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A Focus on Missions: Are You Working Your God-given Field?

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)

East Street Gospel Chapel, Nassau, The Bahamas

East Street Gospel Chapel, Nassau, The Bahamas

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.

Tim shared a little about our ministry and about the upcoming Funday at Adventure Learning Centre with the children during the  opening time for Sunday School on September 15th.

Tim shared a little about our ministry and about the upcoming Funday at Adventure Learning Centre with the children during the opening time for Sunday School on September 15th at ESGC.

On Sunday, 15 September 2013, Tim spoke from Colossians 1:9-10 and challenged the congregation to evaluate their prayer life, their daily walk, and if they are bearing fruit in every good work.

During the worship service, Tim spoke from Colossians 1:9-10 and challenged the congregation to evaluate their prayer life, their daily walk, and if they are bearing fruit in every good work.

First Sunday morning at East Street Gospel Chapel with a couple of the pastors.

First Sunday morning at East Street Gospel Chapel with a couple of the pastors.

Tim taught on prayer.

On Wednesday, September 18th, Tim taught on prayer.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Tim, Mindy and Logan spoke.  Tim spoke on prayer.  Mindy shared our family journey into ministry.  Logan shared the challenges and blessings of moving to a foreign mission field as a teenager.

Mindy and Logan spoke on the 18th as well. Mindy shared our family’s journey into full time ministry and how God led us to The Bahamas. Logan shared the challenges and blessings of moving to a foreign mission field as a teenager.

Question and answer time:  Zachary and Logan were fair game.  They were asked many questions by the  ESGC people.

Question and answer time: Zachary and Logan were fair game. They were asked many questions by the ESGC people.

I (Mindy) have met my match.  This is Pastor Edmund Dorsett, and he is quite the picture taker as well.  We met him, his wife and his mother at East Street Gospel Chapel.  They are a special family.  Edmund's mother was part of the Crossroads ministry that partnered with Randy and Kim Grebe to start  Adventure Learning Centre.

Mindy has met my match. This is Pastor Edmund Dorsett, and he is quite the picture taker as well. We met him, his wife (not in the picture) and his mother (sitting in front of Edmund) at East Street Gospel Chapel. They are a special family. Edmund’s mother was part of the Crossroads ministry that partnered with Randy and Kim Grebe to start Adventure Learning Centre.

After the service, I (Mindy) got to meet Mrs. Dorsett (to the left of me in this picture).  She is 92 years young and was a part of Crossroads Ministry which was the ministry that worked with Randy Grebe in starting Adventure Learning Centre.  She is a sweet lady and very enjoyable to talk to.  I wish I can remember all the names of these ladies.  I have met so many people is such a short period of time and have such a hard time remembering everyone.

After the service, Mindy got to meet Edmund’s mother, Mrs. Dorsett (to the left of Mindy in this picture). She is 92 years young. She is a sweet lady and very enjoyable to talk to. We wish we could remember all the names of these ladies. We have met so many people in such a short period of time and have had such a hard time remembering everyone.

This is Gus.  Boy can he sing.  He sang  "Field of Souls" with the choir as a back up.

This is Gus. Boy can he sing! He sang a solo piece with the choir on the first Sunday we were at ESGC, and on the second Sunday, he sang “Field of Souls” with the choir as a back up.

Believe it or not, Mindy forgot her camera on Sunday, September 22nd.  Thankfully, Edmund had his camera and took some pictures for us.  Roger and Grace Grebe and our newest facilitator, Marion Brodeau, joined us for church that morning at ESGC.  Tim spoke on "Walk in a Manner Worthy".  From Luke 24:13-35, he challenged the congregation in preparing to be a witness, method of witnessing, and living a life as a witness.

Believe it or not, Mindy forgot her camera on Sunday, September 22nd. Thankfully, Edmund had his camera and took some pictures for us. Roger and Grace Grebe and our newest facilitator, Marion Brodeau, joined us for church that morning at ESGC. Tim spoke on “Walk in a Manner Worthy”. From Luke 24:13-35, he challenged the congregation in preparing to be a witness, method of witnessing, and living a life as a witness.

Tim's last night of speaking at ESGC on Wednesday, September 25th.

Tim’s last night of speaking at ESGC on Wednesday, September 25th.

Mindy with some of the women of the church at ESGC.

Mindy with some of the women of the church at ESGC.

Tim, Zachary and Logan with some of the pastors at ESGC.  This was Wednesday evening, September 25th (the last evening of the Missions Conference).

Tim, Zachary and Logan with some of the pastors at ESGC. This was also on Wednesday evening, September 25th (the last evening of the Missions Conference). The man to the left of Logan in this picture is Pastor Bradly King. He is the man God used to bring us to ESGC for this Missions Conference. TIm met him last February through Phil Barker at Grace Community Church’s Missions Conference.

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.

Prayer Requests

*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!

Thanks for the prayers, they are working!

Hello, Everyone!  Just a quick note to say thank you to all of you who are praying for us as we journey through this busy week.
Sunday’s service at East Street Gospel Chapel was an incredible blessing to us, and we hope it was a blessing for the assembly there as well.  Tim was directed by the Spirit through the service, and we are praising the Lord for His work through him.  Please continue to pray for us as tonight we will be presenting the story of our journey into full time missionary work (Logan and Mindy will be sharing as well as Tim), and Sunday Tim will be speaking in the morning service again.
The first event for the  ALC 20th celebration is only one day away, and we have all been busily trying to get things done.  Please pray for the last minute preparations, safe travel for those coming from afar, and for the implementation of the festivities.  There is a lot crammed in to these next 3 days, but we know God will help us and sustain us.
We look forward to catching you all up with a full blog post in the next week or so.
On Sunday, 15 September 2013, Tim challenged the people at East Street Gospel Chapel that "You are a Missionary."

On Sunday, 15 September 2013, Tim challenged the people at East Street Gospel Chapel that “You are a Missionary.”

First Sunday morning at East Street Gospel Chapel with a couple of the pastors.

First Sunday morning at East Street Gospel Chapel with a couple of the pastors.

Have a great week everyone!

Almost able to get out of the water!

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.

Updates!

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 tims@alcbahamas.org or Mark Wallace at markw@alcbahamas.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.

Picture time!

Tom and Tim worked on phone wiring so the camp office had phone hook-up.  They also worked on the Vonage because it had not been working for a while.

Tom and Tim worked on phone wiring so the camp office had phone hook-up. They also worked on the Vonage because it had not been working for a while.

All moved in!  Tim now has office space to work from, and I have my house back.  I love having less paper clutter in the house.  Tim likes having a quiet place to make telephone calls from and to meet with people.

All moved in! Tim now has office space to work from, and we have our house back. Mindy loves having less paper clutter in the house. Tim likes having a quiet place to make telephone calls from and to meet with people.

Fabian, our electrician, has been helping us work through the tedious process of getting code inspections completed so we can get the electric upgrade finished.  Another Bahamian bureaucratic, logistical nightmare!   It is taking time and no one seems to know for sure what to do, but as we keep praying, we know God will work things out.  We are waiting for several sign-offs from works departments, plumbers, electrical, etc so we can get our certificate of occupancy for the bathhouse.  Once that is done, we can get the electric meter for the bath house and have BEC turn on power and finish the electrical upgrade.  Almost there!

Fabian, our electrician, has been helping us work through the tedious process of getting code inspections completed so we can get the electric upgrade finished. Another Bahamian bureaucratic, logistical nightmare! It is taking time and no one seems to know for sure what to do, but as we keep praying, we know God will work things out. We are waiting for several sign-offs from works departments, plumbers, electrical, etc so we can get our certificate of occupancy for the bathhouse. Once that is done, we can get the electric meter for the bath house and have BEC turn on power and finish the electrical upgrade. Almost there!

Too cute not to include in this post.  This is Jingles, the camp cat.  Actually this is Tom and Kevin's cat, but he makes himself at home on our washer in our laundry room all the time and he "runs" the camp, so everyone claims him.

Too cute not to include in this post. This is Jingles, one of camp’s many critters. Actually this is Tom and Kevin’s cat, but he makes himself at home on our washer in our laundry room all the time and he “runs” the camp, so everyone claims him. Besides Jingles we have a lot of unnamed pets that, although helpful to the ecosystem of the Bahamas, are not always appreciated. Of these are nonvenomous snakes (boas, red racers), tarantulas, roaches, mosquitoes, millipedes, centipedes, VERY large slugs, rats, termites, hermit crabs, and others. Please pray for us as we learn to deal with the unnamed pets. Because we have heard stories of snakes in beds and in back yards and tarantulas in people’s houses, Mindy has been jumping a lot when she feels something on her or sees something move out of the corner of her eye.

Logan began helping on the church worship team on the 25th of August.  He is quite a talented guitar player.  He doesn't put himself out there, but we know he has talent.

Logan began helping on the church worship team on the 25th of August. He doesn’t put himself out there or brag about his abilities, but he is a talented musician.

With day camp at the Centre over and guest groups winding down, toward the latter part of August, RJ (the Centre's secretary's son) came to our house to hang out with Zachary everyday.  They played video games, did some type of work project for us everyday and goofed off most of the day.  It was fun to watch these two together.

With day camp at the Centre over and guest groups winding down at Camp, toward the latter part of August, RJ (the Centre’s secretary’s son) came to our house to hang out with Zachary everyday. They played video games, did some type of work project for us, and goofed off most of the day. It was fun to watch these two together.

The team led by Dani Miller from Wausau, Wisconsin spent 16 days in the Bahamas.  This is the day they left.  We knew everyone (except Jack and Raenell) from when we lived in Wisconsin and before.  It was like having family here for two weeks, and it made it hard to tell them good-bye.  They spent a good part of their time here working at All Saints Camp, but the work they did do here at the camp and centre was a huge blessing to all of us.  They are hard workers.  Thank you for your help!

The team led by Dani Miller from Wausau, Wisconsin spent 16 days in the Bahamas. This is the day they left. We knew everyone (except Jack and Raenell) from when we lived in Wisconsin and before. It was like having family here for two weeks, and it made it hard to tell them good-bye. They spent a good part of their time here working at All Saints Camp, but the work they did do here at the Camp and Centre was a huge blessing to all of us. They are hard workers. Thank you for your help!

