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A Totally Different View

Can you tell we are not in the Bahamas?  As this post goes to press, we are on a 3-½ week, 9-stop trip n the USA/Canada promoting the ALC&C and connecting with future mission teams. The trip has been such a blessing thus far. You can get an idea of the itinerary and whom we saw and what we did in the “Guests/Visitors” section of this post, but we would like to quickly highlight one of our stops, which was the stop that instigated this trip in the first place.

On October 21, 2017 we attended and spoke at an ALC&C Fundraiser Auction and Dinner hosted by the past mission team from Heritage Park Alliance Church in Windsor, Ontario. Also instrumental in the event were a past mission team from West London Alliance Church (London, ON), Grace and Truth Chapel (Windsor, ON), and long time Windsor area ALC supporters. It was a great evening. The ministry was blessed in many ways including the large monetary donation collected from the love offering and auction.

The ALC’s work of reaching Bahamians with the Gospel, which for us begins with the children of the Bahamas, could not continue with out vital ministry supporters. The event was heart warming to us as we witnessed and felt the support of more than 160 people that night.

 

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Ministry Update

 

Part of the blessing of being in community with one another is getting to rejoice with each other during life events. We rejoice with our Celine as she obeyed Jesus’ command to follow him in believer’s baptism. Pastor Moss baptized her as we witnessed at Goodman’s Bay in early October. We then met at a French café for breakfast afterwards. God bless you, Celine!

 

One of the initiatives that ALC leadership implemented this year is staff care and development days. We have started taking one day a month to get off site to do something together as a staff. For October, the staff took a day to serve Billy and Leah Slater at their Castle ministry. Billy and Leah Slater were past ALC staff before they started their own ministry to young adults. As you can tell from the pictures, the staff had a great time serving the Slaters.

This year at our church, we have been working through a series on discipleship in our Wednesday night meetings. The first week in October, Tim was able to lead the discussion on one of the chapters while Pastor and Alexine were off island at the annual Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor’s Conference. “The Walk” is a great book on discipleship.

Staff Needs

We recently got all our full-time staff (absent Tika Penn) together for a hard-to-get ALC&C full-time staff picture. As we share this picture with you, we are reminded that we are in need of other laborers. Please pray that God provides the following staff personnel, but also pray for the board as they work to fill the most important positions of all, Executive Director and Centre Director. Pray for our current leadership team, Mark and Tim, as they fill these positions during the interim.

Program Director

Expectations: Responsible for overseeing facilitator staff, communicate with teachers and schools, booking school field trips, scheduling and logistics. Requirements: customer service and phone skills, can delegate and manage staff. Not required but desired: organizational skills and basic computer program skills such as word and excel.

Maintenance

Requirements: Skills in general construction and repair, able to lead mission teams and volunteers with work projects.     Preferred but not required: mechanical and diesel engine repair abilities

Interested applicants with a godly character and servant heart can contact Tim (tims@alcbahamas.org) or Mark (markw@alcbahamas.org).

Train

 

Our train continues to limp along. For over 2 years now we have been sharing the need for the train to be replaced. The fact it has not been replaced is evidence that God has not seen the need to replace it yet, but we continue to ask for prayer that God either provides a new train or keeps this one going. It is in sad shape and absorbs a lot of man hours to keep it running. Please pray for wisdom/discernment in keeping this one going or seeking a new one. (Continue to pray for our fleet of buses as well.)

Camp

Guests/Visits

Since we have been gone most of this month, we are not only going to highlight the guests that have come to the Camp but also those we visited and our speaking engagements along the way on our trip.

 

Libby Brode is from Australia and used to be a part of the ALC staff in the early days. She was on island for a visit and came by to spend a day at ALC. She blessed us with a testimony and devotional during our staff devotion time. We enjoyed meeting her and getting to know her.

 

Kristin Guzak is a young lady from Texas that is on island working with a Bahamian pastor and his wife that are starting a church ministry. In early October, the pastor and his wife had to return to the States for a family emergency, so Kristin came to stay with us while they were off island. During the 5 days she was staying with us, Kristin worked with the animals, assisted with the Adventure Clubs and followed programs at the Centre. She fell in love with the ministry, and even though she has returned to the Russell’s, she has been back to ride the horses and help with Adventure Club. It has been a joy getting to know and minister alongside this young lady.

 

Our first stop was at my parent’s house, Dick and Connie Mikels. As time marches on, we find our time spent with our parents to be more and more precious. We are thankful for the opportunity we had this trip to spend a few days with them. They are big supporters of us (in many ways), and their love for Jesus and their declaration of the Gospel is inspiring. We are thankful for them!  We also got to attend an encouraging Bible study at their church and participate in their church’s small group at their house.

 

While in Indiana, we also got to see some aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

On Sunday, October 15th, we met with a team that is coming on their first mission trip to Nassau in March. We were able to present the ALC ministry and Bahamian culture to the youth during their Sunday class time at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. Our very own Micah Godsey and her mother Joan met us there. We had lunch with the youth pastor, his family, a couple other team leaders and the Godseys after church.

 

Early Tuesday, October 17th, we flew to Raleigh, NC to meet with friends/past mission team members from Peace Church in Wilson, NC. We were able to connect with mission pastor Brad Perry and current youth pastor Brian Tippet. The church plans to send another mission team to Nassau in the future. 

Carl and Ann Fama led the mission team from Heritage Park Alliance Church in February, spearheaded a lot of what took place for the fundraiser on the 21st, and hosted us while we were in Windsor. This couple has a huge heart for missions, and they were a blessing to us.

Richard and Judy Greenhow attend Heritage Park and are parents to Adam Greenhow who is part of our maintenance staff at ALC. They hosted us one evening while we were in Windsor.

 

We had the opportunity to speak at Maranatha Christian School in Windsor. We shared the ministry and a brief challenge.

We were able to spend an evening with the Tissot/Fairley Clan while in Windsor. Sam Tissot (wife Lil) was one of the founding board members of the ALC. Their daughter and son-and-law, Brian and Carol Fairley, and son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Cheryl Tissot, are long time friends of the Seeley family. We were able to spend an evening with this family as well.

Sunday evening, October 22, we were able to give an update to the church where the Tissots and other long time ALC supporters attend. Grace and Truth Chapel were instrumental in helping Heritage Park work through the tax legalities for the charitable donations from the donors at the fundraiser. This is also the home church of Adam Greenhow.

