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So much to be thankful for!

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! 

Our welcoming home party on December 1st!

Our welcoming home party on December 1st!

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.

Christmas plans!

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 main road into the Centre with all its beautiful lights is the first view the guests see as they drive in to the Centre

The main road into the Centre with all its beautiful lights is the first view the guests see as they drive in to the Centre

Cars are welcomed with this beautiful view as they approach the admission queue.  We collect $4 per person.  The event is not only a fund raiser for the Centre but also a Gospel outreach.

Cars are welcomed with this beautiful view as they approach the admission queue. We collect $4 per person. The event is not only a fund raiser for the Centre but also a Gospel outreach.

After admission, the vehicle becomes a "donkey", and the occupants become travelers as they prepare to enter the "theatre" that will tell the life of Jesus.

After admission, the vehicle becomes a “donkey”, and the occupants become travelers as they prepare to enter the “theatre” that will tell the life of Jesus.

Occupants of the cars...Donkeys, rather, are offered time of refreshment while they wait to be ushered into the pageant grounds.

Occupants of the cars…Donkeys, rather, are offered time of refreshment while they wait to be ushered into the pageant grounds.

Donkeys are first greeted by our wise men who act as ushers to keep the donkeys moving.

Donkeys are first greeted by our wise men who act as ushers to keep the donkeys moving.

The Roman gait leading into the pageant...

The Roman gait leading into the pageant…

If your donkey dawdles, a Roman soldier will surely give you a prodding to move forward.

If the donkey dawdles, a Roman soldier will surely give him a prodding to move forward.

Once through the Roman gait, travelers are greeted by merchants in the market place eager to make a sale to the weary travelers as they enter Bethlehem to pay their taxes.

Once through the Roman gait, travelers are greeted by merchants in the market place eager to make a sale to the weary travelers as they enter Bethlehem.

Along the trail, one can see Mary and Joseph and their donkey traveling to Bethlehem to be counted in the census.

Along the trail, travelers can see Mary and Joseph and their donkey traveling to Bethlehem to be counted in the census.

As travelers continue down the lighted path...

As travelers continue down the lighted path…

...they are greeted by the innkeeper who informs them there is "No Room" in the inn.

…they are greeted by the innkeeper who informs them there is “No Room” in the inn.

Along the way, travelers encounter an angel proclaiming the birth of the Savior.

Along the way, travelers encounter an angel proclaiming the birth of the Savior.

Shepherds heed the angel and find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Shepherds heed the angel and find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Angels spread the glad tidings of Jesus's birth!

Shepherds spread the glad tidings of Jesus’s birth!

As the traveler continue their journey, they arrive at the temple where Jesus says he is here on his Father's business.

As the traveler continue their journey, they arrive at the temple where Jesus says he is here on his Father’s business.

Travelers also hear Jesus admonishing His disciples to "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men".

Travelers also hear Jesus admonishing His disciples to “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”.

Jesus on the sermon on the mount expounds the beatitudes.

Jesus on the sermon on the mount expounds the beatitudes.

Travelers are told of the passover ahead.

Travelers are told of the passover ahead.

Jesus serves the last supper.

Jesus serves the last supper.

Mary mourns at the foot of the cross where Jesus died.

Mary mourns at the foot of the cross where Jesus died.

But wait... The angel proclaims from the empty tomb to the travelers, that Jesus is not dead.  He is risen!

But wait… The angel proclaims from the empty tomb to the travelers, that Jesus is not dead. He is risen!

As the travelers leave the pageant, they are greeted by carolers and staff who reinforce the pageant's message with a gospel synopsis and explanation of what they saw and how all this came about.

As the travelers leave the pageant, they are greeted by carolers and staff who reinforce the pageant’s message with a gospel synopsis and explanation of what they saw and how all this came about.

On their way out, they also get another chance to see all the beautiful lights and a short puppet show wishing them a Merry Christmas!

On their way out, they also get another chance to see all the beautiful lights and a short puppet show wishing them a Merry Christmas!

 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!

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

 

More Than Reunited, Blessed Beyond Measure!

