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During this “Thanksgiving” season, sometimes we only think of the big things we have to be thankful for, but what about the seemingly trivial things of life?
As many of you know, we were born and raised in cold weather climates. I (Mindy) love my four seasons with fall being my favorite season of all, so when we returned to Nassau on December 1st and were welcomed back with such beautiful, cool, non-humid weather, we could not help but feel so blessed by our Creator. (This year has been a very hot year, and work in this hot, humid weather can wear you down and affect your mood.) It has been 12 days since we returned to the island, and the nice, cooler weather has continued. We have been able to wear long pants/sweaters/closed toed shoes, to snuggle under comforters at night, to come out of the shower and actually dry off, and to find comfort in sipping hot chocolate. I see this cooler weather as a gift from God. I see a God who lovingly works out even small details so that He may bless us and encourage us on our way.
Beyond the trivium of weather, we find ourselves thankful for so many other things as well: friends and family on both sides of the pond, a great group of fellow ALC&C staff who also desire to serve God by serving the Bahamian people and those coming to serve the Bahamian people, an awesome church family, a comfortable place to live and minister, talents and gifts to serve and do the work God has called us to do, safety even amidst increased crime on the island, and so much more! Praise God with us for all He has given us and allowed us to do in the furtherance of His Kingdom on this earth!
Update on trip fundraiser!
God blessed us with a great trip in the States October 16-December 1st (details of the trip are on earlier blogs) and with ease of travel back to the island and through immigration and customs (even with 9 suitcases and 3 backpacks full of supplies). Many have asked us if we raised all the money we needed to cover the cost of the ALC promotion/support raising trip. For those of you wondering how we did, we were able to collect enough money on the trip to cover about 3/4 of the cost of the trip. Praise the Lord! The initial projection of $4500 was pretty much covered, but with the unforeseen expenses and extras, we still have about $1000 that has not been covered. We are confident that God will provide funds as needed.
We are back and have hit the ground running!
As soon as we arrived back, we hit the ground running. Although we spent a lot of time on the trip working through emails and connecting with people who will be coming here on upcoming trips, there were still a lot of paperwork, emails, etc to get caught up on when we got back. These last 2 weeks we were able to do just that. Tim has been in his office a lot this week.
Our biggest focus since we have returned has been on the mission team of 47 Florida Atlantic University students that will be here December 14th-19th. We are facilitating this team which brings with it a lot responsibility in not only the planning phase but also the implementing phase. With all our staff leaving the island on Monday and Tuesday, we have had to be creative in finding the help we need to serve and facilitate this group. By God’s providence, Aaron Mills came to visit us this past week and will be staying through Christmas. He will be able to do a lot in helping us serve this group. Ms. Ada will be cooking for us. Please pray for strength and stamina as we serve this group.
Many of you already know that all our kids are coming here for Christmas. Garrett arrives tomorrow, Logan arrives next Friday, and Andrew and Katie arrive next Saturday. Aaron Mills (a young man we used to work with at Living Waters Bible Camp in Wisconsin) arrived last week and will be staying with us until the 31st. We plan on being on “vacation” the week the kids are all here (December 20-28) so we can enjoy family time and showing the kids around the island. We will do our best to really be on vacation that week.
As we mentioned above, all the missionary ALC staff will be leaving the island for Christmas. Because we are the only staff remaining behind, we will be making many airport runs to pick-up and drop-off people over the next three weeks (between the staff leaving and returning, the mission team coming and leaving, and our kids coming in for Christmas, we have >26 airport runs). This is a job that I like doing, and fortunately google calendar is a great resource tool and keeps me organized.
Christmas Light Drive-Thru at Adventure Learning Centre
For nearly the entire time we were away in the States, the ALC staff was preparing for the Christmas Lights Drive-thru event scheduled for December 12-14. This event has a two-fold purpose: share the Gospel story with all who come to experience the event and raise funds to help run the ALC as it shares the Gospel with the school children of the Bahamas. Our first night was last night (Friday, December 12), and we had more that 160 cars drive thru the ALC and experience the beautiful lights and the pageantry of the story of Jesus’s birth, life, death and resurrection. Here are some of the pictures of the event:
The event was beautiful, well put together (way to go Centre staff!), and well received by those who came and saw it. We have had a LOT of great feed back. We are expecting even a larger crowd tonight and tomorrow night, but we are competing with a couple other large events on the island this weekend. Please pray that God sends those people who need to hear the gospel as well as numbers so we can pay the expenses of this event and have extra to go towards funding the ministry. If you would like to donate to the ministry to help cover the cost of this event, we invite you to go to alcbahamas.org and click on the donation link.