We drove right through Bob and Faye Browning’s home town, London, Ontario on our way from Windsor, ON to Buffalo, NY. We were able to stop and have lunch with them. It was good getting to see them.

We were able to have dinner with Jeff and Cindy Hackett and Jesse Pohle in Buffalo, NY. Jeff and Jesse are part of the organization Score International. The organization facilitates mission teams, and they had brought a group to Nassau in September of this year. After dinner on the Eerie Canal (we ate a restaurant on the canal, and had they not told me it was the “Eerie Canal”, I would not have known. It was that unimpressive), they took us to their church to tour it.

 

The Focus Group at The Chapel in Buffalo, NY was the group that came to Nassau with Score International in September. We reunited with the team members and Tim got to share a little about the ministry with the group in their Monday evening meeting.

On our way from Buffalo to Piseco, we stopped and met Pat and Janice Armstrong for dinner in Rome, NY where they currently live.  It was nice getting to reconnect with them.

Adirondack Bible Chapel in Piseco, NY is another church that supports the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp by supporting a couple ALC missionary families and through past and present attempts to send staff to help at ALC. We were able to give the church an update during their Wednesday evening prayer meeting. We also wanted to connect with them about continuing the ministry partnership by sending staff and teams to the Bahamas.

 

While in Piseco, we stayed at the ABC’s Ministry Center. It is a unique ministry that disciples people and ministers to hurting people, Christian laborers, missionaries and pastors. It is situated in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and provides quiet rest and ample opportunities to be nurtured and ministered to. We were able to take 2 days off to rest while there, and the staff at the Centre did everything they could to make us feel welcome and cared for. This was our second visit there.

 

Pastor Ed Hart and his wife Faith hosted us for an evening at their beautiful mountain top home. Ed is the pastor of ABC, and he was an early board member of ALC&C. At one time he had 7 young people serving at ALC&C. The Harts (as well as many at ABC) have a huge heart for ALC and have been on many construction trips to the ALC. Judy Olenik joined us for dinner as well.

 

Our final speaking engagement for this trip was at Grace Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Cleveland, OH. The church junior high came on a trip in June 2016, and they will be bringing another team in June 2018. The purpose of our stop this time was to speak to the parents/families/junior high students that will be coming on the trip. We shared the ministry and Bahamas culture with them. We connected with Pastor Shawn Brennan who is no stranger to Nassau in that he used to live and minister there in the early 2000’s.

Dave and Gail Herwerden hosted us while we stayed in the Cleveland, OH area. Dave and Gail have been to Nassau several times to help. You may recall the most recent time was last April. They came to help us get our buses and other vehicles fixed and to help us with other projects. They are such a blessing to be with and we thank them for their hospitality. (They took us to the house where the move “The Christmas Story” was filmed.)

Jon and Lisa Harris are big partners of ours in the ministry we are doing in the Bahamas. We appreciate their continued support of us and their encouragement and faithful prayers for us.   We were able to spend a few hours with them in Toledo, OH on our way to Detroit today. They are a huge blessing.

 

How many people would loan their nice Dodge 2500 diesel pick-up truck to traveling missionaries to use for an entire week? I am sure there are others out there, but Bill and Deb Giles from Windsor, ON loaned us their truck to use so we did not have to rent a vehicle. It was a very nice ride (complete with Sirius XM radio) that got excellent gas mileage. We are so thankful for these servants and their willingness to support us and the ministry in this way. As we dropped the truck off with them today to catch the flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, we were reminded that it isn’t only the big money donors to a ministry or the out-there-in-front missionaries or evangelists that are doing a great work to build the kingdom of God on this earth. Everyone who has ever prayed, financially supported, provided for a need, worked alongside, etc are just as much the kingdom builder as are the missionaries on the front lines.   Thank you, Bill and Deb!

Youth Night

 

We continue our Friday night Youth Night where the young people are learning through Andy Stanley’s curriculum on the Seven Checkpoints of Christianity. The staff has held the fort down while we have been off island, and we look forward to the reports when we return.

Projects

Aaron has been spending a lot of time at the Centre these days, but he has had some time to get some small projects completed at Camp. He helped Tim fix an installation issue of one of the toilets in the women’s bath house; he installed a new water cooler shelf at the bath house; he is working on building storage closet in the Camp office; he repaired light fixtures damaged in storms.

Victory has finally been had in the repair and reconstruction of the reverse osmosis system at the Centre. Praise the Lord!   Aaron and Tim continue to battle the system at Camp, but we are hoping that will soon be resolved.

Centre Update

Program Begins

 

Our first program at the Centre for this school year happened the first week in October and it was for the class of the little boy that we told you about in our last update. You may recall that we told you about a little boy who had been doing his school work at his kitchen table in his home when a stray bullet struck him and killed him.   Eugene Woodside’s third grade class from Albury Sayles Primary School was our first program at Adventure Learning Centre this year. The facilitators and staff reported that the children from the class were especially clingy, and the staff were able to heap love and affection on these hurting children. What a ministry opportunity it was, complete with hugs, hand holding, play time and most importantly time to share the Gospel and love of Jesus. The class also was one of the first groups to get to enjoy the use of our newly constructed play set.

Christmas Lights Drive Thru 2017: “Believe”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Christmas Lights Drive Thru that is. Lights are going up. Volunteer rounding-up is in full swing. Set/pageant preparations are being made. Meetings are being had. All this is for the annual Christmas Lights Drive Thru at Adventure Learning Centre. This year’s theme is “Believe”. Please pray for this event, its preparation, execution, Gospel delivery, community attendance, as it is a major fundraiser for the ministry as well as a Gospel outreach to the community.

Matters for Prayer

Though this trip we are on is coming in far under budget then what we had originally anticipated (due to God’s provision of great airfares, the vehicle use, and generous hosts along the way), we are funding it personally. The ministry is not paying for it.   It is an added expense for us. Please pray with us that God will provide the rest of the funds that will close the budget gap.

We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance on a couple things, please pray with us on these.

Please pray for the outreach of the Christmas Lights Drive Thru, programming at the Centre and Camp, and through the various side ministries of the staff.

Please pray for our Ms. Ada (cook at the Centre).  Her husband passed away from prostate cancer yesterday.  

Thank you!

Thank you for your time in reading this update and for your interest in the ministry of Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.

Until next month…

Is all this Futile?