Although it took more than three weeks to make it here, Zachary enjoyed receiving a commemorative photo book from the Andrew and Jennifer Boom family.  The Boom family attended family camp at Living Waters Bible Camp in June/July, and Zachary was their family's kid caddy for the week. He helped take care of their infant and toddler boys for them while they were at camp; he was almost like a nanny for the boys.  They put together the book as a thank you for Zachary's help.

Although it took more than three weeks for this commemorative photo book from Andrew and Jennifer Boom to make it here, Zachary enjoyed receiving. The Boom family attended family camp at Living Waters Bible Camp in June/July, and Zachary was their family’s kid caddy for the week (almost like a private duty nanny). He enjoyed helping take care of their infant and toddler boys for them while they were at camp. They put together the book as a thank you.

We put the boys to work making cookies.  RJ said he had never made cookies before.

We put the boys to work making cookies. RJ said he had never made cookies before.

Shadow and Richelle joined the boys one afternoon while their parents, Tim and Felicia Ryan, worked at the Centre.

Shadow and Richelle joined the boys one afternoon while their parents, Tim and Felicia Ryan, worked at the Centre.

Mindy has been working all year trying to get things organized in the camp laundry room, kitchen and bath rooms.  It is her hope that it makes upkeep and management of cleaning duties easier as the camp grows.  One of the jobs that has been bugging her all summer is the messy, unorganized laundry room.

Mindy has been working all year trying to get things organized in the camp laundry room, kitchen and bath rooms. It is her hope that it makes upkeep and management of cleaning duties easier as the camp grows. One of the jobs that has been bugging her all summer is the messy, unorganized laundry room. We don’t have a finished picture to show here, but it is now clean and organized.

Tim, with Zachary's help, was reusing some discarded insulation from a wall demo project at the Centre.  The insulation in the ceiling of the camp house is practically non-existent, and because of that, the house is very hot when the sun is shining and beating down on the dark roof all day.  When we moved in to the house, we were told that there is a termite problem in the ceiling.  That is another issue we are dealing with, but it doesn't look too bad right now.

Tim, with Zachary’s help, was reusing some discarded insulation from a wall demo project at the Centre. The insulation in the ceiling of the camp house is practically non-existent, and because of that, the house is very hot when the sun is shining and beating down on the dark roof all day. This project is only 1/8th of the way done. We hope to get more insulation soon so we can finish the entire attic. We also have a termite issue in the attic. We are trying a few things to see if it will take care of the problem.

Letitia (on the right) came over to introduce her baby daughter to us.  Letitia used to be a facilitator at the Centre.  We had such a great visit with Letitia and her children and with Tika (a current facilitator) and her mom Gloria.

Letitia (on the right) came over to introduce her baby daughter to us. Letitia used to be a facilitator at the Centre. We had such a great visit with Letitia and her children and with Tika (a current facilitator) and her mom Gloria.

Progress on the staff cottage continues.  This was taken 1 1/2 weeks ago

Progress on the staff cottage continues. This was taken 1 1/2 weeks ago.

Kevin finally has his passport paperwork complete.  We have been praying with him about this for several months now.  We are so excited for him.  Now he can get off the islands.  He has never been anywhere but an island.  How do you describe things like long road trips, highway speeds, large open spaces to someone who has never been to a large piece of land that is not immediately surrounded by water.  We are looking forward to some day getting him to the USA.

Kevin finally has his passport paperwork complete. We have been praying with him about this for several months now. We are so excited for him. Now he can get off the islands. He has never been anywhere but an island. How do you describe things like long road trips, highway speeds, large open spaces to someone who has never been to a large piece of land that is not immediately surrounded by water. We are looking forward to some day getting him to the USA.

Happy Birthday, Jen!

Happy Birthday, Jen!

A contingency of Kingdom Life church members got together at our place to wish Jen a happy birthday!

A contingency of Kingdom Life church members got together at our place to wish Jen a happy birthday!

After cake/ice cream and fellowship, the Bahamian gals tried to explain to us Americans how to tell when the "pears" (we call them Avocados) are ripe.  We have a "pear" tree outside our back door and it is full of "pears".

After cake/ice cream and fellowship, the Bahamian gals tried to explain to us Americans how to tell when the “pears” (we call them Avocados) are ripe. We have a “pear” tree outside our back door and it is full of “pears”.

We also have a banana tree outside the back door, growing over the septic system.  There are bananas growing, but someone keeps taking them before they ripen.

We also have a banana tree outside the back door, growing over the septic system. There are bananas growing, but someone keeps taking them before they ripen.

A couple of ladies that came to celebrate with Jen but did not make it in the group picture taken earlier.

A couple of ladies that came to celebrate with Jen but did not make it in the group picture taken earlier.

After examining the fruit trees in our back yard at the camp, several of us ladies went over to the Centre to see the animals and to visit the wetlands behind the Centre.

After examining the fruit trees in our back yard at the camp, several of us ladies went over to the Centre to see the animals and to visit the wetlands behind the Centre.

After inspecting the exotic fruit on the camp grounds, we walked over to the Centre and walked to the wetlands area behind the Centre.    It is gorgeous back here.  We ask you to pray that we maintain the rights to use this crown land.  The Seventh Day Adventist School next door to the Centre is trying to get a hold of this property to use it for ball fields.

After visiting the petting farm, we walked into the wetland area. It is gorgeous back here. We ask you to pray that we maintain the rights to use this crown land. The Seventh Day Adventist School next door to the Centre is trying to get a hold of this property to use it for ball fields.

After inspecting the exotic fruit on the camp grounds, we walked over to the Centre and walked to the wetlands area behind the Centre.    It is gorgeous back here.  We ask you to pray that we maintain the rights to use this crown land.  The Seventh Day Adventist School next door to the Centre is trying to get a hold of this property to use it for ball fields.

There is an observation tower/gazebo in the wetlands area. We took the time as we gathered here, to pray for Jen as she celebrated another year of life. These ladies are such dear ladies.

First official day of homeschool for the boys (actually Logan started two weeks earlier because he is doing classes through Liberty University Online).  First day, in a new room, in a new house, in a new country.  Lots of "news" this year.  Pray for us, we are not totally prepared for this year's school year.  Because of the busyness of summer, Mindy was not able to start planning for Zachary's classes until almost too late.

First official day of homeschool for the boys (actually Logan started two weeks earlier because he is doing classes through Liberty University Online). First day, in a new room, in a new house, in a new country. Lots of “news” this year. Pray for us, we are not totally prepared for this year’s school year. Because of the busyness of summer, Mindy was not able to start planning for Zachary’s classes until almost too late. Even with one week of school over, there are still things that need to be finalized.

Patmos interns came for 3 days of work at the Centre.  Tom has had a lot to do in order to get the facility ready for the 20th anniversary celebration coming up in two weeks.  We have not even begun to work on our "to do" list for camp. We hope we are able to start doing some of those projects within the next week or so.  There are going to be several couples coming from the states to stay at camp.  Please pray we get everything done.  We are not scheduled to have any help between now and then.

Patmos interns came for 3 days of work at the Centre. Tom has had a lot to do in order to get the facility ready for the 20th anniversary celebration coming up in two weeks. We have not even begun to work on the “to do” list for camp. We hope we are able to start doing some of those projects within the next week or so. There are going to be several couples coming from the states to stay at camp. Please pray we get everything done. We are not scheduled to have any help between now and then.

Our "last" group for the season.  The Patmos interns that came to help get the Centre ready for the 20th anniversary celebration.

Our “last” group for the season. The Patmos interns that came to help get the Centre ready for the 20th anniversary celebration.

With Jen is our new facilitator, Marion.  She will be with us for a couple of months before going to work in Haiti.

With Jen is our new facilitator, Marion. She will be with us for a couple of months before going to work in Haiti.

Most every month, Tim and Mark Wallace (director of the Centre) fly to Fort Lauderdale to meet with Chet Lowe (chairman of the ALC board of directors) and to attend Calvary Chapel's Ministry Outreach department meeting.  This month the Outreach department invited us both to come.  So we boarded a Bahamasair jet early Wednesday morning, bound for Fort Lauderdale.  We snapped this picture because we had just been instructed at the gate "once you board the plane, you will not be allowed to eat or drink on the plane".  As we were handing the attendant our tickets, we asked where we might throw the coffee cup away, and the attendant said, "you can keep it with you."  We laughed and wondered why they kept saying at the gate area that we were not going to be able to take food or drink onto the plane with us.

Most every month, Tim and Mark Wallace fly to Fort Lauderdale to meet with Chet Lowe (chairman of the ALC board of directors) and to attend Calvary Chapel’s Ministry Outreach department meeting. This month the Outreach department invited us both to come. So we boarded a Bahamasair jet early Wednesday morning bound for Fort Lauderdale. We snapped this picture because we had just been instructed at the gate “you will not be allowed to take any food or drink with you onto the plane”. As we were handing the attendant our boarding passes, we asked where we might throw the coffee cup away, and the attendant said, “you can keep it with you.” We laughed and wondered why they repeated rules over and over again but never enforced them. This is the Bahamas!

On our must do list:  Chipotle!  Yummy!  (This picture was taken by a lady who encouraged us to allow her to do a psychic reading for us.  We graciously declined.)

On our must do list: Chipotle! Yummy! (This picture was taken by a lady who encouraged us to allow her to do a psychic reading for us. We graciously declined.)

Wednesday evening we attended Calvary Chapel.   It is a mega church.  Although the preaching was great, we could never get used to the enormity of the place.

Wednesday evening we attended Calvary Chapel. It is a mega church. Although the preaching is good, we could never get used to the enormity of the place.

The center aisle of the sanctuary at Calvary Chapel.  We sat to the far east side of the auditorium and did not even see this aisle.  This place is massive.

The center aisle of the sanctuary at Calvary Chapel. We sat to the far east side of the auditorium and did not even see this aisle. This place is massive.

Even with the size of the place, we saw some people we knew.  This is Sarah.  She was one of the Immersion campers from this past summer.

Even with the size of the place, we saw some people we knew. This is Sarah. She was one of the Immersion campers from this past summer.

We ran in to Charmaine (helped in the office at the Centre this past summer) when we were waiting in the entry way before the service, and after the service we met up with Michael Chatigny (a former facilitator at the Centre).