Picture update for last three weeks!
We will be going back to posting picture updates in the “Picture Update” tab above. So, if you want to see an update on what has happened in the last 3 weeks, please feel free to click on the link below or tab above (I may not get to the picture update today because I do not have much time this afternoon to do it, so you may want to check back later in the week).
Link: Picture update
Christmas letter and greeting!
If you do not get an email from us when we post blogs and would like a Christmas letter sent to you, please let me know by posting a reply to this blog. We will be sending out a Christmas greeting to our email list recipients sometime later this next week.
Thank you for your interest in our ministry work and lives. We appreciate your support of us in your prayers and your financial contributions. We could not be here doing what we are doing if it were not for you and your faithfulness and generosity. Thank you and God bless you!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley
What a surprise!!! God gave us a huge gift this week. He reunited our family. We knew we were going to get to see Garrett/Abby, Logan/Alex, and Tim’s parents this week, but we did not know we were going to get to see our oldest son Andrew.
We arrived in the Viroqua area on Wednesday. We reunited with Garrett and Abby in the afternoon. Then in the evening we spoke at our sending church, Grace Church in Viroqua, WI. After the service, while we were fellowshiping in the basement, our oldest son Andrew, who we have not seen in almost a year, showed up. Neither Tim or I knew he was coming. (The pictures below tell the story.) On Thursday we reunited with Logan when he met us at the LaCrosse, WI Best Buy. We were able to spend time with the boys, Tim’s parents, Abby, and Logan’s girlfriend Alex at the home of Brent and Tara Beck in Cashton, WI.
We arrived in Wisconsin content with the fact that we were going to be able to see Logan, Garrett, Abby, Alex, Tim’s folks and friends we had left nearly two years ago. God blessed us further by bringing us all together. God blesses us in unexpected ways and above and beyond what we could have imagined.
The week in review
This week was a little less intense than last week, but we still covered a lot of ground. Here is where we were and what we were up to…
November 13-16: London, Ontario
November 17-18: Toronto, Ontario
November 18-19: Chicago, Illinois
November 19-21: Cashton/Westby/Viroqua, Wisconsin
November 21-22: Davenport, Iowa
It has been another tiring, but rewarding week. We are starting to look forward to the normalcy of being home in the Bahamas again in a little over a week. In the mean time, we are looking forward to seeing family in Indiana over the next week.
Until the next post, have a great week!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary
Someone asked us how our jog around the country has been. We told him, it is a marathon, not a sprint, so we are trying to pace ourselves. So far this is what our itinerary has looked like:
Cummings GA, White GA, Franklin TN, Nashville TN, Canton GA, Wilson NC, Paseco NY, Delhi NY, Bethel CT, Huntington NY, New York City, Lancaster PA, Toledo OH, Windsor Ontario, Owasso MI, London Ontario.
The last four are from this week alone. We are tired, but God is good and sustaining us. We have made a lot of great contacts, and we look forward to seeing what God does with our connections from this trip.
It has been our goal to update our blog weekly while on this trip so people know where we are and what we have been doing, but we were unable to get a post done last Friday. Below is the update for the last two weeks. Enjoy seeing where we have been, who we have seen, and what we have been doing. It has been a great journey, and we have been incredibly blessed and encouraged by the many people we have met and visited.
The last two weeks in pictures
Saturday, November 1-4: Delhi, New York
November 4: Connecticut
November 5-7: Long Island, New York
November 7-10: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
November 10-11: Toledo, Ohio
November 12-13: Windsor, Ontario Canada
November 12-13: Owasso, Michigan
November 13— : London, Ontario Canada
We are enjoying our time with Bob and Faye Browning and look forward to a relaxing, yet busy weekend here in the London area. Being with Bob and Faye feels like we are with one of our parents. Next week we will be heading back to the states. We will try to post again later next week.
