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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…
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
Tim and Mindy
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house we go!
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow…
(The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving)
Like most places outside the USA, Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November is not celebrated in The Bahamas; therefore, we are glad to be off the rock (the expression we use to say we are leaving the island) and heading north to Minneapolis, Minnesota to celebrate the holiday with family! What a blessing it is to live and serve as missionaries in a day and age where air travel is relatively easy and accessible. We may not be getting to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in a sleigh, but we are on our way there nonetheless, and hopefully the pilot knows the way.
Although spending Thanksgiving with our adult children and parents is our major motivation, the ultimate goal for this trip is to rest and recuperate from a very busy year. We will be staying with Tim’s parents for two weeks. Mindy’s parents who live in Indiana will be driving up to join us for the weekend. We plan on celebrating “Christmas” together as a family this weekend while we are all together. Wow! Two holidays in one weekend: one of the draw backs or benefits (however you want to look at it) to living so far away yet still wanting to celebrate Christmas together as a family. We are just glad we are going to get to be together.
Besides resting with the family…
We have made a couple of other plans. The first plan is to spend a couple days shopping for things we can’t get or can’t afford in Nassau. The other plan is to visit a few churches. On December 3rd at 630pm, we will be at our sending church, Grace Church in Viroqua, WI to update people on the ministry and to meet and greet everyone in that area. On Wednesday, December 4th, we will be at Bible Truth Chapel in Wausau, WI to update the assembly during their Midweek service. On Sunday, December 8th, we will be updating Grace and Truth Chapel in Minneapolis during their morning worship service/Sunday School hour. If you are in any of the areas where we will be presenting, please consider coming to see us. We would love to see you. You may email us if you have any questions.
Some updates will be seen in the pictures below. For the rest of what we are doing at camp, we have been busily working on things that are not easily photographed: phone calls, making contacts, working on budgets, planning for future groups, and trying to get organized among other things. Immediately after we get back on December 11th, we will be preparing camp for the arrival of a mission team from a university in Florida. This team has never been to the island before. This is also our first time fully facilitating a mission team. Usually groups that come have been here before and know what they want to do and how to accomplish it. This is going to take a lot of prayer. So please PRAY for us as we work through the details before and during the group’s stay at camp.
*Travel to Minnesota on November 27th and return to Nassau on December 11th.
*Connections with family, friends and supporting churches while in the US
*Rest and relaxation while on vacation
*God provides funds for a new stove and refrigerator. The oven thermostat on our stove does not work and we are missing a burner on the top. The refrigerator we currently have is not big enough for our family and all the hosting we do. We would like to buy our own refrigerator and give our current refrigerator to the girls staff cottage.
*Wisdom and discernment as we facilitate the December 16-20 mission team from Florida. This is a non-Christian school, so the focus is different, but there is a lot of opportunity.
*Completion of the girls staff cottage
*Wisdom as we deal with the Bahamian people
*That God will send us staff to help us in the work at the ALC. We are especially desperate for facilitator staff at the Centre and maintenance help for both the Camp and Centre.
Last Several Weeks in Pictures
At this time of Thanksgiving, we would like to express to each of you how much we appreciate you and your support of us. We are grateful and honored by your interest in our lives and ministry work. May God bless you!
Please stay in touch. We love hearing from you!
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest
Several posts back, we shared how we have been swimming in a sea of busyness these past 12+ months and how we were hoping to soon have some down time to relax and catch our breath. With the completion of our last big event, last weekend’s Young Adult Weekend, that long awaited down time finally arrived during the middle of last week. Other than a few local guest groups over weekends in November, our schedule has slowed down a bit. Of course the “off season” is time to do work projects, promote the camp, and gear up for the winter/spring groups, but it is also time to relax a little and complete personal business.
As an added bonus to our “break time” and thanks to a generous gift from some friends, the four of us spent this past weekend in paradise…Paradise Island that is. We had a blast playing in the water together and just relaxing and spending time together. We came home Sunday evening exhausted from all the fun activity, but we are definitely much more refreshed and rejuvenated. We praise the Lord for these little blessings He gives us!
We had originally thought we would not share our outing with everyone because we were afraid it might give the impression that we are extravagant with our money and our time, but as we were counseled and as we prayed about it, we felt someone might be encouraged as we shared how God provided for this little “extra” enjoyment. God is faithful and does provide good things to his children. In this case He provided for something we did not ask for, were not expecting, and didn’t know we really needed. Thank you, dear brother and sister (you know who you are), for allowing God to use you in this way! We really enjoyed the time away.
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Have you “liked” us on Facebook yet? If not, you might want to consider doing so (The Seeley Family Serving in the Bahamas). We have begun to be more intentional with updating our family Facebook site. With that, we have tried to post pictures every couple days, if not every day. Consider checking in on Facebook often to see more up to the date information. You may also check out Adventure Learning Centre and Camp’s Facebook site as well. We have been attempting to keep that up to date as well.
The ALC Newsletter focuses on the ALC updates, prayer requests and information. We try to publish it every other month. Lord willing we will be working on the newsletter this next week. If you have never received the newsletter and would like us to add your email to the list to receive it, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Let us know you would like to receive the ALC Newsletter.
The staff cottage is in the process of being tiled now. It will soon be ready for painting, inside and out. Since neither we nor our maintenance man Tom Schafer have time to do the painting ourselves, please pray that God sends the help needed to get this big project done.
The electric upgrade is finally finished. Praise the Lord! BEC made it out to hook up the last of the wiring and install the meters. We are so glad to have this big project complete. It took a lot of work organizing the project, but we learned a lot through the process.
*Prayer requests are listed after the pictures.
A review of the last 2 weeks in pictures!
The “relaxation” (not really relaxing but definitely a diversion from ministry work) of this past weekend have served us well. We praise the Lord for these times away; they are much needed.
*The ALC facility is falling apart in many places because of age and use. Please pray that God sends the help needed (financial provision and man power) to repair/replace things! Also, our maintenance guy will be gone for the next week and then again for 2 weeks in November. Pray for Tom as he rests and recuperates, and pray nothing breaks down here while he is gone.
*Wisdom and discernment in our work and our interactions with other staff and the people we serve
*Travel to be made over the next couple of months: Tim and Mindy will be going to a cousin’s wedding in Indiana this next weekend (the boys will be staying on the Island), Tim goes to Fort Lauderdale for outreach meetings at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale in 2 weeks, and we all will be going to Minnesota for Thanksgiving
*ALC staff unity
*Wisdom in Leadership: Tim over the Adventure Learning Camp and Mark Wallace over the Adventure Learning Centre
*God sends helpers to get the staff cottage painted and that God will send other laborers to help in the ministry work here at the ALC
*Praise God that the electric upgrade has been successfully completed
*Praise God for His providential care, His provision, and His blessings
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our work and lives. Please take a few minutes to email us to let us know how you are doing. We LOVE to hear from people (and it lets us know that people actually read these updates).
Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley