The Seeley Family

Home » Posts tagged 'Adventure Learning C'

Tag Archives: Adventure Learning C

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…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

Over the ocean and through the airports…

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.

Ministry News

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.

Prayer Requests

*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

With the last fitting in place, the girl staff cottage now has running water.  Plumber Tim enjoys getting to use his plumbing skills on occasion.

With the last fitting in place, the girl staff cottage now has running water. Plumber Tim enjoys getting to use his plumbing skills on occasion.

Google video talking with Andrew and Katie (and Gatsby the cat) is always a highlight for us.  We love getting to see our kids.

Google video talking with Andrew and Katie (and Gatsby the cat) is always a highlight for us. We love getting to see our kids.

Tika Penn, facilitating  a program in the petting farm area of Adventure Learning Centre.  Kudos to Facilitator staff who have been extremely busy ministering to 100’s of Bahamian children.

Tika Penn, facilitating a program in the petting farm area of Adventure Learning Centre. Kudos to Facilitator staff who have been extremely busy ministering to 100’s of Bahamian children.

Elton Deetjen, another of our program facilitators at the Centre, demonstrating the small animals in the nature centre.

Elton Deetjen, another of our program facilitators at the Centre, demonstrating the small animals in the nature centre.

Every month, the Bahama school principals meet at various venues to hold their principals meeting.  This month we hosted the principals at the Centre.  During their  break, we served them lunch. 140 30

Every month, the Bahama school principals meet at various venues to hold their principals meeting. This month we hosted the principals at the Centre. During their break, we served them lunch. 

(L-R)  ALC Board President Chet Lowe, Ian Brockway (Chet’s assistant), Zach (works with Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale’s Patmos placement).  Chet came to the island to meet with the Ministry of Education leadership.  We are trying to convince the Ministry to allow school children to attend the ALC for more than the 3 hours they currently allow.  Please pray that the Ministry looks favorable on our request.

(L-R) ALC Board President Chet Lowe, Ian Brockway (Chet’s assistant), Zach (works with Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale’s Patmos placement). Chet came to the island to meet with the Ministry of Education leadership. We are trying to convince the Ministry to allow school children to attend the ALC for more than the 3 hours they currently allow. Please pray that the Ministry looks favorable on our request.

This is the Keyser family.  Naomi is sister to a friend of ours, Katie Welch, from Westby, WI.  They are on the island for a month to speak at a local church.

This is the Keyser family. Naomi is sister to a friend of ours, Katie Welch, from Westby, WI. They are on the island for a month to speak at a local church.

This is Bob and Judy Balson and Judy’s sister Jill Wolf (on the left).  Bob and Judy are in the works of coming to the island to work full time with us here at the Camp.  They are from Wisconsin and are currently waiting for their house to sell.  We are praying they are here by early January.

This is Bob and Judy Balson and Judy’s sister Jill Wolf (on the left). Bob and Judy are in the works of coming to the island to work full time with us here at the Camp. They are from Wisconsin and are currently waiting for their house to sell. We are praying they are here by early January.

Our maintenance guy, Tom Schafer was on vacation for 2 weeks.  While he was gone, our solar bus radiator went bad.  Bob Balson jumped right in and was able to repair it.  What a blessing!

Our maintenance guy, Tom Schafer was on vacation for 2 weeks. While he was gone, our solar bus radiator went bad. Bob Balson jumped right in and was able to repair it. What a blessing!

Dinner with the Balsons and Jill.

Dinner with the Balsons and Jill.

Calvary Bible Church in Nassau held their Men’s retreat at ALCamp.  We enjoyed hosting these men.  As is customary, we provided a short orientation when they arrived.

Calvary Bible Church in Nassau held their Men’s retreat at ALCamp. We enjoyed hosting these men. As is customary, we provided a short orientation when they arrived.

Calvary Bible Church’s cook, Prescilla Murphy.  She cooked for the Men’s Retreat.  We enjoyed getting to know her.

Calvary Bible Church’s cook, Prescilla Murphy. She cooked for the Men’s Retreat. We enjoyed getting to know her.

The girl staff cottage is in the last stages of being painted on the inside.   After the painting is finished on the inside, we hope to furnish the living spaces so the girls can move in.

The girl staff cottage is in the last stages of being painted on the inside. After the painting is finished on the inside, we hope to furnish the living spaces so the girls can move in.