Have a great weekend!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley
Up until Wednesday when we left the Southern region of the United States, we have had cooler weather than the humid 80 degree weather we are used to in the Bahamas, but for the most part it was still comfortably warm enough for our thin Bahamian-acclimated blood. In fact we have really enjoyed the ability to wear long pants, sweaters, scarves (Mindy) and closed toed shoes. Since our arrival in upstate New York, we have had to add another layer- a heavy jacket. Thank you to our dear friends, Tim and Deborah Lamm, in Wilson, NC, we now have jackets to wear. We are suppose to have snow here this weekend. We are looking forward to seeing the white stuff, but please pray for safety as we travel the mountain roads here in New York.
Last Saturday, we flew in to Raleigh/Durhan, NC. Tim and Deborah Lamm were there to pick us up. After lunch, we headed to their home town, Wilson.
They drove us around their town and showed us their church. This is where we attended church the following day.
This is the pool house that belongs to Raymie and Dana McFarland (Dana is Deborah Lamm’s daughter). We were blessed with this gorgeous place for accommodations while we were staying in Wilson. We felt so welcome and pampered here.
This is Brad and Kasey Perry. Brad is the youth and missions pastor at Peace Church. They have two daughters, Adriana and Adalyn.
Brad and Kasey took us out to dinner at a really southern restaurant on Saturday night. Since my dad was a Kentucky boy, I grew up eating like this. It was great, but I sure could not eat like that everyday.
On Sunday morning we attended Peace Church. We were able to see Ronnie and Francis Dilda. The Dildas had spent a month with us in the Bahamas in May.
We had the opportunity to speak to the high school Sunday School class. They are planning a mission trip to the Bahamas next summer.
Following church and Sunday School, we all gathered at the Lamm’s house for their regularly scheduled family dinner. Of course there were Tim and Deborrah, Deborrah’s father, Brad and Kasey family and Raymie and Dana family. There were also 2 young men that were friends of the McFarland boys.
On Monday, Brad Perry took us out to Cracker Barrel. The Lamms joined us.
Monday, October 27th was Tim’s birthday. We had dinner at the Lamm’s house and they had a little party for him. The Perry girls loved helping grandma and grandpa with the cake.
We were joined by two other couples that we met in the Bahamas when they came on mission trips. Nancy and Erwin and Herb and Barb.
When we returned to the pool house that night. We found a surprise from Dana, hostess. They gave Tim a book. What gracious people!
On Tuesday morning we went to Wake Forest, North Carolina and visited Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with the Dildas. We were able to attend the chapel service.
That evening we went back to the Dilda’s house for dinner. The Lamms met us at the Dilda’s house for dinner as well.
On Wednesday morning we were up by 4am so we could make it to Raleigh in time to catch our 725am flight to Albany, NY. The flights gave us great view of the beautiful fall colors around the Baltimore and Albany airports.
We rented a car and drove 1 1/2 hours north into the Adirondack Mountains. We stayed at Adirondack Bible Chapel Ministry Center. The ministry center is a place for rest and healing (spiritually, emotionally, mentally) and for discipleship. We were able to not only stay and rest here for a couple days ourselves, we also got to see what the ministry is all about. We were impressed with what we saw.
On Wednesday evening we presented the ALC&C ministry to Adirondack Bible Chapel. Pastor Ed Hart used to be on the ALC board and so the congregation are very familiar with the ALC from years of service there. It is exciting getting to reconnect.
We had dinner with Pastor Ed on Thursday. His wife Faith was out of town, so we did not get to meet her.
This is a picture of the common area in the lodge at the Ministry Center. Very relaxing!
This is the common kitchen area. Here, some of the female staff and residents were cleaning cabinets and pantries.
Some of the ladies staying and working at the Center.
Angel and her darling children. They are staying at the Ministry Center now.
We had the opportunity to take a walk in the woods, in the mountains around this lake. GORGEOUS!
Our last night in the Adirondacks, we were hosted by Richard and Judy Olenik. They are former Missionary Aviation Fellowship missionaries to Africa. It was fun hearing some of their stories and about their ministry work.
Someone asked us how we are doing with the busy schedule. To be honest, we are physically tired, but we are spiritually refreshed. The pastor’s conference last week, our time this week at the Ministry Center and the care and concern from those in Wilson have done wonders to help refresh and renew us. Our next stop is Delhi, NY area. We will be there until Tuesday.
We will try to provide another update next week. Have a great weekend!
Today we arrived in Wilson, North Carolina. We had such a wonderful week in Nashville, TN. We met a LOT of new people, and we had some time to relax a bit as we were spiritually fed from God’s Word at the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor’s Conference. Zachary got to hang out with his best friend, Granton, in Franklin, TN while we attended the conference.
Time-out to say thank you
Because I know our pastor reads this blog, I am going to use this semi-public venue to express to him and his wife how much we care for and appreciate them:
As Tim and I sat in the meetings at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s Conference this past week, we had the opportunity to listen to other members of Sovereign Grace Churches from around the country and world publicly thank their pastors for all they do for them as pastors of their local assemblies. As we sat listening to all the tributes to these incredible servants of God, we couldn’t help but feel disappointed that we at Kingdom Life Church did not have an opportunity to publicly thank and pay tribute to our shepherd. We are sure if we had been given the opportunity, many of us at KLC would have submitted tributes for Pastor Moss. We would like to take this time now to publicly thank Pastor Moss and pay tribute to him for his humble, servant heart and faithfulness in handling God’s Word. What a blessing and encouragement he is. His love and concern for us is evident in how he labors to teach us and point us to Jesus, how he fervently prays for us, and how he patiently listens to us.
We would like to personally thank you for all you have done to make our transition to the Bahamas a much more pleasant, seamless experience. You have patiently helped us many times as we have tried to understand Bahamian culture. We are sure you have prayed for us as we have sought to be wise, discerning missionaries to the Bahamian people. We know God brought you in to our lives to not only be our pastor but also to help us be more effective in our ministry work. Thank you for your friendship, your love and your care for us, and being a good example of what it is to be a godly servant leader.
Your friendship and encouragement to me is something I treasure. You are the perfect example of a godly woman and help meet to your husband. You are an inspiration to me. I look up to you and strive to model my marriage to my husband after you. Thank you for supporting your husband and sacrificing time with him as he labors to feed and care for all of us at Kingdom Life Church.
The last week
On Monday afternoon, we left Chris and Renee Grul’s home in White, GA.
I drove to Nashville while Tim worked on some of his course work. It was the first time I had driven in the USA since last November. I was a tad bit nervous, but I soon adjusted back to driving on the “right” side of the road.
On Monday night, we stayed with Kevin and Linnea Ledgister and their family. Zachary stayed with them while we attended the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor’s Conference in Nashville.
On Tuesday we had lunch with Maury Buchanan, president and founder of Mission Discovery. Mission Discovery sends mission teams to us in the summer time.
After checking in to the hotel and registering for the conference on Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Keith and Kristin Bunting and Doug Plank.
Each morning and every evening, we enjoyed a great time of worship and sitting under strong Bible teaching from some great expositors of God’s Word.
On Thursday evening we met with Kevin, Linnea and their children at an Italian restaurant. We spent some time together and then took Zachary back to the hotel with us. Tim had to leave early the next morning for Fort Lauderdale, FL to attend an ALC&C board meeting and I had to drive back to Atlanta.
Granton and Zachary have been best friends since third grade camp at Living Waters Bible Camp.
We got to spend quite a bit of time with Keith and Kristin Bunting. You may recall that Keith was our worship pastor at Kingdom Life Church until they left the island and moved to Florida to minister in another church.
The last night of the Pastor’s Conference. We are so glad we were able to attend this conference. The preaching was awesome and a much needed boost for us. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference in Indianapolis, IN. We are hoping and praying we can attend.
On Friday morning Tim flew from Nashville to Fort Lauderdale to attend the ALC&C board meeting. Zachary and I drove back to Atlanta. On the way, we stopped in at Bill Rice Ranch in Murfreesboro, TN. Susanna Flanders works at the Ranch and she graciously gave us a tour. We had met Susanna last Easter through Pastor Cranston. While at the Ranch we got to see a young Bahamian man we met last year, Owen Moss.
Thanks for following us on our journey. We will try to post again after we leave North Carolina. Please pray for strength and stamina. God has been sustaining us, and we are energized by all the great people we have connected with, but our bodies are already feeling tired.
Have a great weekend!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley
Thursday, October 16th to Monday, October 20th
Today we are leaving the Atlanta, Georgia area and will be heading to Nashville, Tennessee. So far, the trip has been refreshingly tiring (Is that possible?). We have made some good connections and have enjoyed great fellowship with new friends.
