ground where the trencher could not dig. With this done, the electric upgrade is another step closer to being done. We are now waiting for BEC (electric company) to come and install their portion of the power installation and for our electrician to come and finish his job. Earlier this week, we went shopping for bath house light fixtures.

Logan has begun work on helping Mark put together a new planetarium presentation for the planetarium at the Centre.

Logan has begun work on helping Mark put together a new planetarium presentation for the planetarium at the Centre.

On Friday we picked Stacie Burtelson up at the airport.  She was in for a couple days to touch bases with Tim and Mark and to welcome her husband's cousin and his family to the camp.  Stacie made a quick stop at the Centre to see Ms. Aida on her way to camp.

On Friday we picked Stacie Burtelson (one of our board members) up at the airport. She was in for a couple days to touch bases with Tim and Mark and to welcome her husband’s cousin and his family to the camp. Stacie made a quick stop at the Centre to see Ms. Aida on her way to camp.

Fellow nurses that were here on the Peace Church Mission team.

Fellow nurses that were here on the Peace Church Mission team.

On Saturday, we said a lot of good-byes, and between several of us ALC staff, we made a lot of airport runs.

On Saturday, we said a lot of see-you-laters, and between several of us ALC staff, we made a lot of airport runs.

The first "BIG" see-you-later was to the Peace Church youth group.  They headed to the airport around 10am.

The first “BIG” see-you-later was to the Peace Church youth group. Tom and Mindy took them to the airport around 10am.

Around 1pm, Stacie and Mindy ran to the airport to pick up this group fromt he airport.  They will be here serving at the ALC for the next 9 days.

Around 1pm, Stacie and Mindy ran to the airport to pick up this group from the airport. This is Lee’s (Stacie’s husband) cousin, his family and a couple young people from their church. They will be here serving at the ALC for the next 9 days.

Annika Grebe left on Saturday as well.  She had come for 2 weeks to work at the day camp at the Centre.  She was such a blessing to have around.

Annika Grebe left for the airport with Katie at 4pm. She had come for 2 weeks to work at the day camp at the Centre. She was such a blessing to have around.

Our young lady from Fort Lauderdale, FL who had come for Immersion Camp also left on Saturday.  Her name is Sarah.

Our Immersion Camp young lady from Fort Lauderdale, FL also left around 4pm on Saturday. Her name is Sarah.

Finally, at 8pm, we said see-you-later to our dear friend Nikola.  Nikola was catching a 10pm flight to the United Kingdom where he would be flying to his home in Switzerland.  Nikola's positive, sweet spirit was such an encouragement and blessing to all of us.  We hated to see him go but are looking forward to him coming back some day!

Finally, at 8pm, we said see-you-later to our dear friend Nicola. Nicola was catching a 10pm flight to the United Kingdom where he would be catching a plane to his home in Switzerland. Nicola’s positive, sweet spirit was such an encouragement and blessing to all of us. We hated to see him go but are looking forward to him coming back some day!

This next week, besides hosting the group of 6 that is already here, we will be welcoming Mindy’s twin sister and nephew on Monday, and a mission team group of 19 on Thursday.  Next Sunday, a group of >20 young people will be coming in from the states to work with Kingdom Life Church’s Music Camp program they will be hosting.  In 2 weeks, we have a smaller group here for 2 weeks.  We continue doing what we need to do to serve our groups and get things done around the Camp and Centre.  We are so thankful for the strength God gives us to do what we need to do, but truth be told, we are getting pretty tired.  Please pray that God gives us strength to finish the season strong!  Here are other ways you can specifically pray for us:

Prayer Requests

Preparations for the ALC 20th anniversary celebration which is scheduled for September 19-21 (information to follow in a separate blog post)

Strength and energy to finish this summer’s mission team camp schedule strong

Homeschool preparations for Zachary and for online college classes that will be starting up mid-August for Tim, Mindy and Logan (Logan is taking a full schedule, Tim and Mindy are only taking 1 course)

Souls and lives of those we touch

Completion of the camp’s electric upgrade, the completion of the bath house so we can get the official certificate of occupancy, and the completion of the staff cottages

The Lord’s  provision of more missionary staff here, especially a maintenance person

That we are able to get Zachary’s computer fixed with the new hard drive someone is bringing to us from the states

ALC staff

Mindy’s knee surgery is scheduled for Thursday, August 1st at 1pm.  We have a group coming in that day, but her twin sister (also a RN) will be here to help out

Wisdom and discernment

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Thank you for your interest in our lives and ministry work.  May God bless you!

Picture lovers, this is the blog post for you!


Whom have I in heaven but you?

    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26

Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures!

