Field of Souls
We work the field of souls
Together you and I
Some fields are blooming now
Other fields are dry
We are not the same
But differences aside
We will work the filed of souls
Together you and I
One is off to foreign soil
To work a distant land
Another anchors close to home
To hold a neighbor’s hand
Who has served the Father most
And who has labored best
That life devoted to our God
That devotion He will bless
One shouts the gospel in the streets
For everyone to hear
He’s bold to everyone he meets
The Word is loud and clear
Another cries alone and prays
In silence on her knees
Before the throne day after day
Where human eyes don’t see
by Wayne Watson
The choir at East Street Gospel Chapel (ESGC) introduced this song to us last Sunday (September 22) as we worshiped and ministered with the assembly during their Missions Conference. What a beautiful song and what great words! It has inspired us this week and has encouraged us as we continue to do the work God has called us to do here in the Bahamas.
If you would like to listen to the song, here is the link to the artist’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXwE0kQN8-w . We hope you are blessed and encouraged by it. Its message challenges us to use our God-given gifts to do the work He has called us to do and to see that we all are called to be missionaries wherever we are. God needs preachers, teachers, caregivers, custodians, nurses, lawyers, factory workers, store clerks, maintenance workers, etc. working his fields. God has called our family to a foreign land, but some are called to stay home and work the mission field in their homeland, in their own community. No matter where God has called you to minister or what he has equipped you to do, start seeing those around you as your mission field and start working the field with us!
Missions Conference at East Street Gospel Chapel (ESGC)
The last 2 Sundays and last 3 Wednesdays we had the honor of worshiping and fellowshipping with the dear people at ESGC during their annual Missions Conference. When Tim agreed to speak at these conference meetings back in February/March, we had no idea what God had in store for us. The assembly called us to come and minister to them, but as we reflect back on these 5 meetings with them, we feel they are the ones who ministered to us. The warmth of the people and the new partnerships and comradery we have received as a result of assembling with them are a huge blessing from God. We feel a special bond with the people at ESGC and are thanking God that He brought them into our lives.
The theme of the Mission Conference was Discipleship and Missions: Making it Practical, and Tim spoke with this theme in mind. We are so thankful to ESGC for giving us this opportunity to minister to them and for allowing us to develop a relationship between their ministry and our family’s ministry and the ministry of the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp. We look forward to future opportunities to meet with these dear people.
Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3 later this week!
For those of you who receive an email notice from us telling you when we post a blog, you may already know this. This is post 1 of 3 that we intend to post this week. It has been 3-4 weeks since we last posted an update, and since there is so much information to share, and since many of our readers do not have time to sit and read long posts, we have decided to break this post up in to 3 installments. This post, as is evident, focuses on our ministry work at East Street Gospel Chapel. Our second post will focus on the ALC 20th Celebration, and our third post will focus on all the other “stuff” that has been going on around here the last 3-4 weeks.
*Wisdom and discernment as we continue the work God has called us to do
*Stamina to get through the next 2 weeks–we have a young adult weekend camp on October 11-12, but after that we should have some time to rest, regroup and recuperate from many months of long hours of work
*Fellow ALC staff who are also struggling right now with exhaustion. It has been a hard month with the 20th celebration preparations, and now school programs are in full swing.
*That God will send more laborers to come and serve here at the ALCamp and at the ALCentre
*That we would have at least 40 young people register and attend the Young Adult Weekend in two weeks (more on this in a later post)
*Mindy can get things finalized for the last couple courses Zachary is taking this year in school
*That Logan’s application for the National Merit Scholarship Finals would arrive to its destination correctly and on time and that the judges would look favorably at his application
Thank you for praying for us and for your interest in our life and work. We are blessed and sincerely appreciate all of you. May God Bless you!
Have a great week everyone!
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43:1-3 (ESV)
For the last 12 months, we have been swimming in a sea of busyness. Some times it seemed like we were swimming along with ease as currents aided us in our movement forward; other times it seemed we were fighting against the current, getting somewhere, but not very easily; some times we were just treading water and not going anywhere at all; and yes, there were even times when we felt like we were being pulled down under the crashing waves. At no time, however, did we ever drown; praise the Lord!
We just passed the one year mark of our first trip to the Bahamas (It’s is hard to believe Seeleyfamily87 blog has been up and going now for over a year!) Ever since then, we have been swimming full speed ahead—loosening our ties to our United States way of life, preparing for our new ministry work and the needs associated with that, relocating to New Providence, setting-up a new way of life, assimilating to the culture, learning about and working in the ministry work of the ALC, ministering to the needs of the many Bahamians and foreign mission teams we have served over the past several months, and working through the frequent 6-7 day work weeks. We have passed through so many waters, and yet through it all, God’s sustaining, strengthening arms have always been there to keep us afloat. As we reflect back, we are humbled and convicted about all the times we flailed in the water because we stubbornly tried to go it alone. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to us even during those times it appeared He was forcing us to reach for His lifeline.
The transition here and the summer camp season is over, and after the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp 20th anniversary celebration scheduled to take place 19-21 September 2013 (more on that later), we will finally be able to take a breath and get out of the water. Although we still have plenty to keep us busy here, we hope to be able to take some time to relax and catch-up as a family. Along with that, we are hoping and praying for an opportunity for our sons and daughter-in-law from Minnesota to come to the island for a visit. Please pray that God works the details of this out and that we (especially Mindy) are able to remain patient.
Much of what we are doing now at camp cannot be photographed and thus will not be reflected in the pictures below: designing camp brochures and fliers for events, working on the quarterly ALC newsletter, making plans for the Young Adult Weekend coming up in October, assisting in the editing of the new ALC website, updating the slide show for Mark’s planetarium program, and corresponding with prospective and scheduled groups for the winter, spring and even next summer months. We have also been working on the presentations we will be presenting at East Street Gospel Chapel’s Missions Conference during the month of September. Tim will be speaking at these 4 meetings and our family will be sharing our call and work here in the Bahamas at one of the meetings. Please pray for us as we continue to work with plans for future camps and for our ministry at the missions conference in a couple of weeks.
Adventure Learning Centre and Camp is celebrating 20 years of adventure! We praise the Lord for His faithfulness to this ministry for the past 20 years and are excited to see what He has planned for the next 20+ years. Please consider coming and celebrating with us 20-21 September 2013. If you are not able to join us, please pray for the 20th celebration and prayerfully consider how God could use you to further the work God has called the staff to do here for the Bahamian people at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp. If you would like more information on attending the celebration or on how you can help the ALC ministry, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Wallace at email@example.com.
Please don’t forget to check out the prayer request list below the picture section. Thank you for your interest in our lives and ministry work. You truly are a blessing to us.
Praise and Prayer Requests
*Praise the Lord, someone has taken over Garrett’s lease of his apartment in La Crosse, WI. He now lives with Tim’s parents in Minneapolis.
*Praise the Lord for great ministry opportunities during the summer camp season
*Praise the Lord for all the help he has sent to the ALC as we make preparations for the 20th anniversary celebration
*Requests mentioned in the text above
*Wisdom and discernment as we minister to the Bahamian people and foreign mission teams and as we work with the other ALC staff
*ALC’s 20th anniversary celebration
*That we are able to get Zachary’s school plan finalized this week. Classes we are taking through Liberty (Logan and Mindy) and Moody (Tim)
*East Street Gospel Chapel’s Missions Conference being held this month
*Wisdom and direction for the camp ministry
*Young Adult Weekend 11-12 October 2013: pray for the event, pray for our speaker Jay Seegert, pray for logistics of the weekend, and pray that we get the help and staff we need to run the event.
*That God will continue to supply the monthly support we need, and that we continue to trust and rely on Him.
Thank you again for praying for us. We know we are nothing without God and that all we have and do is entirely a result of God’s grace and goodness to us. Please email us when you get a chance. We love hearing from you.
God bless you all!
Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley