In a couple weeks, after submitting Zachary’s finalized high school transcript to Liberty University, we will officially be able to say, we are finished! Our classroom will be empty, and The Seeley Family Academy will close its doors forever. God called us to this task of homeschooling over 15 years ago, and after many years of work, we can relax from this significant responsibility. What a privilege it has been to pour into Zachary (and his brothers) all these years. Praise God for His work in us and for allowing us to minister to the next generation of Seeleys in this way.
On Saturday, May 21st, we were joined by Logan, Mindy’s parents, ALC&C family, Kingdom Life Church family, and many Bahamian friends for Zachary’s graduation ceremony which was held here at ALC&C. The ceremony was a blessing to many and Zachary was surrounded by the customary well wishes and prayers from many and even heard from friends and loved ones from back home in the States. Pastor Moss closed the ceremony out with prayer and some wise words for Zachary. He reminded Zachary that he is being blessed by all the prayers that were being offered on his behalf that day and not everyone receives such honor and prayers at this type of occasion. Since prayer is so very important, Zachary was truly blessed on that day. Following the ceremony, we gathered in the dining hall at Camp and enjoyed food and a time of fellowship.
Thank you everyone who came, everyone who sent video messages, those who joined us via internet live-stream, and anyone who joined us in their thoughts and prayers. We felt loved and supported!
(For those of you wondering, “It is Finished, Round 2” will be continued in October of this year, so stay tuned!)
Ministry Update: ALC&C
This month we said an early good-bye to one of our facilitators. Charlie left to go back to her home in Canada in early May. As we do with all our short term and long term staff that come and serve with us, we had a time of fellowship and prayer as we bid her good-bye.
WHAT IS GOING ON ON MARSHALL ROAD?
These last couple of months we have seen many “strange” happenings on the road outside of Camp and Centre. You may recall from our last month blog that we had a 3-car fire right outside the camp gate in late April. The first week of May we were awakened around 315am to smoke and went outside to find another car on fire outside the Camp. This car looked abandoned. Two weeks ago we had 3 accidents within 3 days from cars obviously going too fast around the curve. Just this past week, we found skid marks in the gravel and grass area outside our gate where another driver lost control of his/her vehicle. We had a meeting scheduled with someone connected with Ministry of Works to discuss what can be done about this dangerous curve out front, but the person never showed up for the meeting. Please pray for safety of drivers, pedestrians and property. It is only a matter of time before we see some major injuries and damage. The week before our front gate was hit, Aaron had worked hard to get the gate fixed: pulleys, wheels, track, gate opener. Thanks to Aaron’s abilities, he was able to get the gate and fence repaired after the vehicle hit it.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT ALC&C
Alexandra King (center) is a hospitality management major at College of Bahamas, and she is working with us at ALC&C as part of a summer internship program. This week she is with us at Camp, learning how to plan, prepare for and serve mission teams. We have enjoyed getting to know her and appreciate all her hard work. She will be working at the Centre and Camp until late July.
POWER SURGES/BROWN-OUTS, AGING VEHICLES, WORN OUT EQUIPMENT
This last month we have been experiencing a high number of costly, time consuming repairs to vehicles, equipment and electronics around the Centre and the Camp. Two of our four buses are out of commission right now. This is concerning because we will need all buses this summer as we transport mission teams around and the Centre needs the buses to transport day camp children on field trips.The gate opener and the mechanical parts of the Camp gate were damaged and needed replaced. In less than a week after Aaron repaired the gate, a car hit the fence/gate and messed the gate up again. Our electric company does not have the most clean, reliable service, so power surges and brown outs are common. One brown out earlier this month fried the transfer switch that switched power from the generator to BEC use. The part required to fix that fry was over $1500. Of course we are still dealing with an aging train at the Centre as well. Please pray protection and longevity of equipment, that repairs are made affordably, and that we have the right help at the right time to make the necessary repairs.
Praise the Lord, we have the permit for the new cabin and the 2 new staff cottages (a future project). We laid the forms and steel for the footings and foundation for the new cabin, had the first inspection (it failed), made corrections, and had the inspector back today. The inspector’s comment: “I wish more people were like you and do what I ask them to do.” Inspection passed!!! The sand, gravel, cement, more steel, and cement blocks are on site and ready to start the build. Hopefully tomorrow building will commence. We are so excited to have this finally underway. Please pray for wisdom and that everything goes smoothly here on out.
Ministry Update: Camp
Besides deep cleaning the kitchen and dining hall and organizing and mapping out storage cabinets/refrigerator/pantry this spring, Mindy has created kitchen procedures and put together a manual that will assist the many new weekly staff that will be coming this summer (and hopefully into the future) to help cook and serve in the dining hall and kitchen. The procedures will assist all who are serving and add a bit of professionalism and improve safe food handling.
We continue to see increased numbers at our Friday night Youth Outreach. We are blessed and encouraged by it. Some of our mission teams have helped lead the outreach this spring, and the young people seem to connect well with their USA counterparts. We continue to have “opportunities” (a nice way of saying we have some boys that are not always the best behaved) mixed into the group of delightful young people that come out each week, but we are so thankful that these “opportunities” keep coming back every week. Please pray for each child that comes, and especially for these “opportunities”. Pray also for wisdom and discernment as we deal with the increased numbers and the challenge that brings.