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For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)
It has been said there are only 2 sureties in life: death and taxes. Well, we think we have found another one (at least it is a surety if you live in The Bahamas): rarely does anything go according to plan. This year we have learned to make plans with the understanding that those plans may change. Changes in our plans and schedules are common occurrences, whether it is a contractor who chooses not to show up as promised, a major water leak that takes priority on the to-do list, or a computer that crashes and takes with it all your son’s ungraded geography assignments.
One might consider “people” interruptions as inconveniences, but we do not. Ministering to the needy and building relationships is why we are here. We consider it a privilege when we get the opportunity to listen to a hurting young person or to answer a question of one of our guests or to help a stranded traveler or to help a young man who was injured during a work site mishap. Relationships are at the core of what we feel God has called us to do. Please pray that God continues to give us the heart and passion for people and the relationships we are building and that we patiently and graciously accept the unsureties of daily life in The Bahamas.
A Few Quick Updates to Mention
Mindy’s knee is healing nicely, and she is getting around better everyday. She saw the doctor a week ago and will be seeing him again in another week.
The Adventure Learning Centre is 20 years old! We will be having a 20th anniversary celebration on September 20-21st. If you would like more information on this event, please contact us, and we can let you know how you can get involved!
On October 11-12, 2013, we will be hosting a young adult weekend here at Camp. The weekend theme is In the Beginning: What Does it Matter? The guest speaker is Jay Seegert from Creation Education Center of Milwaukee, WI. We know Jay and are looking forward to having him here. Please pray that God fills this camp up with young adults and that we have a good opportunity to connect with these young people. Also please pray for the logistics of the weekend. This is our first attempt at running a camp here in the Bahamas. We know God is in control and will send the right people to us.
The Last 3 Weeks in Pictures
Pray for the coming school year: Logan is taking classes through Liberty University Online as a dual enrollment student; Zachary will be homeschooled by us again, but plans have not been fully made yet. Please pray Mindy finds some time to get this important task done.
Pray for the 20th Anniversary celebration
Pray for time management, prioritizing, scheduling
Pray we have wisdom and discernment in everything we do,
Pray for God’s provision for education expenses this fall. They are high because of Logan’s online course work through Liberty.
Pray that God helps us solve the computer issues we are having with Zachary’s computer (the computer is needed for his school work)
Praise the Lord Garrett has a job in Minneapolis now, but please pray that he finds someone to take over his apartment lease in La Crosse. Someone had told Garrett he would take over his lease, but now that young man has not shown up.
Praise the Lord for a wonderful summer of ministry: Mission teams at Camp and Day Camp at the Centre
Pray that God sends more facilitator staff for the Centre this fall
Thanks for checking in and getting updated on what is happening in our lives and ministry work. We hope you will take some time to contact us and to let us know how you are doing. God bless you all and have a great weekend!
(posted by Mindy)
As a nurse, I admit that I am not a good patient. Of course there is the “too much knowledge” issue, but more importantly there is a sin issue here. The fact that I hate being a bother or burden to others or that I hate the loss of control that comes with putting myself in the care of others, shows I struggle with pride. I am learning that I need to be humble, graciously accept help from others, and give up the need to control my life and circumstances. I am learning that my sufficiency is not in myself but in God Himself and those He sends into my life to assist and guide me.
With that said, I can now happily report that surgery is done! The doctor found a clean-cut, flap tear of the cartilage in my left knee. All indications are it was successfully treated. The scope also revealed the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is intact. I am able to bear weight on my left leg but will use crutches for a few days for walking stability and comfort.
It was a pretty rough evening yesterday with post-anesthesia related nausea and vomiting, but by 3:00 am this morning, I was able to keep down some water and saltines. I woke up this morning with deep, aching pain in my knee, but no nausea. The nausea did return, however, when I was up and about too much and after taking a couple of Tylenol with codeine pills. I have decided that shorter trips out of bed and non-narcotic medication is in the plan for me the rest of the day.
Tim and I are so glad my sister Missy was with us yesterday during the whole Doctor’s Hospital routine. As a nurse, she was a huge help. After yesterday’s experience, I have reached the conclusion that I will never allow myself or someone I know be at the hospital for surgery without someone at their bedside during the recovery time. All I am going to say is, the doctors (surgeon and anesthesia doctor) were phenomenal, but the nursing care was not that great. I am sure a lot of my critique is based on my own nursing training (and that of my sister’s), but there were a lot of things that we consider “no, no’s” in nursing care.
