Archives for January 2013

What Is The Gospel? Project

January has been one of those months when things seem a little slow…

We didn’t even come back to St. Kitts until 10 days into 2013 and since then we’ve been without a vehicle for part of the time… unable to go anywhere.

It’s a little hard to do ministry when you can’t leave your house!

Because we were gone for part of the month, most of our plans don’t begin until February. But we still remember what it’s like to be busy! We remember not having a moment to ourselves for three months of summer last year… and what’s it’s like to see the beach but literally not have time to enjoy it! Many people assume that because we live in the Caribbean we must be relaxing at the beach all the time… that sure sounds nice! But if we don’t make time to enjoy St. Kitts then months go by without us even considering to appreciate the place God has called us to.

So for January… we have taken advantage of the “slow” weeks of ministry. We’ve been to the beach and we went on a Rainforest hike with Maddy. We’ve enjoyed spending time together as family and having other people over to our house for dinner.

at the beach

Maddy playing in the sand at South Friars Beach

Sean and Maddy on the Rainforest Hike

Sean and Maddy on the Rainforest Hike

It’s not like we don’t have work to do however! Sean seems to be working on a different annual report everyday! We’ve had two board meetings and our Good News Club started back up last week. Mavis, our new national coordinator who will be taking our place, is officially starting February 1st. So Sean has been preparing things for her to do. Even though it’s January we are trying to “nail down” when our summer mission trips will be here. There are already so many who want to come and we are running out of summer to host them!

It seems as if this will be our last “laid back” week for a while. With Mavis starting work on Friday, Sean will have much to do. We have a TCE course (Teaching Children Effectively) to prepare for this Spring in Nevis and we really want to get two After-School Good News Clubs started by March!

What Is The Gospel? Project

We are also asking for you to help with a new project. The Gospel Coalition will donate two cases of the book, What Is The Gospel? by Greg Gilbert but we need to pay for shipping the cases to St. Kitts. One of the big issues we have come across in St. Kitts is that many people do not really understand the Gospel. There is much “head knowledge” and little “heart knowledge”. Children often know many Bible stories but have no idea why Jesus died on the cross. Unfortunately, this stems from a lack of understanding in the teachers about what the Gospel is, and the importance of teaching it to the children. We, of course, do teach our teachers the Gospel in our training classes and stress how important it is to share the Gospel with children every week but we want to do more.

We would like to give each TCE graduate and all current Good News Club teachers a copy of this book that explains the Gospel in more detail. The cost for shipping two cases of these books will be around $250. Would you consider donating to this project? If so, then simply make a donation to our account and designate your gift as Sean and Mandi Miller What is the Gospel? Project. We would like to get these books in the hands of our teachers as quickly as possible!

Meet Our Good News Club Kids!

Monday we returned to our Good News Club in Fig Tree for the first time in two months!! We were so excited to see the kids again… and they were just as excited to see us!

It seems like they really missed having Good News Club because as we were driving in, there were kids coming out of their houses yelling, “Mr. Sean! Mr. Sean!”

We barely turned the van off before several kids were opening the doors, grabbing our materials and trying to hold Maddy. We had to wait a few minutes before the church was unlocked so while we stood outside the kids opened up our song visuals and started singing!

It is so good to be back. 🙂


A Good News Club in Wisconsin made Christmas cards for our kids and they received them Monday night. They were so thrilled to have cards from other kids in the States! So we made Valentine’s cards for their club in Wisconsin and will be mailing them out this week! Here are the kids showing off their cards.

St. Kitts Good News Club

Good News Club in Fig Tree St. Kitts

Kids at Good News Club in St. Kitts

Kids at Good News Club in St. Kitts

More Kids at Good News Club

Group shot of Kids at Good News Club

Teaching at this club in Fig Tree is one of the highlights of our week! The kids are funny, silly and eager to learn about Christ! We are so thankful for the opportunity to teach them!

Back in St. Kitts!

We truly enjoyed our time spent in America seeing most of our family and friends. And just as it started getting a little cold we traveled back to St. Kitts! Although the circumstances for our extended stay were unfortunate and we were very busy seeing everyone, we were able to rest and relax the last two weeks in the States.

On our road trip down to Miami we stopped for the night in Orlando and did Disney on the cheap! Sean got a great deal on a hotel and the next day we spent the afternoon in Downtown Disney (which is free). That evening we took Maddy to a Cinderella character dinner at 1900 Park Fare Restaurant which is outside of the Magic Kingdom. That means, we didn’t have to pay for admission into the park… just the cost of our dinner! Maddy was in awe when she met Cinderella and she was one of two girls chosen to dance with her! It was such a wonderful way to spend one of our last evenings in America.

Posing with Cinderella

Our flight to St. Kitts was uneventful but it seemed like a whirlwind once we landed!

We left Maddy’s car seat at the airport and haven’t had a chance to get it back yet.

We got home and found one of the tires on our van was flat (which we drove home from the airport without knowing).

We met with our property manager about our alarm system because the upstairs neighbors where robbed while we were in the States… and they tried to break into our house as well.

The robbers cut the power off to our house so we were welcomed by quite a stench and mess from the fridge.

We had to go out that night for groceries and were reminded about the cost of food in St. Kitts.

We checked our mail on the way home and found two large power bills.

Not two minutes afterward I felt something on my arm and found a centipede halfway on me in the van! I yelled at Sean to pull over and I jumped out while the van was still moving! Thankfully it didn’t sting me and Sean was able to get it out of the van.

After putting the groceries away we discovered several extremely large wood roaches in our cabinets. (We have since had pest control out to spray).

This was all in the first few hours of being home!

Since then we’ve had a repairman out to fix our freezer which wasn’t turning on fast enough. It was causing everything to melt, re-freeze and melt again. The problem still isn’t fixed.

Our van broke down as Sean was literally pulling into the tire shop. The alternator went out and it will likely be days before we will have it back. But at least the tires are good!

I have thrush… which is weird.

The power has already gone out.

And ministry doesn’t stop just because we didn’t have internet for a few days or because we are stuck at our house.

I think the biggest adjustment is how unpredictable each day is here. We came back with plans because that’s what we do in America… we plan each day out. There may be a few interruptions but overall most of our days go according to plan and those interruptions can be handled easier in the States.

But here?

Each day truly is unpredictable. We make plans but it’s normal for plans to go out the window every day.

All in all, we are glad to be back… for life to return to normal (whatever that is), for ministry to start back up and to enjoy the cool breezes that will be gone before we know it.

Hanging our clothes out to dry

Trying to catch up on laundry

Palm Trees in St. Kitts

(The island is so beautiful)

This year is already looking to be busy… Sean will start working with the new National Coordinator in February, we may have a possible six mission trip teams, hopefully more after school Good News Clubs, we are praying for at least three local CYIA summer missionaries to serve, I am taking over the children’s program at our church and we will simply be preparing to leave by the end of the year.

Life is crazy… being a missionary here is certainly NOT a perpetual vacation even if our surroundings are so pretty. But we are glad to be serving the Lord here and know He will be with us every step of the way.