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December 14, 2014

On Saturday, November 22nd, my cousin Tracy picked us up in Chicago and took us back to her house near Lafayette, IN.  We got to visit with her, her husband Brian, her son Jeremy, and her parents (my Uncle Raymond and Aunt Carol).

On Saturday, November 22nd, my cousin Tracy picked us up in Chicago and took us back to her house near Lafayette, IN. We got to visit with her, her husband Brian, her son Jeremy, and her parents (my Uncle Raymond and Aunt Carol).

On Sunday, Nov 23rd, we spoke twice at my cousin's church, Church of the Brethren of Rossville, IN.  During Sunday School...

On Sunday, Nov 23rd, we spoke twice at my cousin’s church, Church of the Brethren of Rossville, IN. During Sunday School…

Sunday afternoon, my parents picked us up and took us back to their place in Covington, IN.  That evening we spoke at Hillery Bible Chapel.  This is the church where Tim and I met.  In fact, where Tim is standing is almost the exact spot where we first shook hands after being introduced.  :-)

Sunday afternoon, my parents picked us up and took us back to their place in Covington, IN. That evening we spoke at Hillery Bible Chapel. This is the church where Tim and I met. In fact, where Tim is standing is almost the exact spot where we first shook hands after being introduced. 🙂

Following our update at Hillery Bible Chapel, we had a salad dinner fellowship.

Following our update at Hillery Bible Chapel, we had a salad dinner fellowship.

When Zachary was at Grandma's in June, he was almost 6'3.  Grandma wanted to remeasure him.  He is now 6'3.5.  Still taller than anyone else in the family.

When Zachary was at Grandma’s in June, he was almost 6’3. Grandma wanted to remeasure him. He is now 6’3.5. Still taller than anyone else in the family.

The week of Thanksgiving we were able to spend some down time relaxing, getting caught up on emails, shopping-packing-shopping-packing, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and visiting parents and grandparents.

The week of Thanksgiving we were able to spend some down time relaxing, getting caught up on emails, shopping-packing-shopping-packing, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and visiting parents and grandparents.

Thanksgiving dinner was at my parent's house.  This is my parents and two of my sisters.

Thanksgiving dinner was at my parent’s house. This is my parents and two of my sisters.

My great aunt and her family...

My great aunt and her family…

My mom's sister and her family

My mom’s sister and her family

After Thanksgiving, we helped Mom decorate for Christmas.

After Thanksgiving, we helped Mom decorate for Christmas.

On Sunday the 30th, Tim shared an update with Edgewood Baptist Church and then preached afterwards.

On Sunday the 30th, Tim shared an update with Edgewood Baptist Church and then preached afterwards.

Edgewood is the church I grew up in.  Here are some of the original Edgewood Baptist people that I grew up attending church with.

Edgewood is the church I grew up in. Here are some of the original Edgewood Baptist people that I grew up attending church with.

Sunday evening we visited my step dad's mom.  Helen is the mother of 4 boys.  Being a mother of 4 boys myself, I love these mother son pictures!  She is 93 years old and still lives alone.  Of course the boys take very good care of their momma.

Sunday evening we visited my step dad’s mom. Helen is the mother of 4 boys. Being a mother of 4 boys myself, I love these mother son pictures! She is 93 years old and still lives alone. Of course the boys take very good care of their momma.

Our welcoming home party on December 1st!

Our welcoming home party on December 1st! We packed 9 suitcases and 3 backpacks with the few personal items we took to the States with us and all the extra supplies we purchased.   Because everything is so expensive in the Bahamas, we try to bring a lot of stuff back with us.  We also get $300 each worth of stuff duty free when we return, so we took advantage of it!  Paying $40 for the three extra bags was still worth it.

While we were gone and even after we got back, the ALC staff were busy running normal programming at the Centre as well as preparing for the Christmas Lights Drive Thru (see the blog posts for explanation of this event.)

While we were gone and even after we got back, the ALC staff were busy running normal programming at the Centre as well as preparing for the Christmas Lights Drive Thru (see the blog posts for explanation of this event.)

More pictures of the preparations.

