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Corrected Link

Posted: November 5, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Sorry guys, the bit ly link in the post Bus Project is case sensitive. Here is the corrected link http://bit.ly/CAREBUS

What is SIM?

Posted: August 8, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Please take a couple of minutes to watch this new video highlighting SIM. If you’ve ever had questions about SIM or what its goals are, then you need to watch this. This was created by our media departments in the USA, but many of the scenes are from Egbe Hospital where we’ve served for the last four years. Let me know if any of it looks familiar to you!

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This is sometimes the question I get when calling and talking to family or friends. This question could have two meanings and I’m not always sure which way they are asking me. One way could mean, “So, where are you physically located at the moment?” This is an understandable question after all of the traveling our family has done over the last five weeks. And then the question could also be asked, “So, where are you with you fundraising and ability to go back to Nigeria?”

Let me answer both questions by the numbers…

71 – days since landing in the USA.

4 – days in Bluffton, South Carolina where we met with Live Oak Christian Church as well a great family that has ties to Egbe and our work there.

8 – days in California where we spent the week as camp counselors and meeting with a Shepherd Church where Patrice’s brother is the youth pastor at.

20 – days in Charlotte, NC where we did a debrief with SIM, met with a Central Church, and spent time with more of Patrice’s family

5 – days camping in the mountains of North Carolina

1 – bad hang nail cut out (Cason)

1 – Gallbladder removed (Patrice)

Just 13 days until we leave to go back to Nigeria! Yes, we’ve been cleared to go back as long as we have commitments for the following…

4 – Recurring donation partners at $25 per month

4 – Recurring donation partners at $50 per month

2 – Recurring donation partners at $100 per month

1 – Refrigerator $700

1 – Stove $400

1 – Dining room table $500

1 – Clothes dryer $350

1 – Solar power system. Needed due to the poor power grid, which is off more often than on. $2,500

1 – Bundle of media equipment for Lenny’s new ministry. Including camera, lenses, software, etc. $3,500

If you have been waiting to sign up for monthly support, there is no better time than now! We must prove to SIM that we are fully funded before going back. Click Donate Now and chose to support our family monthly. Sign up once and the funds are automatically withdrawn every month.

If you would like to donate towards the other items listed, you can do that when you click Donate Now. No amount given towards these items is too small. It all adds up!

We are so thankful for all of you that have continued to support us along the way, as well as the new financial and prayer partners who have joined us in the last 3 months. Your generosity has more than encouraged us to keep going! Thank you!

#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.

We’ve Moved!

Posted: April 24, 2017 by Lenny in Uncategorized

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Wow, I will say that time has certainly flown by for our family. Although it was nearly six months ago, it seems just like yesterday that we were in the beginning stages of planning a transition from Egbe to Jos here in Nigeria!

15591372_750147471803158_5057877334834634317_oSince then it has been nothing short of busy for us in preparation to leave Egbe well. We had to plan how other missionaries or Nigerian staff might take over our responsibilities, train them, and watch them implement everything. We are very glad to report that everyone has stepped up greatly and we feel comfortable with leaving everything in others hands.

Also during this time, we had to plan IMG_8435a move which has it’s very own set of challenges. In a place were logistics can be nothing short of difficult, we had to find a reliable moving truck, reliable drivers, and a place to store our things temporarily. Praise the Lord that HE was orchestrating this move, because in all of our preparation, we never could have imagined this going so smoothly. After just a few emails to another missionary in Jos, he found aIMG_8438 Nigerian Doctor who is greatly involved in missions work that would send his truck and driver down to move us. Being a little skeptical, I had my doubts. Was the truck large enough for all of our things?    Was the truck completely enclosed to protect our stuff from the rain? Was the driver trustworthy enough not to find things within our belongings that might be valuable to him? Was the truck maintained and strong enough to make the long journey on these bumpy roads? I was more than elated when I first laid my eyes on the truck! It was everything we needed and more.

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 4.27.19 PMAlso, in the last couple of months we have also made the decision to come back to the USA for 12 weeks starting May 1st. We have felt the Lord leading us “home” to give everyone an update on our time in Nigeria and the ministries we are going to be involved with after we make the final transition to Jos. We’ve been preparing several events for all of you to connect with us, planning trips crisscrossing the USA to see supporting churches, creating new brochures and literature in order to share with everyone, and arranging some downtime with family to get some much needed rest after this whirlwind of activity.