We ran in to Charmaine (helped in the office at the Centre this past summer) when we were waiting in the entry way before the service, and after the service we met up with Michael Chatigny (a former facilitator at the Centre).

Some of the young people that came to camp as part of a mission team the first week in August.  They are part of Calvary's young adult group called Eikon.

Some of the young people that came to camp as part of a mission team the first week in August. They are part of Calvary’s young adult group called Eikon.

This young man also came to camp in August.  His name is Tim and he is a self proclaimed extrovert.  We enjoyed reconnecting with him and the other Eikon young people.

This young man also came to camp in August. His name is Tim and he is a self proclaimed extrovert. We enjoyed reconnecting with him and the other Eikon young people.

On Thursday morning, we attended the Outreach Ministry meeting led by Chet Lowe.

On Thursday morning, we attended the Outreach Ministry meeting led by Chet Lowe.

After another meeting where we got to meet the planning committee for two large 8th grade teams coming to Camp in January and February, we had lunch with Mike and Heather Leger.  Mike has been a great mentor and help for Tim and the ALC these last few months.  We were sad to learn that his role is changing, and he will no longer be working with us.  We enjoyed the fellowship with this couple.  This is the restaurant on the Calvary Chapel campus.  The food was phenomenal.

After another meeting where we got to meet the planning committee for two large 8th grade teams coming to Camp in January and February, we had lunch with Mike and Heather Leger. Mike has been a great mentor and help for Tim and the ALC these last few months. We were sad to learn that his role is changing, and he will no longer be working with us. We enjoyed the fellowship with this couple. This is the restaurant on the Calvary Chapel campus. The food was phenomenal.

After a productive day of meetings, we went out for dinner heading to the beaches of Fort Lauderdale to walk off the food we had eaten.  The haze of this picture is a result of the camera being exposed to very humid air after being subject to air conditioner temperatures all day.  As a side note, one of the nice things about being in the states is the affordable access to a/c.  In the Bahamas, electricity is very expensive.  We rarely run our airconditioners.  Thankfully we have had to use our a/c only 4 times this year.

After a productive day of meetings, we went out for dinner before heading to the Fort Lauderdale beaches to walk off the food we had eaten. The haze of this picture is a result of the camera being exposed to very humid air after being subjected to air conditioner temperatures all day. As a side note, one of the nice things about being in the states is the affordable access to a/c. In the Bahamas, electricity is very expensive. We rarely run our air conditioners.

On Friday morning, Tim had a meeting with Chet, and Mindy had a meeting with his assistant to go over the editing project for the new ALC website.  After the meeting with Chet's assistant, Mindy got to meet up with Chet's wife, Adrea, to do some last minute shopping.  Andrea is a dear, sweet lady.

On Friday morning, Tim had a meeting with Chet, and Mindy had a meeting with his assistant to go over the editing project for the new ALC website. After the meeting with Chet’s assistant, Mindy got to meet up with Chet’s wife, Adrea, to do some last minute shopping. Andrea is a dear, sweet lady.

The one other person we had tried to connect with happened to be in the parking lot of the church when we were leaving for the airport to fly back to the Bahamas.  This is Geoff De Sousa.  He was a facilitator at the Centre this past spring.  We happened to spot him talking to a group of friends as we were leaving.  We almost didn't recognize him without his beard.

The one other person we had tried to connect with happened to be in the parking lot of the church when we were leaving for the airport to fly back to the Bahamas. This is Geoff De Sousa. He was a facilitator at the Centre this past spring. Just as we were leaving, we happened to spot him talking to a group of friends. We almost didn’t recognize him without his beard.

Most recent picture of the outside of the staff cottage.

Most recent picture of the outside of the staff cottage.

Right inside the front door of the cottage (taken earlier in the week).

Right inside the front door of the cottage (taken earlier in the week).

Loft / bedroom

Loft / bedroom

Kitchen area in the back of the cottage looking towards the front.

Kitchen area in the back of the cottage looking towards the front.

The boys stayed home while we were in Fort Lauderdale.  Jen Rogers and Tom Schafer supervised them for us while we were gong.  On Saturday evening, we had homemade pizza and movie night together as a family.  We used to do this all the time when the boys were little.

The boys stayed home while we were in Fort Lauderdale. Jen Rogers and Tom Schafer supervised them for us while we were gone. On Saturday evening, we had homemade pizza and movie night together as a family. We used to do this all the time when the boys were little. Sure miss those days.

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

The Surety that Nothing is Really for Sure

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

Missy and Liam McDaniel came for a visit the last week of July.  If you think you are seeing Mindy here, that is an honest mistake.  Missy and Mindy and twin sisters.

Missy and Liam McDaniel came for a visit the last week of July. If you think you are seeing Mindy here, that is an honest mistake. Missy and Mindy are twins.

Liam and Zachary worked on projects;  the first project was painting Tim's new office space.

Liam and Zachary worked on projects; the first project was painting Tim’s new office space.

Some of the volunteer staff that worked at the Centre this summer.  Day camp could not have happened without these young people.  (Can you pick out the twins in this photo?)  Being a twin herself, Mindy enjoyed getting to know Paige and Dakota.

Some of the volunteer staff that worked at the Centre this summer. Day camp could not have happened without these young people. (Can you pick out the twins in this photo? Being a twin herself, Mindy enjoyed getting to know Paige and Dakota.)

ALC full time staff:  (front-back, left to right) Sam, Celavi, Tika, Nicholas, Felicia, Tim, Kim, Mark, Eldora, Tim, Logan, Zachary, Aida, Sean, Eric, Mindy, Tom, Jen

ALC full time staff: (front-back, left to right) Sam, Celavi, Tika, Nicholas, Felicia, Tim, Kim, Mark, Eldora, Tim, Logan, Zachary, Aida, Sean, Eric, Mindy, Tom, Jen

After devotions at the Centre, it was off to All Saints Camp to visit the residents and introduce Joel and Dawn Staus's group and Missy and Liam to the ministry.

After devotions at the Centre on Wednesday, July 31st, it was off to All Saints Camp to visit the residents and introduce Joel and Dawn Staus’s group and Missy and Liam to the ministry.

Then it was off to downtown to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (Tim was not able to join the group because of work obligations) and to take the group souvenir shopping.

Then it was off to downtown to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and to take the group souvenir shopping.

And of course, no birthday can be without presents.  Zachary and Logan saw Mindy admiring this fish scale necklace and earring set and bought it for her.  The boys are so thoughtful!

And of course, no birthday can be without presents. Zachary and Logan saw Mindy admiring this fish scale necklace and earring set and bought it for her. The boys are so thoughtful!

What better way to cool off then a dip in the ocean.  This was the group's first time to Cabbage beach.  Consensus:  best beach on the island.

What better way to cool off then a dip in the ocean. This was the group’s first time to Cabbage beach. Consensus: best beach on the island.

After the beach, we drove the short distance back home (remember the island is only 7 miles x 21 miles and everything is "close") to shower and pick Tim up to go back up to Paradise Island for dinner and an evening at Atlantis.

After the beach, we drove the short distance back home (remember the island is only 7 miles x 21 miles and everything is “close”) to shower and pick-up Tim to go back up to Paradise Island for dinner at the Green Parrot and an evening at Atlantis/Marina Village.

It was a late night that ended with introducing Missy, Liam and the Stauss group to Junkanoo at Marina Village.

It was a late night that ended with introducing Missy, Liam and the Stauss group to Junkanoo at Marina Village.  (By the way, this is Missy not Mindy.)

Happy Anniversary to us! We spent our 26th anniversary at the hospital for Mindy's knee surgery.  It was a difficult decision as to what day to do the surgery, but in the end we decided that August 1st (our anniversary) was the better day since Missy had planned her trip to the island to celebrate our birthday together.  In hind sight, we see the week was planned perfect

Happy Anniversary to us!
We spent our 26th anniversary at the hospital for Mindy’s knee surgery. It was difficult to decide which day to have the surgery done on, but in the end we decided that our anniversary was the better day since Missy had planned her trip to the island to celebrate our birthday together. In hind sight, we see the week was planned perfectly. We praise God for His provision and how He worked everything out.

Mindy does not remember this, but this is after she had come out of surgery.   Missy (also and RN) was with us through the whole procedure.  We are so thankful she was here to help.

Mindy does not remember this, but this is after she had come out of surgery. Missy (also an RN) was with us through the whole procedure. We are so thankful she was here to help.

Dr. Nemo (anesthesiologist) and the nurse in the day surgery area of Doctor's hospital.  Don't let this smiling face deceive you, at this point, Mindy was dealing with nausea/vomiting effects of anesthesia.  The anesthesiologist was great, he tried to balance Mindy's desire to be medicated (loopy) as little as possible with enough medication to provided comfort.  Although he could not prevent the nausea and vomiting that plagued Mindy for the rest of the day, he did a great job.

Dr. Nemo (anesthesiologist) and the nurse in the day surgery area of Doctor’s hospital. The anesthesiologist was great, he tried to balance Mindy’s desire to be medicated (loopy) as little as possible with the necessity of providing enough medication to provide comfort. Although he could not prevent the nausea and vomiting that plagued Mindy for the rest of the day, he did a great job at taking care of her.

At home, after the surgery, Ms. Aida stopped in to see how Mindy's surgery went.

At home, after the surgery, Ms. Aida stopped in to see how Mindy’s surgery went.

Mindy's house full of visitors the evening after her surgery.  Even though very nauseated, she insisted on welcoming visitors.

Mindy’s house full of visitors the evening after her surgery. Even though she was very nauseated from the anesthesia, she insisted on welcoming visitors.

The day after Mindy's surgery, Missy and Liam left to go home.  Sad fact about that day, they had to be at the airport by 7am for their 8:50 flight, but the flight never took off until 4pm.  They spent 8 hours at the Nassau airpot waiting to take off.

The day after Mindy’s surgery, Missy and Liam left to go home. Sad fact about that day, they had to be at the airport by 7am for their 8:50 flight, but the flight never took off until 4pm. They spent 8 hours at the Nassau airpot waiting to take off.

 Two days after surgery, the bandage came off.

Two days after surgery, the bandage came off.

Mindy spent the weekend on the couch getting work done on the laptop.