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.

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Garrett!

 

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Andrew!

 

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Logan!

 

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

We had the aweseome privilege of spending a long weekend with our part-time Nassau parents, Bob and Faye Browning, in their London, Ontario home.  We had a great visit.

We had the aweseome privilege of spending a long weekend with our part-time Nassau parents, Bob and Faye Browning, in their London, Ontario home. We had a great visit.

It lightly snowed the first day we were in London, Ontario.  We were hoping to see some measurable snow while we were in the north.

It lightly snowed the first day we were in London, Ontario. We were hoping to see some measurable snow while we were in the north.

On Friday evening, we had dinner at Lyall and Julie Mix's house.  We met a couple of their children.  Lyall is assistant pastor at West London Alliance church.

On Friday evening, we had dinner at Lyall and Julie Mix’s house. We met a couple of their children. Lyall is assistant pastor at West London Alliance church. The dinner was planned so we could talk about the upcoming mission trip their church is taking to the Bahamas.

On Saturday we drove an hour away to meet up with Bob and Faye's children to celebrate Faye's birthday.  Bob planned the whole thing and managed to surprise Faye.

On Saturday we drove an hour away to meet up with Bob and Faye’s children to celebrate Faye’s birthday. Bob planned the whole thing and managed to surprise Faye.

Bob and Faye with three of their sons, their wives, and a couple granddaughters.

Bob and Faye with three of their sons, their wives, and a couple granddaughters.

On Sunday morning we attended West London Alliance church.  Zachary helped by playing in their youth worship band.

On Sunday morning we attended West London Alliance church. Zachary helped by playing in their youth worship band.

We had Sunday lunch with Lyall and Julie.

We had Sunday lunch with Lyall and Julie.

Sunday evening we met with the mission team, shared particulars of our testimony and the Bahamas culture and ALC&C ministry, and answered questions.

Sunday evening we met with the West London Alliance Church mission team, shared particulars of our testimony and the Bahamas culture and ALC&C ministry, and answered questions.

It was snowy as we left the London area to drive to Toronto.

It was snowy as we left the London area to drive to Toronto.

November 17-18: Toronto, Ontario

Bob and Faye drove us to Toronto to the hotel by the Toronto airport where we were to fly out the next day.

Bob and Faye drove us to Toronto to the hotel by the Toronto airport where we were to fly out the next day.

We met up with Julian Williams Monday evening.  Julian has been to Nassau to visit us.  It was fun seeing him in Toronto.

We met up with Julian Williams Monday evening. Julian has been to Nassau to visit us. It was fun seeing him in Toronto.

November 18-19:  Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday we flew from Toronto to Chicago.  We had dinner at Lee and Stacie Burtelson's house.  We met with another early ALC&C board member, Paul Hadley and his wife and daughter in law.

Tuesday we flew from Toronto to Chicago. We had dinner at Lee and Stacie Burtelson’s house. We met with another early ALC&C board member, Paul Hadley and his wife and daughter in law.

The kid's table at the Burtelson's.

The kid’s table at the Burtelson’s.

The following morning, we had breakfast with the Hadleys and the Jungs!

The following morning, we had breakfast with the Hadleys and the Jungs!

Erv and Marion look short next to Zachary (who doesnt?).

Erv and Marion look short next to Zachary (who doesnt?).

November 19-21: Cashton/Westby/Viroqua, Wisconsin

Our first family reunion:  Garrett and Abby.

Our first family reunion: Garrett and Abby.

Time with our pastor and his family: Rich, Karen, Kellyn and Ethan Maurer.

Time with our pastor and his family: Rich, Karen, Kellyn and Ethan Maurer.

Time with the Eisermann family: Chris, Sheila, Chloe, Kinza and Jacob.

Time with the Eisermann family: Chris, Sheila, Chloe, Kinza and Jacob.

 

Family reunion #2-  Tim's parents.

Family reunion #2- Tim’s parents.

We provided an update of the ministry work with our sending church.

We provided an update of the ministry work with our sending church.

I got to meet and hold the newest addition to the Jackson family.  Melissa's husband is the guest services manager  at Living Waters Bible Camp.

I got to meet and hold the newest addition to the Jackson family. Melissa’s husband is the guest services manager at Living Waters Bible Camp.

My Viroqua "Mom".

My Viroqua “Mom”.

Family Reunion #2= Andrew!

Family Reunion #3- Andrew!

A total surprise!  Andrew walked in and Tim noticed him first.

A total surprise! Andrew walked in and Tim noticed him first.

Then I notciced him.  Of course the other boys knew he was coming so, Zachary had the camera ready.

Then I notciced him. Of course the other boys knew he was coming so, Zachary had the camera ready.

I was overwhelmed and of course so excited to see him.

I was overwhelmed and of course so excited to see him.

 

We hung out at the Becks for short while after church.

We hung out at the Becks for short while after church.

Thursday morning we were hosted by the Beck children.  We love staying with this awesome family.

Thursday morning we were hosted by the Beck children. We love staying with this awesome family.

A stop in at University Wisconsin LaCrosse to see Andrea Huser.

A stop in at University Wisconsin LaCrosse to see Andrea Huser.

Family Reunion #3: Logan!

Family Reunion #4: Logan!

Followed by lunch with Dan and Nelva Melcher and Mom and Dad Seeley.

Followed by lunch with Dan and Nelva Melcher and Mom and Dad Seeley.

Zachary wanted to step foot in Minnesota, so since we were less than 5 miles from the Wisconsin/Minnesota border, we drove in just long enough for Zachary to be able to say he has never gone a whole year without being in Minnesota.

Zachary wanted to step foot in Minnesota, so since we were less than 5 miles from the Wisconsin/Minnesota border, we drove in just long enough for Zachary to be able to say he has never gone a whole year without being in Minnesota.

This is an indoor hockey arena now, but on June 6th, this pavilion will be the site where these 2 exchange wedding vows.

This is an indoor hockey arena now, but on June 6th, this pavilion will be the site where these 2 exchange wedding vows.

Me and my boys!

Me and my boys!

We loved having all the boys with us for a family picture.  Our joy was hampered only by the fact that Katie could not be with us.

We loved having all the boys with us for a family picture. Our joy was hampered only by the fact that Katie could not be with us.

That afternoon we hung out at the Beck's house.

That afternoon we hung out at the Beck’s house.

The kids were all on their phones playing a game together.  At least it was a "together" game.  I just enjoyed sitting and watching all of them.

The kids were all on their phones playing a game together. At least it was a “together” game. I just enjoyed sitting and watching all of them.

Family picture with Grandma and Grandpa.

Family picture with Grandma and Grandpa.

Sharing our last meal with the Becks before going our separate ways.

Sharing our last meal with the Becks before going our separate ways on Friday afternoon.

We made a quick stop to see our dog, Bella!  She acted like she knew us.

We made a quick stop to see our dog, Bella! She acted like she knew us.

We also stopped in to say good-bye to the Jacksons.

We also stopped in to say good-bye to the Jacksons.

November 21-22:  Davenport, Iowa

Friday evening we went to Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport, Iowa to meet with a prospective mission team for next summer.

Friday evening we went to Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport, Iowa to meet with a prospective mission team for next summer.

After the meeting, Zach played some fuse ball.

After the meeting, Zach played some fuse ball.

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!

God bless,

Tim, Mindy and Zachary

We are running a marathon, not a sprint!

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

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We were blessed to be guests in the mountain home of Walt and Marge Hutter in Andes, NY. We stayed with them until we left for Connecticut on Tuesday.

 

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Delhi Alliance Church hosted a Bahamas Mission Team reunion on Saturday evening.

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Jackie Howard (mother to one of our current ALC facilitators, Sam Howard) surprised us with a Bahamian meal. Yum!

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Zachary had a good time reuniting with the young people from the team.

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It was great seeing many of the Delhi team in person, but it was also good to “see” the ones from the team that joined us via Facetime.