One thing that I continued to be reminded of is that God is certainly in control. He has ordained all of the moving, planning, and our futures. We cannot wait to see all of you! please remember these two great opportunities to come out, get an update, hear about our transitions in Nigeria, and just to visit with us! Click the images below for more info…

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A New Year, A New Look

Posted: January 19, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

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egbe-international-schoolThe Egbe MK School has undergone a major transformation for year 2017!  We are no longer just providing a source of education for missionary kids, but have expanded to serve a larger group.  Our compound school now offers enrollment to the children of Nigerian Doctors and Professionals serving and living at ECWA Hospital Egbe.  With this change we also had to change our name and our space. Therefore, the Egbe MK School is now Egbe International School, and has moved from our small, two room school house to a much bigger space with 3 classrooms, a large multipurpose room, and a kitchen!

img_2305We currently have seven students: one Kindergartener, one 3rd grader, three 5th graders, and one 8th grader.  So, when the decision was made to expand the school I quickly decided I needed help in teaching the diversity of students and grade levels.  Therefore, I have hired two Nigerian professional teachers Auntie Victoria Alabi…

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A Special Guest

Posted: December 1, 2016 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Many of you have asked about the story behind the little baby girl that attended our Thanksgiving Feast last week. Read Dr Jen’s blog below to know more about this little miracle.

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jenThis is a blog written by a friend and fellow missionary Jen Hathorn.  Jen is a U.S. doctor serving at Egbe Hospital through World Medical Missions.  Add her blog to your reading list…For His Glory

“Come on. Hurry up!” Keeping these thoughts to myself, I valiantly work at reigning in evidence of my impatience, but it’s a challenge! The slow in-take process seems to have stalled out and there is still a long line of nursing students waiting for health exams who stand between me and my plans for the evening. Sucking in a deep breath, I let out an extended sigh and force my mind to reconcile to the reality that it is already 5PM and there is certainly no way that I will be leaving anytime soon. Today is Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. This year it’s a lonely one. No one around me is sharing in the…

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Christmas Gifts

Posted: October 25, 2016 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Uncategorized
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                 Small Zipper Pouch $5             Large Patchwork Wallet $10

Do you have Christmas gifts you need for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, family or friends? Please consider C.A.R.E. Africa. Most gifts are under $10 and make a perfect small “thinking of you” gift. Check out the zipper pouches for $5, pot holders for $7, patch work large wallet $10, aprons $15, and adorable purses for $15. We can custom make anything for you and have it to the states by the second week in December. You can let us pick the fabric or tell us a color and we will make it. Empower a widow in Egbe and help send a child to school this Christmas by buying C.A.R.E Africa products. Email me at patrice.miles@sim.org to place your order.

You can also check out our Etsy store and see our current products already in the U.S. Visit https://www.etsy.com/people/CAREafrica

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Pot Holders $7

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Ankara Purse $15

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Kampala Purse $15

 

 

 

 

 

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Small Zipper Pouch $5

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Ankara Apron $15

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Kampala Apron $15

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Kampala Apron $15

Miracle in Egbe Pictures

Posted: October 24, 2016 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Egbe internet is horrible right now so my pictures didn’t attached. Here they are!!

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Failed Attempt

Posted: June 28, 2016 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

DSC_0448Over the past two years C.A.R.E. Africa has continued down the path of Family Preservation even though it has been harder than we thought. Too many times we have come across families that truly cannot care for their child. Grandma is too old to empower, Dad is an alcoholic, mom is dead, or Mom is widow with too many children and several are neglected. Aunts and Uncles deny the child or have their own set of issues and cannot help. It can feel hopeless at times.

We were blessed several months ago with a women from Titi’s church volunteering to be a foster parent for one child. She really wanted a boy who was between the ages of 10-14 because she felt at that age they were still moldable. Emma and I prayed and prayed and kept being led back to Success. Success was 15 living with a grandma wDSC_0449ho could not work and Aunt who hadn’t been paid by the government in months. Dad was in the town living as a drunk and contributed nothing to the family. After several meetings with Success, Grandma and Beatrice the day had come to move Success. When we arrived to the house, Success our jokester, was soooo quite. He looked like a scarecrow. 

 

foster careOne week later we went back for his one week review and the picture says it all. You can see the smile. Beatrice said he still had a lot to work on but things were going well. We were so disappointment when we got the call a week later that Success had taken a turn for the worst and had lied and then tried to walk home. I immediately was frustrated but knew we couldn’t make this happen by force. I only looked at the situation as a failed attempt.

 

foster care2I went to the house with Success to pick his load and we met with Beatrice. I thanked her so much for the time and money she had invested into Success. I asked him if he had anything to say, expecting him to say nothing. He said “Thank you for teaching me to pray before I go to bed at night. I didn’t do that before I came here. Thank you for showing me how to work around the house.” Wow! I was blown away. Here I was shouting at God in my head asking him why he had us go through all of this for only two weeks of foster care. I was looking at the whole situation as a big failure while God was looking down laughing and saying it happened just the way he wanted it.

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 8.12.52 AMHow many times do we look at a situation that didn’t work out the way we thought is should and think it is a failure? We are saying that God doesn’t know what he is doing, that he is not in control. The situation above was such an eye opener for me. So many times I look into situations and don’t acknowledge that God is in control. There is so much going on outside of the situation that I will never know or understand. Success only spent two weeks in foster care but his words say a seed was planted. Maybe that was all God wanted, a seed planted? I may never know or understand what those two weeks were about, but God does, and I can rest in that. God continues to work with me on resting in him in all situations and not carrying the burden of control. When I actually release that burden and get in the passenger seat, the view is so much sweeter! You should try it!