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Amid tearful good-byes, God blesses with happy reunions!

 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15 (ESV)

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)

Keva Poitier

Keva Poitier
Went home to be with the Lord on December 30, 2013

For the last week, we have been weeping with our brothers and sisters at Kingdom Life Church as we mourn the death of a dear lady, Keva Poitier.  For the short time we knew this godly lady, she inspired us and encouraged us in our walk with Jesus.  As painful as Keva’s death is to us personally, it is the pain we are seeing in our Kingdom Life Church family that is causing us to suffer the more.  We understand the bond that exists among church members and the pain associated with losing one of them.  We went through four separate, unexpected losses in our church in Minnesota.  The pain of losing Keva brings back those memories. Because we have tasted this bitter cup before, we know the relief and comfort that comes from God Himself.  He will comfort our grieving hearts.

Losses of a different kind

Death has not been the only loss we have felt these past weeks. Although we enjoyed the novelty of being in The Bahamas for Christmas and God graciously provided us with a sweet, special time with new friends, the absence of our family and “normal” tradition was still painful for us.  Additionally, over the past several weeks, we have said good-bye to friends and have received news of other families we have met and grown close to here in the Bahamas who will be leaving the island in the next several months.

One would think that after two significant events (2009’s move from Minnesota to Wisconsin to work at Living Waters Bible Camp and 2013’s move from Wisconsin to Nassau, Bahamas to minister at Adventure Learning Camp) which forced us to say good-bye to many relatives and friends and friends from 2 great churches, we would be accustomed to saying good-bye, but it is no less painful saying good-bye to dear friends now as it was then.  The one comfort that we do have is that we know better now that we need to trust and lean on Jesus for our comfort and healing.  We know He heals broken hearts and guides us through these painful experiences in His way and timing.  Isaiah  26:3 (ESV) says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”  We also rest in the fact that this life on earth is brief, and we will have all eternity to commune with those we do not get to see regularly here on this earth.

We ask you to pray for us in this time of grief and loss that God would comfort our sad hearts and that He would show us how to rely more fully on Him for contentment, comfort and peace.  This coming summer’s loss of dear friends and Logan’s leaving to go back to Minnesota to attend college next year will be a very trying time (for Mindy especially).

Happy Reunions

Jen Rogers and Michelle Brisbin arrived back in Nassau on January 6.  We gave them a tour of their future home, the girl staff cottage.

Jen Rogers and Michelle Brisbin arrived back in Nassau on January 6. We gave them a tour of their future home, the girl staff cottage.

Bob and Faye are back!  It is hard to believe that it has been 9 months already since they left.  We are so glad they are back for the next 11 weeks.

Bob and Faye are back! It is hard to believe that it has been 9 months already since they left. We are so glad they are back for the next 11 weeks.

With all those (tearful) good-byes, there are many welcome homes and welcome backs as well.  This week, ALC staff and volunteers returned from holidays in various places.  Jen Rogers (ALC Facilitator and Curriculum Writer) came back from her 3 week holiday in Colorado.  Michelle Brisbin (ALC Facilitator) came back from her holiday in Wisconsin.  Bob and Faye Browning, a couple from Canada who have been volunteering here at ALC for several months over the past several years, joined us from their frigid Ontario home and will be here until late March.  It is such a blessing to have them back.

Adventure continues at camp

Last week and this week have been consumed with preparations for a large group that will be coming here January 16-January 21. Nearly 100 young people and chaperones from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale will be here for a mission trip.  We have been busily fixing up cabins, putting together bunks, ordering kitchen supplies to accommodate the large group, and getting things ready for their arrival.  We have never been here when there have been so many people.  It is exciting, and we are looking forward to serving so many at one time.  Please pray for us!

The last week in pictures

You will notice that it has been only a little over a week since our last blog.  There aren’t as many pictures to share this time.  Enjoy getting caught up nonetheless!  Have a great week!

