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In less than a month I will be headed back to Nigeria. It is impossible to contain the joy I feel! I can’t wait to spend time with my team encouraging them in the tireless work they do.

Last Import - 405 of 581My mother, Jolene Eicher, will be joining me for her third trip to Nigeria. She will be busy interviewing and documenting the stories of several of our caregivers, our children and our C.A.R.E. Africa staff.

IMG_1380 2Ashley Beebe, a school teacher, will make her eighth trip to Nigeria. She will work with our teachers at Foundations Academy Egbe. We will be packing a lot into this short trip.

 

We need your help!!

Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 8.34.33 AMWe will host a back to school party with the theme “What Would Jesus Do”. Our goal is to help the kids remember in the new school year to model Jesus in all they do. To always be kind, gentle and patient and not lie, steal or cheat. We are taking rubber bracelets stamped with W.W.J.D. for them to wear to remind them each day – “What Would Jesus Do”. We will also provide each child with a backpack, some school supplies, sandals, underwear, socks and more. Can you help us collect new or gently used backpacks from anyone you know? We also need K-12 boys boxer briefs, girls underwear, sports bras, belts and white crew socks (above ankle). Monetary donations would also help us purchase needed items and/or cover any baggage fees. You can Email me at patrice.miles@sim.org with any local donations I can pick up or I can give you a shipping address. 

Any monetary donations can be given to our general fund at give.icareafrica.org or checks can be made payable to CARE Africa and mailed. Email me at patrice.miles@sim.org for our mailing address.

The kids love school and are always excited to receive their new school supplies. Thank you for all you do!

“So What’s Next?”

Our family has been hugely blessed the past two and half months on home assignment re-connecting with our family and catching up on everything we had missed the past two years. During this time we met with SIM and our home church. After wise counsel we have decided that our next two year term will be stateside. We are praying you will continue to walk with us through our next two years of ministry.

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Polsgrove Family Reunion

So what does this look like for Miles In Missions and our supporters?

For Miles in Missions: The next two years I (Patrice) will remain a full time missionary with SIM. I will travel to Nigeria several times a year. My goal is to grow the ministry both in Nigeria and stateside. I will continue in my roll as sponsorship manager for the orphans along with donor relations, marketing, empowerment and accounting. We will set up house in Louisville, KY and Lenny will do re modeling jobs to supplement our income. The kids are enrolled at Portland Christian school and start classes August 15th.

For our supporters: If you are currently donating through SIM and or C.A.R.E. Africa, we ask that you prayerfully continue. The ministry continues to grow as more orphans and caregivers come on board. This growth is a blessing from God but adds additional expenses. This is why your continued support is critical. 

*C.A.R.E. Africa currently has 60 orphans and 55 caregivers enrolled in our programs with more on the waiting list.

*AWANA Egbe hosts over 150 kids every Monday.

46773a43-6a66-4618-9e60-fb7ba7346d47*Foundations Academy Egbe has been open for almost one year now and we currently have 58 children attending. The current building is already too small so we have found 25 acres of land but will need to raise around $7,000 for the purchase plus an additional $250,000 for the building of the elementary, middle and high school, chapel, administrative offices, medical clinic, hostel, guesthouse, soccer pitch and sports buildings.

*Emma Salako (C.A.R.E. Africa CEO and co founder) will be attending seminary school part time for the next 4-5 years for youth ministry.

*TITI, our Nigerian daughter, has completed one year at Lancaster Bible College with academic excellence and has three more years to go.

*Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic continues to rely solely on donations to run the center as all government funding has been non-existent. In addition Pastor Alabi has been invited to attend a new SIM gathering in South Africa for all the HIV/AIDS ministries across the world.

All of these programs would not be possible without your donations and cannot continue without your much needed support. Thank you for continuing down this road with Miles In Missions. We will keep you updated on our progress.

If you are not currently a supporter and would like to join us on this next chapter please click http://bit.ly/milesgive

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“It’s time to go home.”

Those were the words my husband said to me one morning after returning from a Men’s retreat. I thought he was joking and when I realized he wasn’t, I became angry and hurt. For 48hrs I didn’t shower, barely ate and I wrestled with God. I questioned everything I believed in, my faith, my marriage, my motherhood and my life. At some point I reluctantly handed over my ego and my superwoman cape. I sat at God’s feet and just started to breathe Him in. I realized that I had been drowning under my own skin. Throughout my life God has always picked me up before I self-destructed and I realized that He was saving me from myself once again.

simkidsHe opened my eyes to the fact that my amazing son has just two years left to prepare for college and doesn’t know how to go to the grocery store, manage a checking account, drive a car, clean his own clothes, cook a meal or simply clean a toilet. My beautiful daughter has art and musical gifts that she craves to learn more about and our environment had limited resources to help her. My loyal husband, who has supported my work with C.A.R.E. Africa for 6 years, has a body ravaged with sickness that needed to heal physically as well as emotionally. Then there was me… I was so stressed from trying to raise money for C.A.R.E. Africa without ever having face-to-face time with our loyal donors or the opportunity to build new relationships that I felt the stress in the base of my neck daily.

 

superpatriceGod first, family second and work/ministry last. Once again I realized my priorities were skewed. Everyone around me was struggling including myself. It hurt to realize that all my superhuman powers had failed to save everyone. When I slowed down and breathed God in, He reminded me that He gave me wings to fly – not a superwoman cape. It was time to let go.

So what does this mean for our family and our ministries in Nigeria? It means God is in control and we are not. We are excited about this next chapter and how God is going to show off. I am eager to see my family flourish and C.A.R.E. Africa bloom into the beautiful flower God wants it to become. Stay tuned to our next blog as we give more details on our time in the U.S.A.

