The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
After almost 4 years without an Executive Director at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp (Chet Lowe resigned as ED in the spring 2014), we are excited to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director! Bahamian Board member Kenneth Romer joins fellow Bahamian staff and the foreign missionary staff as ALC&C’s new Executive Director. Over the next several months, he will provide the much needed leadership of the ministry while a more permanent Director is obtained. His position is part time, but he is bringing a lot of expertise and energy to the ministry. He has some exciting ideas, and we are looking forward to seeing how God will use him to further the work being done here at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp. Please pray for Kenneth as he learns both sides of the ministry, adjusts to his new position, and leads all of us.
Please continue to pray for other key positions that need to be filled as well: Centre Director (vacant for almost 3 years now), Program Director (Jen has expressed a desire to vacate this position at the end of this school term), Maintenance Director, Camp Cook.
Mark stepped down from being the Centre Director over 2 1/2 years ago. When he did so, Tim became part of the ALC&C leadership team that answered to the board and gave oversight to the entire ministry. He also took on oversight of the maintenance department for both sides of the ministry. With the new ED in place, Tim is back to focusing solely on the Camp.
There are 2 big projects he is focusing on now. The first is the construction of 2 new cottages and the structural repairs to the 5 guest cabins. Another project that we are working on is kitchen improvements and restocking supplies.
While Tim works on managing the big projects and providing over all directorship of the Camp side of the ALC&C ministry, I continue to assist him with the on the ground operations. This includes training our new camp assistant Debbie, overseeing guest services and hospitality (housekeeping, cooking, kitchen management, etc), planning/working with mission teams and groups, etc. We are so thankful to Debbie and Faye for all the hard work they put in to help us manage this place. They have servant hearts and work really hard. We appreciate the dedication.
Aaron continues to work his magic in the maintenance department. Besides consulting with the maintenance staff at the Centre, at Camp he has been working on the media/sound system in the dining hall, repairing/painting doors and chairs, and figuring out an electrical issue that is causing electricity to shut off in the office. He plods away at various projects. We appreciate his hard work and dedication.
Mom and Dad (affectionately known by fellow staff as Grandma and Grandpa Seeley) were here January 26-February 10th. We had a great time with them, and they were a blessing to us all. They joined us on the staff inservice day, helped with projects around the house and Camp, helped with youth night, and provided meals and encouragement to us all.Jen’s sisters came for a long weekend visit in early February. Their visit was a blessing to her, and we enjoyed getting to see them.
Some of you may or may not know that I am a twin. Years ago Missy and I planned to do a “50th Birthday” cruise when we turned 50. In 2016, our granddaughter was born the week of mine and Missy’s 50th birthday, so the cruise had to be postponed. This month, my twin sister and I finally got to go on our cruise together. It was a blast (like cruising with myself). One of the ports of call was Nassau. While we were on the cruise, we do what we do best: socialize and meet new people. That connecting with people allowed us the awesome opportunity to bring 2 couples with us to the ALC&C to see the ministry. Carl & Victoria (center) and Kari & David (left) enjoyed the opportunity to see the ministry and a side of the island not seen by many cruisers. Staff also got to meet my twin sister who had not been to the island to visit in almost 4 years.
BYN (Bahamas Youth Network) G2 was at Camp February 23-24 for their retreat. We were able to serve these young people meals (most local groups cook for themselves), so we got to witness some of their activities. Their leaders, fellow missionaries Dan Weightman and Bob & Donna Mastin, were a blessing to watch as they worked with and engaged the young people.
Evangelistic Temple Rebirth Ministries was here February 24-25 for their annual retreat. The young ladies renewed their vows/made their vows to God and enjoyed time together in the beautiful ALCamp setting. We were able to serve these young ladies meals as well (most local groups cook for themselves), so we got to witness some of their activities. It was a blessing to us to get to see them in action and to serve them.
This year for Youth Night we have been learning about “Authentic Faith”. The young people continue to come and enjoy the time together. We are able to meet even with over night groups at Camp. We are so thankful for the 2 facilities. When there is an event at Camp, we move the Youth Night to the Centre. We are also thankful for the former Joy Bible Camp people who labor with us in this ministry to the youth of the South Beach area.
Funds and man power to build the new cottages (we need at least one cottage done by next January for Calvary Christian Academy because their groups will be larger next year)
Funds to get the necessary repairs done to the crumbling cabins
Wisdom and discernment as we prioritize projects and in general
God will order our steps
Thanks for your support and interest in what we are doing here in the Bahamas to help build the Kingdom of God.
May God be glorified!