Mindy spent the weekend on the couch getting work done on the laptop.

On the day of surgery, other ALC staff stepped in to welcome the Eikon group from Calvary Chapel, Ft Lauderdale, FL.  Tim was blessed with help from others in serving this group while Mindy was on bed rest for the weekend.

On the day of Mindy’s surgery, other ALC staff stepped in to welcome the Eikon group from Calvary Chapel, Ft Lauderdale, FL to Camp. Tim was blessed with help from others in serving this group over the weekend. They arrived on August 1 and left the morning of Monday, August 5th.

A furry critter someone found on site.  We have always been told there are tarantulas on the island, but this is the first one we have seen, and it was dead.

A furry critter someone found on site. We have always been told there are tarantulas on the island, but this is the first one we have seen, and it was dead.

Finally, a family picture of our pastor's family.  This is Cedric and Alexine Moss and their children.  Cedric is pastor of Kingdom Life Church.  These people are such a blessing to us, and we are so thankful God has allowed our paths to cross.

Finally, a family picture of our pastor’s family. This is Cedric and Alexine Moss and their children. Cedric is pastor of Kingdom Life Church. These people are such a blessing to us, and we are so thankful God has allowed our paths to cross. This was taken at camp on Sunday, August 4th when we welcomed to camp a mission team from Florida that would be working at Kingdom Life Church the next week.

This is the group from Metro Life Church in Orlando, Florida.  They arrived at camp on Sunday, August 4th to work at Kingdom Life Church's Music Camp for the week.  These people had such servant hearts and were a joy to get to know.

This is the group from Metro Life Church in Orlando, Florida. They arrived at camp on Sunday, August 4th to work at Kingdom Life Church’s Music Camp for the week. These people had such servant hearts and were a joy to get to know.

On Monday morning, friends from Wisconsin, Dave and Melissa Mischel and their family, came to Nassau for half a day while on a cruise.   They took a taxi from the port to the camp to see us and the ALC ministry.

On Monday morning, friends from Wisconsin, Dave and Melissa Mischel and their family, came to Nassau for half a day while on a cruise. They took a taxi from the port to the camp to see us and the ALC ministry.

While Tim took the Eikon group to the airport, I drove the Mischels up to see Fort Fincastle and the Queen's Staircase before taking them to the port to board their ship.

While Tim took the Eikon group to the airport, Mindy drove the Mischels up to see Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase before taking them to the port to board their ship.

On Monday afternoon, it was time to say good-bye to Joel, Dawn, Carissa and Austin Stauss and Julia Williams and James Quick.   We had enjoyed getting to know and serve this family.  They spent most of their time at the Centre working with the Day Camp.  We are looking forward to having them back some day.

On Monday afternoon, it was time to say good-bye to Joel, Dawn, Carissa and Austin Stauss and Julia Williams and James Quick. We had enjoyed getting to know and serve this family. They spent most of their time at the Centre working with the Day Camp. We are looking forward to having them back some day.

On Wednesday the 7th, it was time to say good-bye to Katie Morris.  She was on the island to serve as facilitator and Day Camp staff at the Centre for the last 7 months.

On Wednesday the 7th, it was time to say good-bye to Katie Morris. She was on the island to serve as facilitator and Day Camp staff at the Centre for the last 7 months.

Later that same day, we said good-bye to Steven, another summer volunteer at the Centre.

Later that same day, we said good-bye to Steven, another summer volunteer at the Centre.

On Thursday, we picked Curtis and Rachel Niemeyer up at the Colonial Hilton in downtown Nassau.  They arrived to the island a week ahead of the rest of their team (the rest arrived on Saturday).  Curtis and  Rachel and the two boys helped Tom paint the front fence at the Centre on Friday.

On Thursday, we picked Curtis and Rachel Niemeyer up at the Colonial Hilton in downtown Nassau. They arrived to the island a week ahead of the rest of their team (the rest arrived on Saturday). Curtis and Rachel and the two boys helped Tom paint the front fence at the Centre on Friday. The Niemeyers are from Westby, WI.

Bahamas Electric (BEC) finally came (be it  3 weeks later than promisded) to hang new power lines for our electric upgrade at camp.  They shut down the power for 3 hours, not just to our site but to the whole section of this side of the island.  We were joking that we hoped our neighbors would not hold it against us.  BEC left that day with a promise to come back in a few days to hang the transformers.

Bahamas Electric (BEC) finally came (be it 3 weeks later than promised) to hang new power lines for our electric upgrade at camp. They shut down the power for 3 hours, not just to our site but to the whole section of this side of the island. We were joking that we hoped our neighbors would not hold it against us. BEC left that day with a promise to come back in a few days to hang the transformers.

Scott Hamilton is the contractor who built our electric meter house and is now working on finishing the staff cottages.

Scott Hamilton is the contractor who built our electric meter house and is now working on finishing the staff cottages.

This is our pastor's son, Cedric Jr.  We took this picture because he and Logan have pretty much the same taste in clothes.

This is our pastor’s son, Cedric Jr. We took this picture because he and Logan have pretty much the same taste in clothes.

On Friday evening, after a week of Music Camp, the campers put on a performance for us.

On Friday evening, after a week of Music Camp, the campers at Kingdom Life’s Music Camp put on a performance for us.

On Saturday morning, these 3 ladies from the Metro Life group came to our house to "bless us" by helping us clean our cupboards.

On Saturday morning, these 3 ladies from the Metro Life group came to our house to “bless us” by helping us clean our cupboards. Thank you, Betsy, Wendy and Kami for your servant spirits!

Tim and Curtis Niemeyer trying to slope the drain line down to see if the "upwards angle" was causing water problems in our bathroom.

Tim and Curtis Niemeyer trying to slope the drain line down to see if the “upwards angle” was causing water problems in our bathroom.

Another good-bye!  Michael Chatigny had arrived on the island one day before we did in January.  He had become like another son to us.  On Saturday, we took him to the airport to fly back to his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Another good-bye! Michael Chatigny had arrived on the island one day before we did in January. He had become like another son to us. On Saturday, we took him to the airport to fly back to his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

It so happened that Michael had to be at the airport the same time that Dani and Zeke Miller and their team were scheduled to arrive at the airport.  This group (with the exception of the family in the middle-Curtis, Rachel Niemeyer and sons-who came a week earlier and left this past Wednesday), arrived on Saturday, August 10th and will be leaving on August 26th.  They are here to help at the Centre and Camp and at ALL Saints Camp.

We picked up Dani and Zeke Miller’s team (with the exception of the family in the middle-Curtis, Rachel Niemeyer and sons-who came a week earlier and left this past Wednesday), from the airport on Saturday, August 10th, and they will be leaving on August 26th. They are here to help at the Centre and Camp and at ALL Saints Camp.

On Sunday, we said good-bye to the Metro Life group.  They were a joy to serve.

On Sunday, we said good-bye to the Metro Life group. They were a joy to serve. One thing nice about having a musical group at the camp, we were treated to a lot of GREAT music all week.

On Monday, Dani and Zeke's team started work projects with the ALC Monday morning.  Some started digging a little to finish getting electrical boxes into the ground.

On Monday, Dani and Zeke’s team started work projects for the ALC Monday morning. Some started digging a little to finish getting electrical boxes into the ground.

Change of plans...the water leak has to be found!  Since we moved in in February, we have been having issues with water coming in to the bathroom.  We thought it was the septic over flowing in the ground and coming in through the brick walls or floor.  We also thought maybe there was a disconnected pipe underground somewhere.  We just didn't know.  All we knew is the water was starting to "poor" in.  SInce we had another plumber who could help Tim, we decided to use him and his wife to help us solve this problem.

Yes, the team was slated to work on projects for the ALC, but… change of plans! A water leak had to be found! Since we moved into the house in February, we have been having issues with water coming in to the bathroom. We thought it was the septic tank behind the house was over flowing into the ground and then coming in through the brick walls or floor. We also thought maybe there was a disconnected pipe underground somewhere. We just didn’t know. All we knew was the water was starting to “pour” in. Since one of the guys in Dani’s group was a plumber, we decided to use him and his wife to help us solve the water problem once and for all.

Problem found!  After pulling the sink off the wall and busting a hole in the concrete, we found the water line had been drilled right through the drain line.

Problem found! After pulling the sink off the wall and busting a hole in the concrete, we found the water line had been drilled right through the drain line.

After 2 days of diligent work from Jack and Raenell and Tim, the old tile was removed (the old tile did not cover the cement floor under the old odd-sized, rotted vanity), new tile was laid, and a new vanity and plumbing work was installed.  We now have a fully functioning, DRY bathroom.  No more smell!  Yeah!

After 2 days of diligent work from Jack and Raenell and Tim, the old tile was removed (the old tile did not cover the cement floor under the old odd-sized, rotted vanity), new tile was laid, and a new vanity and plumbing work was installed. We now have a fully functioning, DRY bathroom. No more smell! Yeah!

Plumber Jack also installed a laundry sink in the bath house laundry room!

Plumber Jack also installed a laundry sink in the bath house laundry room!

Zeke with his assistant Micah, mapping and labeling wiring in the bath house laundry room and finishing electric fixtures in the bath house so we can get our certificate of occupancy.

Zeke with his assistant Micah, mapping and labeling wiring in the bath house laundry room and finishing electric fixtures in the bath house so we can get our certificate of occupancy.

BEC was back this week to hang the electric transformers.  One step closer to a full electric upgrade.

BEC was back this week to hang the electric transformers. One step closer to a full electric upgrade.

Dani and Ms. Aida made ALC staff an everything conch meal one evening.  Yummy!

Dani and Ms. Aida made ALC staff an everything conch meal one evening. Yummy!

This week Scott started work on the staff cottage.

This week Scott started work on the staff cottage.

The staff cottage now has a front porch, new soffits and new places in the interior walls for conduit

The staff cottage now has a front porch, new soffits and new places in the interior walls for conduit

This is Janeel with Jen.  Janeel is a young lady from the community, and she came to help out this week at the Centre.  She worked really hard, and her presence was a blessing.

This is Janeel with Jen. Janeel is a young lady from the community, and she came to help out this week at the Centre. She worked really hard, and her presence was a blessing.

Tim and Zachary are nearly finished with the camp office.  Tim will soon have a place to spread out and do camp business.