Well, if you are a visual person and like lots of pictures, then this is the blog post for you.  With this post, we have attempted to pick-up where our last blog with pictures left off, so that means we have a lot of pictures to share.  The pictures below cover the time period of May 27th to July 13th!  Enjoy the story!

(For those interested in knowing how to better pray for us, we have shared prayer requests at the end of this post.)

Before our trip to the USA

Hannah Roth, along with her Dad and brother, were here at the end of May with a mission team that they were leading.  They helped out some around the Centre and Camp.  Hannah's parents were directors of the camp when she was younger.

Hannah Roth, along with her Dad and brother, were here at the end of May with a mission team that they were leading. They helped out some around the Centre and Camp. Hannah’s parents were directors of the camp when she was younger.

Electrician Fabian and one of the mission team members working on the electrical upgrade at camp.

Electrician Fabian and one of the mission team members working on the electrical upgrade at camp.

Past director (Dan Roth) and current director (Tim) working on the electrical upgrade.

Past director (Dan Roth) and current director (Tim) working on the electrical upgrade.

Kevin and RJ helping fill in the trench after the electric conduit was installed.

Kevin and RJ helping fill in the trench after the electric conduit was installed.

In May Mike Leger (left), Chet Lowe (center) and a Patmos intern came for a brief visit to touch bases with Mark (Centre director) and Tim (Camp director).  Chet is Executive Director of the ALC ministry and Mike is a pastor at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale and oversees the Caribbean ministries their church supports.

In May, Mike Leger (left), Chet Lowe (center) and a Patmos intern came for a brief visit to touch bases with Mark (Centre director) and Tim (Camp director). Chet is Executive Director of the ALC ministry and Mike is a pastor at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale and oversees the Caribbean ministries their church supports.

This is Pastor Keith Bunting and his wife Kristin and their 3 daughters.  Keith is the assistant pastor at Kingdom Life Church where we have been attending church.  They came to the island last summer.

This is Pastor Keith Bunting and his wife Kristin and their 3 daughters. Keith is the assistant pastor at Kingdom Life Church where we have been attending church. They came to the island last summer.

The Buntings welcomed us into their home for dinner two days before we left for the states.   Our senior  pastor and his wife, Cedric and Alexine Moss, had had us over a couple weeks earlier, but we had forgotten to take our camera and now have no photo of the event.

The Buntings welcomed us into their home for dinner two days before we left for the states. Our senior pastor and his wife, Cedric and Alexine Moss, had had us over a couple weeks earlier, but we had forgotten to take our camera to that dinner.

Zachary playing games with the Bunting girls.

Zachary playing games with the Bunting girls.

On Monday before we left for the states, Mindy picked this young lady up at the airport.  This is Deborah.  Deborah is a Ghana, Africa citizen that had been residing in the USA for 10 years while she attended college.  She had come to The Bahamas to renew her student Visa at the US embassy in Nassau.   To make a long story short, she was denied Re-entry into the USA and was "stuck" in the Bahamas for three weeks while she tried to make arrangements to get to Ghana.  She eventually got a ticket to Cuba where she was able to connect with the Netherlands government to obtain a transit visa to fly from Cuba to Netherlands to Ghana.

On Monday before we left for the states, Mindy picked this young lady up at the airport. This is Deborah. Deborah is a Ghana, Africa citizen that had been residing in the USA for 10 years while she attended college. She had come to The Bahamas to renew her student Visa at the US embassy in Nassau. To make a long story short, she was denied re-entry into the USA and was “stuck” in the Bahamas for three weeks while she tried to make arrangements to get to Ghana. She eventually got a ticket to Cuba where she was able to connect with the Netherlands government to obtain a transit visa to fly from Cuba to Netherlands to Ghana.  God brought this young lady into our lives to bless us with her presence and to teach us to be hospitable to all people especially in their time of need.

Our trip to the USA…

We left for the USA on Thursday morning, May 30th.  It had been raining for a couple of weeks and the bugs were terrible.  We were very glad to be leaving the pests, excited to be going back to the USA to see family/friends and be in familiar surroundings, but we were sad to be leaving the dear Bahamian people we had grown to know and love.  This is taken at the Bahamas airport right after passing through USA customs into the gate area.

We left for the USA on Thursday morning, May 30th. It had been raining for a couple of weeks and the bugs were terrible. We were very glad to be leaving the pests, excited to be going back to the USA to see family/friends and be in familiar surroundings, but we were sad to be leaving the dear Bahamian people we had grown to know and love. This picture was taken at the Bahamas airport right after passing through USA customs into the gate area.