 

 

 

During the recent bout of storms (which, by the way, did not affect us despite warnings and calls by our passport country’s government to “evacuate” and our resident country’s government to “prepare”), there came to me a new realization of why we are here and why we should keep working in spite of how we feel of what is or is not happening.

In the days leading up to Irma’s arrival in our vicinity, when the hurricane’s cone of uncertainty was still over the Bahamas, we were admonished by NEMA (Bahamas equivalent to USA’s FEMA) to prepare our property for a large dangerous hurricane.  As we began surveying what needed to be done, not only did I see the large preparation task ahead of us (all this during our annual staff orientation week), but I also saw unfinished projects (projects put on the back burner because of lack of staff to complete them and more urgent projects arising) and remnants of the damaged landscape from last year’s  Hurricane Matthew.   As I pondered what happened last year and what might happen again this year, I asked myself, “Why even try? Why do we keep doing this?  We work hard to make things nice, and then it gets destroyed.  Between hurricanes, salty humid air, and dirty electricity, things just keep breaking.  It all seems so futile. Furthermore, work just keeps coming with no end in sight. I am tired. Do I even want to do this anymore?”

Despite what Satan was trying to tell me,  God reminded me that there is in fact a work going on here; God is moving; lives are being impacted; what we are doing by God’s grace is important.

God is using the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp to bring glory to himself.  ALC&C is reaching the Bahamian people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the educational programs at the Centre, Adventure Clubs in the schools, puppet shows at Birthday party rentals, and pageants/dramas at the 2 annual Fundays.  The Camp financially supports the ministry (guests that come to Adventure Learning Camp pay a small fee to stay at the Camp), facilitates/serves mission teams where participants not only draw closer to the Lord in their service to him but also are given opportunities to minister to and share the Gospel with the Bahamian people, provides a retreat facility for local churches and groups to getaway from every day life, and operates a weekly Youth Night outreach where ALC staff together with former Joy Bible Camp staff impact the lives of local young people.

So, every tree branch we pick-up off the road and carry to the burn pile, every fence board we cut/prime/paint/nail to the post, every water filter or pipe fitting we replace, every twisted light fixture we repair, every tree or plant we prune, every program lesson developed/practiced/taught, every picnic table we turn upside down then right side up again, every board we nail in place over a glass window, every roof shingle we replace, every blown tire we replace on a vehicle, every smile/touch/kind word to a guest, every animal we move to safety and then back out to pasture, every conflict between staff we mediate, every meal we prepare is all worth it for one reason: it keeps the ALC&C ministry going so we can continue the work God has called us here to do!

We continue, taking each day as it comes and praying that God gives us the grace we need to do what needs to be done and the wisdom/discernment we need to prioritize each task.  

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.  

(I Thesselonians 5:24)

 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. 

( I Peter 1:3)

General Update

Staff Needs

Please pray with us for maintenance staff and a program director.  These positions are urgent needs. 

Program Director

Expectations: Responsible for overseeing facilitator staff, communicate with teachers and schools, booking school field trips, scheduling and logistics. Requirements: customer service and phone skills, can delegate and manage staff. Not required but desired: organizational skills and basic computer program skills such as word and excel.

Maintenance

Requirements: Skills in general construction and repair, able to lead mission teams and volunteers with work projects.     Preferred but not required: mechanical and diesel engine repair abilities

Interested applicants with a godly character and servant heart can contact Tim (tims@alcbahamas.org) or Mark (markw@alcbahamas.org).

Welcome aboard, Kadeisha and Stephanie

We are so excited to have these 2 ladies as part of our facilitator team this year.  Kadeisha is originally from Trinidad and has lived in Nassau for the past 2 years. Her husband is Bahamian, and they met at Bible college in the States.  You met Stephanie last month, but in case you missed it…Stephanie Wittmer comes back to us from New York.  Stephanie was here for 9 months in 2009-10.  We are glad to have her back. Please pray for these ladies as they begin their service and employment here at Adventure Learning Centre.

Staff Retreat Day

 

The ALC&C board, minus Pastor Cranston who is on sabbatical and off island, gathered with the staff for our annual pre-year staff retreat.  It was held at Atlantis on September 2nd.  As a staff we revisited our mission as a ministry.  It was another opportunity to see why we are here and the value of what we do. Always a great way to begin the new school year!

Staff Orientation Begins

 

Another great way to start a new school year is coming together as staff during new staff orientation week for team building activities.  Jen’s first team building activity involved donuts. Way to go, Jen!  The first week of training was interrupted by hurricane preparedness, but we eventually got it done.

Getting the Word Out

 

On September 10th Tim was able to provide an ALC&C ministry update to the church at East Street Gospel Chapel.  This is their annual missions month, and we usually attend at least once every year to provide the local ministry update.  Aaron, Celine and Stephanie joined us.

Ministry of Another Kind

 

We were able to help fellow Bahamians during the recent Hurricane Irma.  As many of you may know, the southern Bahamas islands received a direct hit from this Category 5 hurricane.  In the days leading up to the hurricane, NEMA evacuated the tiny islands.  NEMA requested the use of our buses to transport the evacuees from the airport to the shelters here on New Providence.  

Camp Update

Friday Youth Night

 

Youth Night 2017-18 has begun, and boy are we excited for another great year of ministering to these young people!   The young people have started to return, and we are encouraged by their enthusiasm and overall desire to be here.  Our dedicated staff are also an encouragement as they devote themselves to ministering to the young people. Last Friday the mission team from Buffalo, NY led the program.  This week we begin a new series based on Andy Stanley’s “Seven Checkpoints”.  Pray for the exciting new year of ministry ahead of us.

Projects

Not much in way of projects has been taking place at Camp.  Aaron and Tim have been spending a lot of time at the Centre working on projects over there.  We hope to resume the office storage construction soon.  Denny continues to work his magic on the grounds.  He is a hard, quick and efficient worker.

Visitors/Guests

The only mission team we had this month was a group of young adults from Buffalo, New York.  They are part of a group called Focus Group The Chapel and were here through a mission organization called Score International.  Among the many things they did while on the island, they did work projects at the Centre, led our Friday Youth Night, worked in the community to build a playground/benches in the Kemp Road area, did outreach with a Bahamian boxer, and served at Uriah McPhee Primary School.  They were a blessing to serve.

Bradley King (left) brought a couple from Barbados, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Brown, to tour the Camp.  They do camp ministry on their island and were here in Nassau to speak at East Street Gospel Chapel’s missions conference.