We arrived in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon and began our stay with the Young family in Cummings, Georgia. They were very gracious and hospitable hosts, and we felt well cared for while we were there. This is Cliff, Denise, Bethany and Malachi Young.
We met Denise last January when she came to the island on a cruise ship. She found the ALC&C online before coming to the island and contacted us to see if we could meet her at the port and show them our ministry. Our relationship has been building ever since.
On Friday evening, the Youngs had plans so we met up with the Underwoods. The Underwoods are good friends of ours from when we lived in Minnesota. They now live in the Atlanta area.
On Saturday morning we were able to meet up with Gary Lane. He also lives in the Atlanta area. We have gotten to know him through Mission Discovery. Mission Discovery sends mission teams to the Bahamas in the summer time.
On Saturday evening we met at the Brown’s home for a meet and greet with members of their church.
We got to know the Browns when they came to the island on a cruise in July. The Youngs and Browns attend the same church, and Denise has told Tracey about the ALC&C and put her in contact with us. We offered them our tour guide services in July and were able to get to know them through that contact.
We met this family while at the Browns. Please pray for them. They are Iranian Christians who are here as refugees. He is a pastor with connections with Christians who are still in Iran and suffering for their beliefs.
On Sunday we attended First Redeemer Church where the Youngs, Browns, and Tracey’s parents attend church.
The Browns and Youngs teach Sunday School classes. We were able to use the Sunday School time to present the ALC&C ministry to the young adults.
After the presentation to the adults, we spoke to the children’s Sunday School department for a short time. This was a special time as we fielded the fun, innocent, unpredictable questions of children. What makes this so special is that two weeks ago, I sent a letter to Malachi Young to read to his Awana class. The letter was about what we do as missionaries in the Bahamas. A majority of the children in this group attend Awana and had heard the letter.
After speaking to the children, we met up with Cliff Young’s junior high boy’s class. After the class time, we were able to meet with the youth pastor and give him some information on the Adventure Learning Camp.
This is the Brown family: Kristan, Tracey, Logan and Brett Brown.
Sunday afternoon we drove to White, Georgia to stay with Chris and Renee Grul. Tim grew up in the same church circles as the Gruls, and Renee was good friends with Tim’s younger sister.
We had a great time catching up with the Gruls.
Right now, we are visiting with the Gruls as Zachary attends his 2 online courses. When Zach is finished with his courses, we will leave and head for Franklin, Tennessee. Tonight we will be staying with Kevin and Linnea Ledgister family. Tomorrow we will be meeting up with a leader of Mission Discovery in the Nashville area before heading to the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor’s Conference tomorrow afternoon (Zachary will be staying with the Ledgisters to spend time with his best friend, Granton).
Please pray for safety in travel, opportunities to connect with people, time of rest and rejuvenation at the Pastor’s Conference.
We will try to post an update again next week!
Have a great week!
After months of juggling work/ministry, school and personal schedules while planning this massive trip, the day has finally arrived! Zachary, Tim and I are sitting in the gait area at the Nassau airport waiting for our flight to Atlanta.
Tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night, we will be staying with a family we met when the wife came to the island on a cruise last January. Our meeting her forged a friendship, and now we are getting to connect with her, her family, her church and another family (we met them when they also came to the island on a cruise this year) in the Atlanta area. Saturday evening we will be having a meet and greet dinner with people from our host family’s church. Sunday we will be speaking to a young adult Sunday School class. Sunday night we will be staying with a friend that Tim has known from the circle of churches he grew up in.
Monday we will be leaving the Atlanta area to drive to Nashville, TN. Zachary will be staying with his best friend while Tim and I attend a pastor’s conference Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
That is enough information for now. We will be connecting regularly as the trip progresses (as time allows).
Please pray for
- Travel safety
- Wisdom and discernment as we promote the ALC&C and attempt to build our list of ministry partners (personal and ministry)
- Divine appointments
- Health, strength and stamina (we have a lot of ground to cover in the next 6.5 weeks)
- God provide the remaining funds for this trip
If you need to get a hold of us, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact us on our USA cellphones. Tim: 612-840-6940 Mindy 920-204-8635. These are both USA phone numbers.
Tim, Mindy and Zachary