More pictures of the preparations.

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The Centre Facilitators had a Christmas party for the after school Adventure Club kiddos.  One of the activities was a campfire at Camp.

The Centre Facilitators had a Christmas party for the after school Adventure Club kiddos. One of the activities was a campfire at Camp.

We love having kids at Camp.

We love having kids at Camp.

Our first Friday back on the island we were able to participate in the monthly youth outreach at Camp. Our own Moya led us all in a time of singing.

Our first Friday back on the island we were able to participate in the monthly youth outreach at Camp. Our own Moya led us all in a time of singing.

Jen and Elton helped lead game time.

Jen and Elton helped lead game time.

Games!

Games!

Teddy Bootle gave a challenge from God's Word.

Teddy Bootle gave a challenge from God’s Word.

I LOVE having girls around.  We spent Saturday the 6th making Christmas cookies together.

I LOVE having girls around. We spent Saturday the 6th making Christmas cookies together.

We were very productive!

We were very productive!

One thing you would not see in a "boy" house:  girls singing and having fun to "Let it Go" from Frozen.  (Love this!)

One thing you would not see in a “boy” house: girls singing and having fun to “Let it Go” from Frozen. (Love this!)

Silly Josie helping us decorate the house for Christmas!

Silly Josie helping us decorate the house for Christmas!

We decorated the house but have left the tree to decorate when all of us are together the week of Christmas!

We decorated the house but have left the tree to decorate when all of us are together the week of Christmas!

On the 10th, Denise and Cliff Young (we stayed with them when we were in Atlanta) and the kids came through Nassau on a cruise.  We picked them up at the port and spent the day with them.

On the 10th, Denise and Cliff Young (we stayed with them when we were in Atlanta) and the kids came through Nassau on a cruise. We picked them up at the port and spent the day with them.

Our friend Aaron Mills came on the 10th and will be with us for a few weeks.  He is a great help to us and has such a servant heart.

Our friend Aaron Mills came on the 10th and will be with us for a few weeks. He is a great help to us and has such a servant heart.

Tim and Aaron have started work on the finishing stages of the staff cottage.  There is still a lot of work to be completed on this cabin before it can be lived in.

Now that emails, correspondence, and planning for this weeks mission team has been completed, Tim has been able to direct some of his attention to working on the new staff cottage. There is still a lot of work to be completed on this cabin before it can be lived in.

Re doing water lines.

Re doing water lines.

Judi and the facilitators have been working on painting the cottage inside and out.

Judi and the facilitators have been working on painting the cottage inside and out.

A peak at this inside of the cottage.

A peak at this inside of the cottage.

Right now the girl's staff cottage is home to bunk bed pieces.  We will be reassembling these beds in the new cottage over the next several weeks.  We have 2 mission teams of about 90 each that will need to use the new cottage for sleeping quarters.  After the group leaves on Jan 18th, the beds will be removed and we will finish the cottage to house the girls so our new maintenance director and his wife can move in to the cottage the girls are using now.  A lot to do over the next few weeks!  Pray for us!!!

Right now the girl’s staff cottage is home to bunk bed pieces. We will be reassembling these beds in the new cottage over the next several weeks. We have 2 mission teams of about 90 each that will need to use the new cottage for sleeping quarters. After the group leaves on Jan 18th, the beds will be removed and we will finish the cottage to house the girls so our new maintenance director and his wife can move in to the cottage the girls are using now. A lot to do over the next few weeks! Pray for us!!!

This week we celebrated September and October birthdays (Bob September 11th and Tim October 27th).

This week we celebrated September and October birthdays (Bob September 11th and Tim October 27th).

We like to gather as staff to celebrate birthdays every couple of months.  September was too crazy busy and October we left the island for our trip.  We used last week to get "caught-up".

We like to gather as staff to celebrate birthdays every couple of months. September was too crazy busy and October we left the island for our trip. We used last week to get “caught-up”.

Cars are welcomed with this beautiful view as they approach the admission queue.

2 months of of preparation culminated a beautiful light display…

Mary mourns at the foot of the cross where Jesus died.

