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Backsliding

Posted: June 28, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Patrice Miles, SIM

This is our second home assignment (HA) since leaving for Nigeria in 2013. During the first HA, we experienced culture shock and I was ready to get back to my simple life in Nigeria as quickly as possible. Now that we are experiencing our second HA, things seem a little different. After 4 years in the field, we have experienced some really tough times in Nigeria and I questioned God many times asking … “Are you still there?”

During these few months home in the USA, I am finding that I am enjoying all the Western comforts a lot more than last time at HA. I catch my entrepreneurial brain seeing different businesses and thinking, “Hey I could do that and then have a Biznistry that could support all my ministries in Nigeria.” Wow, that would so much easier and then I could stop sacrificing all these family memories, foods I love, and weather I miss soooo much.

God spoke to me this morning through I Samuel 27:1 “David thought to himself”….that is where it all begins for me. When I start thinking I know better than him. David basically was tired of Saul trying to kill him. David was supposed to be a king and instead he was living in the wilderness. I was tired of reading David and King Saul’s’ saga before I came to I Samuel 27, were David is finally tired of it too. He decided to go and live with the idol worshipers (Philistines). He even takes all 600 of his men and their families with him. He never consults God but just does it.

Later in the chapter we find David has backslid and has become a robber, murder, and liar. Wow….what happened to the strong David that killed Goliath with a sling shot?

This has reminded me of how easy it is to backslide when we are tired, exhausted, or just dealing with obstacles or unknowns. We want to know what is next and when it isn’t clear, we get anxious like David. In anxiousness, frustration, and/or exhaustion we make rash decisions. These decisions not only affect us but they affect everyone around us. Like the 600 men and their families with David, our decisions can affect generations to come.

During these times we need to look at our history with God and ask ourselves….How many times has God provided for me? How many times has God given me the desires of my heart? How many times has God helped me slay a Goliath in my lifeOur history with him and so many other Christians shows over and over again that his way is the best way in the end. Our ways can lead us backsliding away and before we know it we are living a life we never intended like David. I don’t want that! I am so thankful this morning God reminded me of how sweet life can be when we wait on him to bless us and not try and make decisions based on our own human thoughts and feelings.

Deuteronomy 31:8

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Wow! The last 3 weeks of our lives have been absolutely filled with fun, laughter and answered prayers! We left Louisville for Bluffton SC to see our friends and supporters along with a new church partner.  Then we were off to Charlotte to see family, friends, and supporters. As well as reconnected with some Egbeites. Last but not least we flew to LA to see more family, meet with a church partner, and volunteer at their High School church camp. See pictures below……

South Carolina Visit

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Bebee Team headed to Egbe in July

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Bebee Kids and Miles Kids fun

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New Church Partner

North Carolina Visit

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SIM shot, shots, and shots

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Doughnuts w/ Sister In Law

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Egbeites Reconnected

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Jolie & Testimony reunited

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All the Cousins and Friends

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Jos, Nigeria in N.C.

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Lenny Sharing the Vision @ SIM

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More Egbeite time in N.C.

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Camping w/ the Polsgroves

California Visit

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Shepherd High School Camp

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Time w/ a brother from another mother

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Cousin Time

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Father’s Day in Hollywood

 

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Barnyard Boogie Night

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Shepherd Church Partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to North Carolina for some rest…..

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Happy Birthday Cason

 

#3 Video Link Corrected

Posted: May 31, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Sorry the recent post had the wrong link for the video. Here is the corrected link for What is Lenny going to be doing video. https://youtu.be/p2-UdpkZlKg.

I’m Dying

Posted: May 25, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Missionaries, Nigeria, Patrice Miles, SIM

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 7.58.28 PMRecently I saw a movie called A Dog’s Purpose. The dog kept on living a great life and then would die and start over again as a puppy and then would die again and again. It was pretty sad really. I don’t think I would necessarily recommend the movie but it got me thinking of the song “Live Like You Were Dying by Tim MCgraw. See the lyrics at the end of the blog.

It made me ask myself a question. If I found out tomorrow I was dying how would I live my life differently? Would I still live in Nigeria? My immediate answer was, “No!” I think I would want to be with my family soaking up every last minute of time I had with them. I would want to snuggle with my kids and go on a date every night with my husband. I would want to see things and do things that were on my bucket list. So the question kept coming back, would I still live in Nigeria? If the answer was no, then why am I living here now? I really couldn’t answer the question and it bothered me.

13700002_10154277263108808_4633544139304731361_nReading Deuteronomy recently showed me how Moses knew he was going to die. He continued to work making sure everything was ready for his successor Joshua and for the Israelites. When he found out he was going to die he didn’t stop his ministry and start experiencing everything on his bucket list. He continued his work and maybe even with more fervor and intentionality. Why? I think because he knew that there was something so much better ahead of him than anything on his bucket list. He wanted to finish well by leaving behind a message for the future generations so they could know the same peace, joy and hope he had.

I think so many times we think of dying as something so final when it is actually the beginning of our journey for those who believe in Jesus Christ. Our time on this earth is so tiny compared to the eternity we will spend in heaven with Christ. So would I stay in Nigeria if I found out I was dying? I wish I could say I would be just like Moses, but I don’t know…… Does this blog help me to realize I need to change some things in my life so that I treat every tomorrow as a gift? Yes. What about you? If you found out tomorrow you were dying would you keep on living life exactly they way you are today? If the answer is No, then ask yourself why?

He said
“I was in my early forties
With a lot of life before me
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days
Looking at the x-rays
Talkin’ ’bout the options
And talkin’ ’bout sweet time”
I asked him
“When it sank in
That this might really be the real end
How’s it hit you
When you get that kind of news?
Man, what’d you do?”

He said
“I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying”
And he said
“Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying”

He said
“I was finally the husband
That most of the time I wasn’t
And I became a friend a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden going fishin’
Wasn’t such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
I finally read the Good Book, and I
Took a good, long, hard look
At what I’d do if I could do it all again
And then

I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying”
And he said
“Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying
Like tomorrow was a gift
And you’ve got eternity
To think about
What you’d do with it
What could you do with it
What did I do with it?
What would I do with it?

Skydiving
I went Rocky mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I watched an eagle as it was flying”
And he said
“Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying”

 

IMG_6337Here are the pictures from our Pinot’s Palette and Spaghetti Dinner. We loved sharing how God has used our family the past 3.5 years and how he is going to use us again for the next 2 year term. If you missed either one of these events it’s OK. Next week starting on Monday we are going to play one video everyday in the same order we showed them at the Dinner. Cason’s video on traveling to Egbe will debut first on Monday. As you receive the videos, don’t forget to click play and take a few minutes each day to catch up. The idea is to give you the visual of the past 3.5 years in Egbe, Nigeria and then to the future for Miles In Missions in Jos 2017-2019

DSC_0916We still need to raise support for our next two year term in Nigeria. We need anyone and everyone to consider supporting our ministry in Nigeria on a monthly basis. Our family wants to board the plane to Nigeria on July 23rd but we cannot do it without more monthly supporters. Click here  Miles In Missions to sign up for $10, $20, $40, $60, $100, $200, $500…whatever you feel led will help us get that much closer.

Also if you have a women’s group, men’s group or a Bible study that would be interested in hearing more about our ministry, we would love to share. Please let us know by emailing me at patrice@milesinmissions.com.

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You are invited to our spaghetti dinner this Sunday May 21st at 5pm. Come out and hear and see all about the past 3 1/2 years in Egbe, Nigeria. We will also reveal what is next for The Miles Family in Jos, Nigeria. Please click the following link http://bit.ly/milesspaghetti to RSVP or call (502) 558-9355 so we know how many people to prepare for. Look forward to seeing you there!!

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Is it weird?

Posted: May 11, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Patrice Miles

We have been back in the states for a little over  a week now. One of the number one questions I continue to hear is “Is it weird being back?” 

IMG_6330It is soooo weird;

To to wake up and feel like it is midnight but it’s 5am.

To go to the grocery store and buy a few items instead of buying in bulk because you may not come to the store again for 2 months.

To open your wallet and be confused on the quarters, nickels and dimes and what to use.

To have the man standing behind you at the store waiting impatiently as you are given instructions for credit cards with chip readers.

To eat only one of something not fearing you won’t get to enjoy it again.

IMG_6329To greet people with a smile and good morning and they look at you like your crazy.

To jog with my music blaring in my ears because I don’t have to fear something jumping out in the bush to get me.

Getting motion sickness when the car does more than 20 miles an hour because there are no pot holes to worry about.

To go to the doctor and actually get results and answers immediately.

To remember to flush the toilet even if it is only yellow.. “If it it’s yellow let it mellow, if it brown flushes it down.” is now in our brains.

To wear socks and shoes.

IMG_6324To not take off your shoes every time you enter someone’s house.

To scrub your feat in the shower and realize all the African dirt is gone now you don’t have to scrub.

To be cold!!

To have car keys that you have to keep up with.

To pump gas and remembering how to do it all. Credit card first…wait, no push button first….no, I mean, lift pump first.

To see policemen and men is army fatigues and not fearing them.

Going out to eat and they actually have everything on the menu available.

teamGetting books for free at a library!

Going to run a few errands and actually getting them all done.

Seeing Krispie Kreme doughnuts everywhere you go. Lord, please help me!

Laying in bed and hearing noises but reminding yourself you can relax, no one is at your front door.

Feeling like everyone else’s brains are working ten times faster than yours as I am just processing the last thing they said.

Loving being home but not feeling at home.

Loving being with family but your heart is still with your Nigerian family.

…………..Yes it’s weird.