And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest
Several posts back, we shared how we have been swimming in a sea of busyness these past 12+ months and how we were hoping to soon have some down time to relax and catch our breath. With the completion of our last big event, last weekend’s Young Adult Weekend, that long awaited down time finally arrived during the middle of last week. Other than a few local guest groups over weekends in November, our schedule has slowed down a bit. Of course the “off season” is time to do work projects, promote the camp, and gear up for the winter/spring groups, but it is also time to relax a little and complete personal business.
As an added bonus to our “break time” and thanks to a generous gift from some friends, the four of us spent this past weekend in paradise…Paradise Island that is. We had a blast playing in the water together and just relaxing and spending time together. We came home Sunday evening exhausted from all the fun activity, but we are definitely much more refreshed and rejuvenated. We praise the Lord for these little blessings He gives us!
We had originally thought we would not share our outing with everyone because we were afraid it might give the impression that we are extravagant with our money and our time, but as we were counseled and as we prayed about it, we felt someone might be encouraged as we shared how God provided for this little “extra” enjoyment. God is faithful and does provide good things to his children. In this case He provided for something we did not ask for, were not expecting, and didn’t know we really needed. Thank you, dear brother and sister (you know who you are), for allowing God to use you in this way! We really enjoyed the time away.
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The staff cottage is in the process of being tiled now. It will soon be ready for painting, inside and out. Since neither we nor our maintenance man Tom Schafer have time to do the painting ourselves, please pray that God sends the help needed to get this big project done.
The electric upgrade is finally finished. Praise the Lord! BEC made it out to hook up the last of the wiring and install the meters. We are so glad to have this big project complete. It took a lot of work organizing the project, but we learned a lot through the process.
*Prayer requests are listed after the pictures.
A review of the last 2 weeks in pictures!
The “relaxation” (not really relaxing but definitely a diversion from ministry work) of this past weekend have served us well. We praise the Lord for these times away; they are much needed.
*The ALC facility is falling apart in many places because of age and use. Please pray that God sends the help needed (financial provision and man power) to repair/replace things! Also, our maintenance guy will be gone for the next week and then again for 2 weeks in November. Pray for Tom as he rests and recuperates, and pray nothing breaks down here while he is gone.
*Wisdom and discernment in our work and our interactions with other staff and the people we serve
*Travel to be made over the next couple of months: Tim and Mindy will be going to a cousin’s wedding in Indiana this next weekend (the boys will be staying on the Island), Tim goes to Fort Lauderdale for outreach meetings at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale in 2 weeks, and we all will be going to Minnesota for Thanksgiving
*ALC staff unity
*Wisdom in Leadership: Tim over the Adventure Learning Camp and Mark Wallace over the Adventure Learning Centre
*God sends helpers to get the staff cottage painted and that God will send other laborers to help in the ministry work here at the ALC
*Praise God that the electric upgrade has been successfully completed
*Praise God for His providential care, His provision, and His blessings
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our work and lives. Please take a few minutes to email us to let us know how you are doing. We LOVE to hear from people (and it lets us know that people actually read these updates).
Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley
Where there is no vision the people will perish.
The adventure began in 1986, when missionaries Randy-affectionately known as “Uncle Randy” to the Bahamian students-and Kimberly Grebe had a vision for reaching out to students in the Bahamas. The Grebes envisioned an outdoor education centre that used the visible wonders of God’s creation to minister to students of the Bahamas.
At first, Randy and Kim took their hands-on programs to the schools and youth group outreaches. In January 1991, after presentation and approval of the proposed programs and building plans to the Bahamian officials and Ministry of Education and a generous government approved land offer by Hesketh and Dawn Johnson of Crossroads Ministry, the ground breaking and construction of Adventure Learning Centre began at the site where the main section of the Centre is today. Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” was the guiding scripture during the building process. The Centre was built by the financial donations and volunteer labor from generous supporters throughout the world.
On September 13, 1993, with the official endorsement of the Ministry of Education and a grand opening ceremony, Adventure Learning Centre began reaching thousands of children through field trips to the island’s only outdoor education program. The first group of students arrived on October 18, 1993, and by the end of the first school year, 7,700 students had visited the Centre.
Formerly Joy Bible Camp, Adventure Learning Camp was offered by Canadian missionaries Jack and Audrey Adams in late 1993 to Adventure Learning Centre board of directors.
On September 19-21, 2013, Bahamian dignitaries, past and present staff, volunteers and board members, and friends of Adventure Learning Centre and Camp gathered to celebrate 20 years of “Bringing the Wonders of God’s Creation Together with the Curiosity of Kids” and “Exposing Laborers to the Harvest Through Short-term Missions” at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp. The three days of events included a donor dinner at a Nassau restaurant on Thursday evening, a celebration ceremony at the Centre on Friday, and a Family Funday on Saturday. It was a wonderful time of celebration remembering and reminiscing about the past , thanking God for what He is allowing us to do now, and praying for wisdom as we look ahead to the future.
We now invite you to enjoy pictures from the days leading up to the big events and the big events themselves!
We would like to publicly thank all the people that came out to help us celebrate and to help serve the community for the Funday. We could not have done it without you!
We feel so honored that God has allowed us to be a part of this awesome ministry. Although we have been here for only part of one year, we feel very attached to this ministry and the people it serves. We love the Bahamian people, and we hope and pray, as Jesus tarries, that we will be able to serve Him here for many years to come.
Please pray for the ministry and for all of the ALC&C staff. Most of all, please pray for the people we serve. God has brought us all here to this ministry for one reason, and that is to serve and bring glory to HIm. May Christ be glorified in deed!
**Stay tuned for the third and final post this weekend. We will be doing a general update of what is going on at the centre and camp and what will be coming up in the next couple of weeks. We told you we had a lot of ground to cover this week. We hope you have enjoyed the journey!