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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 email@example.com or Mark Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!