Centre Update

 

The staff are practicing the curriculum and getting ready to begin teaching the children that come to Adventure Learning Centre throughout the school year.  A  3rd grade class from Albury Sayles Primary school will be here next week as our first group of the year (this is a way of reaching out to and encouraging the class of a little Bahamian boy that was shot and killed by a stray bullet while sitting at his dining room table doing homework this past Monday night).  Pray for the little boy’s family, that we are able to encourage the children, and for the facilitators as they minister to these children, sharing the Gospel of Jesus and providing outdoor education programming.

 

One of the ways we minister to the Bahamian people is by opening the Centre for rental for children’s birthday parties.  We not only provide a service to the attendees, but we are also able to present the Gospel through the puppet show.  We had the first birthday party of the school  year this past weekend.

Another set of triplet goats were born at the Centre on September 11th.  This is the second set of triplets born this year.  They are adorable.  Enjoy viewing these little cuties!

Busy Fall Ahead

On the Road

A church in Windsor, Ontario is holding an ALC&C fundraiser on October 21st, and this fundraiser has prompted us to make a promotion/connecting trip in Indiana (mission team coming next March), North Carolina (meet a new youth pastor of a supporting church and past mission team), Windsor (fundraiser/meet with past mission teams), New York (meet with prospective staff and connect with supporting church), and Cleveland Ohio (mission team coming next June).  We should be gone from the island for about 3 weeks. Pray for us as we prepare and for travel and for the connections we will be making.

When we return, we have local groups scheduled for 3 weekends in November.  The first 2 weekends in December are our annual Christmas Lights Drive Thru.  Then we have a local camp December 15-16 and a week long mission team of 45 people the week before Christmas.  Please pray for us as we make preparations for these big events.

Have a great October!

 

 

August’s Trial and Blessings

First our August trial…

Friday, August 11th was day 54 of our busy summer ministry schedule; our bags were packed in preparation for our 2 week trip beginning on the 12th, a group was getting ready to vacate the Camp, and the last group of the summer was scheduled to arrive later that day.  As we ventured back to Camp that morning (we had been spending the nights that last week at the house we were watching/securing for the fall), we received a call from Aaron that the frig and microwave on the office porch were missing.  When we arrived home, we found that the thief had also broken into our house and stolen things from us as well.   We filed a police report, assessed what needed to be replaced/purchased, and continued with our plans to leave the island.

Which leads us to our August blessing…

August 1st was our 30th wedding anniversary.  To celebrate this year, we booked a cruise vacation so we could get away, relax and experience some quality time together.  We left the island on the 12th and flew to Indiana to help Zachary (he had come to the island for a visit on July 29th) move to Minnesota.  After a week of shopping (not on our original plan but necessary after the theft of jewelry and clothing) and visiting family, we flew to Fort Lauderdale to begin our cruise vacation on August 20th.  We spent 7 glorious days at sea and on 3 Caribbean islands.  When we returned to Fort Lauderdale on August 27th, we were rested, refreshed, and reveling in the quality time we had gotten to spend together.

Before and after the cruise, we were able to spend some bonus time with friends from Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale.  We were also able to meet with leaders and discuss the school’s upcoming mission trip in January.

We returned to the island on the 28th with news that the thief had been apprehended and some of our belongings had been recovered.  We were able to go to the police station the day after we arrived back and reclaimed our belongings.  While at the police station, we inquired about reaching out to the thief in prison.  We were encouraged by the police officer to do so, and we are praying for the right moment and opportunity.  Please pray that God opens a door to minister to this young man.

Praise: Though there were trials this summer (burglary, weeks of long days of ministry in the heat), God blessed us with a peace about our situation, a God-honoring perspective of the break-in and feelings towards the perpetrator, a few days in the presence of our family in Indiana and Minnesota and with friends/ministry partners in Florida, and a wonderful vacation together.  We feel incredibly blessed, refreshed, rested, and ready to begin ministry again.

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Thank you to all of you who helped make this vacation possible.  We had received some gifts over the past year from people requesting that we use the money to “do something fun”.  Those funds were used towards the cost of this trip.  This trip made us realize that we spend so much time through out the year serving others and spending time in the presence of others. We now see the importance of getting away and being alone and have decided a similar getaway is a must every year.  Thank you!

Ministry Update

The last day of Day Camp at the Centre was July 28th.  Most Centre staff were off island on vacations/visiting family this month.  Many have since returned and are preparing for staff training which begins next week.  

Jen Rogers, our program director, has been particularly busy this week as much of the training schedule and logistics fall on her shoulders.  Please pray for Jen this week and the next 2 weeks.  

There were a couple fun days at the Centre hosted by Scotia Bank and RBC Bank for children that live in orphanages on the island.   Another great opportunity to partner with businesses in serving the Bahamian children.

Our newest staff, Stephanie Wittmer, arrived this week.  She was here for about 9 months in 2010 and has returned to facilitate once again.  We have enjoyed getting to know her this week and feel like she is going to make a great addition to the ALC&C staff family.  Welcome aboard, Stephanie!

Early in August, while the Centre was vacant and quiet, Tim and Aaron were able to work on some projects.  Aaron worked on the front gate, but we are still finding some challenges with it.  We hope to resolve them soon.  Tim and Mark worked on getting the play set on the playground finished.  Tim installed bathroom sinks and counters in the children’s bathrooms.

Guests/Visitors

July 29-August 6 we hosted a mission team from Pennsylvania/Maryland/New Jersey area.  They are the E-team under the leadership of Doug Plank, pastor of Crossway Church in Lancaster, PA.  They were on island to help serve at Kingdom Life Church’s annual Music Camp.  This awesome team was such a blessing to us on many levels.  We enjoyed serving them as they served the Bahamian community.
Calvary Baptist Church rented the Camp for a youth Camp the week of August 7-11.  It was a blessing to see the pastor of the church engaging his youth and interacting with them as they retreated from every day life to Adventure Learning Camp.

Ms. Ada’s group, Boys Brigade (not pictured), from Abundant Life Bible Church was our last group of the season.  21 boys/leaders were on site for their annual camping trip at Adventure Learning Camp.  Zachary was able to hail Ms. Ada before he left to go back to the states.

Nancy is a dear friend and ministry partner of ours.  She was a Joy Bible Camp camper when she was a child.  She came by this week to visit, and we enjoyed getting to catch up with her.

What’s Next?

