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)
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Everyone who has been to the Bahamas knows how hot and sticky it can get here. While the girl staff were away, Tim installed A/C in their cottage. Because the cost to run an a/c is so high, we only run them on nights when it is absolutely necessary.
Zachary and Tim hoisted the outside portion of the split unit up into its place.
After installing the A/C in the finished staff cottage, it was back to the unfinished cottage to finish the pre construction prep work so the electrician and construction crew could get to work.
Our house is often the transition spot for tools that we borrow from the ALCentre to use at Camp. We hope to have our own tools here at Camp some day. A LOT of time is wasted going to the Centre to get tools we need.
Welcome, Megan Cummings, to Nassau and to the ALC&C! Megan is from Eyota, MN (near Rochester, MN). We have known this young lady since she was about 9 years old. She attended Living Waters Bible Camp, and as the camp nurse, I took care of her often. She heard me speak last year at high school camp at LWBC, and took us up on the invitation to come to the ALC to work as a facilitator.
On Sunday, August 9, we picked up Megan, her Mom, and her Grandma at the airport. They vacationed at the Melia for a week before leaving Megan with us here at the ALC&C on the 16th. They wanted to visit the ALC and help Megan transition to her new home.
One of the perks of the job we do is getting to be a tour guide. I got to take Megan, her family and the group from Harborview Fellowship Church (Remember that group from the last post? They were still at the Camp when Megan arrived on the island) on a tour of Atlantis.
This is Julian Williams and Nicole Wojcik. Nicole came on the 12th and is from our church in Minnesota. Jullian came on the 13th and used to be the Program Director at the Centre 10 years ago. They came to the island to visit and help us out at the ALC&C. We enjoyed having them around. (This picture was taken on the 14th when I took them on a tour of the island.)
Before Harborview Fellowship mission team left, they gathered around each of us and prayed over us.
Harborview team (minus the Mitchell family) left on Wednesday the 13th. With Nicole’s help, we got >10 loads of sheets and towels done. Nicole was a HUGE help with this.
After the Harborview Fellowship team left, their leader Scott Mitchell and his family joined us for make-your-own-pizza night at our house.
Julian, Nicole and the Mitchell family joined us at our table for dinner.
Scott is the youth and worship pastor at Harborview Fellowship in Gig Harbor, WA. He was the leader of the team and had brought his wife Kindra, 3 sons and mother-in-law.
On Friday, August 15th, I said good-bye to Nicole (and everyone else) because I had the opportunity to go visit my sisters in Charleston, SC for a week. (My trip was planned before Nicole’s trip to the island.)
I was able to spend some time with both my sisters’ families in Charleston, SC. this is my older sister Tammy and her family.
This is my twin sister Missy and her family.
While I was gone, work continued. Tim hosted guests from Shekinah Family Word Centre of Nassau.
Shakineh’s youth camp leader, Samantha. Samantha used to attend this camp when it was Joy Bible Camp.
On Sunday, the rest of the church joined the youth at ALCamp for their Sunday morning worship service.
While I was gone, Jullian, Nicole, Megan, Bob and Judi, and Tim worked on projects around the Camp and Centre. They painted siding boards for the Camp Office building.
The before picture of the back porch or our house…
The during picture of the back porch of our house.
And the after picture of the back porch of our house. Thank you everyone for this great addition!
They also replaced the porch boards to Cabin 3 as well.
Bob and Faye, Look what will be greeting you in January when you come home!
Representative of the past, present and future staff of the ALC: Julian (past), Elton (present), and Megan (future) raised the flag as the Centre hosted a group of children brought to us by Scotia Bank.
Jullian and Megan cut and sanded board pieces to make Adirondack chairs for Camp.
When I returned to the island, Jullian has not left yet. Of course we got to enjoy his (and Megan’s) presence at our table.
The island is full of critters. This is a land crab, and he was trying to get in our back door. At first when my eye caught his movement, I thought it was a tarantula. I caught him and Tim released him into the bush (the wooded area for you Americans).
Zachary researched, designed, purchased parts, and built his own desk top computer last December. This past week, it quit working. We think it is the motherboard and have ordered a new one scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Please pray it works! He needs it for school.
All good things must come to an end. Jullian left to go back home to Toronto on Wednesday the 27th.
This is Pastor Q and his wife Rosemary. They Pastor Q co-pastors Epic Church here in Nassau. This couple is a delight to be with, and we took advantage of the opportunity to host them for lunch and get to know them better. Their church will be having 2 retreats here at the Camp this fall.
I returned to the island on Sunday, Jen returned to the island on Tuesday, Jullian left the island on Wednesday, and Thursday one of our new facilitators, Sam Howard from Delhi NY came to the island. (Another facilitator flies in on Sunday the 31st. ) Notice- a table of mostly all females! Finally!!!!
*progress and pictures of the work on the staff cottage is under the “What’s New” tab above