Tim and Zachary are nearly finished with the camp office. Tim will soon have a place to spread out and do camp business.

Logan has been working on the planetarium shows and computer related work for Mark on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.  This is in the planetarium at the Centre.

Logan has been working on the planetarium shows and computer related work for Mark on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings. This is in the planetarium at the Centre.

Prayer Requests

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!

When the caregiver becomes the care receiver!

(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!

“You are serving the Lord Christ”

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!

All the round-abouts on the island are decorated with Bahamian flags and signs and banners celebrating Bahamas' 40 years of independence.

All the round-abouts on the island are decorated with Bahamian flags and signs and banners celebrating Bahamas’ 40 years of independence.

On July 4th, America celebrated its Independence Day, and yes, there was fireworks on the the island.  Unfortunately we were too tired to attend the celebration.  A week later, on July 10th, the Bahamas celebrated its Independence Day.  This year was a big deal for the Bahamian people because they celebrated 40 years of independence.  In the Bahamas, Independence festivities begin the evening before Independence Day and last all night long.  We did not attend the festivities, but those who did said it was pretty impressive.

On July 4th, America celebrated its Independence Day, and yes, there was fireworks on the the island. Unfortunately we were too tired to attend the celebration. A week later, on July 10th, the Bahamas celebrated its Independence Day. This year was a big deal for the Bahamian people because they celebrated 40 years of independence. In the Bahamas, Independence festivities begin the evening before Independence Day and last all night long. We did not attend the festivities, but those who did said it was pretty spectacular.

Michael was "dressing-up" to play a part for his role in working with Immersion Camp which took place July 14-20. Notice the name on this lab coat. The name is none other than our dear Ted Habel, MD! In this picture with Logan and Garrett are Michael Chatigny and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland who is here for the summer).

Michael was “dressing-up” to play a part for his role in working with Immersion Camp which took place July 14-20. Notice the name on this lab coat. The name is none other than our dear Ted Habel, MD! In this picture with Logan and Garrett are Michael Chatigny and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland who is here for the summer).

After nearly 5 weeks of working without a day off, it was time to get away to relax.   This was our first trip to the beach since Garrett's arrival nearly 2 weeks earlier.

After nearly 5 weeks of working without a day off, it was time to get away to relax. This was our first trip to the beach since Garrett’s arrival nearly 2 weeks earlier.

We were also able to take Garrett down town to see Rawson square with all it's "Bahamas 40th Birthday Celebration" decorations.

We were also able to take Garrett down town to see Rawson square with all it’s “Bahamas 40th Birthday Celebration” decorations.

And of course, Garrett had to experience Twin Brother's world famous smoothies.

And of course, Garrett had to experience Twin Brother’s world famous smoothies.

Chet and Andrea Lowe and their children flew into Nassau's airport.  We dropped the camp van off with them at the airport so they could drive to the port to catch the Ferry to Eleuthera for a much needed family vacation (guess what we are going to do when we have time for a family vacation!).

Chet and Andrea Lowe and their children flew into Nassau’s airport.(Chet is the ALC board president). We dropped the camp van off with them at the airport so they could drive to the port to catch the Ferry to Eleuthera for a much needed family vacation (guess what we are going to do when we have time for a family vacation!).

The Lowe children all loaded up and ready to go!

The Lowe children all loaded up and ready to go!

In our last post, we forgot to mention that Zachary has taken over the running of the camp snack shop.  The store has not really made any money, but it has provided the campers a place to purchase snacks and hang out in the evenings.

In our last post, we forgot to mention that Zachary has taken over the running of the camp snack shop. The store has not really made any money, but it has provided the campers a place to purchase snacks and hang out in the evenings.

Immersion Camp campers with their leaders, our very own Katie Morris and Michael Chatigny.

July 14th -20th Immersion Camp attendees with their leaders, our very own Katie Morris and Michael Chatigny. These young people are from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Our house, the hang-out spot!  It helps having one of the only mosquito-free, bug free wifi hot spots on the camp grounds.  Jen Rogers (left) is our new curriculum writer, and Annika Grebe (right) is here to work at the Centre with the day camp for a couple of weeks.

Our house, the hang-out spot! It helps having one of the only mosquito-free, bug free wifi hot spots on the camp grounds. Jen Rogers (left) is our new curriculum writer, and Annika Grebe (right) is here to work at the Centre with the day camp for a couple of weeks.

Day camp at the Centre is nearing its last days.  Next week is the last week.  Every morning they raise the Bahamian flag at the Centre.

Day camp at the Centre is nearing its last days. Next week is the last week. Every morning they raise the Bahamian flag at the Centre.

On Sunday, we welcomed another guest group.  A youth group and their leaders from Peace Church in Wilson, NC are here for a mission trip.  This group has been a joy to serve!

On Sunday, we welcomed another guest group. A youth group and their leaders from Peace Church in Wilson, NC are here for a mission trip. This group has been a joy to serve!

Fellow ALC staff helping serve the group at meal time.

Fellow ALC staff helping serve the group at meal time.

My first piece of poke cake in nearly 2 1/2 years.  (Marion Jung never thought I could make it a year without my former "favorite" dessert.)

Mindy’s first piece of poke cake in nearly 2 1/2 years. This was her all time favorite dessert at Living Waters Bible Camp. She quit eating it in 2011, but decided to have a piece here.

Mission team from Peace Church in Wilson, NC.

Mission team from Peace Church in Wilson, NC.

One of Peace Church's dish washing crews.

One of Peace Church’s dish washing crews.

We participated in evening worship time with this group, and it was such a blessing.  Boy can tis group sing!

Worship leaders for the mission team. Boy can this group of young people sing!

Logan, Zachary and Annika joined the worship time with us.

We participated in evening worship time with this group, and it was such a blessing.

Brad and Kasey Perry and Brad's mother, Deborah Lamm.  Deborah was here on a mission trip in the spring with her husband Tim.  It was good to get to see her again this past week!

Brad and Kasey Perry and Brad’s mother, Deborah Lamm. Brad and Kasey are the youth leaders at the Peace Church and were leading the mission trip here this past week.  Deborah was with the group as well and was here on a mission trip in the spring with her husband Tim. It was good to get to see her again this past week!

This is the orthopedic doctor who will be performing Mindy's knee surgery on August 1st.

This is the orthopedic doctor who will be performing Mindy’s knee surgery on August 1st. Neat fact, he is also a twin. The medical system is so much more laid back here than in the US.

We had a couple young men here this week helping do some odd jobs.  One of their tasks was helping clear out Cottage 1 so it can be worked on.

We had a couple young men here this week helping do some odd jobs. One of their tasks was helping clear out Cottage 1 so it can be worked on. We are hoping to begin work on the first cottage soon.

Tanner and Ian helped Tom tear down the dividing wall between the men's and women's sides of the old bathhouse. The old bathhouse is now being used for storage, and the missing wall provides more floor space for storage.   This is Tanner.

Tanner and Ian helped Tom tear down the dividing wall between the men’s and women’s sides of the old bathhouse. The old bathhouse is now being used for storage, and the missing wall provides more floor space for storage. This is Tanner.

Ian helping with the removal of the divider in the old bath house.

Ian helping with the removal of the divider in the old bath house.

Ian and Tanner helping move things around camp.  They helped Tom tear down the dividing wall between the men's and women's sides of the old bathhouse.  The old bathhouse is now being used for storage, and the missing wall provides more floor space for storage.   They also cleared out all the items being stored in the unfinished Cottage 1.

Ian and Tanner helping move things around camp. Here they are bringing a desk into Tim’s future office space from one of the cottages.

Right now, this is Tim's office space.  You will notice it is right in the exact middle of our house.  When your house is only 684 square feet, things can feel really crowded.  Mindy has been extremely patient, but she is so looking forward to getting him his own office space.

Right now, this is Tim’s office space. You will notice it is right in the exact middle of our house. When your house is only 684 square feet, things can feel really crowded when you begin to use the small space for many different functions. Mindy has been extremely patient, but she is so looking forward to getting him his own office space so she can have her house back in order.

Zachary has taken ownership of preparing and painting Tim's future office space.  He hopes to start painting it this weekend.

Zachary has taken ownership of preparing and painting Tim’s future office space. He hopes to start painting it this weekend.

Logan helped dad this week bust up some of the ground where the trencher could not dig.  With this done, the electric upgrade is another step closer to being done.  We are now waiting for BEC (electric company) to come and install their portion of the power installation and for our electrician to come and finish his job.  Earlier this week, we went shopping for bath house light fixtures.

Logan helped dad this week bust up some of the ground where the trencher could not dig. With this done, the electric upgrade is another step closer to being done. We are now waiting for BEC (electric company) to come and install their portion of the power installation and for our electrician to come and finish his job. Earlier this week, we went shopping for bath house light fixtures.

Logan has begun work on helping Mark put together a new planetarium presentation for the planetarium at the Centre.

Logan has begun work on helping Mark put together a new planetarium presentation for the planetarium at the Centre.

On Friday we picked Stacie Burtelson up at the airport.  She was in for a couple days to touch bases with Tim and Mark and to welcome her husband's cousin and his family to the camp.  Stacie made a quick stop at the Centre to see Ms. Aida on her way to camp.

On Friday we picked Stacie Burtelson (one of our board members) up at the airport. She was in for a couple days to touch bases with Tim and Mark and to welcome her husband’s cousin and his family to the camp. Stacie made a quick stop at the Centre to see Ms. Aida on her way to camp.

Fellow nurses that were here on the Peace Church Mission team.

Fellow nurses that were here on the Peace Church Mission team.

On Saturday, we said a lot of good-byes, and between several of us ALC staff, we made a lot of airport runs.

On Saturday, we said a lot of see-you-laters, and between several of us ALC staff, we made a lot of airport runs.

The first "BIG" see-you-later was to the Peace Church youth group.  They headed to the airport around 10am.

The first “BIG” see-you-later was to the Peace Church youth group. Tom and Mindy took them to the airport around 10am.

Around 1pm, Stacie and Mindy ran to the airport to pick up this group fromt he airport.  They will be here serving at the ALC for the next 9 days.

Around 1pm, Stacie and Mindy ran to the airport to pick up this group from the airport. This is Lee’s (Stacie’s husband) cousin, his family and a couple young people from their church. They will be here serving at the ALC for the next 9 days.