As we said earlier, staff training starts next week.  This weekend coming the board will be on island and we have an all staff retreat day on Saturday.  We are looking forward to a great year.

Until next month…

Forty days down, just a week (or two) to go!

Many highlights for this month, but one in particular was hosting these awesome gentlemen from the Logos Hope.  They stayed with us for a couple days during their 2 day rest break. 6 countries are represented in this photo:  India, Germany, USA, Great Britain, Norway, South Africa.

This month has been crazy.  As this is going to press, we are on day 40 straight (no break) with a little over 9 days left (more if the group that has asked to come the week of August 7th ends up coming).  Besides us serving back to back and overlapping mission teams and a local group of about 100 these last several weeks, what has made it so crazy is Tim has been doing some major maintenance projects at the Centre (Tim and Aaron are it for maintenance staff right now), leading maintenance projects being done by crew members of the OM ship Logos Hope at the Centre (there is a lot that goes into project managing work crews), and trying to keep the buses running (3 of the 5 buses are out of commission right now). This has left me (with Kevin’s help) here at Camp serving the groups.

We are exhausted and busy, but we are still able to function.  We have some good rest at night and that has helped a lot.  Although this week we have 100 people here at Camp, next week should be relatively quiet with a group of only 16.  The ship is gone from port which means there will be no more work teams to manage.  And Day Camp at the Centre will be over (no need to juggle the 2 functioning buses).

July in a nutshell…

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CAMP:  4 weeks of mission teams and a week of Young Life Bahamas (youth camp) 

CENTRE:  Day Camp with 50-80 campers ages 5-12 every weekday.

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Operation Mobilization Logos Hope in port and partnering with us here at the Centre (2 fun days for the crew at the Centre 2 evenings in early July, crew ministry days at the Centre, ALC Day Camp field trips to the ship, many days of work projects at the Centre, rest days for crew at the Camp)

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Maintenance continues at the Centre.  With buses being out of commission, the reverse osmosis system still having issues, projects to manage, and messes to clean up, Tim and Aaron are quite busy.  

There you have it, short and sweet.  

Prayer Requests

Staff rest

We need staff here at the ALC&C, namely facilitators and maintenance staff at the Centre. Please pray God sends godly, servant minded people to fill these positions.

Strength to finish out the summer, both serving the guest groups and completing unfinished work projects at the Centre (the ship crew were unable to finish some of the projects they started)

Wisdom and discernment as we serve

We will be traveling August 12-19 to help our son move from Indiana back to Minnesota; then we will be taking a vacation from August 20-27 to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.

Leadership of the ALC&C:  board, Tim and Mark, future Executive Director, etc

The fall term as it begins in little over a month.  We have one new staff member coming.

Thank you!

Thank you for your support of us in keeping up with our updates, praying for us, and partnering with us in your giving.  We sincerely appreciate it and thank God for your faithfulness.

God bless!

Tim and Mindy

Out of the Fishbowl

The phrase “living in a fishbowl” means living your life on display for everyone to see, just as everyone from the outside can see what the fish is doing in its fishbowl home.

We that live in community on sight at Adventure Learning Camp live in a “fishbowl”.  Everyone sees and knows what is going on.  Whereas living on site can be very convenient and is often necessary, it can also be tiring in that someone is always around and there is never a time when we are not working or being ready to work.  Someone can be knocking at the door at any given time.  In times we want to disconnect, we have to be very purposeful and intentional.

We were blessed this past week and half with the opportunity to live “off site”. That meant we had to commute to work each day, something we have not done in over 8 years. We are house sitting for a couple who are away.   We are watching their home for them and keeping the homestead clean and ready for Kim and Randy Grebe and their family when they come to the island in the next couple of weeks.  When the Grebes leave, we will hurricane proof the house and close it up.   

The view of the canal and ocean on one side of the house and the view of the in-ground pool on the other side is breath taking.  Although we are not able to make it to the house everyday (mission teams are on site now), the views as well as the experience of being alone has done wonders to revitalize us!  We are thankful to the homeowners, Donny and Barabar Maura, for their generous gift to us and to the Lord for providing us this connection and opportunity to serve the Mauras and the Grebes. 

Ministry Life

Vehicles and Maintenance Staff

This picture brings to mind two very important prayer requests:  Please pray for our vehicles.   The buses, the train, the van, the Explorer, the pick-up truck, and even our own personal vehicles are all tools for the ministry and are very important for what we do, but many of them are limping along and require many man hours to remain safe and road worthy.  Please pray God sends us godly, mission minded maintenance staff with gifting in leadership, general maintenance and vehicle maintenance skills! Adam, Aaron, Tim and Mark do what they can to maintain the ministry and to keep the vehicles maintained and running, but we could use someone with this expertise.

PRAISE THE LORD!   Tim has spent spent countless hours, days, weeks and even months trying to get the water problem solved at both the Centre and the Camp.  The RO system was having issues for the last year and half, but it was complicated further by flooding from Hurricane Matthew and needed repairs.   Dewey Dawkins (pictured in first picture) has been graciously helping Tim with the plan for the system.  Today we are happy to report we think the project is nearing completion. Thank you also goes to Adam Greenhow and Aaron Mills for their help.  This has been a project that has taken a lot of Tim’s time, and now that it is finished, we can focus on other important things.

A sad good-bye…  Our sweet Eva Sartor from Germany left this past week.  She came to work as a missionary facilitator at the Centre side of the ALC&C ministry in September.  We miss her already and wish her well as she starts school next year.

Kevin continues to thrive and grow in his position as Camp cook.  He has had a firm grasp on the cooking aspect of the job (great time management skills, very organized, food is great, etc) and is now being trained to do menus, inventory, place orders, manage staff, and even implement and enforce serve safe practices in the kitchen.  We are well on our way to having a well organized, industrial, “Serve Safe” kitchen!  

The Operation Mobilization’s Logos Hope is coming to Nassau July 7-25!  ALC founders Randy and Kim Grebe were among the OM staff that came for a planning meeting in late May.  They hope to send ministry people here to help us, and we look forward to meeting all of them.  

Brazil, Germany, Japan, Peru, Canada, USA, Bahamas, Jamaica!  Those are some of the countries represented at this table.  OM ship preparation team (and others) came and had dinner at Camp.  One of our facilitators, Debbie, used to minister on the OM ship and had invited all these young people for dinner.

