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There is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then #Giving Tuesday!  Two years ago we were struggling with getting our kids to and from the C.A.R.E. Africa center for A.W.A.N.A. and other programs. We started a bus campaign and raised $10,000. It wasn’t enough to get a bus but it did get us a minivan. Our minivan has been a huge asset over the past two years. From bringing teams to and from Egbe from the airport, to transporting the kids all around town, to making needed shopping pickups in Ilorin and taking our secondary school kids to University visits. This vehicle has blessed us abundantly but we have grown.

In the last two years we started a school, Foundations Academy Egbe. With over 70 children in the school, our needs for an actual bus have become more urgent. Currently our driver makes several trips to and from the school everyday to get all the kids home safe. The wear and tear on the vehicle and the amount of kids we have to pack in each trip is getting overwhelming. We need your help! 

In one week on December 3rd it is #Giving Tuesday! would you please consider donating any amount toward the purchase of a bus for the school.  Help us “make the wheels on the bus go round and round” for the C.A.R.E. Africa kids. Click https://www.donorrise.com/careafrica/bus

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“So, Patrice, what do you do all day?” “Oh, I just sit around all day eating bonbons!”  HAHA! Since moving back to the states this has become the number one question people ask me. I can’t give them a quick or short answer. Should I show them everything on my to do list that I have completed or all that I still have to complete?  Should I get my calendar out and show all the people and places I have visited or are scheduled to visit?  Running a nonprofit and having responsibility for over 100 people (60 children, 50 caregivers and 23 employees) that live halfway across the world is inherently difficult. Not to mention the six hour time difference.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 5.16.32 PMIn Nigeria, I employed house help and a driver as part of the ministry to give people jobs. This allowed me to work all day on C.A.R.E. Africa and have my evenings and weekends free for family and Sabbath time. In the US I still get to focus on ministry during the day, but nights and weekends have turned into cleaning, cooking, shopping and driving kids around…… Welcome to America most of you would say!

Sabbath is how I refuel. Not the 30-minute rushed devotional in the morning but spending an entire day sitting at his feet and breathing him in. Without it, I am running on empty and when someone asks me “So, what do you do all day” – I get annoyed. This annoyance is a red flag that my heart is not in the right place and I need some time with the Lord.

This past Sunday I scheduled a Sabbath on my calendar because I knew it was the only way it would happen. During that time God showed me my need for approval from people in order to feel good about myself. When people ask me “What do you do all day?” it makes me feel judged -like I am not doing enough. I am not blogging enough, emailing enough, meeting enough people and not sharing the C.A.R.E. Africa story enough.  Otherwise, people would know what I do all day and wouldn’t have to ask. In my quiet time God gave me Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

nice-happy-thanksgiving-day-wallpapers-1024x768In one week it will be American Thanksgiving Day. Odds are you will be around some well-meaning family members who might ask “So, what do you do all day or when are you going to get married or find a better job “ – other people’s expectations as to what you should or should not be doing in life. Remember who you are and whose you are! You have already met the approval of the only One that matters!  So sit down, take a breath and enjoy this holiday. God loves you unconditionally always!

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Wow! I cannot believe we have been in America for 6 months already!

IMG_6965Jolie, what is the best thing about being back in America?
1. Air Conditioning in my school.
2. A real school cafeteria with food.
3. The dinners you cook us at night.
(She is definitely my daughter, everything relates to food!)

 

IMG_3484Jolie, What do you miss about Nigeria.
1. I miss my friends, Caitlyn and Lowena
2. I am sad I will miss SIM Spiritual Life Conference in January.

 

 

IMG_6365Cason, what is the best thing about being back in America?
1. I love American school and making straight A’s now.
2. I love how much there is to do.
3. I love having all types of food options to eat.

 

IMG_0093Cason, what do you miss about Nigeria?
1. My friend Jephthah.
2. I miss having Jollof Rice all the time.
3. Freedom to do whatever and no rules.

 

IMG_6218Lenny, what is the best thing about being back in America?
1. Love having hobbies again like hunting.
2. More activities to do as a family and couple.
3. Being around my family again.

 

IMG_4582Lenny, what do you miss about Nigeria?
1. Food, Egusi & Pounded Yam!
2. Miss the missionary community.
3. Rainy season.

 

IMG_7789Patrice, what is the best thing about being back in America?
1. Food, Food, Food and more Food! (Doughnuts, cakes, cookies, real chocolate oh my!)
2. Seeing my kids joy as they play sports and are involved in different programs.
3. Hanging out and catching up with all my family and friends.
4. The participation and involvement from family, friends and strangers in C.A.R.E. Africa!

 

IMG_2368Patrice, what do you miss about Nigeria?
1. Food, Egusi & Pounded Yam.
2. Driving around with my driver, Samuel, on all our adventures in the crazy city.
3. Jumai, who helped me clean, cook and shop.
4. Those deep conversations with like minded missionaries who lived and breathed the same trials and tribulations we did.
5. My Nigerian brother and sister, Emma and Tofunmi.
6. Having to rely on God every day to just get from Point A to Point B in anything and everything I did.

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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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!

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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Sheep Are Stupid

Posted: August 7, 2019 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Patrice Miles, Prayer, SIM

At the beginning of this year my mission’s agency, SIM, held their annual Spiritual Life Conference in Miango, a retreat center in Nigeria. The theme was Psalm 23.

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SLC 2019 Painting by Washiba

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[
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I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

 

The speaker started the first session of the conference with a sheep analogy. He talked about how wonderful it would be to follow Jesus, the Shepherd, and be a sheep. All I could think about was “Sheep are stupid!” When I think of a sheep I think of an animal with no brain that just eats and sleeps.

Is that how Jesus wants us to be? Lay around and just eat and sleep and enjoy the pasture and quiet waters? The Holy Spirit convicted me to research sheep and shepherds to learn more. I found out some amazing things;

1. Did you know that sheep need to eat the best grass possible so their wool is very good and pleasing to wool traders? Without the Shepherd leading them to green pastures they will continue to eat in the same pasture until the grass is no good. Then their wool will be coarse and brittle and good to no one.

 I want to eat good grass so I am not coarse and brittle but beautiful and valuable!

2. Did you know that sheep’s wool when wet is so heavy they can actually drown in a pool of water? If they stumble upon a fast paced stream of water, it could actually sweep them off their feet and then once wet, they would drown. The Shepherd will always lead them to quiet waters so they can be refreshed without fear of drowning.

I want to be refreshed and restored and stop fearing that I might drown!

Jesus, Your Good Shepherd And Door by Joseph Prince3. Did you know that sheep stray off sometimes or get lost and get themselves into trouble? Wild animals actually lay in wait for these straying sheep so they can devour them. The Shepherd will find that sheep and if that sheep continues to stray the Shepherd will actually break the sheep’s leg. He will then carry the sheep until the leg is healed so that the sheep will begin to understand its need for the Shepherds protection from the animals prowling around waiting to harm it.

I don’t want to stray and be at risk of being devoured by wild animals laying in wait for me!

Oh Lord help me to rest at your feet today, wanting to be led into green pastures and beside quiet waters. Help me to always hear your voice loud and clear so I do not stray or get lost. Thank you for being my Shepherd and always picking me up and carrying me when I think I know my own way. Thank you for protecting me from the evils that lurk in the shadows that I cannot see. Thank you for being a good Shepherd and always bringing me back even though I can be so stupid sometimes.

 

 

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!