Annika Grebe left on Saturday as well.  She had come for 2 weeks to work at the day camp at the Centre.  She was such a blessing to have around.

Annika Grebe left for the airport with Katie at 4pm. She had come for 2 weeks to work at the day camp at the Centre. She was such a blessing to have around.

Our young lady from Fort Lauderdale, FL who had come for Immersion Camp also left on Saturday.  Her name is Sarah.

Our Immersion Camp young lady from Fort Lauderdale, FL also left around 4pm on Saturday. Her name is Sarah.

Finally, at 8pm, we said see-you-later to our dear friend Nikola.  Nikola was catching a 10pm flight to the United Kingdom where he would be flying to his home in Switzerland.  Nikola's positive, sweet spirit was such an encouragement and blessing to all of us.  We hated to see him go but are looking forward to him coming back some day!

Finally, at 8pm, we said see-you-later to our dear friend Nicola. Nicola was catching a 10pm flight to the United Kingdom where he would be catching a plane to his home in Switzerland. Nicola’s positive, sweet spirit was such an encouragement and blessing to all of us. We hated to see him go but are looking forward to him coming back some day!

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:

Prayer Requests

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

ALC staff

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

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Thank you for your interest in our lives and ministry work.  May God bless you!

Picture lovers, this is the blog post for 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.

Psalm 73:25-26

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

Hannah Roth, along with her Dad and brother, were here at the end of May with a mission team that they were leading.  They helped out some around the Centre and Camp.  Hannah's parents were directors of the camp when she was younger.

Hannah Roth, along with her Dad and brother, were here at the end of May with a mission team that they were leading. They helped out some around the Centre and Camp. Hannah’s parents were directors of the camp when she was younger.

Electrician Fabian and one of the mission team members working on the electrical upgrade at camp.

Electrician Fabian and one of the mission team members working on the electrical upgrade at camp.

Past director (Dan Roth) and current director (Tim) working on the electrical upgrade.

Past director (Dan Roth) and current director (Tim) working on the electrical upgrade.

Kevin and RJ helping fill in the trench after the electric conduit was installed.

Kevin and RJ helping fill in the trench after the electric conduit was installed.

In May Mike Leger (left), Chet Lowe (center) and a Patmos intern came for a brief visit to touch bases with Mark (Centre director) and Tim (Camp director).  Chet is Executive Director of the ALC ministry and Mike is a pastor at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale and oversees the Caribbean ministries their church supports.

In May, Mike Leger (left), Chet Lowe (center) and a Patmos intern came for a brief visit to touch bases with Mark (Centre director) and Tim (Camp director). Chet is Executive Director of the ALC ministry and Mike is a pastor at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale and oversees the Caribbean ministries their church supports.

This is Pastor Keith Bunting and his wife Kristin and their 3 daughters.  Keith is the assistant pastor at Kingdom Life Church where we have been attending church.  They came to the island last summer.

This is Pastor Keith Bunting and his wife Kristin and their 3 daughters. Keith is the assistant pastor at Kingdom Life Church where we have been attending church. They came to the island last summer.

The Buntings welcomed us into their home for dinner two days before we left for the states.   Our senior  pastor and his wife, Cedric and Alexine Moss, had had us over a couple weeks earlier, but we had forgotten to take our camera and now have no photo of the event.

The Buntings welcomed us into their home for dinner two days before we left for the states. Our senior pastor and his wife, Cedric and Alexine Moss, had had us over a couple weeks earlier, but we had forgotten to take our camera to that dinner.

Zachary playing games with the Bunting girls.

Zachary playing games with the Bunting girls.

On Monday before we left for the states, Mindy picked this young lady up at the airport.  This is Deborah.  Deborah is a Ghana, Africa citizen that had been residing in the USA for 10 years while she attended college.  She had come to The Bahamas to renew her student Visa at the US embassy in Nassau.   To make a long story short, she was denied Re-entry into the USA and was "stuck" in the Bahamas for three weeks while she tried to make arrangements to get to Ghana.  She eventually got a ticket to Cuba where she was able to connect with the Netherlands government to obtain a transit visa to fly from Cuba to Netherlands to Ghana.

On Monday before we left for the states, Mindy picked this young lady up at the airport. This is Deborah. Deborah is a Ghana, Africa citizen that had been residing in the USA for 10 years while she attended college. She had come to The Bahamas to renew her student Visa at the US embassy in Nassau. To make a long story short, she was denied re-entry into the USA and was “stuck” in the Bahamas for three weeks while she tried to make arrangements to get to Ghana. She eventually got a ticket to Cuba where she was able to connect with the Netherlands government to obtain a transit visa to fly from Cuba to Netherlands to Ghana.  God brought this young lady into our lives to bless us with her presence and to teach us to be hospitable to all people especially in their time of need.

Our trip to the USA…

We left for the USA on Thursday morning, May 30th.  It had been raining for a couple of weeks and the bugs were terrible.  We were very glad to be leaving the pests, excited to be going back to the USA to see family/friends and be in familiar surroundings, but we were sad to be leaving the dear Bahamian people we had grown to know and love.  This is taken at the Bahamas airport right after passing through USA customs into the gate area.

We left for the USA on Thursday morning, May 30th. It had been raining for a couple of weeks and the bugs were terrible. We were very glad to be leaving the pests, excited to be going back to the USA to see family/friends and be in familiar surroundings, but we were sad to be leaving the dear Bahamian people we had grown to know and love. This picture was taken at the Bahamas airport right after passing through USA customs into the gate area.

We had a "Restaurant Bucket List" while we were in the states.  This hamburger and french fry joint was not on the list, but boy was it GOOD!  Our first American hamburger and french fries, and boy did it taste great!

We had a “Restaurant Bucket List” when we came back to the states. This hamburger and french fry joint was not on the list, but boy was it GOOD! Mindy’s sister took us to this restaurant after she picked us up from the airport in Charleston, SC.

Mindy's twin sister and her family:  Chuck, Melissa, Kayla and Liam.  We stayed with them while we were in Charleston, SC May 30th-June 2nd.

Mindy’s twin sister and her family: Chuck, Melissa, Kayla and Liam. We stayed with them while we were in Charleston, SC May 30th-June 2nd.

Mindy's sister and her family:  John, Tammy, Megan, Evan, Connor, and Dylan O'Sullivan.  They live in Charleston, SC.  Evan graduated from high school this weekend, thus why we were in Charleston.

Mindy’s sister and her family: John, Tammy, Megan, Evan, Connor, and Dylan O’Sullivan. They live in Charleston, SC. Evan graduated from high school at the end of May, thus why we were in Charleston.

Evan's graduation picture with his proud parents.

Our nephew Evan with his parents.

We enjoyed celebrating with Evan at his graduation party.

We enjoyed celebrating with Evan at his graduation party.

Saying good-bye (or see you later) is never easy, especially if you are as close as these two are.  Logan and Evan have always had such a special relationship.

Saying good-bye (or see you later) is never easy, especially if you are as close as these two are. Logan and Evan have always had such a special relationship.

Not on our "Restaurant Bucket List", but definitely on our must have list---Peanut butter panic ice cream (at an affordable price)!  In the Bahamas, these 1.75 liter ice cream containers are $9.00.  At Walmart, we paid $3.50.  What a deal!

Not on our “Restaurant Bucket List” but definitely on our must have list—Peanut butter panic ice cream (at an affordable price)! In the Bahamas, these 1.75 liter ice cream containers are $9.00. At Walmart, we paid $3.50. What a deal!

A couple of the things we (except Zachary) miss on the island are road trips and traveling at free way speeds. On June 2nd we left Charleston, SC to head to North Carolina to see Tim's sister and her family.  Thus began our 3 day trip north to get our car back up to Wisconsin.

A couple of the things we (except Zachary) miss on the island are road trips and traveling at free way speeds. On June 2nd we left Charleston, SC to head to North Carolina to see Tim’s sister and her family. Thus began our 3 day trip north to get our car back up to Wisconsin.

In North Carolina, we were able to visit with Tim's sister and her family and meet our two new great-nieces.  This is Joe, Kristina and Lena Presson and Caleb, Karen and Olivia Myers.  Kristina and Caleb are the children of Ruth's sister and brother in law- Chuck and Ruth Myers.

In North Carolina, we were able to visit with Tim’s sister and her family and meet our two new great-nieces. This is Joe, Kristina and Lena Presson and Caleb, Karen and Olivia Myers. Kristina and Caleb are the children of Tim’s sister and brother in law- Ruth and Chuck Myers.

Chuck and Ruth with their granddaughters

Chuck and Ruth with their granddaughters

We were also in North Carolina to see our other niece and nephew, Bethany and Joel Myers.

We were also in North Carolina to see our other niece and nephew, Bethany and Joel Myers.

We left North Carolina on June 3rd, and after a beautiful drive thru West Virginia, we arrived in Toledo, OH at Mindy's cousin's house.  We enjoyed a brief visit with Jon and Lisa Harris and their son Drake.

We left North Carolina on June 3rd, and after a beautiful drive thru West Virginia, we arrived at Mindy’s cousin’s house in Toledo, OH. We enjoyed a brief visit with Jon and Lisa Harris and their son Drake and was able to check  “Italian Restaurant” off our bucket list when they took us to Biaggi’s.  Thanks for hosting us, Jon and Lisa!

Look who drove 4 hours from their home in London, Ontario Canada to see us in Toledo for one hour.  Bob and Faye Browning joined us for breakfast at on of Jon and Lisa's McDonalds stores.

Look who drove 4 hours from their home in London, Ontario Canada to see us in Toledo for one hour. Bob and Faye Browning joined us for breakfast at one of Jon and Lisa’s McDonalds stores.

From Toledo, OH we headed towards La Crosse, WI where we met up with our son Garrett (as well as Andrea Huser, Nick Bentsen, and Abby Huffman) at the home of Theo and Ruth Habel.

From Toledo, OH we headed to La Crosse, WI where we met up with our son Garrett (as well as Andrea Huser, Nick Bentsen, and Abby Huffman) at the home of Theo and Ruth Habel.

Theo and Ruth Habel graciously allowed us to crash at their house for the few days at the beginning of June and then again at the end of June.  What fantastic hosts they are.  Thank you, Theo and Ruth!