Aaron has been helping fix things and build props for Day Camp, but his big project this past month has been the storage closet in the Camp Office.  Our office still looks like a war zone, but after he finishes this closet and builds additional storage, we will get it fixed up nice.  Thanks, Aaron, for your hard work!

Beautification of the grounds at the Centre was highlighted in last month’s blog.  The Camp is also getting a much needed face lift.  The grounds crew has planted some new plants in the beds around the Cabins and added beautiful mulch.  Denny received a new “toy”, a leaf blower and has been using it to help him with his work at Camp.  Today he started tearing out the ugly, painful, mosquito incubators (these plants hold water in its base) from around the office, the dining hall and Camp house.  As soon as funds are available, we hope to plant and mulch around these buildings.

Happy Birthday to our staff with April-June birthdays!  From left to right:  Garnet Hepburn (animal caretaker), Mark Wallace (Science and Outreach at the Centre), Romain Denise (Camp grounds keeper), Ms. Ada (Centre cook)!

Congratulations, RJ!  RJ is the son of the Centre Office Manager, Eldora and a very good friend of our son, Zachary.  When Zachary still lived at home, RJ would hang out with us.  This is the first time we had seen him in a while.  He just completed high school and is now taking technical courses at Bahamas Vocational Technical Institute.  

Adam Greenhow has been working in maintenance at the Centre now since January.  He has “adopted” us as parents.  He took us out for dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Afterwards we toured the new resort, BahaMar!

Camp

Guests/Visitors/Volunteers

Celine’s two sisters, Anika and Amanda, stopped in for a visit between their travels from the USA back to their home in Red Bays, Andros, The Bahamas.  We love seeing these young ladies and watching these 3 sisters interact.  

Calvary Deliverance church had a group of 32 young ladies at Camp for their annual retreat in early June.

Logos Hope / Operation Mobilization pre-trip staff were on site to visit former Logos Hope team member, Debbie Degen.  Debbie is one of our facilitators at the Centre. We were able to visit with them for the evening.

Epic Kids were at Camp for a one night sleepover in early June.  Their pastor, Pastor Q, is a dear friend of ours, and we enjoyed getting to see him and host this awesome group.

This is Cordea.  She is from Red Bays, Andros, and she has an identical twin sister with a very similar name.  The Bahamas passport office issued her sister a passport, but because they thought one person was trying to order 2 passports, they cancelled Cordea’s passport. She was on island trying to get it sorted out, and we were able to assist her.  Just another way we are able to partner with the ministry Dave and Sue Bryant have on Andros.

With one eye always on upcoming events, we were able to give a tour of the Camp and Centre to a group from Precept Ministries that will be holding a camp here in October.  The local representatives brought the USA ministry team to see where the event will be hosted.

On a recent Sunday, Sue Bryant and Celine’s brother Torn flew to Nassau from their homes in Andros, and since they had a few hours to kill while they waited to go to the international airport to fly to the USA, Adam picked them up and brought them to church.

Loge family (Nathaniel, Jessie, Bailey, Josiah and Kaitlin) came to the Bahamas on June 15 to serve as missionaries for a month as part of a family mission team.  They are laboring in the heat (they are from the cold north:  Minnesota) to serve with the Day Camp at the Centre.  They are such a blessing to all of us here at the ministry, not only with the hard work they are doing but also for bringing a lot of supplies and for being great companions and encouragers during this very busy time.  Thank you, Loge family, for all you are doing!

ALC Board Meeting took place last weekend.  Lee Burtelson from Chicago flew in (Stacie Burtelson had to join the meeting via internet as she just recently had foot surgery) to meet with the 3 Bahamian board members, Cranston Knowles, Kenneth Romer, and Sharon Stuart.  The board took the ALC&C staff out for dinner one evening while they were all here.

Micah, Alex and Candace Godsey are no strangers to ALC&C.  Micah was here as a facilitator last year, worked at Day Camp last summer, and returned this summer again to work at Day Camp.  Her sister Candace is here for a week to help at the Day Camp, and Alex is here until mid-July.  We are so thankful for these young ladies!

Leeia Hutcheson worked at the Day Camp 2 years ago as a counselor.  This summer she is helping out at Camp for a week or two.  We are enjoying her presence and appreciate her help.

Mission Discovery summer 2017 group 1.  The group consists of teams from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pennsylvania, several churches from Pepin , Wisconsin, and a group of 3 ladies from Rapid City, South Dakota.  They are here learning about foreign missions by working at Elizabeth Estates children’s home and at a Haitian church.  MD has been coming here for many, many years.

Centre Update

Regular school programs at the Centre ended in early June.  We had over 6000 children come to Adventure Learning Centre this year.  That is fewer than normal, but considering we had a slow start to the year because of the hurricane, we are pleased with the amount of children we were able to reach with the Gospel through our education programs.  Please pray for the preparations being made for this fall.  Also pray God sends us facilitator staff to help run and maintain programs this fall.

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Summer Day Camp at Adventure Learning Centre began on June 19th, but before the children began enjoying programs and activities with a Circus theme, staff from both the Centre and Camp got together for team building times and staff training.  I (Mindy) was able to help out with first aid training.  

Children that attend Day Camp go to the beach every week and on a field trip most weeks.  They also have fun games and activities as well as Bible lessons and craft times.  Please pray the Summer Day Camp program and the staff.  It is hot here and the activity level and work can be grueling.

What’s Ahead

We start another Mission Discovery group on Sunday with mission teams and camps back to back clear through mid-August.  We hope to get some down time, but it does not look like that is going to happen.  Please pray that God grants us much grace as we work through the hot summer days, maintaining/stewarding the ministry and serving the many people staying with us here at Adventure Learning Camp.

We are looking forward to a visit from Zachary at the end of July.  He will be staying with us until August 12th at which point we will fly back with him to Indiana and help him pack and move to Minnesota.  While in the States, we hope to take some time to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary which is on August 1st.  Please pray for safety in travel, that we would be able to be away to celebrate, and for us as we make the necessary arrangements.

So much to be thankful for!  Praise God we received 5-year visas this year and 3-year driver’s licenses.  That means several years before we have to think about paper work, expense, or hours spent obtaining these documents.  We are so thankful for God’s favor in helping us get these necessary tasks completed.  Now, whether that means God will have us here for another 3-5 years remains to be seen.  At least as far as documents go, we are legally able to be here!