We had a "Restaurant Bucket List" while we were in the states.  This hamburger and french fry joint was not on the list, but boy was it GOOD!  Our first American hamburger and french fries, and boy did it taste great!

We had a “Restaurant Bucket List” when we came back to the states. This hamburger and french fry joint was not on the list, but boy was it GOOD! Mindy’s sister took us to this restaurant after she picked us up from the airport in Charleston, SC.

Mindy's twin sister and her family:  Chuck, Melissa, Kayla and Liam.  We stayed with them while we were in Charleston, SC May 30th-June 2nd.

Mindy’s twin sister and her family: Chuck, Melissa, Kayla and Liam. We stayed with them while we were in Charleston, SC May 30th-June 2nd.

Mindy's sister and her family:  John, Tammy, Megan, Evan, Connor, and Dylan O'Sullivan.  They live in Charleston, SC.  Evan graduated from high school this weekend, thus why we were in Charleston.

Mindy’s sister and her family: John, Tammy, Megan, Evan, Connor, and Dylan O’Sullivan. They live in Charleston, SC. Evan graduated from high school at the end of May, thus why we were in Charleston.

Evan's graduation picture with his proud parents.

Our nephew Evan with his parents.

We enjoyed celebrating with Evan at his graduation party.

We enjoyed celebrating with Evan at his graduation party.

Saying good-bye (or see you later) is never easy, especially if you are as close as these two are.  Logan and Evan have always had such a special relationship.

Saying good-bye (or see you later) is never easy, especially if you are as close as these two are. Logan and Evan have always had such a special relationship.

Not on our "Restaurant Bucket List", but definitely on our must have list---Peanut butter panic ice cream (at an affordable price)!  In the Bahamas, these 1.75 liter ice cream containers are $9.00.  At Walmart, we paid $3.50.  What a deal!

Not on our “Restaurant Bucket List” but definitely on our must have list—Peanut butter panic ice cream (at an affordable price)! In the Bahamas, these 1.75 liter ice cream containers are $9.00. At Walmart, we paid $3.50. What a deal!

A couple of the things we (except Zachary) miss on the island are road trips and traveling at free way speeds. On June 2nd we left Charleston, SC to head to North Carolina to see Tim's sister and her family.  Thus began our 3 day trip north to get our car back up to Wisconsin.

A couple of the things we (except Zachary) miss on the island are road trips and traveling at free way speeds. On June 2nd we left Charleston, SC to head to North Carolina to see Tim’s sister and her family. Thus began our 3 day trip north to get our car back up to Wisconsin.

In North Carolina, we were able to visit with Tim's sister and her family and meet our two new great-nieces.  This is Joe, Kristina and Lena Presson and Caleb, Karen and Olivia Myers.  Kristina and Caleb are the children of Ruth's sister and brother in law- Chuck and Ruth Myers.

In North Carolina, we were able to visit with Tim’s sister and her family and meet our two new great-nieces. This is Joe, Kristina and Lena Presson and Caleb, Karen and Olivia Myers. Kristina and Caleb are the children of Tim’s sister and brother in law- Ruth and Chuck Myers.

Chuck and Ruth with their granddaughters

Chuck and Ruth with their granddaughters

We were also in North Carolina to see our other niece and nephew, Bethany and Joel Myers.

We were also in North Carolina to see our other niece and nephew, Bethany and Joel Myers.

We left North Carolina on June 3rd, and after a beautiful drive thru West Virginia, we arrived in Toledo, OH at Mindy's cousin's house.  We enjoyed a brief visit with Jon and Lisa Harris and their son Drake.

We left North Carolina on June 3rd, and after a beautiful drive thru West Virginia, we arrived at Mindy’s cousin’s house in Toledo, OH. We enjoyed a brief visit with Jon and Lisa Harris and their son Drake and was able to check  “Italian Restaurant” off our bucket list when they took us to Biaggi’s.  Thanks for hosting us, Jon and Lisa!

Look who drove 4 hours from their home in London, Ontario Canada to see us in Toledo for one hour.  Bob and Faye Browning joined us for breakfast at on of Jon and Lisa's McDonalds stores.

Look who drove 4 hours from their home in London, Ontario Canada to see us in Toledo for one hour. Bob and Faye Browning joined us for breakfast at one of Jon and Lisa’s McDonalds stores.

From Toledo, OH we headed towards La Crosse, WI where we met up with our son Garrett (as well as Andrea Huser, Nick Bentsen, and Abby Huffman) at the home of Theo and Ruth Habel.

From Toledo, OH we headed to La Crosse, WI where we met up with our son Garrett (as well as Andrea Huser, Nick Bentsen, and Abby Huffman) at the home of Theo and Ruth Habel.

