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Merry Christmas from the Seeleys

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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

Isaiah 7:14

I have not been listening to a lot of Christmas music this year, but the times I have indulged, I usually find myself listening to three of my favorites:  “Mary Did You Know?”, “How Many Kings?”, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.  All three songs tell the story of not just our Savior’s birth but also of his divinity, his life and ministry, and his death and resurrection.  Praise God for the birth of that tiny baby who was 100% God and 100% man, lived a perfect sinless life,  died on the cross for my (and all those who put their trust in Him) sins, and then rose again defeating sin and death so I might have an eternal relationship with Him!

Seeley Family Update

As I sit on our front porch enjoying the “cool” breezes against my skin, the soft white Christmas lights strung around the perimeter of the porch, and the Christmas Carols wafting from my laptop’s speakers, I am reminded it is only one week away from Christmas.  My wonderment may sound odd to many of you since it has been December now for 16+ days and I do not live in a bubble, but for this girl who grew up with cold, snowy Decembers, it is sometimes hard to remember what time of year it is here.   It is green outside instead of brown or white; I am still wearing  shorts, flip flops and light weight cotton blouses instead of sweaters, jeans, boots, parkas and hats; and I am not greeted by numerous houses in our neighborhood adorned with Christmas lights and yard ornaments (electricity is so expensive here).  

Regardless of the tricks being played on my un-retrained, unacclimated senses, my common sense tells me it is indeed one week away from Christmas.  That means we leave in couple days to travel back to the USA.  We will be spending Christmas week in the Charleston, SC area and the week of New Years in the Charlotte, NC area.  Although we will not see our other boys for Christmas, we will get to see Logan, Garrett and Abby for a couple days while we are in Charlotte.  We will all be attending a niece’s wedding on New Years Eve.

Working Vacation

This Sunday we will be meeting with a mission team from Charleston that came last June to the Bahamas and is interested in coming again on another mission trip in the future.  We will be sharing the ALC&C ministry with the group as well as Bahamas culture and the area ministries we work with.  Next Wednesday we will be traveling up to Florence, SC to meet with the leader of another mission team that is bringing a group in March.  This group has been here the last 3 years under the direction of Randy and Kim Grebe, but we will be doing most of the facilitating of the team this year since Randy and Kim won’t be coming.  While in Charlotte, NC we hope to connect with a young lady that is interested in missions and has expressed an interest of maybe serving at ALC some day.  She is the daughter of someone I went to Bob Jones University with years ago.  

Ministry Update

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The ALC&C December newsletter went out this morning. (Are you on our mailing list?   If you would like to add your name to the email list for the ALC&C newsletter, you may do so here at this link.).  In it we mentioned how ALC&C could benefit from generous donors looking for places to send donations to for their end of year giving.  ALC&C has been around now for 22 years, and that means equipment is aging, breaking down and needing to be replaced.  If you would like to put your money to good use helping the ALC&C to continue its mission to reach the Bahamian people for Christ and serve those coming to the island to serve the Bahamian people, then consider donating to  ALC&C.  You may do so electronically at this link:  Donate here, or by check at the address at this link:  Donate here.

Staff Needs

If you or someone you know is looking for a ministry opportunity, we have several positions open.  We are looking for a program director, cook, maintenance staff, animal caretaker, and facilitators.

Ministry Update: Camp

Good News Seventh Day Adventist Church

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These are some of the young ladies of the group that was at Camp for a church youth retreat the first weekend in December.  There are two sets of twins in this group, and when they found out I was also a twin, they wanted to see a picture of her.  I invited them to the house to  see her.  We love visits at our house from young people like this!

Grace CMA of Cleveland, Ohio

Ryan Davis and Scott Lessings, pastors of Grace CMA in Cleveland, OH were on the island for a scouting trip.  They will be bringing a team of 50-60 next June.  They took us to Fish Fry for Bahamian cuisine.  They also helped us pick the winner of the free ALC t-shirt.  We had a drawing from all the names of those who filled out a survey for us.  Our very own Allison Sands won the t-shirt.  Thank you Allison and everyone else who filled out the survey.

Fellow missionaries from Andros

Dave and Sue Bryant are missionaries in Red Bays, Andros, The Bahamas.  We met Dave earlier this year at the immigration office.  He had noticed Zachary’s Bible verse on his t-shirt and began a conversation with us.  Dave and Sue were here last weekend to rest at Camp and get some paperwork taken care of at the registrar’s office for some Bahamians they minister to.  We were glad to host them and serve them in this way.  

Youth Outreach

The last Youth Outreach for the year was the 27th of November.  We had a campfire with marshmallows and hotdogs, and time for singing, games and a challenge that finished up our discussion on the Fruits of the Spirit we studied this term.  We look forward to the restart of the Youth Outreach in January.

College of Bahamas Architecture Students

You may recall in our last post that we introduced the architecture students from COB that are working on a project that we were assisting them with.  We had a great time working with these young people.  We hope to have them to Camp in the new year for a time of fellowship.

AMSA

It feels so good serving mission teams again.  It has been a while since we had our last mission team here.  AMSA from Florida Atlantic University is here this week.  This is their 4th trip and 3rd year being here.  They are serving at Princess Margaret Hospital, Willamae Pratt Centre for Girls, Red Cross and Hypertension Screening Clinic at Town Centre Mall.

Connecting with Orphanages

This week we met with the directors of the Nazareth Centre and Ranfurly Homes.  We were able to understand their ministries better and how we can assist them as teams come to the island wanting to serve them.  We had tours of both facilities.

Ministry Update:  Centre

For the past 2 months (while regular programming was going on), facilitators and maintenance staff have been transforming the Centre into a winter wonderland (minus the snow) with pageant props and thousands of lights for the annual Christmas Lights Drive-thru.  The event was held the first two weekends of December.  The Drive-thru (and its Easter time counter part, Easter Monday Funday) is one of our ministry’s big gospel outreaches/fund raising event.  We had over 1200 cars come through the gates those 6 nights, and over 4600 people saw the spectacular event and heard the Gospel story clearly proclaimed in pageantry as well as spoken word.   Although pictures cannot do it justice, enjoy the pictures of the event.

The lights…

The pageantry…

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Thanksgiving with our ALC&C family

We had a great Thanksgiving.  We celebrated twice- the first was late on Thanksgiving Day with all the staff of ALC&C in the dining hall, and another more quiet, laid back intimate dinner on Saturday afternoon after Thanksgiving.  We enjoyed the time with our island family, and the food was delicious!