I see the doctor next Thursday for a follow-up appointment and will know more information after that. I will be cooperating with doctor’s orders to lie low for a few days, so could you please pray for Tim as he works with the groups here at camp without me?
Have a great weekend, and THANK YOU so much for your prayers and concern!
…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!
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!
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.
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
Our trip to the USA…
Meanwhile back at Adventure Learning Camp
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.
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!
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.
(posted by Mindy)
Sorry. No big post again this week. We will be posting pictures for the last month in the next couple of weeks and will provide a more substantial post as well.
The boys and I are finishing up our week at Living Waters Bible Camp in Wisconsin, and Tim is trying to hold the fort down without us at the Adventure Learning Camp in Nassau (succeeding quite well I might add). High School Camp here at LWBC has been great, and it has been so nice getting to connect with friends.
Tim as he continues the work at the ALC without us there to help him
The boys and I as we make preparations to head back to the Bahamas next week
Travel- Garrett, Logan, Zachary and I fly out of La Crosse on Wednesday, July 3rd
Living Waters Bible Camp ministry
Adventure Learning Centre—day camp programs going on right now
Adventure Learning Camp—mission teams that we are serving right now
Have a great weekend. Stay tuned for a much bigger update next time!
Greetings everyone. Sorry it has been a while since we have posted anything. It is surprising how busy these short furloughs can be. There is so much to get accomplished, and there are so many people to connect with and see. Add in long road trips, a nephew’s graduation, reporting in with supporting churches, and shopping for supplies not easily or cheaply acquired in the Bahamas and it is no wonder we feel tired and unable to do much of anything else. Busy as we are, we are content and refreshed in our journey.
A quick side note- Tim is not with us in the states now. He returned to the Bahamas last Tuesday to get ready for the mission groups that are arriving on the island this weekend. Hopefully he will have something to report soon, and I can include the ALC news in my next post.
We are currently in the Covington, IN/Danville, IL area staying with my parents. We left Tim’s parent’s house in Minneapolis yesterday morning and stayed in Chicago with my friend Charles Owens last night. We arrived at my parent’s house around noon today. We will be here until we leave for Westby, WI next Friday.
The boys and I will be presenting our ministry tomorrow to Edgewood Baptist Church in Danville, Illinois. Edgewood is the church I grew up attending. On Tuesday evening, I will be presenting the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp ministry to the mission committee at my cousin’s church near Lafayette, Indiana. They are interested in a mission trip. Please pray for these presentations. I am not one that likes public speaking and am really wishing Tim were here right now to do the presenting.
Last week I received the MRI report for my knee injury from my orthopedic doctor in the Bahamas. According to the report, I have a torn medial meniscus, slight tear of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), and sprains of the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament). I received “orders” to wear a hinged leg brace (which I have complied with), not run or jog, abstain from any twisting motion of the knee joint, and schedule knee surgery for sometime in late July (hopefully when my twin sister, who is also a registered nurse, is on the island). Yes, prayers would be appreciated. We are praising the Lord that the surgery to repair the medial meniscus tear is only minor surgery and will not require an overnight stay in the hospital. The slight ACL tear mentioned on the MRI report must not alarm the doctor because he says that the ACL does not need repaired. An ACL repair would be major surgery. Pain remains manageable with the worst being at night when I am in bed or anytime I bend my knee beyond 45 degrees. Although inconvenient, the knee injury could have been worse, and we are thanking God it is not worse than it is.
I am going to skip the pictures for this post (sorry to those of you who love the pictures!). It is very time consuming to post them, and I feel I should not take the time to do it right now. When I get back to Nassau, perhaps I will be able to put together a post that recaps the trip in pictures for you all to see. Those of you who like pictures, stay tuned!
(Written by Garrett)
My parents have bought a 1 month phone card with straight talk. They will have this number until July 4th. The number is 6122120169.
We made it to South Carolina safe and sound. We are tired but enjoying time with family.
We found out yesterday afternoon that we are going to need to get our car in to be worked on before we can travel north in it. A month ago, the tire was impaled by a broken spring on one of the front wheels (something like that anyway). My sister had the car repaired but didn’t have the spring on the other side fixed. We have been advised that the other side needs repaired for safety reasons. It is in the shop today. Please pray that the repair goes well and it is done so we can leave Sunday morning.