…and a spectacular pageant depicting the Christmas story:  birth of Jesus, life of Jesus, and death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

October 3, 2014

On Saturday, September 20th, we had the last neighborhood canvassing walkabout to announce the Joy Bible Camp Reunion to the South Beach Community.

On Saturday, September 20th, we had the last neighborhood canvassing walkabout to announce the Joy Bible Camp Reunion to the South Beach Community.

Also on the 20th, we welcomed aboard Pat Armstrong (on the left) as maintenance man here at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp.  His wife Janice will be joining us in January.  Sam Howard (right) is from the same church as Pat and was glad to see someone from home.

Also on the 20th, we welcomed aboard Pat Armstrong (on the left) as maintenance man here at Adventure Learning Centre and Camp. His wife Janice will be joining us in January. Sam Howard (right) is from the same church as Pat and was glad to see someone from home.

On Monday, September 22, Zachary turned 16 years old.  A second birthday in the Bahamas!

On Monday, September 22, Zachary turned 16 years old. A second birthday in the Bahamas!

We have been getting together on Monday nights for the Truth Project.

We have been getting together on Monday nights for the Truth Project.

No birthday is complete without a birthday cake.

No birthday is complete without a birthday cake.

We took Zachary out to Outback Steak House for his birthday.  Taking the boys out to eat for their birthdays is a tradition we have always observed.  This year it was weird being just the three of us.

We took Zachary out to Outback Steak House for his birthday. Taking the boys out to eat for their birthdays is a tradition we have always observed. This year it was weird being just the three of us.

Children began arriving at the Centre for school field trips.  The ALC bus goes to their schools and picks them up!

Children began arriving at the Centre for school field trips at the beginning of last week. The ALC bus goes to their schools and picks them up!

After their first day of live programming!  Come on girls, this is only the beginning!

After their first day of live programming! Come on girls, this is only the beginning!

Our new facilitators get to go with our veteran facilitators as they pick up the children.

Our new facilitators get to go with our veteran facilitators as they pick up the children.

There was a lot of preparation work that needed to be done to get ready for the Joy Bible Camp Reunion scheduled for September 27th.  Kevin Poitier is an artist and helped by painting this sign.  Well done, Kevin!

There was a lot of preparation work that needed to be done to get ready for the Joy Bible Camp Reunion scheduled for September 27th. Kevin Poitier is an artist and helped by painting this sign. Well done, Kevin!

This is the Skag lawnmower we got at a very good price.  Pat and Bog having fun getting the grounds ready and beautified for the reunion.

This is the Skag lawnmower we got at a very good price. Pat and Bog having fun getting the grounds ready and beautified for the reunion.

Kevin had never made cookies before.  This is his first attempt.  They were good.

Kevin had never made cookies before. This is his first attempt. They were good.

The day of the Joy Bible Camp reunion arrived on September 27th.  We began with a  pow wow and time of prayer.

The day of the Joy Bible Camp reunion arrived on September 27th. We began with a pow wow and time of prayer.

It was a joy seeing people come through the front gate.

It was a joy seeing people come through the front gate.

Some anxously waited in the dining hall meeting area for the program to begin.

Some anxously waited in the dining hall meeting area for the program to begin.

Others killed some time shooting baskets.

Others killed some time shooting baskets.

We began the open house with introducing ourselves.

We began the open house with introducing ourselves.

Leonard Smith was our moderator.  He and his brothers spent many of their summers at Joy Bible Camp while growing up.

Leonard Smith was our moderator. He and his brothers spent many of their summers at Joy Bible Camp while growing up.

Moya and Micheline led all of us in songs they used to sing at Joy Bible Camp.

Moya and Micheline led all of us in songs they used to sing at Joy Bible Camp.

Stanley Rolle shared some memories of Joy Bible Camp.

Stanley Rolle shared some memories of Joy Bible Camp.

He led us in some of his favorite songs.

He led us in some of his favorite songs.

The microphone to s open for any past Joy Bible Camper or staff to share memories of their time at JBC. This is Nancy Hutchinson. She is so excited that we are starting an out reach for the young people of the Bahamas at ALCamp. She has 2 teenagers of her own and wants them to have the same experiences she had.

