It was a good night of food and fellowship for us all. Our friend Jen Rogers (whom we've also written of) and Marion, a missionary here from France joined us at the Seeleys as well. In the midst of the many hurdles we've recently been facing, it was so helpful to be together with like-minded believers and talk about our challenges and our faith for being here. The Seeleys arrived on 21/7 back in January and life here has been a whirlwind for them. Trying to get a full-fledged camp ministry up to the bible camp standards they're used to back in Minnesota is a tiresome job. Many demands seem to pull at them from all sides. But although they would not choose this tropical location (like us, they prefer mountains, lakes, and places to hike!) they love the Bahamian people...and so they stay. Hearing from them, as well as talking through our own challenges in living here helped us regain some perspective.
One of the things we evaluate from time to time is how effective our ministry is here. Is it bearing fruit? Are we doing things that reflect the culture? How can Kingdom Life Church proclaim the gospel through music more effectively? The Seeleys helpfully, yet simply explained that for them, our being at Kingdom Life was a draw for them to join the church. Having a "multi-cultural" church with representation by two very different pastors helped them to feel comfortable in our church. This was helpful to hear. Since January, God has added three new families and one single to our church...all of whom are Caucasian American/Canadian. Though we long to see God bring Bahamian people to build the church up, this is not how He has chosen to work right now. Though many Bahamian visitors have come through the church doors, they do not come back week after week. Why is this? What can we do to change this? We pray, asking for God's guidance.
We thank God for the ways He is working and we want to continually treasure the means of grace, such as biblical fellowship, which he provides in surprise moments like last night. Our Father knows exactly what we need and when... He is trustworthy.
|Left to Right: Logan, Keith, Kristin, Zach, Keaton, Kendall, Kara, Mindy, Tim|
Front: Marion and Jen