Thank you for your continued support of us and the ministry through your prayers and financial giving.  We pray God’s richest blessings on you as you partner with us in this great work of kingdom building here in The Bahamas.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV)

Two Months Worth

(Note: Prayer requests are marked in bold letters throughout the update)

For those of you who are new to receiving our updates,  our updates are very thorough, and we try to mention and post a picture of everyone who comes to ALC&C.  We missed April’s update because we were in Minnesota on break.  So, here is April and May’s update.  It is lengthy, but since there are a lot of pictures, it should go by quickly.

Help Needed!!!

Is God calling you into full time ministry?  Pray that God would send gifted, equipped servants to fill the following short term and long term positions.  It might even be you!

Full time Maintenance.  With the departure of Pat in March and Jesse just this last week, the job of full time maintenance at the Centre is in the hands of Tim (as Maintenance Director over both sides of the ministry), Adam Greenhow, and to some extent, Aaron Mills.    Adam will be gone July and August for prior-to-coming here commitments but plans to return in September.   Please pray that God sends us a mission minded person with gifting in construction, general maintenance and automobile mechanics. 

Summer Day Camp Staff.   The Centre is looking for counselors to help with the  Day Camp program. Please pray God sends the mature, godly staff of young people needed to help with this program.

Full time Adventure Learning Centre Facilitators.  Please pray for facilitator staff for the fall.  If you or someone you know would like to come and serve as a facilitator for a semester or year, we are looking for mission minded young people (or older persons) who have a heart to glorify God, to reach Bahamians with the Gospel through the teaching of outdoor education programs and various other ministry opportunities on and off-site, and to minister to young people in conjunction with the ministry at the Adventure Learning Camp.  Please let us know your interest and we will be glad to connect you to the right people.

Summer Adventure Learning Camp Assistant.  We are looking for a couple of people to come and minister on site at the Camp side of the ALC&C ministry this summer.  We could use someone to help serve mission teams as well as help maintain the property.  Please  pray God sends us the right persons to assist in this area.

Ministry Life

Besides the “normal” day to day work and ministry opportunities…

Tim continues to battle through the ALC&C’s water system issues that resulted from Hurricane Matthew storm surge damage.  It is complicated to explain, so suffice it to say, there is a LOT involved in getting this project done, and it has a taken a lot of his time and labor.  He hopes to have it done soon so we are not having to buy bottled water.  Please pray for this endeavor.

I spent much of my time from the end of March until the end of April planning for the mission teams arriving while we were off island (2 teams arrived while we were gone and one arrived the day after we returned) and preparing training for the staff that would lead the mission teams.  It took a lot of time, but the work put into it laid the ground work for future “substitutes” and allowed for smooth transitions.

Donny and his wife Barbara (not pictured) are a Bahamian couple that own a home on the upper east side of the island.  Tim knows Donny from a monthly lunch he attends at a doctor’ house here on the island. We will be care taking Donny and Barbara’s house while they are off island.  The purpose of our care taking their house is to get the house ready for Randy and Kim Grebe to use when they and their daughters come to the island in July.  Operation Mobilization’s ship, Logos Hope, will be in the Nassau port the month of July.

We meet as staff for devotions every weekday morning.  Recently we began using Monday mornings for staff meetings.  The 30 minute weekly meeting is designed to communicate what is going on and what the plans are for the next week.  So far it has been a great communication tool.  Please pray for staff as they function in their roles, for wisdom, discernment, and divine guidance in their dealings with others, for their physical/emotional/spiritual needs, and for overall unity as a team.  As with any “team” or family, there are struggles in the ALC&C staff family as well.  There are a lot of great things going on here for the cause of Christ, and Satan is attacking.

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We have gotten to have some fun times as staff over the last month.  Living in community has its benefits.

Special, special, special shout-out to all our young people who have been such a huge help to us!  Celine has spent countless hours cleaning our very neglected home (best housekeeper we have ever hired!); Adam has helped with odd jobs (including taking initiative to clean vehicles- ours as well as Camp/Centre’s), and several staff took over leadership of the Camp and mission teams while we were away in Minnesota.  Thank you, Debbie, Adam, Kevin, Celine, Eva, and Aaron, for all your hard work.  We greatly appreciate it!

Special thank you also to ALC&C volunteers, Andy, Keri and Alyssa Cartwright!  Andy has volunteered time at the Centre working with the landscaping.  Keri and Alyssa have spent many hours cleaning and doing laundry at Camp. 

From roof repairs (thank you, Matthew!), to electrical issues, to facilitating mission team work projects, to the Camp office remodeling project, Aaron has been working on several projects.

Lisa Moss is no stranger to us.  She is the former secretary at Abundant Life Bible Church.  She came by to share her ministry work with Child Evangelism Fellowship.  Pray for her as she seeks to raise support to work among her own people.

Mrs. Vanisa Godet is new to our congregation at Kingdom Life Church.  She is newly married to one of our fellow KLC church members and has recently moved to Nassau. We had a chance to welcome Vanisa with a lady’s social at church. Please pray for her as she adjusts to life in a new country.

For the third year in a row (and right during Easter Monday Funday preparations), we had to pull out fire fighting equipment and fight fires that threatened our property.  Thankfully the fire was contained within a day.  We were able to use the new fire equipment we obtained.

Divine appointments…we were able to “serve” more people God brought across our paths. We have been attending discipleship training classes on Wednesday nights at our church. These 2 couples are pastors of a church in Texas and were on island for vacation.  They found our church and attended Wednesday evening.  We were able to take them back to their hotel after taking a detour to show them Marina Village and experience Junkanoo.  They were an encouragement to us and offered prayers for us.

ALCamp Update

Guests/Visitors

Phil and Terri Barker (left) and Tim and Kim Olson from the Wausau, Wisconsin area were on island celebrating the Olson’s 25th wedding anniversary.  Phil and Terri were missionaries here in Nassau for 9 years in the early 2000’s, so they were the perfect tour guides.  One of their stops was here at ALC&C.

Kiwanis Key Leadership retreat was held here at Camp April 7-9.  The young people from several locations in the Bahamas were on site to attend team building and leadership seminars. Building tomorrow’s leaders is our passion, so we were excited to host this group.

