…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.
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).
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.
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.(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!
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.
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.
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!
Fellow ALC staff helping serve the group at meal time.
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.
One of Peace Church’s dish washing crews.
Worship leaders for the mission team. Boy can this group of young people sing!
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. 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. 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 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.
Ian helping with the removal of the divider in the old bath house.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. Tom and Mindy took them to the airport around 10am.
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 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 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 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:
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
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
Thank you for your interest in our lives and ministry work. May God bless you!