Theo and Ruth Habel graciously allowed us to crash at their house for the few days at the beginning of June and then again at the end of June. What fantastic hosts they are. Thank you, Theo and Ruth!

We stopped in at Living Waters Bible Camp to see some of the staff.  It was weird walking back in to that kitchen.

We stopped in at Living Waters Bible Camp to see some of the staff. It was weird walking back in to that kitchen.  (with Marion Jung, Kevin Evers and Aaron Mills)

More LWBC staff.:  Chris and Annie Sutton and Erv Jung.

More LWBC staff.: Chris and Annie Sutton and Erv Jung.

Bella was so excited to see us!  She even wrapped her paw around our legs and whimpered in excitement.

Bella was so excited to see us! She even wrapped her paw around our legs and whimpered in excitement.

On Wednesday, we met with Pastor Rich Maurer for supper at Culvers (another one checked off our bucket list).

On Wednesday, we met with Pastor Rich Maurer for supper at Culvers (another restaurant checked off our bucket list) .

We had the chance to meet and greet friends from the Viroqua/Westby, WI area on Wednesday, June 5th.  Tim gave a quick ministry update, and then we had a question and answer time.

We had the chance to meet and greet friends from the Viroqua/Westby, WI area on Wednesday, June 5th at Grace Church in Viroqua (our sending church). Tim gave a quick ministry update, and then we had a question and answer time.

Jim and Jean Beauchamp were neighbors while we lived in Westby.  We were so blessed in that we got to see and touch bases with a lot of friends, family and ministry supporters while on this trip.

Jim and Jean Beauchamp were neighbors while we lived in Westby. We were so blessed in that we got to see and touch bases with them and a lot of other friends, family and ministry supporters while on this trip.

Another restaurant off our bucket list.  This time:  Mexican!

Another restaurant off our bucket list. This time: Mexican!

On Friday, June 7th, we left La Crosse and headed to Minneapolis.  We stopped in Winona to see Mandy Felten (the daughter of one of Tim's cousins), Tim Siler and Josh.

On Friday, June 7th, we left La Crosse and headed to Minneapolis. We stopped in Winona to see Mandy Felten (the daughter of one of Tim’s cousins), Tim Siler and Josh.

While we were in Minnesota, we stayed with Tim's parents.

While we were in Minnesota, we stayed with Tim’s parents.

Not going to lie:  my favorite part of the entire trip---getting to see my kids again!  I had a picture with Zach and Logan on Mother's Day and needed a picture with Garrett and Andrew.  Boy I miss these guys (and Katie and Abby too)!

Not going to lie: my favorite part of the entire trip—getting to see my kids again! I had a picture with Zach and Logan on Mother’s Day and needed a picture with Garrett and Andrew. Boy I miss these guys (and Katie and Abby too)!

The guys at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley's house...

The guys at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley’s house…

...and then the girls!

…and then the girls!

Hanging out at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley's house.

Hanging out at Grandma and Grandpa Seeley’s house.

Introducing the grand-cat, Gatsby!   (We won't be getting grand children for a while, so we just have to be happy with Gatsby for now!)

Introducing the grand-cat, Gatsby! (We won’t be getting grand children for a while, so we just have to be happy with Gatsby for now!)

We spent Saturday, June 8th together as a family.  First of all:  Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

We spent Saturday, June 8th together as a family. First of all: Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

The annual "kids" picture!

The annual “kids” picture!

We went to the Minnesota Zoo together.  We loved watching our 6 adult children interacting together.  What a blessing!

We went to the Minnesota Zoo together. We loved watching our 6 adult children interacting together. What a blessing!

After the zoo, we went to a middle eastern cuisine restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis to celebrate Garrett's birthday together.

After the zoo, we went to a Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis to celebrate Garrett’s birthday together.  (This restaurant was not on our list, but it was still worth the visit.)

After attending church at Eden Baptist Church (the church we used to attend when we lived in Minnesota) on Sunday morning, we had lunch with our daughter-in-law's family.   This is Dennis, Cathy, and Andrew Sundlie with Andrew and Katie.

After church at Eden Baptist Church (the church we used to attend when we lived in Minnesota) on Sunday, we had lunch with our daughter-in-law’s family. This Dennis, Cathy, and Andrew Sundlie with Andrew and Katie.

We stopped in at an old neighbors house in the neighborhood we used to live in when we lived in Rosemount,  MN.  This is Mark Olson.  We were bummed that his wife and children were not home.

We stopped in at an old neighbors house in the neighborhood we used to live in when we lived in Rosemount, MN. This is Mark Olson. We were bummed that his wife and children were not home.

On Sunday evening, Tim's sister Becky and her husband, son and daughter-in-law came over to visit.  This Paul and Becky Kuehn with Bryan and Suzanne.

On Sunday evening, Tim’s sister Becky and her husband, son and daughter-in-law came over to visit. This Paul and Becky Kuehn with Bryan and Suzanne.

Another restaurant off our bucket list--Chipotle!

Another restaurant off our bucket list–Chipotle!

Grandma and Grandpa wanted to take the boys to the other zoo.

Grandma and Grandpa wanted to take the boys to the other zoo.

On Tuesday, June 11th, Tim flew back to the Bahamas from Minneapolis.  Later that afternoon, some Eden Baptist Church ladies came to visit us at our friend's house.

On Tuesday, June 11th, Tim flew back to the Bahamas from Minneapolis. Later that afternoon, some Eden Baptist Church ladies came to visit the rest of us at our friend’s house.

More of the ladies that came.  Thank you Adam and Carole Miller for opening up your home for this get together.

More of the ladies that came. Thank you Adam and Carole Miller for opening up your home for this get together.

One more visit to see Andrew and Katie before leaving the Twin Cities.

One more visit to see Andrew and Katie before leaving the Twin Cities.

We stayed with Charles in Chicago.  Charles Owens was my best friend in high school.  It was great connecting with him again.

We stayed with Charles in Chicago. Charles Owens was Mindy’s best friend in high school. It was great connecting with him again.

After our over night stay in Chicago, we went to my parent's house in Covington, IN.

After our over night stay in Chicago, we went to my parent’s house in Covington, IN.

On Sunday, June 16, Mindy presented our family's ministry to the church she grew-up attending, and Logan preached the morning message on Philippines 2.

On Sunday, June 16, I presented our family’s ministry to the church I grew-up attending, and Logan preached the morning message.

Some of the people that used to attend Edgewood Baptist Church in Danville, IL when Mindy was a little girl.

Some of the people that used to attend Edgewood Baptist Church in Danville, IL when I was a little girl.

On Tuesday, we presented the ALC ministry to a cousin's church in Lafayette, IN.  The church is considering bringing a mission team to the Bahamas.

On Tuesday, June 18th, we presented the ALC ministry to a cousin’s church in Lafayette, IN. The church is considering bringing a mission team to the Bahamas.

The boys helped grandpa split and stack firewood for use in their wood burning furnace this winter.

The boys helped grandpa split and stack firewood for use in their wood burning furnace this winter.

After nearly a week at my parent's house in Indiana, we headed back to Westby, WI to spend at week serving at Living Waters Bible Camp.  We stayed with our good friends the Becks before leaving for camp on Saturday.

After nearly a week at my parent’s house in Indiana, we headed back to Westby, WI to spend at week serving at Living Waters Bible Camp. We stayed with our good friends the Becks before leaving for camp on Saturday.

On Sunday, June 23rd, we provided a full ALC ministry update to our sending church, Grace Church of Viroqua.

On Sunday, June 23rd, we provided a full ALC ministry update to our sending church, Grace Church of Viroqua.

Logan attended his last high school camp; Zachary attended his first (and maybe his last) high school camp; and I was camp nurse for high school camp the last week of June.

Logan attended his last and Zachary his first (and maybe his last) high school camp at Living Waters Bible Camp in Westby, WI during the last week of June. I was able to do what I love to do—be camp nurse for the week!

Even while at camp, friends stopped in to see us.  Sheila Eisermann.

Even while at camp, friends stopped in to see us. Sheila Eisermann.

I even got to help the cooks in the kitchen a little.  This brought back a lot of memories and made me kind of sad too.

I even got to help the cooks in the kitchen a little. This brought back a lot of memories and made me kind of sad too.

My good friend Martha Fuhr brought supper one evening so we could have dinner together without having to go off camp grounds.

My good friend Martha Fuhr brought supper one evening so we could have dinner together without having to go off camp grounds.

On Thursday evening during camp, I was able to share an update on our family's ministry work at the ALC and how God orchestrated our move to Nassau.  Afterwards, Logan shared a message with the campers.

On Thursday evening of our week at Living Waters Bible Camp, we were able to share an update on our family’s ministry work at the ALC and how God orchestrated our move to Nassau. Afterwards, Logan shared a message with the campers.

Another visitor:  Jmee Felten.  (I am trying to talk her in to coming to work at the ALC for a semester or more!  Pray for her!)

Another visitor: Jmee Felten. (I am trying to talk her in to coming to work at the ALC for a semester or more! Pray for her!)

Another friend:  Amy Youman!

Another friend: Amy Youman!

A young lady I counselled several years ago at high school camp.  Ann Kress.

A young lady I counselled several years ago at high school camp. Ann Kress.

A special group of young people at high school camp.  I love this age group.

A special group of young people at high school camp. I love this age group.

For the last couple of years, I have taken a picture with this group of kiddos.  One is missing this year (thus the empty spot next to PJ on the right).

Zeke Montag, Lindsy Lucht, PJ Morris.  For the last couple of years, I have taken a picture with this group of kiddos. One is missing this year (thus the empty spot next to PJ).

Two of the 3 LWBC 2012 interns.  On the left is Bethany Seeley (no relationship to us) and on the right is Tomke Fahrenholz from Germany.  It was a total surprise to us that they were going to be at camp this year.

Two of the 3 LWBC 2012 interns. On the left is Bethany Seeley (no relationship to us) and on the right is Tomke Fahrenholz from Germany. It was a total surprise to us that they were going to be at camp this year.

Ivan, Laura, Jeremiah and David Minguia served at Living Waters this summer.  They are from Mexico City.

Ivan, Laura, Jeremiah and David Munguia served at Living Waters this summer. They are from Mexico City.