The microphone to s open for any past Joy Bible Camper or staff to share memories of their time at JBC. This is Nancy Hutchinson. She is so excited that we are starting an out reach for the young people of the Bahamas at ALCamp. She has 2 teenagers of her own and wants them to have the same experiences she had.

This is Marie. She was Aunt Audrey's "right-hand man". She shared some experiences with all of us.

This is Marie. She was Aunt Audrey’s “right-hand man”. She shared some experiences with all of us.

More singing led by Moya and Michelene.

More singing led by Moya and Michelene.

Tim was able to share the goals and visions of Adventure Learning Camp and our desire to start a weekly outreach to the young people of the community.

Tim was able to share the goals and visions of Adventure Learning Camp and our desire to start a weekly outreach to the young people of the community.

Eloise introduced the next activity for the night: tour of the Adventure Learning Centre.

Eloise introduced the next activity for the night: tour of the Adventure Learning Centre.

We loaded the bus and headed for the Centre.

We loaded the bus and headed for the Centre.

Mark Wallace (director of the Centre) gave a tour of the Centre including the pavilion, the petting farm...

Mark Wallace (director of the Centre) gave a tour of the Centre including the pavilion, the petting farm…

...and the planetarium. He was able to share with the group what the focus of the Centre is. The Gospel was clearly shared.

…and the planetarium. He was able to share with the group what the focus of the Centre is. The Gospel was clearly shared.

We returned to the Camp.

We returned to the Camp.

Where Sydney "Teddy" Bootle gave a meditation.

Where Sydney “Teddy” Bootle gave a meditation.

Among the fun activities: face painting...

Among the fun activities: face painting…

...campfire with hot dogs and marshmallows,...

…campfire with hot dogs and marshmallows,…

...and tours of the camp facilities!

…and tours of the camp facilities!

On Sunday we had the College of Bahamas students from our church over for lunch at our house.  Pat and Megan joined us.

On Sunday we had the College of Bahamas students from our church over for lunch at our house. Pat and Megan joined us.

On Monday we had a blood drive at the Centre.  Patients at the hospital who need blood must have family and friends donate blood on their behalf before they can receive blood.  We were donating for a little girl with a strange disease.

On Monday we had a blood drive at the Centre. Patients at the hospital who need blood must have family and friends donate blood on their behalf before they can receive blood. We were donating for a little girl with a strange disease.

Tim has been building Adirondack chairs.  We have six cabin colored chairs and 4 white chairs.  Tim has had some help in making these.

Tim has been building Adirondack chairs. We have six cabin colored chairs and 4 white chairs. Tim has had some help in making these.

Our new facilitators have had plenty of opportunity to teach this past week.

Our new facilitators have had plenty of opportunity to teach this past week.

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Tika in character as she teaches programs to the children at the Centre.

Tika in character as she teaches programs to the children at the Centre.

Can't wait to connect mission teams with this ministry! Great Commissions Ministries is a local ministry serving children, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, drug addicts, and gang members. They are doing a great work. Today we met with the director of this ministry and a man who benefited from the ministry during a rough time in his life and who has now started serving the Lord full time with this ministry. There is a great need at this ministry, and any work done will benefit Bahamians on a much broader scale than other ministries we have worked with in the past.

Can’t wait to connect mission teams with this ministry! Great Commissions Ministries is a local ministry serving children, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, drug addicts, and gang members. They are doing a great work. We met with the director of this ministry and a man who benefited from the ministry during a rough time in his life and who has now started serving the Lord full time with this ministry. There is a great need at this ministry, and any work done will benefit Bahamians on a much broader scale than other ministries we have worked with in the past.

This slab is the proposed site of a kitchen/pantry extension. The ministry feeds many homeless people, and the kitchen they use is not much bigger than the kitchen in my house. They NEED this extra space!

This slab is the proposed site of a kitchen/pantry extension. The ministry feeds many homeless people, and the kitchen they use is not much bigger than the kitchen in my house. They NEED this extra space!