The guys were shelling pigeon peas.  It was my first attempt at making peas n' rice (a Bahamian dish)...

The guys were shelling pigeon peas. It was our first attempt at making peas n’ rice (a Bahamian dish)…

...and fried snapper.  The fish turned out great, but the peas n' rice need a little more work.

…and fried snapper. The fish turned out great, but the peas n’ rice need a little more work.

After a restful, quiet weekend home between Christmas and New Years, the week began with work on the girl staff cottage.  Spiral stair case was installed by Tim, Logan...

After a restful, quiet weekend home between Christmas and New Years, the week began with work on the girl staff cottage. Spiral stair case was installed by Tim, Logan…

...Tom and Mark.

…Tom and Mark.

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New Years eve we spent the evening at church where we and 3 other couples shared our testimony of God's faithfulness.  We spoke particularly on how God called us and brought us to Nassau to serve at ALC...

New Years eve we spent the evening at church (Bahamians go to church on New Years Eve) where we and 3 other couples shared our testimony of God’s faithfulness. We spoke particularly on how God called us and brought us to Nassau to serve at ALC,…

...After a short time of fellowship after the church service...

…and after the service and a short time of fellowship (the boys with some of the Kingdom Life young people)…

...we and our assistant pastor, Keith Bunting, went to Paradise Island to grab a bite to eat at Green Parrot and...

…we and our assistant pastor, Keith Bunting, went to Paradise Island to grab a bite to eat at Green Parrot and…

...ring in the New Year with fire works.

…ring in the New Year with fire works.

After ringing in 2014, we went down town to watch a couple hours of Junkanoo on Bay Street...

After ringing in 2014, we went down town to watch a couple hours of Junkanoo on Bay Street…

...with Faye Bascom and Pastor Keith Bunting from Kingdom Life Church.

…with Faye Bascom and Pastor Keith Bunting from Kingdom Life Church.

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On New Years Day, we got home from Junkanoo around 445am and slept in until about noon.  Later that day, we made another Bahamian dish- baked macaroni and cheese. (We cheated and made it a little healthier than normal.  We used whole wheat pasta and less cream).  It was pretty good for our first attempt.

On New Years Day, we got home from Junkanoo around 445am and slept in until about noon. Later that day, we made another Bahamian dish- baked macaroni and cheese. (We cheated and made it a little healthier than normal. We used whole wheat pasta and less cream). It was pretty good for our first attempt.

Sean and Christine Wilson joined us Friday for lunch (RJ, Zachary's friend and son to ALC's office manager Eldora is with us often).

Sean and Christine Wilson joined us Friday for lunch (RJ, Zachary’s friend and son to ALC’s office manager Eldora is with us often).

On Saturday, January 4th, we welcomed our first group of 2014 to Camp.  This is a youth ministries leadership retreat for members of New Providence Community Church.

On Saturday, January 4th, we welcomed our first group of 2014 to Camp. This is a youth ministries leadership retreat for members of New Providence Community Church.

While Mindy cooked for the group, Logan worked on sanding and staining some wood in the girl staff cottage, and...

While Mindy cooked for the group, Logan worked on sanding and staining some wood in the girl staff cottage, and…

Tim worked on cleaning the cottage.

Tim worked on cleaning the cottage.

It felt so good serving guests again.

It felt so good serving guests again.

One of the traditions we had started last spring (and haven't had time to do much since) was the family together night.  Sunday, it was just us, and we enjoyed a game of Monopoly together.  Zachary won of course!

One of the traditions we used to do when the boys were little and had tried restart last spring (and haven’t had time to do much since) was a weekly family night. Sunday, it was just us, and so we enjoyed a game of Monopoly together. Zachary won of course!

Prayer requests

May we please refer you to our last blog entry?  The prayer requests are pretty much the same!

Thank you for your interest in our work and lives.  We really appreciate your support for what we are doing to further the Kingdom of God on this earth.  May God bless you, and may you have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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