Saying Good-bye

It is part of our way of life in the type of ministry work we do:  saying frequent good-byes to those we work with.  This time it is hard because we are losing not one or two people but four people at one time.  Dilan and Laura have been here for the last 11 months and Bob and Judi have been here for 22 months.  They have added so much to this ministry and have worked very hard while they were here.  They are going to be missed.  We were able to get together one day last week and have a time of fellowship and opportunity to formally say good-bye.

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IMG_6248You may remember Elton.  Elton was a facilitator at ALC until he left last year for a job elsewhere.  He is in school now and waiting to get into his own place.  He is staying with us for a few weeks.  We are glad to get to help him out in this way. He is serving us while we are off the island by holding down the fort (and keeping unwanted pests and burglars away).

 

Prayer

Praise the Lord for a great turn out at the Christmas Lights Drive-thru.  Pray for the souls of those that heard the Gospel proclaimed

Praise the Lord for the positive response to our recent “85 cents a day” fundraising campaign; continue to pray that we reach the fully funded level and remain there

Praise the Lord for time to get away.  Pray for travel safety and that we are able to experience some rest and relaxation while away.  We will be hitting the ground running when we return.

Pray for Staff needs: program director, cook, facilitators, maintenance, animal caretaker

Pray for funds needed to replace the train at the Centre ($120,000).

Whew!  Another lengthy blog.  There is just so much going on.  Life is never dull here.  Thank you for your time and interest in our lives and ministry work.

God bless,

Tim, Mindy and Zachary

Thanksgiving: Cure not Cause for Loneliness

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Knowing that the United States is celebrating Thanksgiving this week, our Bahamian friends have asked us, “Are you going back to the States to be with your boys for Thanksgiving?”  The answer is, “No, we will not be leaving the island this Thanksgiving.”  Does this make us sad, unthankful, or wish to skip the holiday all together?  The answer again is no! Although we are a little sad about not being (physically) with our family, we realize going back to the States for holidays is not always possible.

We find comfort in staying focused on being here in The Bahamas where God has called us to be.  We recognize our being here as an awesome opportunity from God to be a part of furthering His Kingdom on this earth.  It is a joy for us to be here sharing the Gospel of Jesus and serving the Bahamian people and those who come from abroad to serve the Bahamian people.

We are thankful God has allowed us the opportunity to serve Him in a country that has (though sometimes unreliable) internet capabilities, in a time period when so many options for communication exist.  We have the ability to talk and “visit” with our children whenever we want to via Facetime, Skype, email, Facebook, etc. Generations of missionaries previous did not have such luxuries.

So at this time of Thanksgiving, despite the fact we are over a thousand miles away from our loved ones, it is our heart’s posture of thanksgiving and gratitude to God for the privilege of  serving Him here in this beautiful country that prevents and cures us of  homesickness and loneliness.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you near and far!

MINISTRY UPDATE

Good-bye, Sean!

If you read our blogs or follow us on Facebook, you know we lost our animal caretaker, Sean Wilson, to a car accident at the end of October (click here for link).  The ALC&C joined the Wilson family for a memorial service for Sean on Thursday, November 12th and a double funeral for Sean and his mom two days later.  Sean’s absence is deeply felt by all of us at ALC&C.

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IMG_5200With Sean’s death, Bob and Judi Balson transferred from maintenance/housekeeping/cooking at Camp to taking care of animals and grounds at the Centre.  They have done a fantastic job!  They plan on leaving after the first of the year to go back to Wisconsin to take care of Bob’s mother who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  We’re sad to see them go, but we understand and support them in their decision.

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With the end of the calendar year comes the end of the one year commitment Dilan and Laura made to serve with ALC&C.  We are saddened that they too will be leaving, but we understand and support them in their decision. They have been such a blessing and encouragement to the ministry here.

The ALC&C is looking to fill a couple important positions.  If you or someone you know has a burden to see the Gospel proclaimed to the children of the Bahamas or a burden for missions to be instilled into the hearts of people coming from abroad, then we have just the ministry for you! We are looking for help in the following areas:

Cook:  Someone to help cook for groups at Camp and help with food service at the Centre as needed
Program Director: oversee programming and the facilitators at the Centre, market programs to schools, etc 
Facilitators: run and maintain programming at the Centre
Maintenance: help with construction, repairs and taking care of the facility 
Email us at tims@alcbahamas.org or markw@alcbahamas.org if you or someone you know is interested is coming to serve alongside us here.  Please pray God sends the right people for the positions.
Visitors
The ministry and staff have had several visitors over the last month and half.  We are sure we can speak for everyone when we say, we love and appreciate the presence of these visitors.  We are blessed and encouraged by the help they provide, the small gifts they bring, but most of all the fellowship we have with them.  The value of just seeing someone from back “home” or meeting someone new cannot be overstated!
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A group of parents (Mike and Kori Ellis, David and Kathy Agath, and Josh and Heather) of former Calvary Christian Academy 8th grade mission team members came through Nassau port on a cruise, and we were able to pick them up and bring them to see the ALC&C where their children stayed and ministered.  Mike Ellis is one of the leaders of the mission team, and he will be here with the group again in January.

Russ, Bethany and Sean Bahr were here with us in October for a family ministry trip.  The Bahr family know Dilan and Laura Van Ryn from their church, Highland Community Church, in Wausau, Wisconsin.   The Bahrs were able to follow programing at the Centre, visit Bahamas Association of the Physically Disabled, and tag along with Dilan to a youth outreach.  

IMG_4778Tom & Nancy Barnes and Dave and Debbie Tuthill came to visit and help out from upstate New York.  They have been here in the past and are friends of the Armstrong’s.  They helped out with construction projects and making costumes for the  Christmas Lights Drive-thru.  They were a huge blessing to the Armstrongs and the ministry here.

Dave Stranks is from Charlie’s church in London Ontario Canada.  He was suppose to come on the mission trip with West London Alliance Church in January, but was unable to do so.  He helped put a roof on the storage containers at Camp and helped with various other projects.

The board met the last weekend in October.  Besides meeting with the ALC&C leadership team, they met with potential board members.  They are working to install new, quality board members and filling the executive director position.  Please pray for new board members and a new executive director. After the meetings, the board joined the ALC&C staff at the Castle (Billy and Leah Slater’s house) for a picnic and time of fellowship.

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Dilan Van Ryn’s parents, Todd and Shari Van Ryn, were here for a week.  They  and a few people from their church stayed with Billy and Leah Slater at the Castle.  They served in various ministries on the island.  Todd and Shari were part of the same Brethren church circle that Tim grew up in.