It’s home assignment time again! So, what exactly is home assignment?

cousingirlsCason says “ It’s when we take a break from missionary work and visit family and friends and get to relax.” Jolie says “It’s our time we spend with our family and have fun.”

I am sure it looks different for every missionary family. This will be our third home assignment as we complete six years in Nigeria. The last two home assignments were very stressful as both times we arrived with a financial deficit of over $2,000 a month. This deficit meant we had to spend our home assignment fundraising at a high level before we could return to Nigeria.

IMG_6401In between the fundraising we tried to find time for:
1. Family and friends.
2. Needed doctor visits
3. Needed dentist visits
4. Restock on personal supplies for Nigeria.
5. Counseling, debriefing and spiritual renewal
6. Rest
7. New donors
8. Collecting resources for the ministry.
9. Shopping for needed clothing for the family
10. Eating everything we wouldn’t be able to have again for another two years.

We are blessed that this home assignment we are not arriving with a financial deficit. This will allow breathing room for more time reconnecting with family and friends, resting and re-envisioning what God wants for our family for the next two year term.

God has made it very clear that for the health and vitality of our family this home assignment needs to be longer than the chaotic three months spent on the road. We don’t know exactly what that looks like. We are asking you to pray along with us for clarity as to God’s plans for “Miles In Missions”. The video we made below will more fully explain the journey God has us on. Home assignment here we come!

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Yankari National Park, Bauchi State

Posted: March 27, 2019 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Missionaries, Nigeria

Last week was Cason and Jolie’s Spring Break. We decided to take an adventure to Bauchi state with several other missionary families and go to Yankari National Park. Since we moved to Nigeria we have heard so many great stories from missionaries about their great memories at Yankari National Park. Well…. I can say that we will definitely have memories that no one in our family will ever forget. The trip was a lot of fun because we went with great people and swimming in the natural springs that we basically lived in for two days was amazing. Although, accomodations, food, and service were questionable…HAHA! We made it, survived, and got the T-shirt!

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Our Safari Guide

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Roan Antelope

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Warthogs

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Kilishi, Nigerian Beef Jerky

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Flat Tire

IMG_4266Every child should have the best chance for a successful future. But too many children in Nigeria aren’t getting the opportunity to reach their full potential.  These children eventually succumb to begging, lying and stealing to make ends meet because of so many economic barriers in their environment. You can help change that by sponsoring a child through C.A.R.E. Africa. Your sponsorship will give these children the gift of hope and a brighter future.

Nigeria ranks the highest in out-of-school children globally. Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory, about 13.8 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. 

All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, have the right to a quality education.  C.A.R.E. Africa supports children through “family based care” which allows them to remain in a family unit.  We provide them with an education and teach them about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

DSC_0433When you sponsor a child, you achieve a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community where our C.A.R.E. Africa staff are helping to change the future. Sponsorship provides essential aid and education to the impoverished and improves the well-being of single and double orphans. It gives you the opportunity to see lives transformed. 

We have several children waiting for you. Through child sponsorship, you can be the hero in the life of a child today. You can make sure they grow up healthy, educated, safe and in a family.

Learn more about these beautiful children awaiting sponsorship by clicking on any of their pictures below or visiting our giving webpage at http://give.icareafrica.org

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Why is it that the first question after being introduced is always “so what do you do”?

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But we are so much more than what we do…..or are we?

The deceptive attitude that our worth is proportional to our job title or our achievements is predominantly found in Western culture. For the Western worker it means that hard work and more productivity leads to a promotion or a raise. For the missionary it means our accomplishments will lead to increased donations. Somehow our work has become our search for meaning in our life. In the process – many of us have forgotten who we really are and what brings joy to our lives.

Group-of-workersThe cashier, bank teller, missionary, doctor, construction worker and waitress are people with actual lives. They all have passions, goals, struggles, interests, hobbies, families, and qualities that define them and make them who they are. Everyone is more than their job, whether it’s the most admirable career worldwide, or a temporary position. We are all “something” but we are also “someone.” There’s a difference!

 

13416885_10154174756783808_3829576414355949085_oI would like to introduce myself to you.

My American name is Beth Patrice Miles. Beth in Hebrew means house, a strong structure. My Yoruba name is Modupe which means Gratefulness.

I am a child of God, daughter, mother, wife, friend, blogger, deep thinker, prayer warrior, Jesus believer, avid reader, clothing designer, honest to a fault, no filter, baker, coffee lover, innovator, sugar addict, visionary, question asking, exercise loving and don’t reinvent the wheel if someone has already done it -kind of girl.

I am a 3 on the Enneagram (The Achiever) an INFJ (The Advocate) on the Myers Briggs a DIC on the DISC test.

I had a complex childhood and my teenage and college years were not without their problems. I now live in Nigeria with two amazing kids, two dogs and a husband who loves me more than I deserve. My heart is big but there is a wall which only a few have climbed over. I am never satisfied unless I am helping someone or something grow or improve.

Missionary is what I do but I am so much more than that!

Who are you?

John 12:12 ~ child of God.
Ephesians 1:7 ~ forgiven.
John 15:16 ~ chosen.
Romans 6:6~ no longer a slave.
Genesis 1:27 ~ created in the image of God.
Jeremiah 1:5 ~ set apart and appointed.
1 Peter 2:9 ~ royal priesthood, God’s special possession.
John 15:15~ friend of God.
Ephesians 2:10~ God’s handiwork.
Philippians 3:20~ citizen of heaven.
Romans 8:37~ conqueror.
Psalm 139:14 ~ fearfully and wonderfully made.
2 Corinthians 5:17~ a new creation.
Ephesians 1:13 ~ marked with his seal.

Next time you meet someone and they ask you what you do, tell them who you are!