Theo and Ruth Habel graciously allowed us to crash at their house for the few days at the beginning of June and then again at the end of June.  What fantastic hosts they are.  Thank you, Theo and Ruth!

Theo and Ruth Habel graciously allowed us to crash at their house for the few days at the beginning of June and then again at the end of June. What fantastic hosts they are. Thank you, Theo and Ruth!

We stopped in at Living Waters Bible Camp to see some of the staff.  It was weird walking back in to that kitchen.

We stopped in at Living Waters Bible Camp to see some of the staff. It was weird walking back in to that kitchen.  (with Marion Jung, Kevin Evers and Aaron Mills)

More LWBC staff.:  Chris and Annie Sutton and Erv Jung.

More LWBC staff.: Chris and Annie Sutton and Erv Jung.

Bella was so excited to see us!  She even wrapped her paw around our legs and whimpered in excitement.

Bella was so excited to see us! She even wrapped her paw around our legs and whimpered in excitement.

On Wednesday, we met with Pastor Rich Maurer for supper at Culvers (another one checked off our bucket list).

On Wednesday, we met with Pastor Rich Maurer for supper at Culvers (another restaurant checked off our bucket list) .

We had the chance to meet and greet friends from the Viroqua/Westby, WI area on Wednesday, June 5th.  Tim gave a quick ministry update, and then we had a question and answer time.

We had the chance to meet and greet friends from the Viroqua/Westby, WI area on Wednesday, June 5th at Grace Church in Viroqua (our sending church). Tim gave a quick ministry update, and then we had a question and answer time.

Jim and Jean Beauchamp were neighbors while we lived in Westby.  We were so blessed in that we got to see and touch bases with a lot of friends, family and ministry supporters while on this trip.

Jim and Jean Beauchamp were neighbors while we lived in Westby. We were so blessed in that we got to see and touch bases with them and a lot of other friends, family and ministry supporters while on this trip.

Another restaurant off our bucket list.  This time:  Mexican!

Another restaurant off our bucket list. This time: Mexican!

On Friday, June 7th, we left La Crosse and headed to Minneapolis.  We stopped in Winona to see Mandy Felten (the daughter of one of Tim's cousins), Tim Siler and Josh.

On Friday, June 7th, we left La Crosse and headed to Minneapolis. We stopped in Winona to see Mandy Felten (the daughter of one of Tim’s cousins), Tim Siler and Josh.

While we were in Minnesota, we stayed with Tim's parents.

While we were in Minnesota, we stayed with Tim’s parents.

Not going to lie:  my favorite part of the entire trip---getting to see my kids again!  I had a picture with Zach and Logan on Mother's Day and needed a picture with Garrett and Andrew.  Boy I miss these guys (and Katie and Abby too)!

Not going to lie: my favorite part of the entire trip—getting to see my kids again! I had a picture with Zach and Logan on Mother’s Day and needed a picture with Garrett and Andrew. Boy I miss these guys (and Katie and Abby too)!

The guys at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley's house...

The guys at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley’s house…

...and then the girls!

…and then the girls!

Hanging out at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley's house.

Hanging out at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley’s house.

Introducing the grand-cat, Gatsby!   (We won't be getting grand children for a while, so we just have to be happy with Gatsby for now!)

Introducing the grand-cat, Gatsby! (We won’t be getting grand children for a while, so we just have to be happy with Gatsby for now!)

We spent Saturday, June 8th together as a family.  First of all:  Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

We spent Saturday, June 8th together as a family. First of all: Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

The annual "kids" picture!

The annual “kids” picture!

We went to the Minnesota Zoo together.  We loved watching our 6 adult children interacting together.  What a blessing!

We went to the Minnesota Zoo together. We loved watching our 6 adult children interacting together. What a blessing!

After the zoo, we went to a middle eastern cuisine restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis to celebrate Garrett's birthday together.

After the zoo, we went to a Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis to celebrate Garrett’s birthday together.  (This restaurant was not on our list, but it was still worth the visit.)

After attending church at Eden Baptist Church (the church we used to attend when we lived in Minnesota) on Sunday morning, we had lunch with our daughter-in-law's family.   This is Dennis, Cathy, and Andrew Sundlie with Andrew and Katie.

After church at Eden Baptist Church (the church we used to attend when we lived in Minnesota) on Sunday, we had lunch with our daughter-in-law’s family. This Dennis, Cathy, and Andrew Sundlie with Andrew and Katie.

We stopped in at an old neighbors house in the neighborhood we used to live in when we lived in Rosemount,  MN.  This is Mark Olson.  We were bummed that his wife and children were not home.