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Cliff and Denise Young came for a long weekend at the beginning of November.  Denise was here over the summer to help serve a mission team, but this was Cliff’s first time visiting us here on the island.  Cliff and Denise are from the Atlanta area.

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One of the biggest successful surprises I have ever seen: Charlie’s parents contacted us earlier this fall and asked us if they and Charlie’s boyfriend, Steve, could come to the island to surprise Charlie with a visit. Of course we thought it was a great idea.  Charlie had no idea they were coming until they showed up on our porch while she was eating lunch with us.  It was a great week for her, and it happened to be her birthday week as well!

IMG_5106Marty Fanning and Joe Wilson are part of the CCA 8th grade mission trip leadership team.  They were on the island for a scouting trip.

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Pastor Jack Robbins is from Oklahoma and came to make a connection with the ministry.  He came to use on his way to Haiti, Dominican Republic, and St. Thomas islands.

IMG_5618 Dave Bryant is a fellow Bahamas missionary. He and his wife Sue minister on Andros.  We met Dave last Spring while we were at the immigration office.  He saw Zachary’s t-shirt that had Scripture on it and started a conversation with us.  We gave him our card and told him to look us up if he was ever back on the island.  He has done just that.  This is a relationship that has proven encouraging for both sides. We are amazed at how God works!

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This week fellow Minneapolis residents and past Living Waters Bible Camp co-staff- Ken and MaryBeth Habel and their three children, Will, Jack and Abby-were on the island for a brief visit.  They came via a cruise ship and wanted to see the ALC&C where both Ken and Mary Beth served many years ago.  

Promotion
The ALC&C needs your help! There are two things we are promoting right now.

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First, you may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of “Giving Tuesday”?  This year Giving Tuesday is December 1st.  On that day (or any day really), we are asking people to consider how they might be able to donate towards replacing our train at the Centre.  If you have ever been at the Centre during program days, you know how beloved the train is by the children of the Bahamas.  If you have never seen the train in action, next Monday we will be posting a video on the ALC&C Facebook page.  You may check it out there. The train has been well used for many, many years and needs to be replaced. Please pray for the $120,000 (train, shipping, duty) needed to replace the train.  

Link to donate to replace the train

The second thing we are promoting is a brief survey where we are asking for your input. For the month of November, we are entering all who take our survey into a drawing for a free ALC&C t-shirt.  Could you take a few minutes and fill out the survey? 

Link to take the survey 

Romans 1:20 teaches that all creation points to a magnificent Creator…Recently we took a tour of the mangroves in the wetlands area behind the ALC.  Sam showed us how they use the program to teach school children about the ecosystem and Jesus. The tour was research for a project we are working on.  We plan on writing a booklet about the Centre programs, and then the booklet will be a promotional gift for those taking the time to fill out a survey for us.  Stay tuned!

MINISTRY UPDATE: CAMP
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As you can tell, not much has happened since our last report.  One of the biggest, most frustrating projects we are working on right now is getting the permit to build the new cabin.  It is tied up at the engineer/architect’s office.  We hope to have the final approved permit  within the next couple of weeks.  Because the cabin is not going to be done for our large group in January, we have had to make other arrangements to house everyone in the group, and it involves displacing our full time missionary staff.  Please pray for all of us as we have to make adjustments.

Young Adult Weekend

October 9-11 we had a nice turn out for our second Young Adult Weekend.  The theme was “Faith:  Fact or Fiction?”, and our guest speaker was Jay Seegert from Creation Education Center in Milwaukee, WI.  We had a great weekend and got a lot of positive feedback from attendees.

Friday Night Youth Outreach

 On Friday nights, a core group of ALC&C staff and former Joy Bible Mission people lead our weekly Youth Outreach at the Camp.  The numbers remain on average around 10-15 young people a night.  Please pray as we start getting out more and advertising the event that God brings more young people our way to minister to.

Assisting COB Architecture Students

We are assisting the College of Bahamas architecture students with a class project.  They are learning design techniques and skills and one of their projects is “designing a cottage” for us.  It has been fun to work with these students as they learn architecture.

Guest Groups

We have had several local groups use Camp this fall for their retreats.  We love serving people and are so excited to share this serene, beautiful setting with residents of this island. After all we are here to serve the Bahamian people.  We, as a para church ministry, come alongside the local churches and support them in the ministry work they do.

MINISTRY UPDATE: CENTRE
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Jen Rogers, our Curriculum Director, has recently completed grades 1 and 3 planetarium curriculum.  As usual, she has done a fantastic job of making it educational, engaging and dynamic.  Great work, Jen!

Of course school programs and after school Adventure Programs continue at the Centre, but much of the time is being spent on preparations for the annual Christmas Lights Drive-thru event.  The event is one of our annual fundraisers, but more importantly it is a significant Gospel outreach.  Please pray for the production, the final weeks of preparations, and for receptive hearts to the Gospel as it is presented.

SEELEY UPDATE

Although the update is already quite lengthy, we cannot miss reporting on what God has done in response to our last blog post.  In our last post (Link to “Eighty-five cents a day”) we shared our need for increased monthly support and made a request for people to consider becoming  $25/month donators.  We are happy to report that we received a very good response from that initiative.  It is difficult to say how many new, consistent ministry partners we have acquired (it will take several months to see a pattern since we have only heard directly from a few people that they plan to give regularly), but giving is definitely up and we have received several encouraging emails from those wishing to join our team.  Praise the Lord with us for His provision, and may God bless those who generously give!

There is so much more we could update you on, but as you can tell, this update is already quite lengthy.  We will stop the update here for now.

Thank you for taking the time to read about how God is using all of us here at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  We covet your prayers.  We praise God for being so good to us (in the good times as well as the trials).  We feel so blessed and encouraged as we continue laboring for him here in The Bahamas.

God bless,

Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley

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We are not employed by Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  The work we do here in the Bahamas is exclusively funded by the generous support of individuals and churches.  If you feel led to do so, you may partner with us and support our ministry work by clicking on the “Shepherds Staff Mission Facilitators” logo in the side bar of this page and following the instructions.  All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and generosity.  May God bless you!

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints!

Our ALC&C family is in a time of mourning as we grieve the loss of one of our own.

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On Sunday morning, Sean Wilson, caretaker of the animals and grounds at Adventure Learning Centre, was on his way to church when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.  We have been told that in the accident Sean’s chest hit the steering wheel and caused significant lung damage.  He was admitted to intensive care and put on a ventilator Sunday evening.

