How can a place we do not necessarily like be the only place we would rather be?
Recently someone asked us if we liked living in The Bahamas. Our honest response was, “No, not particularly.” When asked by the same person, where would you rather be right now, we responded, “There is no place we would rather be than right here in The Bahamas.” Now this may sound odd or like we are complaining, being discontent, arrogant, or contradicting ourselves, but we are not.
Yes, we are in a country not our own, without easy access to family and relatives, confined to real estate (a 21 mile x 7 mile island) which in its entirety is smaller than the metropolitan area in Minnesota where we are from, in a culture and climate entirely different than what we are accustomed to, but we can still say there is no place we would rather be than the Bahamas. Why? Because it is where God has called us (and we love the Bahamian people). We are able to deal with the heat and humidity, the snakes and spiders, no see em and mosquito bites, and long absences from children, parents, siblings, relatives and friends because God is in control and has given us a peace that passes human understanding. God has graciously and continues to graciously teach us to say like the Apostle Paul, “in whatever state [we are] in therewith to be content.”
God’s Word teaches us that this world is not our home. The reason for not “feeling at home” somewhere has less to do with physical, earthly location than the fact that as Christians, until we are Home in Glory in the presence of our Creator, we will never feel at home. Recently, during a time of extreme fatigue and stress, I (Mindy) so wanted to just go “home” and rest. Even though I was in our house, I just did not feel at home and could not find comfort and rest. As I contemplated this dilemma, I realized I could not identify anywhere on this planet as my “home”. Instead of allowing myself to despair, I was encouraged, because at that very moment I realized as the song goes, “this world is not my home, I’m just passing through.” My rest does not come from being in a certain location but from resting in my Savior.
Check out the “What’s New” tab above
Under the “What’s New” tab you will find out more information on
*the progress of our fundraiser for our fall support/ALC&C promotion trip
*a skeleton itinerary of the fall trip
*Joy Bible Camp Reunion Open House
*first ministry outreach program to the young people of the South Beach community
*progress of the new staff cottage (with pictures)
Prayer requests can be accessed by clicking the prayer request tab above.
*progress and pictures of the work on the staff cottage is under the “What’s New” tab above
Dear family and friends,
In our last couple of blogs, we mentioned we have been in prayer about taking a ministry promotion trip this fall. Trips like these are tiring and costly, but they are necessary. Our goal for the trip is to connect with current supporters, share our needs and offer opportunities for others to partner with us in our ministry work, promote the Adventure Learning Camp for future mission trips, and recruit and share needs for missionary staff at the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.
We have figured the trip is going to cost us about $4500. This includes airfare (Tim, Mindy and Zachary), car rental, gasoline, and cost to attend a pastor’s conference. (This conference is at the front end of the trip and will be a way for us to rest and be rejuvenated after a very busy year).
Although this trip involves promoting the ALC&C as well as our personal ministry work, we intend to pay for it out of our own pockets. The monthly support we receive is not sufficient to cover the cost of “extras” such as trips, education expenses (of which there have been some high ones this year), or unexpected expenses. Avoiding these “extras” and dipping into our savings/retirement accounts are how we have been able to pay for these expenses in the past. Unfortunately, all the dipping into our savings is starting to affect us. Would you prayerfully consider how God might use you in helping us with funding this trip? No amount is too small or insignificant.
To make a tax deductible donation electronically, you may access Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators (our support handling organization) by clicking on the icon in the sidebar. Non-electronic payments can be made (by phone or snail mail) to
Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators
PO Box 53640
Albuquerque, NM 87153-3640
Please write “ministry trip” somewhere in the comment box so we know what the donation is for.
We have posted a fundraising thermometer in the sidebar. (This thermometer is different than our monthly support thermometer that has been on the home page since we developed this blog. ) We hope this will not only inform everyone of the progress of our fund raising but also encourage everyone as they see how God is providing!
God has promised to provide all our needs (Phillipians 4:19). He also equips those he calls to serve him (I Thesselonians 5:24). Because we believe God has already set in motion the plans for this upcoming trip, we are confident He has already established the provision for the trip. In a sense, the need has already been met; we just don’t know how or when God is going to let us know. Perhaps He will use you!
If you are unable to support us monetarily, would you please still support us with your prayers?
Thank you and God Bless!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley
Hello, everyone! Welcome to our newly updated website. We hope the changes help you find information more easily
The look is not the only thing that has changed. Our “Home” page is now static (that means it does not change when new posts are posted) and features our former “About Us” page. Blog posts can be easily accessed by clicking the tab above or the link in the right side bar on the “Home” page. The left side bar has our fund raising thermometer, a link for the organization that collects funds on our behalf, and various ways to follow us and stay connected.
The tabs at the top of the page will help you navigate the site. The tabs are:
Blog posts: Besides the right side bar on the “Home” page, you may click on this tab, and it will take you to our blog posts. Note-the writing of the blog post is very small when accessed by the tab. To make it larger and more readable, click on the title of the post, and the post will become bigger.
Contact Us: This is self explanatory.