We stopped in at an old neighbors house in the neighborhood we used to live in when we lived in Rosemount, MN. This is Mark Olson. We were bummed that his wife and children were not home.

On Sunday evening, Tim's sister Becky and her husband, son and daughter-in-law came over to visit.  This Paul and Becky Kuehn with Bryan and Suzanne.

On Sunday evening, Tim’s sister Becky and her husband, son and daughter-in-law came over to visit. This Paul and Becky Kuehn with Bryan and Suzanne.

Another restaurant off our bucket list--Chipotle!

Another restaurant off our bucket list–Chipotle!

Grandma and Grandpa wanted to take the boys to the other zoo.

Grandma and Grandpa wanted to take the boys to the other zoo.

On Tuesday, June 11th, Tim flew back to the Bahamas from Minneapolis.  Later that afternoon, some Eden Baptist Church ladies came to visit us at our friend's house.

On Tuesday, June 11th, Tim flew back to the Bahamas from Minneapolis. Later that afternoon, some Eden Baptist Church ladies came to visit the rest of us at our friend’s house.

More of the ladies that came.  Thank you Adam and Carole Miller for opening up your home for this get together.

More of the ladies that came. Thank you Adam and Carole Miller for opening up your home for this get together.

One more visit to see Andrew and Katie before leaving the Twin Cities.

One more visit to see Andrew and Katie before leaving the Twin Cities.

We stayed with Charles in Chicago.  Charles Owens was my best friend in high school.  It was great connecting with him again.

We stayed with Charles in Chicago. Charles Owens was Mindy’s best friend in high school. It was great connecting with him again.

After our over night stay in Chicago, we went to my parent's house in Covington, IN.

After our over night stay in Chicago, we went to my parent’s house in Covington, IN.

On Sunday, June 16, Mindy presented our family's ministry to the church she grew-up attending, and Logan preached the morning message on Philippines 2.

On Sunday, June 16, I presented our family’s ministry to the church I grew-up attending, and Logan preached the morning message.

Some of the people that used to attend Edgewood Baptist Church in Danville, IL when Mindy was a little girl.

Some of the people that used to attend Edgewood Baptist Church in Danville, IL when I was a little girl.

On Tuesday, we presented the ALC ministry to a cousin's church in Lafayette, IN.  The church is considering bringing a mission team to the Bahamas.

On Tuesday, June 18th, we presented the ALC ministry to a cousin’s church in Lafayette, IN. The church is considering bringing a mission team to the Bahamas.

The boys helped grandpa split and stack firewood for use in their wood burning furnace this winter.

The boys helped grandpa split and stack firewood for use in their wood burning furnace this winter.

After nearly a week at my parent's house in Indiana, we headed back to Westby, WI to spend at week serving at Living Waters Bible Camp.  We stayed with our good friends the Becks before leaving for camp on Saturday.

After nearly a week at my parent’s house in Indiana, we headed back to Westby, WI to spend at week serving at Living Waters Bible Camp. We stayed with our good friends the Becks before leaving for camp on Saturday.

On Sunday, June 23rd, we provided a full ALC ministry update to our sending church, Grace Church of Viroqua.

On Sunday, June 23rd, we provided a full ALC ministry update to our sending church, Grace Church of Viroqua.

Logan attended his last high school camp; Zachary attended his first (and maybe his last) high school camp; and I was camp nurse for high school camp the last week of June.

Logan attended his last and Zachary his first (and maybe his last) high school camp at Living Waters Bible Camp in Westby, WI during the last week of June. I was able to do what I love to do—be camp nurse for the week!

Even while at camp, friends stopped in to see us.  Sheila Eisermann.

Even while at camp, friends stopped in to see us. Sheila Eisermann.

I even got to help the cooks in the kitchen a little.  This brought back a lot of memories and made me kind of sad too.

I even got to help the cooks in the kitchen a little. This brought back a lot of memories and made me kind of sad too.

My good friend Martha Fuhr brought supper one evening so we could have dinner together without having to go off camp grounds.

My good friend Martha Fuhr brought supper one evening so we could have dinner together without having to go off camp grounds.

On Thursday evening during camp, I was able to share an update on our family's ministry work at the ALC and how God orchestrated our move to Nassau.  Afterwards, Logan shared a message with the campers.

On Thursday evening of our week at Living Waters Bible Camp, we were able to share an update on our family’s ministry work at the ALC and how God orchestrated our move to Nassau. Afterwards, Logan shared a message with the campers.

Another visitor:  Jmee Felten.  (I am trying to talk her in to coming to work at the ALC for a semester or more!  Pray for her!)

Another visitor: Jmee Felten. (I am trying to talk her in to coming to work at the ALC for a semester or more! Pray for her!)

Another friend:  Amy Youman!

Another friend: Amy Youman!

A young lady I counselled several years ago at high school camp.  Ann Kress.

A young lady I counselled several years ago at high school camp. Ann Kress.

A special group of young people at high school camp.  I love this age group.

A special group of young people at high school camp. I love this age group.

For the last couple of years, I have taken a picture with this group of kiddos.  One is missing this year (thus the empty spot next to PJ on the right).

Zeke Montag, Lindsy Lucht, PJ Morris.  For the last couple of years, I have taken a picture with this group of kiddos. One is missing this year (thus the empty spot next to PJ).

Two of the 3 LWBC 2012 interns.  On the left is Bethany Seeley (no relationship to us) and on the right is Tomke Fahrenholz from Germany.  It was a total surprise to us that they were going to be at camp this year.

Two of the 3 LWBC 2012 interns. On the left is Bethany Seeley (no relationship to us) and on the right is Tomke Fahrenholz from Germany. It was a total surprise to us that they were going to be at camp this year.

Ivan, Laura, Jeremiah and David Minguia served at Living Waters this summer.  They are from Mexico City.

Ivan, Laura, Jeremiah and David Munguia served at Living Waters this summer. They are from Mexico City.

After camp we attended our former church's community outreach in Viroqua.  The young people presented the gospel in skits, stories and songs to the area children and then fed them and played games with them.

After camp we attended our former church’s community outreach in Viroqua. The young people presented the gospel in skits, stories and songs to the area children and then fed them and played games with them.

On Sunday, June 30, Logan spent the afternoon and evening with friends from Viroqua, Zachary was working at Living Waters Bible Camp as a Kid Caddie, and I met Garrett, Abby and Abby's parents for the afternoon.

On Sunday, June 30, Logan spent the afternoon and evening with friends from Viroqua, Zachary was working at Living Waters Bible Camp as a Kid Caddie, and I met Garrett, Abby and Abby’s parents for the afternoon.  We ate at Hu-Hot (yes, another restaurant on our bucket list!)

We attended a softball game that Garrett played in with his Twenty Somethings church group.

We attended a softball game that Garrett played in with his Twenty Somethings church group.

Amidst my shopping for things to bring back to Nassau, I was able to make it to Jim and Lorraine Harnwell's place in Westby for a visit.

Amidst my shopping for things to bring back to Nassau, I was able to make it to Jim and Lorraine Harnwell’s place in Westby for a visit.

Logan and I (Zachary was still at camp working as Kid Caddie) stayed with Theo and Ruth Habel during the days leading up to our trip back to Nassau.  Theo, Ruth and I were serenaded by Logan and his friends, Andrea, Katie and Sam.

Logan and I (Zachary was still at camp working as Kid Caddie) stayed with Theo and Ruth Habel during the days leading up to our trip back to Nassau. Theo, Ruth and I were serenaded by Logan and his friends, Andrea, Sam and Katie.

Garrett, Logan, Zachary and I left for Nassau from La Crosse, WI airport.  Our first stop was Detroit's airport.  This is the tunnel connecting the regional flight concourse with the regular flights concourse.  We made it back to Nassau at 10pm after a short stop and plane change in Atlanta.  Of course our luggage decided not to join us on the flight from Atlanta to Nassau, but the 18 hour baggage delay gave me a $40 refund on the baggage fee I paid as well as a $50 Delta voucher.

Garrett, Logan, Zachary and I left for Nassau from La Crosse, WI airport at 7am on July 3rd. Our first stop was Detroit’s airport. This is the tunnel connecting Detroit’s regional flight concourse with the regular flights concourse. We made it back to Nassau at 10pm that night after a short stop and plane change in Atlanta. Of course our luggage decided not to join us on the flight from Atlanta to Nassau, but the 18 hour baggage delay gave us the opportunity to request a $40 refund on the baggage fee we paid as well as a $50 Delta voucher.

Meanwhile back at Adventure Learning Camp

When Tim got back on June 11th, he immediately jumped back into work.  He had to begin preparations for the first summer mission teams that were scheduled to arrive June 14th (Mission Discovery).  Deborah left on Saturday June 16th for Cuba in her attempts to get permission from the Netherlands to fly through their country to get home to Ghana, Africa.  This is her send off party.

When Tim got back on June 11th, he immediately jumped back into work. He had to begin preparations for the first summer mission teams that were scheduled to arrive June 14th (Mission Discovery). Deborah left on Saturday June 16th for Cuba in her attempts to get permission from the Netherlands to fly through their country to get home to Ghana, Africa. This is her send off party.