Sometimes God answers our prayers in ways we would not prefer. We have been praying for healing for Sean, and God has chosen to heal Sean by taking him home to be with him. Sean left this world last evening around 1015pm. 

Right now we are saddened and in shock with our loss, but we are rejoicing with him as he is now standing tall and whole in the presence of the Savior whom he loved.

Thank you so much for all the prayers, words of encouragement and support you have been sending on behalf of our dear brother and ministry partner and ask that you continue to remember his wife, the Wilson family, and the ALC&C family at this time of grief. 

The entire Wilson family would appreciate further prayers for their family in that Sean’s mom died unexpectedly this morning as well. 

Many of you have asked for funeral arrangements and details.  We will try to keep you posted.  You may check The Seeley Family Serving in the Bahamas Facebook page or the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp’s Facebook page for more frequent updates.

Thank you!
Tim and Mindy Seeley

 

Eighty-five cents a day!

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The last couple months we have been reporting that support has been down. We came to the Bahamas almost 3 years ago knowing we were under funded but with faith that God would provide for our needs. He has faithfully supplied our needs through the generosity of others and through money from our personal savings. However, our savings has been depleted to a critical level, and now we need to evaluate our long-term financial picture and commitment to the ministry work here in The Bahamas.

One way missionaries raise support for their ministry work is to travel and present their ministries to prospective donors.   The up side to doing the personal visits is getting to talk to people face to face. The down side is it costs a lot of money to travel, traveling is very tiring, and time spent away can negatively impact the ministry.

We have been praying about what to do to accomplish our goal (increase our monthly support level) while spending as little time, resources and energy as possible. After all, we are here to minister to the Bahamian people and those who come to serve the Bahamian people, and that is hard to accomplish effectively when we are away from the island.

In lieu of a support raising trip…

This year we are looking for 50 people who would be willing to pledge to support us financially with $25 per month. Why $25? First of all, $0.85 a day is not a lot of money for most people.   It allows people who would normally think they cannot afford to contribute to a ministry to see how affordable it can be.  50 $25/month (or 25 $50/month or 13 $100/month) pledges would close the deficit we are experiencing.

So, if you have always wanted to support a ministry but never thought you could afford it, or you always thought missionaries only want “big” donations, here is your chance to get involved with our ministry with a donation for as little as $0.85/day!  (Of course any size donation would be gratefully received.)

To donate, click here or on the “Support/Donate” link above.

Watch how God works:  For every $25 pledge we receive, we will be using a tool in the sidebar (haven’t worked through that yet) to record the progress so all can see how God is working!  Please indicate in your correspondence with Shepherd’s Staff that your donation is for the “$0.85/day campaign” so we can track the progress to 50 new supporters.

Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering how God can use you to keep us on the missionfield fully funded!

Ministry Update

Donor Perfect

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As this is being published, Tim is in Pennsylvania attending a conference to learn more about the new software the ALC&C is using to help facilitate and track donations. He has called daily and said the conference has been very beneficial, but it is a lot of information to process. Please pray for Tim as he finishes up the conference tomorrow and returns to the island on Thursday.

ALC&C Board Meeting and Executive Director Position

In two weeks we will be welcoming the ALC&C board.  They will be coming for a board meeting and time of encouragement to the staff. One of the big items of business remains finding a new Executive Director and installing new board members.  Please pray for them as they meet to discuss ALC&C business and provide direction and leadership to this ministry and for these two very important initiatives.

Visitors

In September we were finally able to meet in person a fellow missionary who up until August was stationed with his family in the Turks and Caicos Islands with Child Evangelism Fellowship.  Tim “met” Sean Miller in an online class a couple years ago.  He and his family are back in the states but are still working with CEF as the Caribbean Director.  He was on the island, and we were able to show him around.

Tom Schafer returned to the island last week for a visit.  It nice to get caught up with him and to hear his awesome laugh again.  He is here to rest but has been able to help Tim Ryan at All Saints Camp this week.

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Last week Mitch Stein from Florida was here to observe the ALC&C.  He followed programming and had opportunity to visit with staff and hear their stories.  We enjoyed getting to know Mitch.

New Website is in our Future

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Meet Ben Hacker.  Ben is a friend from our days at Living Waters Bible Camp.  He is also an ALC&C connection in that he is the husband of Randy Grebe’s niece.  Ben’s job is web development.  We approached him a few weeks ago to assist us in taking ownership of our website (it is currently “owned” by Calvary Chapel) and helping us make our website more user friendly, mobile-ready, and navigateable.  He has graciously offered to bless us with his services.  Thank you, Ben, for all you are doing for us!

Making Connections

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Tim was able to meet with the Operation Mobilization at a luncheon meeting on September 16th.  There is talk of the OM ship coming here in a year or two.

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We hosted CYLN (Christian Youth Leaders Network) at Camp on September 26th.  We were also able to advertise Young Adult Weekend to the youth leaders.

Ministry Update: Camp

Can you believe we have had no guest groups since our last post?  Even in the absence of groups, we have remained busy.  We have many projects in the works…

Cabin Destruction-Construction

It is out with the old to make way for the new.  The old cabin came down and the area is getting prepped for construction of the new, larger cabin that will soon be built. Tim has been making a lot of calls and trying to get the approvals and permits finalized with the Ministry of Works. As with all construction projects we have worked on here, challenges abound. Part of the hang-up is the two new staff cottages are tied into the Cabin 3 building permit.  Please pray the final approval is given soon.  We hope to have the cabin constructed by December for the January mission teams of 95 people.

Weekly Youth Outreach

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Our weekly Friday night Youth Outreach is in full swing.  This year we are using a small groups format with the theme being Fruits of the Spirit.  The young people are excited about the beginning of a new year, and we look forward to another year of opportunity to reach out to the young people in the Bahamas.

Young Adult Weekend

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Young people 18-30 years old will be gathering at Camp this weekend to fellowship and hear how to strengthen their faith.  We are looking forward to an fun, exciting, informative weekend.  Please pray for logistics of the weekend and that God prepares hearts to receive the message.

Ministry Update: Centre

Programing has commenced at the Centre.  Our three new facilitators had their first opportunity to fly solo last week. Please pray for a busy year of bringing the wonders of God’s creation together with the curiosity of kids.  After school Adventure Clubs have resumed as well.  Please pray for the staff and for the young people we minister to during the programming at the Centre and the clubs at the schools.

