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If you didn’t see this blog last week…here it is again because today is the day! I don’t know if you remember, but last year for my 39th birthday, you helped me install a playground at my school in Egbe, Nigeria. It was so much fun watching your donations come in and it was one of the best birthday presents ever. I enjoyed picking out the equipment, watching it made and shipping it to Egbe from Jos. There were many challenges in all the logistics, installation and maintaining quality, but the joy in the children’s faces when they experienced their first playground….made it all worth it!!

This year for my BIG 40th birthday on October 21st,  I have a BIG request! Will you help my Nigerian daughter, Titi, with an education? If you don’t know who Titi is, click on her blog at https://plantainsplease.wordpress.com/ . She is an amazing young women who walks with the Lord and has blessed our family with smiles, belly laughs, insight, new challenges and a different outlook on life. She has been in the USA for a little over a year now studying Social Work at Lancaster Bible College, and is making straight A’s. She is the RA for her dorm while working as a writing mentor too.

titi school boardTiti raises all her own school fees, which is $16,000 a year.  She currently has an outstanding balance of $8,000 at Lancaster for her second semester school fees. You will encourage and make a big difference in this amazing young woman’s life through any amount given through this birthday donation.

Thank you so much for making my 40th birthday extra special! Click Patrice 40th Birthday to donate.

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Kenya Travels

Posted: October 17, 2019 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, Nigeria, Orphans, Prayer

“How can we learn more about family based orphan care, empowerment and discipleship?” This is a constant question with my staff at C.A.R.E. Africa in Egbe, Nigeria. Before I moved to Nigeria, trainings through conferences, webinars, podcasts and business groups were a priority for me in order to excel in my real estate business. It was a luxury that I took for granted.

DSC_0270 (2)C.A.R.E. Africa is one of the only family based orphan care nonprofits in all of Nigeria. Everywhere there are orphans, there are orphanages housing them. Majority of them are poorly maintained, managed and overall a very scary site to see. So to find trainings on orphan care much less family based orphan care, is not easy. Even webinars and podcasts I have found outside of the US have been challenging for us in Egbe due to poor internet connections.

 

We have for years had to rely on publications like From Faith to Action and read books like In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence to get any insight into how to run our family based care ministry.  Recently we connected with Agape Children’s Ministries at a recent CAFO Summit (Christian Alliance for Orphans) in Louisville, Kentucky.

WhatsApp Image 2019-08-24 at 8.10.10 AMEmma and Tofunmi were invited to come to a one week training on Family Reunification in Nairobi, Kenya that Agape Children’s Ministry and 1 Million Home was offering. They were also allowed to spend a second week in Kenya at the actual ministry in Kisumu. Emma and Tofunmi spent time with the Agape staff, visited families homes, helped with street boys outreach and attended their church and school. They were able to see an organization running family based care at a very large level and they were so encouraged.

This was a huge blessing and answer to prayer! Praise the Lord with us as you view the photos below.

I don’t know if you remember, but last year for my 39th birthday, you helped me install a playground at my school in Egbe, Nigeria. It was so much fun watching your donations come in and it was one of the best birthday presents ever. I enjoyed picking out the equipment, watching it made and shipping it to Egbe from Jos. There were many challenges in all the logistics, installation and maintaining quality, but the joy in the children’s faces when they experienced their first playground….made it all worth it!!

This year for my BIG 40th birthday on October 21st,  I have a BIG request! Will you help my Nigerian daughter, Titi, with an education? If you don’t know who Titi is, click on her blog at https://plantainsplease.wordpress.com/ . She is an amazing young women who walks with the Lord and has blessed our family with smiles, belly laughs, insight, new challenges and a different outlook on life. She has been in the USA for a little over a year now studying Social Work at Lancaster Bible College, and is making straight A’s. She is the RA for her dorm while working as a writing mentor too.

titi school boardTiti raises all her own school fees, which is $16,000 a year.  She currently has an outstanding balance of $8,000 at Lancaster for her second semester school fees. You will encourage and make a big difference in this amazing young woman’s life through any amount given through this birthday donation.

Thank you so much for making my 40th birthday extra special! Click Patrice 40th Birthday to donate.

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“Mummy, can I have a picture of my sponsor so I can see them?” “Mummy, please tell my sponsor I pray for them.” These are just a few of the things my children at C.A.R.E. Africa ask and tell me.

DSC_0433One of the many hats I wear at C.A.R.E. Africa is child sponsorship. With over 60 children it is a huge task, but very satisfying. I know each one of these children and their needs personally so the investment I have in each on of the sponsorships is huge. Words cannot express the joy in seeing a child open a letter or a package from their sponsor when they have never had a gift like this before. I’m speechless when I see a picture of a child’s sponsor taped to the wall by their pillow when checking in on them. The greatest joy is getting to experience a child and a sponsor meeting for the first time in Nigeria when he/she comes on a mission trip with us.

Many of our sponsors may not think their $35 a month makes a big difference, BUT IT DOES. These children are getting an amazing education, attending discipleship programs, receive provisions for themselves and their families and are apart of a community that loves and accepts them. Seeds are being planted and one day we will see the harvest of our labor.

b7157fe1-537c-4294-9f2f-7737925d0087Would you consider making a difference in a child’s life? We have so many in need and many on the waiting list. You can see all the children and the different ways you can help on our sponsorship site at give.icareafrica.org . We have children that require just one sponsor because they only need education, discipleship and provisions. We have children that require two or three sponsors because we are trying to empower the entire family, through a trade, medical needs, house rent or work.

