Since moving from village life in Egbe to city life in Jos – my life has become more comfortable. In Egbe I was on my knees daily just to make it through each day. I prayed about the heat, the workload, my husband’s constant bouts of malaria, the spiritual warfare, not too mention the constant prayers for CARE Africa . I needed and relied on God to show up every day. Life in Jos is still hard – it’s Nigeria – but it is easier than Egbe. I talk to God all the time but it isn’t the same yearning and deep need for Him like when we lived in Egbe.

Screen Shot 2018-07-21 at 8.53.18 AMI recently read a book called God’s Smuggler. It is a true story of how a young, Dutchman by the name of Brother Andrew risked his life to bring faith and hope to believers behind the Iron Curtain. While reading the book I was continuously jealous of all the miracles Brother Andrew experienced. Some were as simple as a cake being provided for a meeting where he had no money to buy one. Others were big miracles like not getting checked at checkpoints where he had over 100 Bibles hidden in his car. I was so jealous and I felt if he experienced miracles in the 1930’s why can’t I experience God’s miracles in the 2018’s. I got on my knees and begged to see, hear, and experience God like Brother Andrew did. I begged God to “show up and show off” as I like to say.

When I asked God to make me like the God Smuggler, I was expecting great miracles and even greater blessings. Well, over the past month God has been showing up and showing off. I can’t begin to document in this blog all the great things He has done and is doing. What I forgot is that when God is doing a great work someone else is trying to disrupt that work – someone who wants to steal God’s glory. I don’t want to mention his name in case that gives him any power but we all know who he is. He prowls around like a Lion.

Staff finalPray for me, for my family, for my husband’s media ministry, for my CARE Africa staff and for our school that we are starting in Egbe. My family and CARE Africa staff have experienced some serious spiritual attacks such as health problems, computers crashing, uncontrollable emotions/ thoughts, missionaries leaving, different cultural problems and even serious and brutal killings only miles from our home. There is sin in this world and when God is visibly doing big works in your life – evil is going to want to try and conquer it. There is a battle going on that our small, small minds cannot even grasp. It is a battle for our minds and souls and we know we are the winner, but there is nothing that says we will not experience suffering.

Screen Shot 2018-07-21 at 8.57.53 AMThere is a song I really like by Kari Jo that is called “Speak to Me”. If you listen to it and ask Him to speak to you He will. Be prepared to put your armor on because that prowling lion will begin to challenge you. I encourage you to beat the crap out of him with prayer when he comes to steal, rob and destroy.  Pray and watch God “show up and show off”. It is a beautiful thing to see!

 

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Comments
  1. John Stafford says:

    Count me to be praying for you and your staff.
    God bless you, John

  2. jjandbevan says:

    We will keep you in prayer.  Spiritual warfare can be only powerful if we allow it.  If you see it happening, cast it out and move on.  Do not recognize it because that’s what the bad one wants.  Just for us to notice his presence and take our eyes for a minute off of God.  I rebuke him and his deceitful ways in the name of Jesus.  I add the covering of the Blood of Jesus over all.  Love you and see you soon. Joyce Lane

  3. drtommckechnie says:

    Good afternoon from Kentucky, Thank you for the beautiful blog and know we are praying for you. Blessings, Tom

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  4. Hudson, Clare says:

    Patrice,
    I know you are on the right track. We need to be careful and honor God’s glory. He will not give it to another. Spiritual Warfare is very real. I think our missionaries are not so much on the lookout
    for this. Thanks for sharing and reminding us all.
    Clare Hudson
    SIM USA
    Member Care Department

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  5. Hutchison, Ray says:

    How is Lenny doing in SA, Patrice? Have the medical folks been able to make some discoveries to help address his health struggles?

    Ray

    Ray Hutchison
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