This is the Keith and Renae Saunders family.  We enjoyed food and fellowship with them one evening last week.

This is the Keith and Renae Saunders family. We enjoyed food and fellowship with them one evening last week.

We completed the delicious meal with these wonderful cheesecakes made by the Saunder’s oldest daughter who is a culinary arts major.  Yummy!

We completed the delicious meal with these wonderful cheesecakes made by the Saunder’s oldest daughter who is a culinary arts major. Yummy!

Last weekend the ALC ladies got together at Felicia Ryan’s house for a lady’s overnight.  The only ladies missing were Kim Wallace (Mark’s wife), Christine Wilson, (Sean’s wife) and Brittney (Eric’s girlfriend).

Last weekend the ALC ladies got together at Felicia Ryan’s house for a lady’s overnight. The only ladies missing were Kim Wallace (Mark’s wife), Christine Wilson, (Sean’s wife) and Brittney (Eric’s girlfriend).

Massage train!

Massage train!

147 (26)

I was able to talk our very own Ms. Ada to join us for the overnight. Ms. Ada is like a mom to me.

On the agenda for the evening was food, encouragement as Titus 2 ladies, Manicures and pedicures, and a chick flick—Ultimate Gift!

On the agenda for the evening was food, encouragement as Titus 2 ladies, Manicures and pedicures, and a chick flick—Ultimate Gift!

Ms. Ada and Jen Rogers getting a pedicure.

Ms. Ada and Jen Rogers getting a pedicure.

Meanwhile, back at home, the guys were hosting Shadow, RJ and Elton for an overnight.

Meanwhile, back at home, the guys were hosting Shadow, RJ and Elton for an overnight.

On Sunday, we had the College of Bahamas students that attend our church over to our house for lunch.

On Sunday, we had the College of Bahamas students that attend our church over to our house for lunch.

Sunday evening we had our 4th and final Kingdom Life membership class at our house.  We LOVE these people and are so glad God has brought us to this fellowship.

Sunday evening we had our 4th and final Kingdom Life membership class at our house. We LOVE these people and are so glad God has brought us to this fellowship.

After the membership meeting, we had a dessert social.  Obviously Zachary had a great time.

After the membership meeting, we had a dessert social. Obviously Zachary had a great time.

This is Julian Williams.  He was on the island for a week to visit and help out around the Centre.  Julian was program director at the Centre 7 years ago.

This is Julian Williams. He was on the island for a week to visit and help out around the Centre. Julian was program director at the Centre 7 years ago.

Kevin Poitier (Left) and Elton Deetjen (Right).  We sure enjoy having these young men around.

Kevin Poitier (Left) and Elton Deetjen (Right). We sure enjoy having these young men around.

Logan volunteers at the Centre for 4 hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Helps  Mark Wallace with technical and computer related issues.

Logan volunteers at the Centre for 4 hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He helps Mark Wallace with technical and computer related issues.

I do most of my grocery shopping at Cost Right.  It is similar to a Sams Club or Costco.  This is the bagger I have built a relationship with.  Her name is Pascal.   Baggers are a norm in the Bahamas.  Along with that is the expectation to tip baggers.  Although I hate having to spend so much in tipping, I don’t mind paying my friend to bag my groceries.

I do most of my grocery shopping at Cost Right. It is similar to a Sams Club or Costco. This is the bagger I have built a relationship with. Her name is Pascal. Baggers are a norm in the Bahamas. Along with that is the expectation to tip baggers. Although I hate having to spend so much in tipping, I don’t mind paying my friend to bag my groceries.

On Monday night we had Jen Rogers and Julian Williams for dinner.

On Monday night we had Jen Rogers and Julian Williams for dinner.

We enjoyed getting to know Julian and can’t wait until he comes back.

We enjoyed getting to know Julian and can’t wait until he comes back.

On Tuesday evening, we had Julia Williams and Michelle for dinner—made to order omelets.

On Tuesday evening, we had Julia Williams and Michelle for dinner—made to order omelets.

Saying see you later to Julia Williams.  She will be leaving the island on December 5th.  Hopefully she will be back next summer.

Saying “see you later” to Julia Williams. She will be leaving the island on December 5th. Hopefully she will be back next summer.

Julian Williams and Julia Williams.  These two had fun with their similar names.

Julian Williams and Julia Williams. These two had fun with their similar names.