Our suggested single sponsorship is $35 a month and I personally do my best to keep you updated with pictures, cards and drawings from your child 3 to 4 times a year. Make a difference and click one of the children below or visit our sponsorship site at give.icareafrica.org where all of the children in need are listed.

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Here we go!

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Heathrow train with 9 bags

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London pit stop.

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Will all the luggage fit?

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Emma made it all fit!

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Welcoming Crew!

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A few of my girls.

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Seamstress kid hangout.

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One on one time with teachers.

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Seamstress class.

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Quickbooks time….

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What….I didn’t do it.

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The Mummy’s

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Baby Cecilia, Precious.

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Family Interviews

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Charles barbering apprenticeship.

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Giving gifts from sponsors.

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Ring Pop from sponsor.

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Fatoye visit.

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Office Shola

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Solo the Great

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Ayo the road angel.

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Teacher training time.

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Henna

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September Birthdays

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Measuring of land for possible permanent school site.

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More measuring….

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Patrice teaching how to measure land.

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CARE Staff

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Foundations Staff

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WWJD bracelets

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Backpacks! Backpacks!

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Miriam and her style

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More of baby Cecilia!

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Nigeria!

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Southeast Outlook in Jos

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Sponsor gifts.

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AWANA

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Spring of Life HIV/AIDS Staff

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Spring of Life meeting.

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Caregivers praying over teachers.

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Library organizers

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Egg Roll! My favorite!

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CARE’s prayer warrior, Baba Warren

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Yup!

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Teacher training with games.

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One on one time with teachers

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Teacher selfies.

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Spring of Life Outreach

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Outreach

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Jollof rice for the kiddos!

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WE love Jollof Rice!

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Back to School Party

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Sponsorship gifts

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The Emma’s

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Sponsorship gifts

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Toyin selfie

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Teachers selfie

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And it’s time to go back to school!! See you next time!

The Big Move!

Posted: August 27, 2019 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, People of Egbe, Prayer, Titi

Another post by Titi!!

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Remember when I was excited to move in back to school? Well that excitement only lasted two days! Now I am just tired and school hasn’t even started yet, I am seriously laughing at myself right now. The craziness is yet to begin!

concentration This..fully describes how I felt after three days..lol!

If you have been following my blog, you’ll know that I was a commuter last year. I lived with the wonderful Harrars who were missionaries in Nigeria for a year. I met them while they were in Nigeria and they were graceful enough to let me stay with them for a whole year! How awesome is that? Their family really played a big part in my transition into a different culture, of which I’ll always be thankful for.

with the harrars With the wonderful Harrars!

Well, I moved into the dorms at LBC two weeks ago and it has been very interesting!…

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When you Google the definition of a non-profit organization it says, A non-profit organization is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit. C.A.R.E. Africa was founded for purposes other than generating profit, so why is it all I think about is money?

Last Import - 57 of 581I will never forget the time I walked into a widow’s ministry in Jos, Nigeria. There were many women at their sewing machines singing and smiling. Discipleship was going on, community was going on, empowerment was going on and I was amazed. My business mind started to churn and I asked questions about how the ministry was funded, what was their vision and mission statement, what was their URL for their website and how was their Facebook page doing. I will never forget the missionary’s response. “Oh, we don’t really have any of those things, God just continues to provide in unexpected ways. We always have enough to pay for what we need.”

I was so jealous! I constantly have this fear of not being able to pay salaries for my staffs that work so hard everyday fighting the Spiritual warfare in Egbe. I cringe at the thought of not being able to pay teachers that pour into children’s lives. I hate saying “No” to the request to start programs that could enrich our orphans and caregivers because I don’t know where the money will come from. Jealousy and frustration overwhelmed me that day because I was working so hard to fundraise money for my ministry and here was a ministry that God just provided for.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 5.14.19 PMA supporter recently recommended a book called God Guides by Mary Geegh, a missionary in India. It really isn’t a book, more a pamphlet and it isn’t written well at all. The content, however, is powerful. Mary tells stories over an over again of her time in India where there is a need so she rests at Gods feet, hears from him, obeys and then receives. She is constantly saying, “Where God Guides, HE Provides.” Over and over again in her life she rests at his feet, he guides her and she listens and obeys and then he provides.

This morning I took time to be like Mary in the Bible and also Mary Geegh missionary in India and I rested at his feet. I sat quietly removing all distractions and seriously seeking him beyond the daily devotional and Christian living book. I admit I have done this before but it is not a regular practice of mine as busyness and self-assertiveness are much more comfortable to me then being still and quite. It was amazing! He gave me this blog to share with you along with so many other things for my upcoming trip to Egbe and just life.

Are you anxious about something right now?
Are you scared about something right now?
Is God guiding you into a new chapter, a new endeavor?
Where God Guides, HE Provides.

Take time and rest at his feet…seriously stop what you are doing and retreat to a quiet place and just be still. See what he has to say and then obey because Where God Guides HE Provides.

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