Alissa Finlay along with Kristin Bunting and her daughters graciously came to help Tim with the cooking at camp while the boys and I were in the States.

Alissa Finlay along with Kristin Bunting and her daughters graciously came to help Tim with the cooking at camp while the boys and I were in the States. Thank you so much ladies for all your help! You were such a blessing.

The first Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 16-22.

The first Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 16-22.

The second Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 23-29.

The second Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 23-29.

The third Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 30-July 6.

The third Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 30-July 6.

The fourth Mission Discovery mission team that was here July 7-13.

The fourth Mission Discovery mission team that was here July 7-13.

Mission Discovery team  getting ready to go out for ministry work.

Mission Discovery team at morning devotion time before going out to the ministry work sites.

Mission Discovery team getting ready to go out for ministry work.

Mission Discovery team getting ready to go out for ministry work.

John and Alexis Williams leading worship weeks 2 and 3 of Mission Discovery

John and Alexis Williams leading worship weeks 2 and 3 of Mission Discovery

Mission Discovery week 4 worship leaders

Mission Discovery week 4 worship leaders

Evening worship time.

Evening worship time.

Pastor Bazile from the Haitian church that some of the mission teams served that week gave out recognition forms to the mission team members.

Pastor Bazile from the Haitian church that some of the mission teams served that week gave out recognition forms to the mission team members.

Meal time for Mission Discovery

Meal time for Mission Discovery

Beach day on Fridays during Mission Discovery weeks.

Beach day on Fridays during Mission Discovery weeks.

Mission Discovery staff here for the first 3 weeks.

Mission Discovery staff here for the first 2 weeks.

Mission Discovery staff for week 4:  Cara and Nate Ryver, Lauren Kemp and Hannah Denney.

Mission Discovery staff for week 4: Cara and Nate Ryver, Lauren Kemp and Hannah Denney.

John, Alexis, Jayden, and Joshua Williams.  John and  Alexis were here at Mission Discovery worship leaders for weeks 2 and 3.

John, Alexis, Jayden, and Joshua Williams. John and Alexis were here as Mission Discovery worship leaders for weeks 2 and 3.

Andy and Jen Nelson.  Andy was seriously injured by a fall at one of the work projects during week 3 of Mission Discovery.  God was with him and gave us wisdom to send him to the hospital in time!  Praise the Lord

Andy and Jen Nelson. Andy, a member of Mission Discovery week 3 mission team, was seriously injured by a fall at one of the work projects. He had gone to the hospital after the accident on Tuesday but was sent home because he appeared to be ok.  By Saturday of that week, he was not doing too well.  God was with him and gave us wisdom to send him back to the hospital.  He was suffering from a collapsed lung due to the undetected broken ribs.  He spent 5 more days in the hospital.  Praise the Lord they caught the collapsed lung in time! His wife, Jen, flew down to be with him while he was in the hospital.

Telling Hannah Roth good-bye.  Hannah (in the middle) was here for a couple of weeks to help out at the Centre.

Telling Hannah Roth good-bye. Hannah (in the middle) was here for a couple of weeks to help out at the Centre.

A "good-bye" of sorts for Kevin.  Kevin has lived at the camp with Tom our maintenance guy for a couple of years.  He graduated this year and has moved into his sister's house near by.

A “good-bye” of sorts for Kevin. Kevin has lived at the camp with Tom our maintenance guy for a couple of years. He graduated this year and has moved into his sister’s house near by.

Garrett, Logan and Zachary hung out a lot at the house and helped us where they could.  We felt bad that we could not spend more time with them while we were tied up with Mission Discovery, but they fared ok on their own.

Garrett, Logan and Zachary hung out a lot at the house and helped us where they could. We felt bad that we could not spend more time with them while we were tied up with Mission Discovery, but they fared ok on their own.

Mike and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland here to work at the Centre this summer) playing Risk with Garrett and Zachary.

Mike and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland here to work at the Centre this summer) playing Risk with Garrett and Zachary.

Summer day camp at the Centre is in full swing.  Nicola leading the children in games with a soccer ball.

Summer day camp at the Centre is in full swing. Nicola leading the children in games with a soccer ball.

Tika Penn leading one of the classes for the summer day camp kiddos.

Tika Penn leading one of the classes for the summer day camp kiddos.

Andy had just been discharged from the hospital but insisted on helping serve dinner for Mission Discovery week 4.

Andy had just been discharged from the hospital but insisted on helping serve dinner for Mission Discovery week 4.

Mission Discovery week 4 attendee, Allison, made this beautiful duct tape flower.

Mission Discovery week 4 attendee, Allison, made this beautiful duct tape flower for me.

Zachary loved talking to this youth leader of the group from week 4 of Mission Discovery.  Alex Walton is from England, and Zachary loves the English accent.

Zachary loved talking to this youth leader of the group from week 4 of Mission Discovery. Alex Walton is from England, and Zachary loves the English accent.

Hannah Denney, Mission Discovery intern, adopted us as her second family.  We enjoyed having her around in the evenings.

Hannah Denney, Mission Discovery intern, adopted us as her second family. We enjoyed having her around in the evenings.

Saving Andy a trip to the hospital.  During week 3 of Mission Discovery I was able to use my nursing skills a lot.  Andy's wife Jen so much fun to be around.  Her personality comes out in this picture.

Saving Andy a trip to the hospital at the end of week 4 of Mission Discovery. I was able to take the stitches out of his arm for him. My nursing skills came in handy a lot the last 2 weeks of Mission Discovery. Andy’s wife Jen is so much fun to be around. Her personality comes out in this picture.

Andy and Jen Nelson were such a blessing to us. Even though he suffered a serious injury, they both had a positive attitude and a willingness to help out where they could after he was discharged from the hospital. (We are trying to recruit them to come and help out next summer.)  We hated having to tell them good-bye.

Andy and Jen Nelson were such a blessing to us. Even though he suffered a serious injury, they both had a positive attitude and a willingness to help out where they could after he was discharged from the hospital. (We are trying to recruit them to come and help out next summer.) We hated having to tell them good-bye.

When Mission Discovery was over, we met with a few of the leaders at a restaurant on Paradise Island to debrief and fellowship.

When Mission Discovery was over, we met with a few of the leaders at a restaurant on Paradise Island to debrief and fellowship.

We then walked around The Dig at Atlantis.

We then walked around The Dig at Atlantis.

Jen Rogers came to work at the ALC  as curriculum writer on June 9th.  This was one of the first chance we had to go to Cabbage Beach for a swim (swimming is about the only cardiovascular activity I can do right now because of my injured knee).  I have loved having Jen around and am looking forward to more time together as things slow down.

Jen Rogers came to work at the ALC as curriculum writer on June 9th. This was one of the first chances we had to go to Cabbage Beach for a swim (swimming is about the only cardiovascular activity I can do right now because of my injured knee). We have loved having Jen around and are looking forward to more time together as things slow down.

That is it for now. Although we anticipate a very busy week again this next week, it is our goal to get back on track with posting every other weekend, and since this post does not cover this past week, we should have another blog post for next week.  We will see what time allows.

Prayer

Please continue to pray for us as we seek to serve others and share God’s love with those around us.  Here is how you can specifically pray for our family and the ministry work we are doing:

*Pray for ALC staff:  unity, God’s guidance and protection, wisdom and discernment, ability to complete the work needed

*Pray for the Bahamian people we serve and serve with

*Pray that God will send us the skilled help we need to repair the mason work on the cabins and to finish the cottages (we need housing for our single, female ALC staff)

*Pray that the electric upgrade at camp is completed soon

*Pray for Mindy’s upcoming knee surgery.  We will be scheduling it for the week of July 27th.  Her twin sister will be here that week to help out.

This has indeed been a very long post, and we appreciate the time you took to read through it.  We feel blessed by your interest in our lives and ministry work.  Thank you, and may God bless you!

Travel day for us…going home!

This has to be quick because the Detroit airport is not very generous with its complimentary wifi.  They only give one 30 minutes of free air time.

We left La Crosse airport this morning at 7:00am and landed in Detroit around 9:20am.  After a lovely walk through the DTW tunnel connecting Concourse C to Concourse A (it is actually a very cool tunnel), we settled onto some not-so-comfy benches at our gate, and are now waiting for our 1:45pm departure flight to Atlanta, GA.  We should get in to Atlanta around 3:45pm and depart there for Nassau at about 5:30pm.  That means we should be in Nassau by about 750pm.

We are anxious to get home.  I spoke with Tim this morning, and he is anxious for us to get home as well.  These last 3 weeks have been very busy and have flown by quickly, but it is still a long time to be separated.

Please pray for a member of one of the mission teams at the ALC now.  He fell through a ceiling (at a local Haitian church, not at the camp or centre) and injured himself yesterday.  He is going to be ok, but he is sore.

A special thank you to Ruth and Theo Habel for being such awesome hosts to us this weekend (and earlier in June when we were in La Crosse).  They not only provided a place for us to stay, they also got up at 5am this morning to get us to the airport.  THANK YOU!

Have a great day.  I will try to get another post up (with pictures) this weekend.  No promises, but I will try.  Until then, have a great week.

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