Seeley Family Update

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Still no hurricanes. We have lived here for almost three years, and we have never had to experience a hurricane.  In a state of urgency that closely resembles how people in northern states react to an impending blizzard, the people of the Bahamas treat hurricane warnings very seriously.  Two recent storms, Erika and Joaquin, threatened to visit us here on New Providence, but neither one of them showed up.  Now Joaquin  did ravage southern Bahamas Islands and residents there are worthy of our prayers, but we are praising God that all we saw was very little rain, light breezes, and high rough waves on the seashore. Please pray we make it through the next couple of months without a major storm here.

In August, Zachary and Mindy were able to fly to South Carolina to take part in Mindy’s nephew’s Marine Bootcamp festivities.  It was a great experience for them, and they enjoyed getting to be with family as well as connect with a former mission team member.

Enjoying time with ALC&C staff is one of the perks of living in community.  Often we are able to share meals, celebrate birthdays, and get together for games and movie nights.

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Meet Pastor Jeff Jackson.  Jeff is the founder of Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators.  He periodically connects with us via Skype to encourage us and see how we are doing.   Last week we got to visit with him for a short time.  Thank you, Pastor Jeff, for your care and concern for us in the field!

In closing

As we conclude this month’s update, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.  We appreciate you taking the time to wade through this lengthy update.   We know it is long, but so much is happening here in the Bahamas as we seek to serve God and further His kingdom.

Please pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord and to raise the necessary funds to continue the work God has called us to do here.  Pray for $.85/day supporters!

Recharging our batteries!

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Should missionaries use support money to take vacations, and should they share the news of their vacations on social media and blogs?  We had to grapple with these questions this last month.  We are always concerned about announcing vacations because often times reports on trips, specifically vacations that do not involve ministry reporting or support raising, elicit some rather insensitive comments from people.

The difficulty of answering the question of whether we should use support money to pay for a vacation or not was compounded for us this year in that our monthly support levels remain lower than what our monthly expenses are and the donations for June and July had dropped further (as it generally does every summer).  We felt guilty using money we did not have to do something that initially seemed frivolous.  

“God worked at Creating everything in six days; then He rested, not because He was tired  but to set the standard for mankind to follow.”

As we continued to pray about whether to pay for a get away or not, we were approached by one of our supporting churches and were told that they wanted to help finance part of a getaway for us.  We were encouraged by yet another person that said taking time and getting off site (especially since we live where we work) would provide much needed rest and recuperation after a very busy, hot/humid, physically and mentally draining season.   Rest is biblical; God worked at Creating everything in six days; then He rested, not because He was tired but to set the standard for mankind to follow (Genesis 2:2-3). Rest is important; it prevents burnout.  Rest in the form of vacation time is pretty standard for employees anywhere.  Like many missionaries who live at their place of ministry, we don’t punch a clock and often work 7 days a week for weeks upon end.

As for sharing photos and news of our vacation on social media or in blogs, we were challenged to not shy away from sharing the blessings God gives us.  Time away and how God provides for it can be a testimony to God’s care and provision.

So, we said “yes” to a vacation and are now saying “yes” to sharing the good news of God’s provision! 

Upon first entering the room, we were greeted with this awesome view! AMAZING!

Upon first entering the room, we were greeted with this AMAZING view!

On August 17-21 thanks to our encouragers,  a great “deal” from a contact at Atlantis, and a generous donation from one of our supporting churches,  we disconnected from ministry work, rested, played in the water together, enjoyed the beauty of the ocean from our 9th floor guest room, rubbed shoulders with tourists, and absorbed a lot of around the clock a/c at the world renowned Atlantis Resort!  

Although Atlantis is only 7.7 miles from our home/ministry, what we experienced while on that side of the island was such a polar opposite to what we experience everyday on this side of the island that in some ways we felt we were worlds away.  We remember one night looking out over the city lights of New Providence from the top of the Paradise Island exit bridge (we walked to the top one evening) and thinking how different the two worlds are here:  Paradise Island with all the tourists, money, and frivolity and New Providence Island (specifically in the area where the ALC&C is situated) with people living normal and even subnormal lives.  How can there be such a dichotomy in such a small area.

We returned to Camp blissfully tired but relaxed and rested (we know this sounds like a contradiction, but it isn’t).  God is so good to us!

Bahamas Weather

No hurricanes yet (Erika threatened to visit us, but fell apart before she could get here), but oh the heat and humidity!  Bahamas weather data online confirmed what we already knew from experience: this summer was hotter than normal!  There were four days since June 15th where daytime highs were less than 90 degrees (86-89 degrees).  The night time lows were around the 80 degree mark.  Add in the high humidity, and we had heat indexes well above 105 degrees nearly every day.  In the States, these temps are not hard to deal with because air conditioning is  prevalent and relatively “cheap”, but here we do not run our air conditioners but at night due to high energy costs.  Working in these hot, humid conditions is not only uncomfortable, it is also exhausting.   Some ALC&C staff took breaks from the heat by leaving the island for vacations and enjoyed the cooler temps of the upper midwest; the rest of us learned to change our shirts often, drink LOTS of water, and find shade whenever possible. We are looking forward to cooler temps in month or so.

Ministry Update

Shekinah Family Ministries

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We picked up a group of 23 very excited young people to come to Camp for a weekend in early August.  They had a great time and are looking forward to a week long Camp next year.  The leader of the group, Samantha, used to attend Joy Bible Camp as a child.  It was great ministering to these young people.

Community Outreach

On August 8th, Winky (one of our Summer Day Camp Counselors) held a community outreach.  ALC staff provided a Gospel puppet show, live animals, face painting, and Mark gave his testimony.  

Visitors

Staff and Camp often get visitors from afar: parents and siblings, adult children,  past facilitators, former missionary volunteer staff, and even people who have “found” us on the internet.  We love the encouragement,  not only in the little care packages that some of them bring us, but also in their mere presence and the extra set of hands they offer to do some of the work that needs done around here.

Marga Jann (August 4-11)

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Marga had a relationship with ALC&C years ago when she came with Judson University on a mission trip.  She is back on the island to teach architecture at College of Bahamas.  We were able to provide temporary housing while she found a place to live.  She has been a blessing and encouragement to all of us.

Julian Williams (August 12-September 4)

Julian was Progam Director at the Centre 12 years ago.  Since returning to Toronto, Canada, he comes back for a visit in the summer.  This year he came for three weeks.  We enjoyed spending time with him and appreciated the painting projects he completed.

Logan (August 8-25)

It was like old times again having Logan here.  We enjoyed time around the Camp together, and he was able to join us on our getaway to Atlantis.  The 2 1/2 weeks he was here flew by, but we had a great time reconnecting with him.

Geoff De Sousa (August 10-12)

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Geoff De Sousa (light gray t-shirt) was a facilitator for about three months when we first arrived in 2013.  He and his girlfriend and her brother were on the island for a family wedding.  It was great getting to connect with him again.

Youth Outreach

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We had our first leader’s planning meeting last Friday and are looking forward to starting weekly Youth Outreach meetings on Friday, September 18th!  Last week we had some anxious young people calling to see if it was starting that night.  We had to disappoint them and tell them it would be two more weeks.  We will be focusing on the Fruits of the Spirit.

Young Adult Weekend

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On October 9-11, we will be hosting our second Young Adult Weekend at Camp.  Jay Seegert from Creation Education Center in Wisconsin is the guest speaker.  Jay is bringing his wife Amy with him again.   It is going to be an exciting weekend, and we are looking forward to it!

A New School Year at the Centre

A new school year has begun, and that means coming back together as a staff at the Centre every morning for devotions (a highlight of the day for many of us).  The last  2 weeks we have been doing staff training.  It has been a great time of bonding.   The first school groups will arrive in 2 weeks, and after school Adventure Clubs will be starting that same week.    We have also heard that we have received grants from various Bahamian organizations and from the Bahamian government.  The $25,000 grant from the government will allow us to bring in children from poor schools at no cost. Exciting times!

Staff and Facilities Update

Welcome New Facilitators

We have three new facilitators at the Centre: two foreign missionary volunteers and one paid Bahamian.  Micah is from Bedford, IN, Charlie is from London, Ontario, Canada, and Hope is from here in the Bahamas.  Welcome aboard ladies!

New Cabin

Out with the old to make way for the new!  Cabin 3 is slowly coming down.  Packing-up and cataloging all Bob and Faye Browning’s belongings preceded the demolition project.  The utilities have been disconnected and all the fixtures have been removed. We are trying to reuse and recyle things. We hope to use the roof to make a covering for a leaking storage container.  As soon as the cabin is taken down, we hope to get teams or individual volunteers here to help construct a new cabin.  The new cabin has to be completed by January 6th.  If you or someone you know would like to come down this fall to help with construction, please let us know.

Personal Update

Celebrating 28 years together!  On August 1, we celebrated our wedding anniversary on Paradise Island. (There are perks to living in the Bahamas: exotic places to celebrate!)

Spending time together in prayer and celebrating Janice and Jen’s August birthdays and Marga’s God-given apartment.  There is a long story behind this, but I don’t have time and space to share right now.  God is good!

The last first day of school for the Seeley Family Academy was August 24th!  This is our 15th and final year of homeschooling.  It is hard to believe we have reached this year already.

Sheldon and his wife are currently YWAM missionaries in the Caribbean.  Sheldon preached at Kingdom Life Church this past Sunday.  He spoke on “Gaining a Passion For Missions”.  Lord willing he will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor’s College.  He would like to start a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Jamaica.  We met Sheldon last October at the Pastor’s conference in Nashville, TN.

Just letting you know

This is never easy to say, but we feel we need to be honest and let you know what is going on.  Donations to our ministry have been down the last couple of months (and education bills are coming due).  Summer months are traditionally very lean months, so we are not overly concerned.  However, we are not fully funded even in our best months, and when the donations drop lower, it becomes a further strain on our budget. If God lays it on your heart to donate and/or partner with us in our ministry work, you may click on this link (Shepherd’s Staff) which will take you directly to our funding organization.  Please pray with us that God provides the needed funds to cover our expenses.

Prayer

The prayer requests under the “Prayer” tab above have been updated! 

Thank you for your interest in our lives and our ministry work.  May God bless you!

Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley

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We are not employed by Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  The work we do here in the Bahamas is exclusively funded by the generous support of individuals and churches.  If you feel led to do so, you may partner with us and support our ministry work by clicking on the “Shepherds Staff Mission Facilitators” logo in the side bar of this page and following the instructions.  All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and generosity.  May God bless you!

Remembering a past mission team member!

Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15

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Personally and on the behalf of Adventure Learning Centre and Camp staff, we offer our condolences to the family of a young man who has been to the ALC&C in the past as part of a short term mission trip.   Michael Lotz died on Monday, July 13th from complications of cancer treatment.  The Lotz family are friends of ours, and Michael’s sister Dani (Zeke) Miller served as a facilitator at the Centre in the past.  The most recent trip that Dani led here was in August of 2013, and Mike was a part of the team.  They had had plans to come again this past April, but Mike was diagnosed with cancer shortly before they were to come, so plans had to be changed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lotz family at this time of grief, and we are mourning with them at this time of great loss.  Mikey will be missed by many.

Family update

We were supposed to send along a family update a couple weeks ago. As you will soon be able to see, July was crazy around here, so it did not get done.  We are starting this blog with the family update and will finish with the ministry update.

And he’s off!

A week ago last Friday, amidst serving a mission team of 28 from Wilson, NC at Camp and hosting a family of 8 at our house, we dropped Zachary off at the airport to fly to Indiana to stay with Grandma and Grandpa Mikels for two weeks.  It is always sad for this mother to say good-bye to her children, but as we waved good-bye to Zachary, we couldn’t help but feel excited for him and the adventure he was about to embark on.  He was happy, and we were happy for him.  

On August 8th, Logan will meet up with Zachary at the Atlanta airport and fly here to Nassau with him.  We are looking forward to Zachary’s return and getting to spend two weeks with Logan.  We hope to have a few days away from Camp to rest and relax.  Please pray that plans come together for this!

When Logan returns to Minneapolis at the end of August, he will be preparing to start his second year at University of Minnesota.  He will also continue working in the IT department at the University of Minnesota.

Zachary will be starting his final year of homeschool/high school this month.  With his final year of high school, comes preparations and planning for graduation and moving back to the States to attend college.  Please pray for all that is involved with this.

Wedding pictures

As you may recall, on June 8th we were in the States to attend our second son’s wedding.  In the blog we posted following the wedding, we promised to post pictures of Garrett and Abby’s wedding.  We have to apologize for still not having many wedding pictures to post.  Believe it or not, I did not live behind the camera lens on the day of the wedding.   As a result of not taking pictures,  we are waiting for the pictures to come via jump drive on August 8th when Logan comes for his visit.  Stay tuned!  We hear the pictures are awesome, and we will for sure gladly share.

Garrett and Abby are settled into their new apartment in Hutchinson, Minnesota (hour west of the Twin Cities).  We have Skyped with them and talked with them several times over the past month, and they are enjoying married life.  Praise the Lord Garrett got a job as a barista at a Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop.  Abby will continue to work in occupational therapy.

