The Miles Hotel

Posted: August 4, 2016 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Orphans, Patrice Miles, People of Egbe, Prayer, Volunteers

13415529_1735358856747343_6356577368093709828_oThe Miles Hotel opened June 1st 2016 when Southeast Christian members and friends Joe and Wyatt Brown, Payton Sheeran, and Nadia Miles arrived. Joe and Wyatt served in construction and HIV outreach for almost two weeks. Payton served with C.A.R.E. Africa for one month. Nadia was our jack of all trades  for two months serving as meter maid, reading teacher, inventory clerk, babysitter, pen cleaner, AWANA helper, and brochure stamper. Having a full house for the past two months has had its ups and downs. We’ve laughed a lot and also wanted to hurt each other a few times. We had no clue that God might be preparing our hearts and minds for something so much bigger.

13329409_10102183060451448_446769631903074507_oNick and Katie Riddle, two fellow missionaries have been fostering three C.A.R.E. Africa kids. (See their story by clicking on Riddle Blog). They were scheduled for home assignment after two years of service in Egbe. They applied with the US Embassy for VISA’s for the kids and were denied due to the fact they did not have legal guardianship. They hired an attorney, eventually received legal guardianship, and went back to the Embassy. They unfortunately were denied again and this time were given no reason. We were all traumatized and in disbelief as to why this was happening. The Riddles had no clue what to do as the thought of leaving the kids behind was to much to bear. Through prayer, tears, and silence we all realized that the Riddles needed to go back to the U.S. to visit family and friends. Also, they need to get re-fueled financially, physically, and spiritually for another Egbe term.  It was not an easy decision but we all felt that it was God’s will.

IMG_3730The Miles Hotel is once again full. We have three new beautiful faces that are teaching us so much about Nigerian culture while my kids are teaching them about Nutella, sorry Nick and Katie. I have tasted Golden Malt, rice and palm oil, and laughed till my belly hurts when Testimony says the funniest things. I know we are still in the honeymoon stage but these kids are the sweetest. Katie and Nick have done an amazing job at parenting. My kids and the Riddles kids have always been friends, after this experience I believe the bond will be more like brothers and sisters. It will be a relationship that lasts a lifetime no matter where in the world they all are.

IMG_3731Thank you Lord for unexpected bumps in the road. We grow closer to you as we jump over them. Please pray for Nick and Katie as they seek God’s wisdom in next steps for their family. If you would like to support them in their next Egbe term either one time or monthly, they could use your help as their family has grown. Click Riddle Family for a donation link.

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Comments
  1. Mary Eicher says:

    I am always amazed at what you all are doing. I am so proud of you and Lenny serving our Jesus like this hon. Love you all, Old grandma Eicher in Texas

  2. Jolene says:

    Jolie looks so happy to have a girl “cousin”.

  3. jospersonnel says:

    Great newsletter! Wow, I can’t imagine more house guests! I’ve been praying for your family ever since we knew you were keeping the children. I appreciate what you shared but know the extra children can also strain the family in other ways. May you and Lenny stay united as you deal with the changes and may the Lord give an extra measure of His love and grace once the honeymoon wears off! Thank you for your kind hearts to take the children unexpectedly. It will be a memorable experience all the way around.

    Blessings,
    Heidi

  4. […] been apart for one month, and we have roughly one month to go. Beyond thankful to our dear friends, The Miles Family, for opening their home to the kids while we are away.  We pray our support account will soon be […]

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