With  warm clothes on and  nearly empty suitcases in tow, we boarded a plane  heading for Minnesota for a 2 week vacation.

With warm clothes on and nearly empty suitcases in tow, Wednesday we boarded a plane heading for Minnesota for a 2 week vacation. (Our winter clothes are at our parent’s house and we need room in our suitcases to bring back supplies.)

Airline electronics policy has changed.  We can now use electronics during take-off.  I snapped this picture of New Providence.

Airline electronics policy has changed. We can now use electronics during take-off. I snapped this picture of New Providence.

Thanksgiving!

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!

God’s Provision: A Calmer Sea!

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.

Mark 6:31

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

Hebrews 4:9-10

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!

Our weekend getaway in paradise...Paradise Island that is.  Someone graciously blessed us with the means to stay at the Comfort Suites on PI.  One of the perks of the hotel is full use of the Atlantis water park and pools.

Our weekend getaway in paradise…Paradise Island that is. Someone graciously blessed us with the means to stay at the Comfort Suites on PI. One of the perks of the hotel is full use of the Atlantis water park and pools.

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.

Like us (and the Adventure Learning Centre and Camp) on Facebook!

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.

ALC Newsletter

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 tims@alcbahamas.org or mseeleyrn@gmail.com.  Let us know you would like to receive the ALC Newsletter.

Camp Projects

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 most recent picture of the staff cottage.

The most recent picture of the staff cottage.

A picture from the back of the cottage looking towards the front.  This is the kitchen area.

A picture from the back of the cottage looking towards the front. This is the kitchen area.

This is the loft area being tiled.  This is where the girls will sleep.

This is the loft area being tiled. This is where the girls will sleep.

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.

BEC finally showed up.  The electric upgrade is now complete.  Hallelujah!

BEC finally showed up. The electric upgrade is now complete. Hallelujah!

It was a long road to completion, but it is finally complete and we are so glad.  We have learned a lot through this whole process.

It was a long road to completion, but it is finally complete and we are so glad. We have learned a lot through this whole process.

*Prayer requests are listed after the pictures.

A review of the last 2 weeks in pictures!

Rarely are we ever alone at our dinner table (and that is exactly how we like it).  This night we welcomed, Jen, Tika and Lagloria for dinner.  Tika had come to work with Logan on worship songs for the Young Adult Weekend.

Rarely are we ever alone at our dinner table (and that is exactly how we like it). This night we welcomed, Jen, Tika and Lagloria for dinner. Tika had come to work with Logan on worship songs for the Young Adult Weekend.

Logan has developed his ability to play the guitar, and because of that, he has been able to help with times of worship at camp and at church.

Logan has developed his ability to play the guitar, and because of that, he has been able to help with times of worship at camp and at church.

We picked up our Young Adult Weekend speaker, Jay Seegert, and his wife Amy on Thursday afternoon, October 10th.  We were able to spend some time talking before dinner that evening.

We picked up our Young Adult Weekend speaker, Jay Seegert, and his wife Amy on Thursday afternoon, October 10th. We were able to spend some time talking before dinner that evening.

That evening, Mark and Kim Wallace joined us for dinner so they too could get to know Jay and Amy.

That evening, Mark and Kim Wallace joined us for dinner so they too could get to know Jay and Amy.

A box of toys that we had forgotten we had brought came in handy for entertaining Adam and Ava Wallace.  (Zachary was entertained as well!)  Zachary is such a blessing.  He sincerely loves playing with small children.  His gift is a blessing to parents of small children.

A box of toys that we had forgotten we had brought came in handy for entertaining Adam and Ava Wallace. (Zachary was entertained as well!) Zachary is such a blessing. He sincerely loves playing with small children. His gift is a blessing to parents of small children.

One of our uninvited house guests.  This is a slug.  We have found a couple of these in our house.  One of the many Bahamian critters we get to "enjoy".

One of our uninvited house guests. This is a slug. We have found a couple of these in our house. One of the many Bahamian critters we get to “enjoy”. Like cockroaches, they make them bigger here in the Bahamas then they do in the USA. YUCK!

On Friday, Jay Seegert did a radio interview at JCN (a Bahamian radio station).  Tim was able to advertise the Young Adult Weekend as well.

On Friday, Jay Seegert did a radio interview at JCN (a Bahamian radio station). Tim was able to advertise the Young Adult Weekend as well.