David and Gail Herwerden came and served alongside us from April 12-28.  They were here in November for 2 weeks as well. David is a mechanic, and when we called to let him know our buses were “sick” and some ministry/staff vehicles were in need of some tlc, he came and brought his sweet, encouraging wife with him.  David worked on the vehicles, and Gail helped me do some huge organization projects that have been needing done for a while as well as painting and cleaning projects and literally worked on keeping me on task at jobs I needed to do to get ready for groups coming while we were gone.  I don’t know what we would have done without these two.  They were a HUGE help, blessing and encouragement!

Biz Mair is a friend of ours from Minnesota.  He came for a week in April and helped out with odd jobs as well as with Easter Monday Funday.  We enjoyed the time we got to spend with him and for all his help.  

Bob and Donna Mastin (far left in left picture) led a mission team (David Hurley, Erika/Kimberly/ Josh Donahue) to Nassau to conduct a soccer camp outreach.  While on island, we were able to spend an evening with the team.  Later in the week, we met up with Bob and Donna and another Nassau based missionary couple and talked “mission work”.  John and Karen Stodgehill (foreground of right picture) have been on island now for a few months.  It was a fun evening and a great time to connect, share stories and help Bob and Donna brainstorm as they too will be coming to the island in October to serve full time here in The Bahamas.

Friends and fellow missionaries from Andros, David and Sue Bryant, have been on island a few times in the last month.  They are working on obtaining paper work for the people they serve as well as taking care of other important tasks.  We help them when we can with transportation needs, food and lodging while here in Nassau.  They are a great encouragement to us.

Rebekah Rockafield came to serve at ALC for about 5 days in late April.  She is a friend of Jesse Keizer and wanted to experience time serving at a ministry in The Bahamas during part of her stay on the island.  Her work with the horses and in other areas was greatly appreciated.

Celine’s brother Nathaniel and mother Agnes were at ALCamp to visit in early May.  We were not on the island at the time, so we missed getting to see them, but their presence was a blessing and encouragement to Celine.  We look forward to their return when we are not off island.

A group of 8 from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee arrived on May 7 for a 9 day mission trip to serve with Bahamas Godparent Centre.  They were able to experience many things while serving the Godparent Centre.  They also got to do work projects here at the Camp for a day.  Our staff did a great job serving these young people, and we were able to meet them on their last day here.

A team of 12 from East Central University Baptist Student Union came for their 12 day mission trip on Thursday, May 11.  This dynamic team ministered at Hopedale Centre, ALC&C, Bahamas Assoc. of Physically Disabled, Kingsway Academy, Williemae Pratt Centre for girls, and Kingdom Life Church.  They also got to lead our Friday night Youth Night. Like the Bryan College group, they arrived while we were gone, but we were able to serve them for a week after we returned.

Life Church from Richmond, Virginia were here May 16-20. This is their third year coming and serving the Bahamian people on a mission trip.  Pastor Vernon Gordon (far right) is the leader and pastor of this awesome team.  They served at Children’s Emergency Hostel, ALC&C (painting projects, construction of fences, helped repair Hurricane Matthew damage to the sign at end of Marshall Road, and so much more), BAPD, C.H. Reeves Middle School.

Youth Night

The numbers of youth attending our Friday night Youth Night have dropped a bit, but we continue to have great opportunities to touch the lives of Bahamian youth.  This past weekend, a group of us leaders gathered to discuss the year past and strategies for impacting the youth starting again this coming fall.  Mission teams that are here during Friday evenings get the opportunity to work with the youth, and this mission team interaction has been well received by the youth. 

ALCentre Update

Programming

As of May 29th, 5943 Bahamian children were reached with the Gospel through the educational programming at Adventure Learning Centre!   Despite being nearly 3000 shy of our previous years numbers, we are quite thankful for the opportunities we have had to reach children with the Gospel especially in light of the fact that Hurricane Matthew caused loss program days for nearly 1 1/2 months.  God is still working.  Praise God for those we have ministered to this year, and pray that God will water the seeds of the Gospel presented to every one who has been to Adventure Learning Centre this year and years previous.

Easter Monday Funday

We had about 1400 people attend our annual Easter Monday Funday.  Along with our Christmas Lights Drive Thru, Easter Monday Funday is one of our annual fundraising, Gospel-outreach, family fun days.  It takes a lot of time, effort and volunteer help to run this event.  It was a beautiful day enjoyed by many.

  Petting Farm Update

Volunteer, Andy Cartwright, has been managing the work being done on the petting farm revitalization.  Irrigation installation is underway.  When all is said and done, and we have had a couple seasons of growing, the petting farm is going to look beautiful again.

Summer Day Camp 

This year’s theme for Summer Day Camp at the Centre is “Circus”.  Preparations are underway for a very exciting summer for Bahamian children.  Please pray for preparations, acquiring staff, the children that will be attending, and for the ministry that takes place during the hot summer days.

 

No personal update this month…  If you made it this far in the update, give yourself a round of applause.  This was a long update.  We appreciate the time you took to get caught up on what is happening with us here at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.

Thank you and God bless you!
Tim and Mindy Seeley

 

“Out of Office”

As leaders of a ministry, do we really get to get “out of the office”?  Not really. But we are trying, and the scenery we are enjoying is definitely different.  Even now as we visit with family and friends in Minnesota, love on our granddaughter, shop for/sort through/pack/re-pack supplies (for personal and ministry), and rest, we are continuing our communication with the ALC staff over issues and with mission teams that will be arriving at the ALCamp while we are gone and shortly after we return.   We are also pulling together a presentation to present to our sending church whom we will be visiting next Sunday.

Because we are trying to rest, celebrate our son’s college graduation, enjoy time with family, and recuperate from a very busy season, we have chosen not to spend one of our precious few days putting together a blog post for this month.  These posts, though necessary and appreciated by many of our supporters, usually take a full day to pull together, and time is so precious.  Please excuse us for letting it go this month and enjoying the time spent with family (especially the snuggles and love from our dear Anastasia).  We will catch you all up on “April” news in the May update.

Until then, please keep us in your prayers:

Ministry work at ALC&C

Staffing needs at ALC&C:  

Mechanic/maintenance

Facilitators at the Centre

Summer Camp Assistant

Summer Day Camp Staff

Our travels between Minnesota and Indiana (we will be taking a few days away next week and end up in Indiana to pick up Zachary to bring him to Minnesota for Logan’s graduation)

Time of rest and relaxation

Logan’s graduation

The 2 mission teams that arrive at ALC while we are gone and the staff that will be taking over for us.

Thank you for your continued interest in us and the ministry work we do.

Tim and Mindy Seeley

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