If you need to get in touch with us on a more urgent matter, you may try the following phone numbers. We will be getting a Straight Talk telephone number some time early next week. We will post that number when we get it. For now, here is where we will be staying:
May 30-June 2:
Melissa McDaniel (Mindy’s sister) 843.499.1125
Tammy O’Sullivan (Mindy’s sister) 843.851.4125
June 2-June 3:
Chuck and Ruth Myers (Tim’s sister) 828.455.8134
Ruth and Theo Habel 608.787.0323
Garrett Seeley 608.433.5571
Lee or Jan Seeley 612.789.2830
Dick or Connie Mikels 765.793.3150
Living Waters Bible Camp 608.634.4373
June 30-July 3
Ruth and Theo Habel 608.787.0323
We will try to put up a regular update/post some time next week. Have a great weekend everyone!
We have titled this post Reflecting on the Past but Looking Forward to the Future. As we look back over the last several months, we are amazed at how far God has brought us in such a small amount of time. By His goodness and grace we have accomplished much here at the ALCC, met a LOT of awesome people, made a lot of progress on establishing normalcy of everyday life, and came to understand a little more of how God sovereignly guides and directs those in service to Him. We feel blessed beyond words and are so excited to see what God has in store for us here when we return from the states. We admit that this is not a good time to be returning to the states, but that was not clear when we planned this return trip last fall. We are resting on the fact that God makes no mistakes. He will work things out. One of the biggest lessons we have learned is total reliance and trust in the Lord. He is faithful in everything. Our faith has indeed been strengthened.
Going back to the United States so soon? You just got here.
Because we have sensed some confusion from a few people about why we are heading back to the USA so soon after arriving in the Bahamas, we feel compelled to clarify the purpose for our trip. First of all, it is not a vacation. In January when we arrived in the Bahamas, we had not yet received permanent residency status from the Bahamian government, and therefore we had to show the Bahamian government that we had return tickets to the US. We had chosen May 30th as the date to return because we had a nephew graduating at that time. Not only are we going to be attending our nephew’s graduation, but we will also be taking the opportunity to get our vehicle, which is being stored at a sister’s house in South Carolina, back up to Wisconsin where it is licensed and insured. Along the way, we will be taking the opportunity to meet a newborn family member in North Carolina, reconnecting with our home/sending church in Wisconsin, and seeing our children in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tim will be returning to the island from Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, June 11th. Mindy and the boys (including Garrett who will be coming for a 2 week visit) will return to the island on July 3rd. Mindy and the boys will be sharing our ministry work and the ALCC ministry with a couple of churches in mid-June before ending the month with a week spent at Living Waters Bible Camp (boys will be campers and Mindy will serve as camp nurse). We will also be seeing both sets of parents and our sisters and their families.
Please pray for us as we travel, make connections with supporters and family/friends, seek to raise more support, and connect with a couple churches about possible mission groups coming to ALCC. Please also pray for Tim as he heads back on June 11th to get ready for summer mission teams coming to camp starting June 22nd. We are trying to get a lot done now so he doesn’t have as much to do on his own when he returns.
Thank you to all of you who have inquired about and prayed for Mindy’s knee injury. She saw an orthopedic doctor on Wednesday. The doctor believes she has a torn medial meniscus in her left knee. She is scheduled to have an MRI this next week to confirm the diagnosis. Please pray the MRI machine is repaired (it is broken right now and waiting for a replacement part) and that the insurance company approves the procedure. Treatment has not been established yet (trying to remember that in the Bahamas, everything takes a while).
Letting the pictures tell the story
Believe it or not, there were events these last two weeks that we did not take our camera to. The day before Mother’s Day, Mindy joined the Kingdom Life Church ladies at their Lady’s Luncheon, and this past Sunday we were able to spend the afternoon at the house of Cedric and Alexine Moss. Cedric is the pastor of Kingdom Life Church. Both events were great opportunities to get to know some of the people from the church we have been attending. We have found a real connection with the people at Kingdom Life Church, and the teaching there is so much like the teaching at the churches we attended in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Contacting us while we are in the states
If you need to get a hold of us, you can call our MagicJack number and leave a message (under the “newsletter sign-up and contact information” tab above). Mindy will be getting a Straight Talk number starting June 3rd (we will list that number under contact information as well). Of course you may always email us. We will be updating our blog while we are in the US. So stay tuned!
THANK YOU for your support of us in our work here in Nassau, Bahamas! We appreciate your prayers and look forward to seeing some of you over the next several weeks. If you live in the Viroqua area, we will be at Grace Church in Viroqua on Wednesday, June 5th starting at 630pm for a meet and greet time of fellowship. Please come and see us if you can.