Another angle of the slab that needs a building raised on it!

Another angle of the slab that needs a building raised on it!

Anyone want to come and build this ministry an extension to their kitchen and a pantry?

Anyone want to come and build this ministry an extension to their kitchen and a pantry?

 

 

 

September 20, 2014

 

The two new animals added to the Centre's petting farm. Except you probably won't want to pet these critters.  They are Indian Crested porcupines.

The two new animals added to the Centre’s petting farm. Except you probably won’t want to pet these critters. They are Indian Crested porcupines.

On September 7th the ALC&C staff had a day out together at the Primeval Forrest.

On September 7th the ALC&C staff had a day out together at the Primeval Forrest.

On Friday, September 12th Lagloria brought Letitia and her daughter for a visit while they waited for the facilitators to finish their day at the Centre.

On Friday, September 12th Lagloria brought Letitia and her daughter for a visit while they waited for the facilitators to finish their day at the Centre.

Saturday the 13th was the first neighborhood canvassing to hand out Joy Bible Camp Reunion flyers.

Saturday the 13th was the first neighborhood canvassing to hand out Joy Bible Camp Reunion flyers.

Past Joy Bible Camp campers/staff and we handed out over 300 fliers to one South Beach neighborhood.

Past Joy Bible Camp campers/staff and we handed out over 300 fliers to one South Beach neighborhood.

The flyer Zachary designed to have handed out announcing the Joy Bible Camp reunion.

See one of Zachary’s designs! This is the flyer we handed out announcing the Joy Bible Camp reunion.

On Sunday, September 14th we joined East Street Gospel Chapel for their Sunday morning worship  service.  We took Sam, Josie and Megan with us to have a different church experience.

On Sunday, September 14th we joined East Street Gospel Chapel for their Sunday morning worship service. We took Sam, Josie and Megan with us to have a different church experience.

It was ESGC's missions conference, and Tim was able to give a 5 minute ALC&C update.

It was ESGC’s missions conference, and Tim was able to give a 5 minute ALC&C update.

After the worship service at East Street Gospel Chapel, Brother Bradley King joined us for lunch and time of fellowship.

After the worship service at East Street Gospel Chapel, Brother Bradley King joined us for lunch and time of fellowship.

Tom came back to volunteer for a couple of weeks.

Tom came back to volunteer for a couple of weeks.

Tom brought back a replacement processor for his computer.

Tom brought back a replacement processor for his computer.

It worked!

It worked!

We started watching and discussing the Truth Project again on Monday nights.

We started watching and discussing the Truth Project again on Monday nights.

Kevin came back to the island after being away for a couple of months working at a camp in Baltimore.  He came this week to stay with Tom while he is on the island.

Kevin came back to the island after being away for a couple of months working at a camp in Baltimore. He came this week to stay with Tom while he is on the island.

The Amberly Grebe memorial gazebo has been in a state of disrepair for a while.  Bob Balson and Tim Ryan have been making repairs to it.

The Amberly Grebe memorial gazebo has been in a state of disrepair for a while. Bob Balson and Tim Ryan have been making repairs to it.

This past Wednesday we hosted Richard (left), Christy (center), and Elke (right) from Florida for a day.  They came to bless and encourage the ALC&C.

This past Wednesday we hosted Richard (left), Christy (center), and Elke (right) from Florida for a day. They came to bless and encourage the ALC&C.

They brought 2 computers for the Centre, a small keyboard and sound system for the Camp, and a few "goodies" for the staff.

They brought 2 computers for the Centre, a small keyboard and sound system for the Camp, and a few “goodies” for the staff.

We enjoyed the time of fellowship with the three of them and look forward to future partnerships.

We enjoyed the time of fellowship with the three of them and look forward to future partnerships.

The facilitators at the Centre have been working on training for programs as well as doing team building exercises.  Jen is explaining the activity.

The facilitators at the Centre have been working on training for programs as well as doing team building exercises. Jen is explaining the activity.

The facilitators at the Centre have been working on training for programs as well as doing team building exercises.

Strategising how to do this game.

Team building in action.

Team building in action.

 

 

 


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