While Jay and Tim spoke on the radio, Mindy took Amy to see downtown Nassau and the Queen's Staircase.

While Jay and Tim spoke on the radio, Mindy took Amy to see downtown Nassau and the Queen’s Staircase.

Friday evening, we opened registration for the Young Adult Weekend.

Friday evening, we opened registration for the Young Adult Weekend.

Turn out for the weekend was low, but the ALC staff was able to glean a lot of helpful information from Jay Seegert and had a great time of bonding together as a group.

Turn out for the weekend was low, but the ALC staff was able to glean a lot of helpful information from Jay Seegert and had a great time of bonding together as a group.

After the Friday evening session, we had a time of refreshment and fellowship along with a chance to unwind around a campfire.

After the Friday evening session, we had a time of refreshment and fellowship along with a chance to unwind around a campfire.

On Saturday morning, after a good Bahamian breakfast of tune, corn beef, and grits (yummy!) made by our very own Ms. Aida, we began the session with a time of worship led by our very own TIka Penn, Logan and Zachary.

On Saturday morning, after a good Bahamian breakfast of tune, corn beef, and grits (yummy!) made by our very own Ms. Aida, we began the session with a time of worship led by our very own TIka Penn, Logan and Zachary.

Morning session

Morning session

The attendees of the first annual Young Adult Weekend.  There were 4 attendees besides our staff.  Not what we had hoped for, but it was a great weekend nonetheless.  We learned a lot (from the speaker as well as from the actual process of running a Bahamian camp).  We had a great time!

The attendees of the first annual Young Adult Weekend. There were 4 attendees besides our staff. Not what we had hoped for, but it was a great weekend nonetheless. One of the ALC facilitators said we should have more events like this because it was a great learning time and a time to grow together as a “family”. As one of the attendees said, “It’s a start, and you can learn more for next year.”

Ms. Aida was in the kitchen and missed the call for the group picture.   True to fashion, she treated us all with her famous Bahamian cooking.  What a treat!

Ms. Aida was in the kitchen and missed the call for the group picture. True to fashion, she treated us all with her famous Bahamian cooking. What a treat!

Before dinner, some of the young people enjoyed a game...

Before dinner, some of the young people enjoyed a game…

...while others relaxed reading the speaker's book.

…while others relaxed reading the speaker’s book.

We enjoyed hosting the Seegerts.  The information was great and the fellowship was sweet.

We enjoyed hosting the Seegerts and gleaning so much information from Jay’s presentations.

On Sunday, Jay spoke at Kingdom Life Church.

On Sunday, Jay spoke at Kingdom Life Church.

After Jay spoke in the am service at Kingdom life, we met at our pastor's house.  This was the young people's table.  From left to right is Keaton and Kendall Bunting, Deborah (pastor Cedric's niece), Logan, Zachary, Kara Bunting, and Abby Moss.

After Jay spoke in the am service at Kingdom life, we met at our pastor’s house. This was the young people’s table. From left to right is Keaton and Kendall Bunting, Deborah (pastor Cedric’s niece), Logan, Zachary, Kara Bunting, and Abby Moss.

This is the adult table.  From left to right:  Kristin Bunting, Antja Humes, Cedric  and Alexine Moss, us, Amy and Jay Seegert, Keith Bunting, and David Humes.

This is the adult table. From left to right: Kristin Bunting, Antja Humes, Cedric and Alexine Moss, us, Amy and Jay Seegert, Keith Bunting, and David Humes.

On Tuesday, October 14th, Jay participated in the taping of a television interview.

On Tuesday, October 14th, Jay participated in the taping of a television interview.

After the television program taping and dinner at Montague Gardens (one of our favorite restaurants), we took Jay and Amy to Marina Village and to see Atlantis's "Dig" (aquarium).

After the television program taping and dinner at Montague Gardens (one of our favorite restaurants), we took Jay and Amy to Marina Village and to see Atlantis’s “Dig” (aquarium).

Mindy dropped Jay and Amy off at the airport on Wednesday around 2pm and picked-up our newest ALC facilitator, Michelle.  We had all the ALC facilitator staff for dinner that evening to meet and great Michelle for her first night on the island.  She is from (where else?) Wisconsin and will be with us for the next 5 months.