On the move

We connected with Andrew and Katie on Friday via FaceTime.  They had two very exciting pieces of information for us, first they had just moved into a townhome (no more apartment living for them!) and second, Katie now has a job as a 2nd grade teacher at a charter school in Apple Valley, MN.  We are praising God for this job for her.

Weathering the changes 

As we mentioned in the last blog, there have been some big changes in the leadership structure here at the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp ministry (Mark Wallace, Director of the Centre side of the ALC&C ministry, stepped down as director), and with the transition and changes, there have been a fair amount of challenges. With the changes have come added responsibility for Tim.   Of course, we are adjusting, working and praying through this time.  Please pray for extra strength, wisdom and discernment as we navigate these changes.  Pray for the board as they seek new members and seek to fill the executive director position.

Besides the changes in leadership that have affected Tim on a professional level, we are also experiencing other personal “struggles” (for lack of a better term).  Although it sometimes feels like we are sinking, we are confident that God has everything under control, and we rest in His divine care and guidance.  Please pray for us.

Ministering to this guy

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This is RJ.  He is Zachary’s best friend, the son of Eldora Canter (secretary at the Centre), and another one of my “Bahamian sons”.  God has given Zachary and me the opportunity to minister to this young man this summer by tutoring him in math.   There is even talks of assisting Eldora in homeschooling him this fall.  The Bahamas public school system is failing to meet this boy’s needs, and it is our burden to help him.  Please pray for wisdom and an understanding on how to proceed with helping RJ.

Ministry Update

Simpson Penn Boys II Men

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A local group of young men were on sight for a 4-day camp that was geared to discipline, integrity and leadership training.  Tim was able to lead one of the chapel sessions.

Football Team with Abundant Life Bible Church

A football team from Florida on the island as a mission team staying with Abundant Life Bible Church (Pastor Cranston of ALBC is on our board) came to ALC&C for 3 days to do repair work on the camp house fence and paint Tim’s office building.  The leader of the group was able to fill in as guest speaker for one of Simpson Penn’s chapels.

Mission Discovery 3

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Mission Discovery 3 was here serving in a Haitian community, at a Haitian church, and at All Saints. Eleven were from Johnstown, PA, 13 were from Colorado, 5 were from Kentucky and 3 individuals are from various other places.  Zachary and RJ got to serve a day with the Johnstown, PA group in the Haitian community (Zachary even let a little girl platte his hair).  A couple (he is a diesel mechanic) from the Colorado group generously donated their time to change the timing belt in the Camp van.

First Covenant Church of Hamilton, Massachusettes

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Chelsea Kingston has been bringing young people from Connecticut here through Mission Discovery for many years.  Earlier this year she took a new position at a church in the Boston, MA area and this year she brought a group of young people from her new church.  The group served Pastor Wilney Joseph’s church by conducting a VBS and doing work projects.

E-team from Pennsylvania

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While Chelsea’s group from First Covenant Church was with us, we were also serving the E-team. The E-team was represented by 4 churches under the leadership of  Crossway Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Crossway and Kingdom Life Church are sister churches.  E-team was here to direct the Music Camp at Kingdom Life Church.  While Tim hosted Chelsea’s group, I was able to host the E-team.  The beauty of having the screened in porch is being able to provide a meeting area for a second group.  The E-team used the porch while First Covenant Church used the dining hall.

Blitz Student Ministries, Peace Church, Wilson, NC

Another group that has come for many years is the Blitz Student Ministries team from Peace Church in Wilson, NC.  The team is under the directorship of Brad and Kasey Perry (above left).  The team was here this year to serve at All Saints Camp.  Tim and Deoborah Lamm (above right) come as chaperones on the team, but they also come other times during the year to serve at All Saints Camp.  They are dear friends of ours and the ministry here.  They always bring the staff kids treats.

Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas

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This past week we were able to enjoy seeing Camp being used as a “camp”. Young people from the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas were here for their camp. Tim had the opportunity to lead their morning devotion time one morning.

Summer Day Camp at the Centre

Last week was the final week of Day Camp at the Centre.  For six weeks, Centre Staff, volunteers and young people from Bahamas Youth and Culture served 70-80 children ages 5-12 years each week.  The days were hot and tiring for the staff, but the time spent with the children in play, field trips, beach outings, Bible lessons, sports and adventure activities, crafts, etc was quite rewarding.  We appreciate the time, effort, and energy spent to minister to the Bahamian children that came to experience an “Under the Sea” adventure at Adventure Learning Centre!

Individuals

This summer we have been blessed by the presence of individuals who come to visit staff, to help out at the ALC&C, or to minister in some other capacity and end up staying over for a short vacation.  Not only are they an encouragement in that they help lighten our load of work, but their presence is also uplifting and encouraging to us.

Denise Young from Cumming, Georgia came to hang-out for a week.  She helped Judi serve meals during Mission Discovery 2.

Mission Discovery 2 staff, Kenny and Sara Foster and Hannah Denney, were with us for several extra days beyond MD teams being here.  We enjoyed their company and Hannah’s willingness to help paint a fence.

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Though they did not stay with us (they were with Billy and Leah Slater at the Castle), Vic and Ethel Coffman were on the island for a couple weeks, and we had the opportunity to visit with them.  Vic and Ethel attended church with Tim in Minneapolis as he grew up.

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Steve, Melanie, Jeremiah and Matthew Jones came and served at the ALC&C and at the Children’s Emergency Hostel in early July.  Melanie served as a Facilitator at the Centre for 2 years about six years ago.

The Weaver family (Yes, you are seeing correctly.  They have 3 boys and 3 girls.) were here on a mission trip with the E-team from Crossway Church in Lancaster, PA in mid-July.  They stayed over an extra week as our guests.  We got to know the Weavers last fall when we stayed with them in Lancaster during our ALC&C promotion trip.  We had a great week with these dear people.  Kurt is one of the pastors at Crossway church.

August

As you can tell, July has been a busy month for us.  The month of August is a quieter month over all with the Centre being closed for the month and many of our staff going back to the States for vacation.  We will be here and starting on some projects (ie: taking down cabin 3 in preparation of building a new cabin), planning for Young Adult Weekend in October, preparing for a local group that will be here in 2 weekends, and hosting a few people coming for visits.  We will also be hosting a woman for about a week while her rental home is being vacated.  We will fill you in on all the details of these events next month.

Just letting you know

This is never easy to say, but we feel we need to be honest and let you know what is going on.  Donations to our ministry have been down the last couple of months (and education bills are coming due).  Summer months are traditionally very lean months, so we are not overly concerned.  However, we are not fully funded even in our best months, and when the donations drop lower, it becomes a further strain on our budget. If God lays it on your heart to donate and/or partner with us in our ministry work, you may click on this link (Shepherd’s Staff) which will take you directly to our funding organization.  Please pray with us that God provides the needed funds to cover our expenses.  

Thank you for your interest in our lives and our ministry work.  May God bless you!

Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley

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We are not employed by Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  The work we do here in the Bahamas is exclusively funded by the generous support of individuals and churches.  If you feel led to do so, you may partner with us and support our ministry work by clicking on the “Shepherds Staff Mission Facilitators” logo in the side bar of this page and following the instructions.  All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and generosity.  May God bless you!

 

 

 

 

In the Lord, we dwell in safety!

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

IMG_7873To announce or not to announce?  That has been the debate recently.  If we announce, we run the risk of “chasing” people away (prospective staff and mission teams) or “worrying” friends and family back home.  If we don’t announce, we aren’t giving our supporters the truth about what is going on and the struggles we are facing, and we are not availing ourselves to the many prayer warriors that can be joining us in prayer.

We have opted to announce! 

In the last 8 months, Adventure Learning Camp has been robbed 6 times.  All but two of the instances happened in broad daylight.  Staff have lost a computer, a car, small amounts of cash, purses, jewlery, etc; the Camp has lost tools and equipment; Mission Discovery lost tools and electrical equipment; but despite the loss of property and the inconvenience of having to deal with the lost property and damages, we feel blessed that “things” are all that God has allowed the thieves to take.  We remain at peace in the knowledge that God is in control and protecting us.  We will not allow Satan to scare, threaten or intimidate us!

Praise God with us that the car was recovered this week, we are safe, and that the police have found the perpetrators of this last break-in.  Please continue to pray for safety and protection of the staff, guests and property of all here at ALC&C and that God gives us the opportunity to extend grace to the thieves (we know who it is) and that the thieves will repent and come to know the Lord.

Ministry Update

Once again we would like to thank all the the teams that have come to the island this month to serve the Bahamian people.  We feel honored to have been able to meet each of you, serve you and serve along side each of you as we have labored to further the kingdom of God on this earth.

Mission Discovery Team 1

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We were not able to meet the team that came to serve through Mission Discovery the first week of June because we were in the States for Garrett and Abby’s wedding.  Our capable staff served the MD team and staff well, and we heard great things from MD leaders.

Low Country Christian School from Charleston, SC

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When we returned to the island on June 9th, LCCS was already on the island serving the Bahamian people.  The team was comprised of a group of homeschool families ages 6 years to adults.  They served at BAPD, ALC, and Children’s Emergency Hostel.

Mission Discovery Team 2

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This week we have been serving Mission Discovery.  The leaders arrived at the end of last week and the team participants arrived on Sunday.  The team is comprised of 2 churches, one from Atlanta, Ga and one from Rockford, IL.  The teams have been serving at a Haitian Day Care and Pastor Exante’s church.

St. Isaac Jogues Youth Ministry from Philadelphia, PA

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Along with MD team 2, a small group of young men from Philadelphia have been with us this week.  They have been on the island serving at the ALCamp in the mornings (they have done a lot of painting on the Camp office building), an orphanage in the afternoons, and at a couple churches on the island.

Youth Outreach

Last Friday was the final Youth Outreach for the school year.  We had over 50 young people, and the evening included time of fellowship, singing, awards, challenge from God’s Word and of course hot dogs and s’mores around the camp fire.  Youth Outreach will begin again in September.

Summer Day Camp

For six weeks this summer, the Centre is hosting Day Camp for children ages 5-12.  This year the children are going “Under the Sea”.  It is an exciting time for 80+ young people and the staff.  Activities include singing, Bible class, sports, crafts, horseback riding, train rides, beach days, and field trips.   Please pray for the staff as they work with the children and endure the hot, summer Bahamian sun.

Facility Update

Cabin 3 is currently staff housing but is slated to be removed to make way for a new cabin.

Work on the new cabin is still not underway, but preparation and obtaining Ministry of Works plan approvals are underway.  Instead of building a brand new cabin next to cabin 1 as we previously reported, the board has decided that we are going to tear down cabin 3 and build the new cabin in its place instead.    Pray that God provides staff housing.  With the removal of cabin 3 (currently used for staff housing), we are faced with some serious, inconvenient challenges for staff housing especially when large groups are here.

The petting farm at the Centre has been receiving a facelift and has acquired some new animals. Teacup pigs and budgies are two of the most recent animal acquisitions.

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Praise the Lord for a new generator to run the dining hall/kitchen and bath house.  It is installed and has already run a couple of times during power outages.  Please continue to pray for us as we personally raise funds to buy a generator for our house (frequent power outages affect our ability to homeschool).

Staff Update

Major changes are taking place.  Earlier this week, ALC&C board chairman Lee Burtelson was on the island to meet with ALC&C staff and with Cranston Knowles, one of our other board members.  During meetings, Mark Wallace stepped down as over-all director of the Centre side of the ALC&C ministry.   Mark will continue to function as Science and Outreach Director.  Dilan VanRyn is Programme Director.  Jen Rogers is Curriculum Director.  Sean Wilson is Animal Welfare Director. Tim remains Camp Director and is now Maintenance Director for both the Centre and Camp as well.   Please pray as this added role increases Tim’s already full work load. As for over all leadership of the ALC&C ministry, please pray that God sends the right person to fill the role of Executive Director of ALC&C.

Facilitator staff for next year is still needed.  If you know a godly young man or woman who would like to come to the Bahamas to serve for a year, please let us know!  

Seeley Family Update

We know some of you read our blogs to find out how we are doing personally.   We are sorry, but for sake of time, we will not be able to update family news.  With the current work load and the recent developments and changes, I (Mindy) am doing a lot more to assist Tim in the work he has to do.  As time allows over the next couple weeks, we will try to update you on what is going on in our personal life.

Thank you for your prayers, support and interest and in our lives and ministry work!

Tim, Mindy and Zachary Seeley


We are not employed by Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  The work we do here in the Bahamas is exclusively funded by the generous support of individuals and churches.  If you feel led to do so, you may partner with us and support our ministry work by clicking on the “Shepherds Staff Mission Facilitators” logo in the side bar of this page and following the instructions.  All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you for your prayers and generosity.  May God bless you!

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