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On Sunday morning on the way to Delhi Alliance Church, we were greeted with a dusting of snow. Snow is beautiful when you know you do not have to live in it for months on end.

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Delhi Alliance Church in Delhi, NY. Home church of the team that came to Nassau to serve at the ALC&C in April.

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On Sunday morning, I was asked to speak to the lady’s Sunday School class.

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Tim joined the men’s Sunday School class.

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During the morning service, we shared the ALC&C ministry with the church.

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This is Janice Armstrong. She is the wife of our new maintenance man, Patrick Armstrong. Pat will be back home in December, and in January, Pat and Janice will come back to the Bahamas to serve with us at the ALC&C. Pat as maintenance director and Janice as Tim’s office assistant at Camp. (Our dressing alike this day was totally unintentional.)

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We took a few minutes to stop in and meet Pat’s mom.

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On Tuesday morning we met at a bagel shop in Delhi to share a devotional with the youth group from the church before the youth went to school.

November 4: Connecticut

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After attending the Bagel club, we headed east towards Connecticut. The state of New York has “text stops”.

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We saw a sign on the road on the way to Connecticut for a Military Museum. We stopped for Zachary to see the equipment, but the museum was closed.

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We stopped in Ridgefield, Connecticut to eat at the restaurant that belongs to the aunt and uncle of one of our facilitators, Josie Sorena.

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The French Cuisine at Luc’s Cafe was so good.

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After lunch, we met with Chelsea Kingston, Youth leader of Walnut Hill Church in Bethel Connecticut. Chelsea brings mission teams to Nassau.

 

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That evening Chelsea took us and Josie Sorena’s parents and brother and John (a young man that came on one of the mission teams) out to an Italian Restaurant to visit. We enjoyed getting to know Josie’s family.

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Connecticut had some beautiful fall colors for us to enjoy. This Japanese Maple was stunning. It is in front of the house of our host/hostess, Jim and Laura Kennedy.

November 5-7:  Long Island, New York

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After we left Connecticut, we headed to Long Island, NY. We saw a road sign that said “Shelter Rock” and reminded us of the Shelter Rock Mission team that had been at Camp this past July. We decided to stop in and see a few of the team members. This is Pastor Kevin.

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With Julia at Shelter Rock Church.

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We stayed with former board member, Humphrey Duncanson and his darling wife, Marilyn while in Long Island, New York.

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Our days have been busy, “doing” ALC&C work, and we have had no touristy days. On Thursday, we decided to take Zachary to downtown New York.

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It was rainy and dreary, but we enjoyed our day in the Big Apple very much.

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On Facebook we noticed a young lady we know from Minnesota was living and working in Manhatten. We made arrangements to meet her for dinner at Chipotle. This is Autumn Kovach.

November 7-10: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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This is Kurt Weaver. One of the pastors of Crossway Church in Lancaster, PA. He picked us up at the Baltimore, MD airport.

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This is Kurt and Barbara Weaver’s beautiful family. We had such a wonderful time at their home. They spoiled us. They generously gave up their master suite to us. We felt like we were in a luxury hotel.

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We got to play made-up games with the girls.

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While Zachary played outside with the boys.

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On Saturday evening, several of the E-team mission team that had come to Nassau in May met at the Weaver’s house for a reunion.

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On Sunday morning, we presented the ALC&C ministry to Crossway Church.

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After church, we met with a few more of the E-team members.

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Grandma practice! I love these little girls, and boy were they fun to be with! Story time before bed the night before we left.

November 10-11:  Toledo, Ohio

 

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This is Jon and Lisa Harris. Jon is my cousin. We had a great time visiting with them. As always, the time was way too short.

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Their son Drake is a year older than Zach. Drake is such a nice young man. We enjoyed getting to see him again.

November 12-13:  Windsor, Ontario Canada

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We crossed the border into Canada.

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We met up with Sam and Lil Tissot. Sam is one of the original ALC&C board members. Tim and his sister grew up with their children.

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That evening we attended Grace and Truth Chapel’s Bible Study and Prayer Meeting and were able to present an update on the ALC&C ministry.