Follow Us: If you are not following us on Facebook or on WordPress, you are invited to access the “Follow us” tab to learn how to start following us. Following us on Facebook and WordPress provides you updates and information on what we are doing on a more regular basis.
Email Sign-up: Access this tab if you want to sign up to receive our email updates directly from us. This “Email Update Sign-up” is different then following our blog or following us on Facebook because our email update list is the list we use when we want to notify everyone that a new blog has posted or if we have urgent information or prayer requests we need to share with our friends/relatives/supporters. We also use the email to let everyone know of upcoming trip itineraries (the blog site is open to anyone who accesses it, and some information is not safe to disseminate to the general public).
Prayer: This list will have ongoing prayer requests as well as new and time sensitive requests. Many ask us how they can better pray for us. We hope this will help keep you up to date on how to pray for us.
Support our Ministry/Donate: We are not employed by the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp and do not receive monetary compensation for the work we do while serving at the Adventure Learning Camp. Our sole form of financial support is the generous contributions of others who, like us, love Jesus and desire to see needs met and the Gospel proclaimed to all men, women and children in this world. Periodically people ask us how they can make a tax deductible donation to our ministry work. There are now 2 ways to access Shepherd Staff Mission Facilitator’s website from our website. The first is by clicking the link in the left side bar on our “Home” page or right side bar on the “blog post” page. The other is by clicking the “Support our ministry/Donate” tab above and then clicking on the link.
Upcoming Events: This tab will keep everyone updated on events that are coming up in our personal lives, in our ministry work or in the ALC&C ministry. This is where we will post not-so-detailed trip information (so you know if we will be coming to your area), important events in our lives and in the ministry here, needs and wish lists, etc.
I hope this has been helpful in orientating you to our new website! Enjoy.
It has only been a week since our last blog, so there are not many new pictures. Nonetheless, we hope you will find the ones we do post helpful as you try to stay updated on what is going on with us.
We all are on this earth to live lives that bring glory to God. We serve Him in everything we do, and that includes in what occupies our time. For us, our occupation is full time ministry to others in a country that is not our passport country.
Our days are spent serving at the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp in Nassau, Bahamas, but did you know that we are not actually employed by Adventure Learning Centre and Camp? Lately, this has come up in conversations, and many do not know that we are not employed nor do we receive monetary compensation from the ALC&C for the work we do here. Like many missionaries, we raise our support in the United States and rely on faith that God will provide us with the money we need through the generous giving of others who have committed to support us in the work we do. We ultimately work for God, but in a sense one can say we work for those who faithfully support us. We are the hands and feet of the many would-be missionaries who are unable to be out doing the work we are called to do.
Fall Travel Plans
We are very aware, humbled and appreciative of all support entrusted to us through the generosity of others, and we diligently try to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. At no time do we pause and take notice of how we are spending our time and money more than when it comes time to travel.
When it comes time to spend time and money to travel, not only are we concerned about whether we can afford the expense, we are very reluctant to share news of our travels. Past trips we have announced provoked some rather insensitive remarks from people who don’t understand what we do. Some people do not seem to understand that a trip back to the United States is not necessarily a vacation. Like trips made by other missionaries, our trips back are rarely restful and relaxing. It is a necessary part of what we do. Generally most of our time is spent visiting with family/friends/supporters, planning and preparing reports and updates, speaking at churches, and staying connected with the job on the field via phone and internet.
With this said, after much prayer, we have decided that we will be taking a ministry-related trip this fall. It will be during a time that is considered relative “down time” here at Adventure Learning Camp. Traditionally during the months of later October to early December, only a few guest groups come and use Camp; therefore, we have decided mid October-December 1st is the best time to leave the island. The trip will serve several purposes.
First, we hope to find some time to rest and be rejuvenated in body and soul. Our plan is to attend a pastor’s conference at the front end of the trip. The goal is to be fed spiritually and rest while spending time with our current Pastor and his wife Alexine Moss and our friends (and former pastor) Keith and Kristin Bunting. We are hoping it is just what we need to get us ready for the 6 weeks of travel we have planned.
Second, we plan to connect with churches and groups that have recently been to the Bahamas and stayed at the Camp as well as with others that have either never been here or have not been here in many years. We are also hoping to let people know about the ministry, promote the Camp for future mission teams, and recruit missionary facilitator staff for the Centre.
Finally, we will be visiting current and prospective supporters to increase our support base and maintain relationships with those who already support us. God has always faithfully supplied our needs, and we have no reason to doubt He won’t continue. However, we realize we need to work to maintain our current support base and gain new support as the Lord guides and directs.
We will not post a detailed itinerary on this blog for safety reasons, but we will private message the itinerary in the email that we send out to announce this blog post. If you don’t get our emails, you may be added to the list to receive the emails by signing up through the “newsletter sign-up” link above or in the side bar.
Now for the picture update
In our last update, we finished off in early June. Logan was already gone, Zachary had just left for his 5 week trip to the states, and preparations were being made at the Centre for Summer Day Camp and at the Camp for summer mission teams.
Thank you for taking the time to get caught up on what is going on around here!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley