We Are Moving!

Posted: November 17, 2016 by Lenny in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Lenny Miles, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Patrice Miles, Prayer, SIM

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-7-56-32-amAbout four months ago we were posed with the question, “What do you think Cason should do for high school?”

We were shocked and then almost saddened to realize that our children are in fact growing up way too fast. We asked Cason, “Do you want to go to a real high school or continue in Egbe with homeschool curriculum?” He said, “I really want to go to a real school for high school.” Then we asked, “Do you want to go to college?” Once again he said, “Yes, and I want to study business!”

Living in this very rural setting, an education that will prepare our children for an American university is hard. We thank the children’s teacher, Katie, for all the amazing work and education she has provided for our children over the last three years. She felt undoubtedly that she could provide a high school education for Cason, but her resources in a one-bedroom house turned schoolhouse would be limited.

img_6668Since then, we have been in prayer and seeking guidance through SIM leadership for what should our next steps look like to accommodate a high schooler. We visited Jos, Nigeria recently and went to look at Hillcrest School. The school has a deep history for many missionaries in this region that we have grown to call family. We are glad to announce that our children will be attending school there starting August of 2017. Cason will enter as freshman for 9th grade and Jolie will enter middle school as a 6th grader. They are both very excited about this, but are of course sad about saying goodbye to their Egbe friends.

img_6713So what does this mean for the whole family? It means that we have a large transition ahead of us. We will be moving from Egbe to Jos where we will resettle at another SIM station. SIM Nigeria has recently appointed a new director and with him comes a grander vision to reach 75+ million least reached people in northern Nigeria. Our family feels God is calling us to move closer to the north and live in Jos to assist with this new vision.

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One of Lenny’s Masterpieces

Recently our field determined the strategic importance of having a Communication Specialist to help tell SIM Nigeria’s story, someone who can communicate stories through video, blogs, presentations and the web. Lenny realized how he can use his skills and interests to help get the word out about the vast needs that exist throughout Nigeria to spread the gospel among the least reached and to disciple the believers to a deeper level. Lenny will work and travel throughout Nigeria to create materials to broadcast the needs and opportunities to serve. We are praying that through this supportive role, more missionaries will come and the gospel will spread throughout the least reached people of Nigeria.

img_4318Patrice will continue to manage the C.A.R.E. Africa and Spring of Life HIV/AIDS Project in Egbe. She will travel back and forth between Egbe and Jos many times a years utilizing the resources of a number of other ministries in Jos to grow these two ministries in Egbe. She is very excited to now be able to dedicate her full time to these two ministries, helping to grow them and make them more sustainable in the future.

We are planning our move for the middle of the year 2017. At that time we will have served for almost four years in Egbe. We feel like God has used us mightily and his kingdom has grown through the revitalization of the hospital, C.A.R.E. Africa, Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic and through our relationships with the many Nigerians we now call family.

img_6719This move will be costly, but we trust God will provide for all our needs.  We were blessed to be able to borrow furniture, cars, generators and appliances loaned to us in Egbe from the hospital project itself. However, in Jos we will be required to buy all of these items. Plus we will now be responsible for full school tuitions for Cason and Jolie.

Please be in prayer on how you might be able to help our family continue to serve in Nigeria to grow HIS kingdom.

With love,

The Miles family

See below for pictures of our new home and Cason and Jolie’s new school.

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Comments
  1. Aaron Polsgrove says:

    Am so excited for you all!

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    • Don Fawcett says:

      This is very exciting news. I want to go to the north and visit with you guys when you get settled, and with pastor james. I want to be a part of reaching the lost people of Nigeria. Thank you for this post and we will continue to pray.

  2. eichermary@yahoo.com says:

    I am very excited for all of you hon. God has made a way for the children to get a good education. When I was young the missionary children had to come to the states to get an education. Love you all, Old Grandma in Texas

  3. chasthorsen says:

    Wow Big news! It’s hard to believe how our kids grow so fast, we’re going through it with our kids!

    Praying and cheering for you guys! Charlie

    – – Charlie Thorsen Director of Prayer & Celebration, SIM USA 704-587-1402 charlie.thorsen@sim.org [cid:7CA11891-EAF4-48D9-A4BA-77958963229B] Respond to Need.Proclaim the Gospel.Equip the Church.By Prayer simusa.org|SIM on Facebook|SIM on Twitter

    From: Miles In Missions <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Miles In Missions <comment+_hx380dycetrqut97d9otaj@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:36 AM To: Charles D Thorsen <charlie.thorsen@sim.org> Subject: [New post] We Are Moving!

    Lenny posted: “About four months ago we were posed with the question, “What do you think Cason should do for high school?” We were shocked and then almost saddened to realize that our children are in fact growing up way too fast. We asked Cason, “Do you want to go to a”

    • Lenny and Patrice, God bless you as you make this big transition. Thank you for working so hard in Egbe. It will always hold a piece of your heart! All the best as you move to Jos and into a new role. We lived in Jos for 6 years “back in the day” and loved it. Our daughter just visited the city a week or so ago!

  4. igunnubole says:

    DEAR LENNY AND PATRICE AND THE FAMILY, SAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS!!! THIS IS A VERY SAD NEWS TO KNOW YOU ARE MOVING TO JOS FROM EGBE!!!AND ALSO IT IS A GREAT GOOD NEWS TO KNOW THAT CASON AND JOLIE ARE MAKING PROGRESS AND NO ONE WOULD AGAINST THEIR FUTURE PROGRESS.  HOWEVER, MISSING YOU ALL IN EGBE HOSPITAL COMPOUND AND IN EGBE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO BEAR. TO COPE WITH THE ABSENCE OF YOUR LOVING KINDNESSEX, YOUR GENEROSITY AND DILIGENCE IN ALL YOU ARE DOING WITH YOUR SMILING FACE; ALL OF THESE WOULD BE GREATLY MISSED AND DIFFICULT TO BEAR. LENNY AND PATRICE, IS THERE ANY THING YOU THINK EGBE COMMUNITY / REVITALISATION COULD DO AS A REMEDY TO THIS SITUATION? YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER IN THE LORD,MOSES & CHRISTIANAH IGUNNUBOLE 

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  5. Dear Patrice and Lenny

    Thanks for your newsy letter. Wow! So your son is almost ready for high school! It sounds as though the ministry opportunities are falling into place. I am so excited for you and praying for all the situations. Great photos!

    I lost your regular email address (and perhaps you can include it for me so we can email in the regular way.) As you, Patrice, are in charge of the guest house at Egbe I thought I would put down in writing that I am planning to visit Egbe Dec 23rd – 26th (4 nights) and leave on Dec 27th if you still have room. I am hoping Gabriel and Family will come too but they are not sure due to work load. I would come with another driver if they don’t come who would need accommodation.

    I read your letter regarding the opening of the new Dental Clinic. If possible, I would love to be one of the new patients just to have my teeth cleaned on one of those dates that I am there. Would you be able to look into this?

    Many thanks for your assistance. Can you please let me know your telephone?

    I am looking forward to visiting Egbe again and getting to see everyone.

    Sincerely,

    Sylvia Eikenberry
    0703-246-3021

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