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This is the group of believers that met with us that night at the prayer meeting.

November 12-13: Owasso, Michigan

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We got to spend some time with Erica Turner. She spent a year at Living Waters Bible Camp a couple years ago. I had the chance to mentor her that year.

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We also got to spend some time with the Glardon family.

November 13—   :  London, Ontario Canada

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We are currently in London, Ontario. We are staying with Bob and Faye Browning. Bob and Faye snowbird with us in the Bahamas every year. This weekend we will be meeting with their church. The church is sending a mission team to us in January. Staying with the Brownings feels like we are staying with our parents.

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

 

Hitting the Cold North

Thank you, Tim and Deborah Lamm for letting us use your coats! We have needed them up here in the Adirondack Mountatins of New York.

Thank you, Tim and Deborah Lamm for letting us use your coats! We have needed them up here in the Adirondack Mountatins of New York.

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.

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They drove us around their town and showed us their church.  This is where we attended church the following day.

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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.

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This is Brad and Kasey Perry.  Brad is the youth and missions pastor at Peace Church.  They have two daughters, Adriana and Adalyn.

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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.

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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.

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We had the opportunity to speak to the high school Sunday School class.  They are planning a mission trip to the Bahamas next summer.

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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.

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On Monday, Brad Perry took us out to Cracker Barrel.  The Lamms joined us.

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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.

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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.

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When we returned to the pool house that night.  We found a surprise from Dana, hostess.  They gave Tim a book.  What gracious people!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We had dinner with Pastor Ed on Thursday.  His wife Faith was out of town, so we did not get to meet her.

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 This is a picture of the common area in the lodge at the Ministry Center.  Very relaxing!

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This is the common kitchen area.  Here, some of the female staff and residents were cleaning cabinets and pantries.

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Some of the ladies staying and working at the Center.

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Angel and her darling children.  They are staying at the Ministry Center now.

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We had the opportunity to take a walk in the woods, in the mountains around this lake.  GORGEOUS!

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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. 

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 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!

The trip continues, but first a brief note to our Pastor and his wife!

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:

At the Sovereign Grace Minisries Pastor's Conference in Nashville, Tennessee with our pastor, Cedric Moss and his wife Alexine.

At the Sovereign Grace Minisries Pastor’s Conference in Nashville, Tennessee with our pastor, Cedric Moss and his wife Alexine.

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.

Pastor Moss,

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.

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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

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On Monday afternoon, we left Chris and Renee Grul’s home in White, GA.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

038Of the many people we met while at the conference, we met Dan and Jodi Birkholz.  Dan is the son of Jerry  and Beth Birkholz.  We attended church with Jerry and Beth at Eden Baptist Church in Minnesota.

 

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006On 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.

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Granton and Zachary have been best friends since third grade camp at Living Waters Bible Camp.

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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.

015The 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.

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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!

God bless!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley

Trip update: the first days

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.

This is Cliff, Denise, Bethany, and Malachi Young.  They were our hosts Thursday to Sunday while we were staying in Atlanta.  They were such gracious hosts.  We felt so welcome and cared for.  Thank you Young family for your hospitality!

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.

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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.

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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.

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On Saturday evening we met at the Brown’s home for a meet and greet with members of their church.

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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.

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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.

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On Sunday we attended First Redeemer Church where the Youngs, Browns, and Tracey’s parents attend church.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This is the Brown family: Kristan, Tracey, Logan and Brett Brown.

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 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.

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 We had a great time catching up with the Gruls.

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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!

Follow us on our way!

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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

  1. Travel safety
  2. Wisdom and discernment as we promote the ALC&C and attempt to build our list of ministry partners (personal and ministry)
  3. Divine appointments
  4. Health, strength and stamina (we have a lot of ground to cover in the next 6.5 weeks)
  5. God provide the remaining funds for this trip

If you need to get a hold of us, please email us (seeleyfamily@gmail.com) or contact us on our USA cellphones.  Tim:  612-840-6940   Mindy 920-204-8635.  These are both USA phone numbers.

God bless!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary

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