After camp we attended our former church's community outreach in Viroqua.  The young people presented the gospel in skits, stories and songs to the area children and then fed them and played games with them.

After camp we attended our former church’s community outreach in Viroqua. The young people presented the gospel in skits, stories and songs to the area children and then fed them and played games with them.

On Sunday, June 30, Logan spent the afternoon and evening with friends from Viroqua, Zachary was working at Living Waters Bible Camp as a Kid Caddie, and I met Garrett, Abby and Abby's parents for the afternoon.

On Sunday, June 30, Logan spent the afternoon and evening with friends from Viroqua, Zachary was working at Living Waters Bible Camp as a Kid Caddie, and I met Garrett, Abby and Abby’s parents for the afternoon.  We ate at Hu-Hot (yes, another restaurant on our bucket list!)

We attended a softball game that Garrett played in with his Twenty Somethings church group.

We attended a softball game that Garrett played in with his Twenty Somethings church group.

Amidst my shopping for things to bring back to Nassau, I was able to make it to Jim and Lorraine Harnwell's place in Westby for a visit.

Amidst my shopping for things to bring back to Nassau, I was able to make it to Jim and Lorraine Harnwell’s place in Westby for a visit.

Logan and I (Zachary was still at camp working as Kid Caddie) stayed with Theo and Ruth Habel during the days leading up to our trip back to Nassau.  Theo, Ruth and I were serenaded by Logan and his friends, Andrea, Katie and Sam.

Logan and I (Zachary was still at camp working as Kid Caddie) stayed with Theo and Ruth Habel during the days leading up to our trip back to Nassau. Theo, Ruth and I were serenaded by Logan and his friends, Andrea, Sam and Katie.

Garrett, Logan, Zachary and I left for Nassau from La Crosse, WI airport.  Our first stop was Detroit's airport.  This is the tunnel connecting the regional flight concourse with the regular flights concourse.  We made it back to Nassau at 10pm after a short stop and plane change in Atlanta.  Of course our luggage decided not to join us on the flight from Atlanta to Nassau, but the 18 hour baggage delay gave me a $40 refund on the baggage fee I paid as well as a $50 Delta voucher.

Garrett, Logan, Zachary and I left for Nassau from La Crosse, WI airport at 7am on July 3rd. Our first stop was Detroit’s airport. This is the tunnel connecting Detroit’s regional flight concourse with the regular flights concourse. We made it back to Nassau at 10pm that night after a short stop and plane change in Atlanta. Of course our luggage decided not to join us on the flight from Atlanta to Nassau, but the 18 hour baggage delay gave us the opportunity to request a $40 refund on the baggage fee we paid as well as a $50 Delta voucher.

Meanwhile back at Adventure Learning Camp

When Tim got back on June 11th, he immediately jumped back into work.  He had to begin preparations for the first summer mission teams that were scheduled to arrive June 14th (Mission Discovery).  Deborah left on Saturday June 16th for Cuba in her attempts to get permission from the Netherlands to fly through their country to get home to Ghana, Africa.  This is her send off party.

When Tim got back on June 11th, he immediately jumped back into work. He had to begin preparations for the first summer mission teams that were scheduled to arrive June 14th (Mission Discovery). Deborah left on Saturday June 16th for Cuba in her attempts to get permission from the Netherlands to fly through their country to get home to Ghana, Africa. This is her send off party.

Alissa Finlay along with Kristin Bunting and her daughters graciously came to help Tim with the cooking at camp while the boys and I were in the States.

Alissa Finlay along with Kristin Bunting and her daughters graciously came to help Tim with the cooking at camp while the boys and I were in the States. Thank you so much ladies for all your help! You were such a blessing.

The first Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 16-22.

The first Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 16-22.

The second Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 23-29.

The second Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 23-29.

The third Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 30-July 6.

The third Mission Discovery mission team that was here June 30-July 6.

The fourth Mission Discovery mission team that was here July 7-13.

The fourth Mission Discovery mission team that was here July 7-13.

Mission Discovery team  getting ready to go out for ministry work.

Mission Discovery team at morning devotion time before going out to the ministry work sites.

Mission Discovery team getting ready to go out for ministry work.

Mission Discovery team getting ready to go out for ministry work.

John and Alexis Williams leading worship weeks 2 and 3 of Mission Discovery

John and Alexis Williams leading worship weeks 2 and 3 of Mission Discovery

Mission Discovery week 4 worship leaders

Mission Discovery week 4 worship leaders

Evening worship time.

Evening worship time.

Pastor Bazile from the Haitian church that some of the mission teams served that week gave out recognition forms to the mission team members.

Pastor Bazile from the Haitian church that some of the mission teams served that week gave out recognition forms to the mission team members.

Meal time for Mission Discovery

Meal time for Mission Discovery

Beach day on Fridays during Mission Discovery weeks.

Beach day on Fridays during Mission Discovery weeks.

Mission Discovery staff here for the first 3 weeks.

Mission Discovery staff here for the first 2 weeks.

Mission Discovery staff for week 4:  Cara and Nate Ryver, Lauren Kemp and Hannah Denney.

Mission Discovery staff for week 4: Cara and Nate Ryver, Lauren Kemp and Hannah Denney.

John, Alexis, Jayden, and Joshua Williams.  John and  Alexis were here at Mission Discovery worship leaders for weeks 2 and 3.

John, Alexis, Jayden, and Joshua Williams. John and Alexis were here as Mission Discovery worship leaders for weeks 2 and 3.

Andy and Jen Nelson.  Andy was seriously injured by a fall at one of the work projects during week 3 of Mission Discovery.  God was with him and gave us wisdom to send him to the hospital in time!  Praise the Lord

Andy and Jen Nelson. Andy, a member of Mission Discovery week 3 mission team, was seriously injured by a fall at one of the work projects. He had gone to the hospital after the accident on Tuesday but was sent home because he appeared to be ok.  By Saturday of that week, he was not doing too well.  God was with him and gave us wisdom to send him back to the hospital.  He was suffering from a collapsed lung due to the undetected broken ribs.  He spent 5 more days in the hospital.  Praise the Lord they caught the collapsed lung in time! His wife, Jen, flew down to be with him while he was in the hospital.

Telling Hannah Roth good-bye.  Hannah (in the middle) was here for a couple of weeks to help out at the Centre.

Telling Hannah Roth good-bye. Hannah (in the middle) was here for a couple of weeks to help out at the Centre.

A "good-bye" of sorts for Kevin.  Kevin has lived at the camp with Tom our maintenance guy for a couple of years.  He graduated this year and has moved into his sister's house near by.

A “good-bye” of sorts for Kevin. Kevin has lived at the camp with Tom our maintenance guy for a couple of years. He graduated this year and has moved into his sister’s house near by.

Garrett, Logan and Zachary hung out a lot at the house and helped us where they could.  We felt bad that we could not spend more time with them while we were tied up with Mission Discovery, but they fared ok on their own.

Garrett, Logan and Zachary hung out a lot at the house and helped us where they could. We felt bad that we could not spend more time with them while we were tied up with Mission Discovery, but they fared ok on their own.

Mike and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland here to work at the Centre this summer) playing Risk with Garrett and Zachary.

Mike and Nicola (a young man from Switzerland here to work at the Centre this summer) playing Risk with Garrett and Zachary.

Summer day camp at the Centre is in full swing.  Nicola leading the children in games with a soccer ball.

Summer day camp at the Centre is in full swing. Nicola leading the children in games with a soccer ball.

Tika Penn leading one of the classes for the summer day camp kiddos.

Tika Penn leading one of the classes for the summer day camp kiddos.

Andy had just been discharged from the hospital but insisted on helping serve dinner for Mission Discovery week 4.

Andy had just been discharged from the hospital but insisted on helping serve dinner for Mission Discovery week 4.

Mission Discovery week 4 attendee, Allison, made this beautiful duct tape flower.

Mission Discovery week 4 attendee, Allison, made this beautiful duct tape flower for me.

Zachary loved talking to this youth leader of the group from week 4 of Mission Discovery.  Alex Walton is from England, and Zachary loves the English accent.

Zachary loved talking to this youth leader of the group from week 4 of Mission Discovery. Alex Walton is from England, and Zachary loves the English accent.

Hannah Denney, Mission Discovery intern, adopted us as her second family.  We enjoyed having her around in the evenings.

Hannah Denney, Mission Discovery intern, adopted us as her second family. We enjoyed having her around in the evenings.

Saving Andy a trip to the hospital.  During week 3 of Mission Discovery I was able to use my nursing skills a lot.  Andy's wife Jen so much fun to be around.  Her personality comes out in this picture.

Saving Andy a trip to the hospital at the end of week 4 of Mission Discovery. I was able to take the stitches out of his arm for him. My nursing skills came in handy a lot the last 2 weeks of Mission Discovery. Andy’s wife Jen is so much fun to be around. Her personality comes out in this picture.

Andy and Jen Nelson were such a blessing to us. Even though he suffered a serious injury, they both had a positive attitude and a willingness to help out where they could after he was discharged from the hospital. (We are trying to recruit them to come and help out next summer.)  We hated having to tell them good-bye.

Andy and Jen Nelson were such a blessing to us. Even though he suffered a serious injury, they both had a positive attitude and a willingness to help out where they could after he was discharged from the hospital. (We are trying to recruit them to come and help out next summer.) We hated having to tell them good-bye.

When Mission Discovery was over, we met with a few of the leaders at a restaurant on Paradise Island to debrief and fellowship.

When Mission Discovery was over, we met with a few of the leaders at a restaurant on Paradise Island to debrief and fellowship.

We then walked around The Dig at Atlantis.

We then walked around The Dig at Atlantis.

Jen Rogers came to work at the ALC  as curriculum writer on June 9th.  This was one of the first chance we had to go to Cabbage Beach for a swim (swimming is about the only cardiovascular activity I can do right now because of my injured knee).  I have loved having Jen around and am looking forward to more time together as things slow down.

Jen Rogers came to work at the ALC as curriculum writer on June 9th. This was one of the first chances we had to go to Cabbage Beach for a swim (swimming is about the only cardiovascular activity I can do right now because of my injured knee). We have loved having Jen around and are looking forward to more time together as things slow down.

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.

Prayer

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!

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