Mindy dropped Jay and Amy off at the airport on Wednesday around 2pm and picked-up our newest ALC facilitator, Michelle. We had all the ALC facilitator staff for dinner that evening to meet and great Michelle for her first night on the island. She is from (where else?) Wisconsin and will be with us for the next 5 months. From left to right: Logan, Elton, Zachary, Marion, Sam, Julia, Michelle, Tika, Jen, Tim.

For our weekend getaway, we stayed at the Comfort Suites on Paradise Island, right next to the Atlantis Hotel.

For our weekend getaway, we stayed at the Comfort Suites on Paradise Island, right next to the Atlantis Hotel. One of the perks of staying at the Comfort Suites is full use of Atlantis hotel’s water park and pools. After checking in Friday morning (our room was ready by 11am), we changed and made our way over to enjoy Atlantis. Besides not having to pay for the weekend (someone generously blessed us with this getaway), we were able to get this room at a much smaller rate because we are residents of the Bahamas.

This is the casino area of Atlantis.  You have to walk through it, but besides affording us with a view of how many people waste their hard earned money, we get to enjoy the beautiful art work.  This is a "sun" sculpture.  It is gorgeous.

This is the casino area of Atlantis. You have to walk through it to get to the Dig. One of the art pieces on display is this “sun” sculpture. It is gorgeous.

This is the "moon" sculpture.

This is the “moon” sculpture.

Since we never come to the Atlantis during daylight hours (you cannot get in unless you have a wrist band), we were amazed at how different the aquarium looks during the day as opposed to the dark of night.  This is the entry into the "Dig" area (Atlantis's aquarium).

Since we never come to the Atlantis during daylight hours (you cannot get in unless you have a wrist band), we were amazed at how different the aquarium looks during the day as opposed to the dark of night. This is the entry into the “Dig” area (Atlantis’s aquarium).

The aquarium truly looks different in the daylight than it does at night.

The aquarium truly looks different in the daylight than it does at night.

This is the Atlantis Bridge Suite.  We hear it is quite spendy to stay in  that suite.  We have never had a photograph of it in the daylight.  We have tried to take pictures here before but they have never turned out because it was always dark.

This is the Atlantis Bridge Suite. We hear it is quite spendy to stay in that suite. We have never had a photograph of it in the daylight. We have tried to take pictures here before but they have never turned out because it was always dark.

The Atlantis resort is massive.  We were trying to get our bearings and see where everything was.

The Atlantis resort is massive. We were trying to get our bearings and see where everything was.

One of the many pools...carrying on the Atlantis theme.

One of the many pools…carrying on the Atlantis theme.

Another area that looks totally different during the daylight hours.  This is predator's tunnel.  There are sharks swimming everywhere.  Totally cool!

Another area that looks totally different during the daylight hours. This is predator’s tunnel. There are sharks swimming everywhere. Totally cool!

Friday evening we went to church for movie night.  Before the movie was a time of food and fellowship.

Before we planned our getaway to Paradise Island, we had made plans to attend Kingdom Life’s movie night on Friday. So that evening we went to church for movie night. Before the movie was a time of food and fellowship.

ALC facilitators joined us for the movie night.

Many ALC staff came to the movie night at Kingdom Life. From left to right/front to back: Marion, Julia, Alex (couple of the Kingdom LIfe young people), Katie, Jen, Sam, Charmaine, Michelle, Felicia, Mindy, LaGloria.

On Saturday morning, while the boys slept in, we took a walk through the Atlanis grounds to see parts we had never seen before.  This is over by "The Cove" and "The Reef" towers.

On Saturday morning, while the boys slept in, we took a walk through the Atlanis grounds to see parts we had never seen before. This is over by “The Cove” and “The Reef” towers. After our morning walk, we ate breakfast together at the hotel before venturing out to the water park for a day of fun.

After a day of play at the water part, we went to one of our favorite restaurants on PI, The Green Parrot.  This is the sunset view we enjoyed as we ate our dinner.  This is a picture of the 2 bridges leading to and from Paradise Island.  The far bridge is the entrance bridge and the near bridge is the exit bridge.

After a day of play at the water park, we went to one of our favorite restaurants on PI, The Green Parrot. This is the sunset view we enjoyed as we ate our dinner. This is a picture of the 2 bridges leading to and from Paradise Island. The far bridge is the entrance bridge and the near bridge is the exit bridge.

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.

Prayer Requests

*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).

God bless!
Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary Seeley

%d bloggers like this: