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!
Our weekend getaway in paradise…Paradise Island that is. Someone graciously blessed us with the means to stay at the Comfort Suites on PI. One of the perks of the hotel is full use of the Atlantis water park and pools.
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 most recent picture of the staff cottage.
A picture from the back of the cottage looking towards the front. This is the kitchen area.
This is the loft area being tiled. This is where the girls will sleep.
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.
BEC finally showed up. The electric upgrade is now complete. Hallelujah!
It was a long road to completion, but it is finally complete and we are so glad. We have learned a lot through this whole process.
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A review of the last 2 weeks in pictures!
Rarely are we ever alone at our dinner table (and that is exactly how we like it). This night we welcomed, Jen, Tika and Lagloria for dinner. Tika had come to work with Logan on worship songs for the Young Adult Weekend.
Logan has developed his ability to play the guitar, and because of that, he has been able to help with times of worship at camp and at church.
We picked up our Young Adult Weekend speaker, Jay Seegert, and his wife Amy on Thursday afternoon, October 10th. We were able to spend some time talking before dinner that evening.
That evening, Mark and Kim Wallace joined us for dinner so they too could get to know Jay and Amy.
A box of toys that we had forgotten we had brought came in handy for entertaining Adam and Ava Wallace. (Zachary was entertained as well!) Zachary is such a blessing. He sincerely loves playing with small children. His gift is a blessing to parents of small children.
One of our uninvited house guests. This is a slug. We have found a couple of these in our house. One of the many Bahamian critters we get to “enjoy”. Like cockroaches, they make them bigger here in the Bahamas then they do in the USA. YUCK!
On Friday, Jay Seegert did a radio interview at JCN (a Bahamian radio station). Tim was able to advertise the Young Adult Weekend as well.
While Jay and Tim spoke on the radio, Mindy took Amy to see downtown Nassau and the Queen’s Staircase.
Friday evening, we opened registration for the Young Adult Weekend.
Turn out for the weekend was low, but the ALC staff was able to glean a lot of helpful information from Jay Seegert and had a great time of bonding together as a group.
After the Friday evening session, we had a time of refreshment and fellowship along with a chance to unwind around a campfire.
On Saturday morning, after a good Bahamian breakfast of tune, corn beef, and grits (yummy!) made by our very own Ms. Aida, we began the session with a time of worship led by our very own TIka Penn, Logan and Zachary.
The attendees of the first annual Young Adult Weekend. There were 4 attendees besides our staff. Not what we had hoped for, but it was a great weekend nonetheless. One of the ALC facilitators said we should have more events like this because it was a great learning time and a time to grow together as a “family”. As one of the attendees said, “It’s a start, and you can learn more for next year.”
Ms. Aida was in the kitchen and missed the call for the group picture. True to fashion, she treated us all with her famous Bahamian cooking. What a treat!
Before dinner, some of the young people enjoyed a game…
…while others relaxed reading the speaker’s book.
We enjoyed hosting the Seegerts and gleaning so much information from Jay’s presentations.
On Sunday, Jay spoke at Kingdom Life Church.
After Jay spoke in the am service at Kingdom life, we met at our pastor’s house. This was the young people’s table. From left to right is Keaton and Kendall Bunting, Deborah (pastor Cedric’s niece), Logan, Zachary, Kara Bunting, and Abby Moss.
This is the adult table. From left to right: Kristin Bunting, Antja Humes, Cedric and Alexine Moss, us, Amy and Jay Seegert, Keith Bunting, and David Humes.
On Tuesday, October 14th, Jay participated in the taping of a television interview.
After the television program taping and dinner at Montague Gardens (one of our favorite restaurants), we took Jay and Amy to Marina Village and to see Atlantis’s “Dig” (aquarium).
Mindy dropped Jay and Amy off at the airport on Wednesday around 2pm and picked-up our newest ALC facilitator, Michelle. We had all the ALC facilitator staff for dinner that evening to meet and great Michelle for her first night on the island. She is from (where else?) Wisconsin and will be with us for the next 5 months. From left to right: Logan, Elton, Zachary, Marion, Sam, Julia, Michelle, Tika, Jen, Tim.
For our weekend getaway, we stayed at the Comfort Suites on Paradise Island, right next to the Atlantis Hotel. One of the perks of staying at the Comfort Suites is full use of Atlantis hotel’s water park and pools. After checking in Friday morning (our room was ready by 11am), we changed and made our way over to enjoy Atlantis. Besides not having to pay for the weekend (someone generously blessed us with this getaway), we were able to get this room at a much smaller rate because we are residents of the Bahamas.
This is the casino area of Atlantis. You have to walk through it to get to the Dig. One of the art pieces on display is this “sun” sculpture. It is gorgeous.
This is the “moon” sculpture.
Since we never come to the Atlantis during daylight hours (you cannot get in unless you have a wrist band), we were amazed at how different the aquarium looks during the day as opposed to the dark of night. This is the entry into the “Dig” area (Atlantis’s aquarium).
The aquarium truly looks different in the daylight than it does at night.
This is the Atlantis Bridge Suite. We hear it is quite spendy to stay in that suite. We have never had a photograph of it in the daylight. We have tried to take pictures here before but they have never turned out because it was always dark.
The Atlantis resort is massive. We were trying to get our bearings and see where everything was.
One of the many pools…carrying on the Atlantis theme.
Another area that looks totally different during the daylight hours. This is predator’s tunnel. There are sharks swimming everywhere. Totally cool!
Before we planned our getaway to Paradise Island, we had made plans to attend Kingdom Life’s movie night on Friday. So that evening we went to church for movie night. Before the movie was a time of food and fellowship.
Many ALC staff came to the movie night at Kingdom Life. From left to right/front to back: Marion, Julia, Alex (couple of the Kingdom LIfe young people), Katie, Jen, Sam, Charmaine, Michelle, Felicia, Mindy, LaGloria.
On Saturday morning, while the boys slept in, we took a walk through the Atlanis grounds to see parts we had never seen before. This is over by “The Cove” and “The Reef” towers. After our morning walk, we ate breakfast together at the hotel before venturing out to the water park for a day of fun.
After a day of play at the water park, we went to one of our favorite restaurants on PI, The Green Parrot. This is the sunset view we enjoyed as we ate our dinner. This is a picture of the 2 bridges leading to and from Paradise Island. The far bridge is the entrance bridge and the near bridge is the exit bridge.
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
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Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley