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Mission Trip to Africa

Posted: September 28, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Mission Trip, Nigeria, Patrice Miles, SIM, Volunteers

13528906_1020650084716400_2984030722363838612_nMission trip to Africa! If you love children then we need you! Our agency SIM puts on a Spiritual Life Conference every year for all the missionaries living in Nigeria. It is a time for us all to come together to be renewed and have our cups filled by great speakers and quite time.

We need you to come and lead our missionary kids Pre K-5th grade program.  You will work alongside two senior girls from Christian Academy of Louisville to develop and facilitate a children’s program. We are expecting 10-15 children so 3-5 workers would be wonderful. We already have 2 so we only need you!  You can sign up individually or bring your family, kids, friends, church group, anyone is welcome to come.

SIM will pay for your food and accommodations at our retreat center in Miango. You will also get to see the city of Jos and several of the ministries located there before heading to Miango.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 5.59.54 PMMission Trip details!!
SIM Spiritual Life Conference Dec 31st-Jan 7th.
1. Leave USA on Dec 28th arrive Abuja, Nigeria Dec 29th
2. Travel to JOS Dec 30th (4hr drive)
3. Visit ministries in Jos Dec 31st, Jan 1 & 2.
4. Head to Miango to set up for conference on the 3rd (Website for Miango http://mrhmiango.com/)
5. Conference 3rd-7th
    Pre K ages 3-5 (4-5 children)
    K-5 (10-12 children)
6. All retreat accomodations and food along with in country travel is covered by SIM. Your anticipated expenses are listed below;
    Airfare estimated $1700 per person.
    Jos accommodation and feeding estimate $100 per person.
    VISA estimated $150 per person.

 Please pray about this as we need you…yes you, reading this right now. Email me with any questions you have. Patrice.miles@sim.org

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Spiritual Life Conference 2017

New Years in Nigeria

Posted: August 23, 2017 by Patrice Miles in Miles In Missions, Mission Trip, Missionaries, Nigeria, SIM, Volunteers

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Have you wanted to do a mission trip to Africa? Do you love children? We need you! SIM offers a Spiritual Life Conference every year for all the missionaries in Nigeria. It is a time for spiritual renewal for all of the SIM missionaries serving in the field. It is also a time for all the missionary kids to come together and play and also be renewed through fun and teaching.

We need a team to come and lead our missionary kids Pre K-5th grade program.  This team will develop and facilitate the program and bring all needed supplies with them. We are expecting 10-15 children so 3-5 workers would be sufficient. SIM will provide you with a theme to work with, but you can be as creative as you want. You can sign up as an individual or bring your family, kids, friends, church group, anyone is welcome to come.

The cost would be very minimal, as SIM will pay for all feeding and accommodations at our amazing retreat center in Miango. You will also have opportunity to see the city of Jos and several of the ministries located in Jos before heading to Miango for the retreat.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 5.59.54 PMNEW YEARS in NIGERIA details!!
SIM Spiritual Life Conference Dec 31st-Jan 7th.
1. Leave USA on Dec 30th arrive Abuja, Nigeria Dec 31st
2. Travel to JOS Jan 1st (4hr drive)
3. Visit ministries in Jos Jan 1st and 2nd
4. Head to Miango to set up for conference on the 3rd (Website for Miango http://mrhmiango.com/)
5. Conference 3rd-7th
    Pre K ages 3-5 (4-5 children)
    K-5 (10-12 children)
6. All Miango accommodations, Miango feeding and in country travel is covered by SIM. Your anticipated expenses are listed below;
    Airfare estimated $800-$1200 per person depending on departure city.
    Jos accommodation and feeding estimate $100 per person.
    VISA estimated $150 per person.

 Please pray about this and email me with any questions. Patrice.miles@sim.org

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Spiritual Life Conference 2017

care booth 7We are back in Nigeria now in a new home and a new town. C.A.R.E. Africa continues forward with it’s work in Egbe. In the States, Diana Beville and team will persist in thier goal of supporting the mission with direct child sponsorship, sale of goods, and spreading the word. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider volunteering with C.A.R.E. Africa in several ways.

 

#1 Sign up to volunteer your time at our booth at one of the following fairs. Children are welcome to come and help too!

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List of remaining markets for 2017
*Sept 2 (Saturday) = Fleur de Flea @ Waterfront
*Sept 8-9 (Friday & Saturday) = Middletown FFF
*Oct 14 (Saturday) = Portland Christian School Fall Festival
*Oct 28-29 (Saturday & Sunday) = Flea Off @ Highlands
*Nov 4 (Saturday) = Flea Off @ NuLu
*Nov 9-11 (Thursday-Saturday)= GMHC 2017 Global Missions Health Conference @ Southeast Christian Church
Email Diana at dianabeville@gmail.com if you can help at any of these events.

care booth 3#2 Donate your money to sponsor our booth. Any amount is helpful and allows more of our profits to go to C.A.R.E. kids education.

We have 3 events this fall requiring booth fees. Would you please consider sponsoring in part or whole one of these fees for C.A.R.E.?
*$75 = Sept 2 – Fleur de Flea (on the Waterfront)
*$150 = Sept 8&9 – Middletown Family Fun Festival
                                                                                  *$700 = Nov 9-11 – Global Missions Health Conference 

care booth 2While I was stateside, CARE made some exciting steps forward.
-C.A.R.E. now accepts credit cards!
-C.A.R.E. now has a PayPal account!
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.A.R.E. has an Etsy store manager!
-C.A.R.E. is now officially a non-profit in the state of Kentucky and a 501c3 charitable organization! 😃 All donations are tax-deductable. You can donate towards a booth by clicking www.paypal.me/careafrica1 or you can mail a check payable to C.A.R.E. Africa to Diana. Please email her for her address as I don’t want to make it public.

Email Diana at dianabeville@gmail.com if you can help at any of these events. care booth 5

 

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I am excited to announce that I will be starting a new ministry when we move mid-year. Please watch this video so that you can have a better understanding of what I will be doing and how you can be involved in helping. – Lenny

Click on the image to view the video

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Are you crazy?

Posted: December 20, 2016 by Patrice Miles in Egbe Hosptial, Egbe Nigeria, Missionaries, Nigeria, Volunteers

img_1296“Are you crazy?” That is what I would say to Dr Duncan and her husband Mike if I didn’t know them. If I had heard about a woman who owns her own OBGYN practice and packs up her stuff for a month every year to take her vacation in Nigeria, a woman and her husband who give up a month of their life every year and actually pay to come and sweat in Egbe. I would say “They are crazy!”

I am honored to say I know Mike and Dr Christal Duncan and they aren’t crazy. They have served at Egbe Hospital every year since I arrived in August of 2013. Every time they come 15178078_10154670169933808_3387031655769115867_nthe hospital is filled with patients from all over Nigeria to see her. Women who thought they couldn’t have babies are healed, lives are changed through the gospel she shares, the hospital can pay its bills for another few months, all because Mike and Christal said “Yes”. Christal said “Yes” to giving up her Thanksgiving with family this year and came to do 54 surgeries and 200 consults. Mike said “Yes” and gave up his Thanksgiving with family this year to make a difference in construction and maintenance and baked us missionaries some really great pies!

I continue to be amazed at who and how God calls his workers to the field. Is he calling you? Just because the Miles family is moving to Northern Nigeria, doesn’t mean that Egbe Hospital doesn’t still need short and long term missionaries. Visit www.sim.org to see all the available opportunities for short and long term missionaries and say “Yes” to Egbe.

Critical areas of need or long and short term missionaries is Director of Administration, Missionary Kid Teacher, Office Manager, Guesthouse Manager, Dentist, Biomedical Tech, Optomologist and more

img_5125Might sound like a great book idea, huh? However, there really is no book that can entirely prepare you for missions… However, you can do missions if you are a dummy!

The proof recently arrived at Egbe Hospital. Remember the man that helped do the discipleship trainings in our most recent blog? Well, he and his wife also brought 24 dummies with them. No, I’m not talking about a team of missionaries that came and acted like fools that we had to send packing because they messed everything up. No, I’m talking about actual dummies! Training dummies for CPR at the hospital.

img_3861The wife, a great nurse in real life, knew from conversations with the medical team on the ground that she would be a great fit to teach the nursing staff on many subjects. She thought, “What if I could teach CPR? Do you have any training dummies?” We told her no and she went on a “mission” to find dummies all on her own. On the surface finding dummies around you might seem like an easy task, but for her dummies were suddenly in short supply. Asking and searching for months, she had no luck. Finally, the miracle dummies appeared. Just a few days before her trip to Egbe, the Louisville Fire Department called her and said, “Come and pick up these 24 dummies. Our training people just brought us 24 brand new ones and we have to get rid of the old ones.”

She was blown away. “What a huge answer to prayer”, she said. Then in the same instant she realized she had to get eight adult, eight child, and eight infant dummies from Louisville, KY all the way to Egbe. She couldn’t fathom how that would work and certainly didn’t want to spend $200 extra for each piece of luggage coming here.

So, dummy miracle #2 happened. They decided to go to the airport the day before to talk to a manager of their airline and see if there was any way to get some of the dummies in their luggage. They tried and talked to the desk agent for about 20 minutes. The answer was always, “No, you will have to pay for the extra baggage.”

Soon a long silence set in and the woman at the counter asked, “Do you go to Southeast Christian Church?”
They replied, “Yeah we do actually.”
She said, “Well your pastor always flies our carrier and I check him in all the time. Even when someone else checks him in, he always greats me by my name. I can’t believe he always remembers my name.”
Another awkward silence filled the air and then she said, “How about five pieces of luggage?”
The husband asked, “Total?”
She replied, “Each. 5 checked bags each.”
He went further, “For free?”
She said, “Yes.”
He went even further, “Ten bags total for free?”
She replied, “Yes”.

img_3855The husband and wife couldn’t believe their ears. They felt like shouting in celebration and grabbing the woman to hug her! But they thought it might cause a huge scene in the airport.

They now had enough baggage to stuff all of the dummies into, bring their own belongings, and even bring a few treats for our family. What a blessing! I can’t imagine what the airport screeners thought when they x-rayed these bags. Seeing little shapes of babies, children heads, and adult heads! That had to be a laugh!

img_5754The wife has completed CPR training with many of the nurses in the hospital and the trainees have gotten certificates proving their education. She even had time to train a few nurses to be trainers themselves. Leaving the dummies, literature, and dvd programming for them to use in the future. The hospital will now always have dummies around. How wonderful!

So there, wether you’re a dummy or not, you can do missions!

Thank you to this great and supportive couple for coming out to invest into the Egbe community, the hospital, and our family. Thanks also to the Louisville Fire Department and Delta Airlines for helping along the way!

13415529_1735358856747343_6356577368093709828_oThe Miles Hotel opened June 1st 2016 when Southeast Christian members and friends Joe and Wyatt Brown, Payton Sheeran, and Nadia Miles arrived. Joe and Wyatt served in construction and HIV outreach for almost two weeks. Payton served with C.A.R.E. Africa for one month. Nadia was our jack of all trades  for two months serving as meter maid, reading teacher, inventory clerk, babysitter, pen cleaner, AWANA helper, and brochure stamper. Having a full house for the past two months has had its ups and downs. We’ve laughed a lot and also wanted to hurt each other a few times. We had no clue that God might be preparing our hearts and minds for something so much bigger.

13329409_10102183060451448_446769631903074507_oNick and Katie Riddle, two fellow missionaries have been fostering three C.A.R.E. Africa kids. (See their story by clicking on Riddle Blog). They were scheduled for home assignment after two years of service in Egbe. They applied with the US Embassy for VISA’s for the kids and were denied due to the fact they did not have legal guardianship. They hired an attorney, eventually received legal guardianship, and went back to the Embassy. They unfortunately were denied again and this time were given no reason. We were all traumatized and in disbelief as to why this was happening. The Riddles had no clue what to do as the thought of leaving the kids behind was to much to bear. Through prayer, tears, and silence we all realized that the Riddles needed to go back to the U.S. to visit family and friends. Also, they need to get re-fueled financially, physically, and spiritually for another Egbe term.  It was not an easy decision but we all felt that it was God’s will.

IMG_3730The Miles Hotel is once again full. We have three new beautiful faces that are teaching us so much about Nigerian culture while my kids are teaching them about Nutella, sorry Nick and Katie. I have tasted Golden Malt, rice and palm oil, and laughed till my belly hurts when Testimony says the funniest things. I know we are still in the honeymoon stage but these kids are the sweetest. Katie and Nick have done an amazing job at parenting. My kids and the Riddles kids have always been friends, after this experience I believe the bond will be more like brothers and sisters. It will be a relationship that lasts a lifetime no matter where in the world they all are.

IMG_3731Thank you Lord for unexpected bumps in the road. We grow closer to you as we jump over them. Please pray for Nick and Katie as they seek God’s wisdom in next steps for their family. If you would like to support them in their next Egbe term either one time or monthly, they could use your help as their family has grown. Click Riddle Family for a donation link.

Short Term Teacher Needed

Posted: February 16, 2016 by Patrice Miles in Egbe Hosptial, Miles In Missions, Missionaries, Nigeria, SIM, Volunteers

DSC_0007It’s hard to believe that our family has been blessed for almost two years now by Katie Riddle. She has been an amazing teacher for Cason and Jolie and my BFF. Katie and her husband Nick will be heading back to the states for furlough in August of this year. She will be gone 3 to 4 months and we need a substitute teacher. As hard as it would be to replace her, we need you.

If you are a teacher and can serve one month, two months or the full four months, we would love to have y1004091_10100789188202608_1460737636_nou. Cason and Jolie currently use the Abeka DVD curriculum along with some other resources. School days are Monday through Friday 9-3pm. There are of course many other ministry opportunities to dive into, but MK (missionary kid) education would be your main focus. Click this link teacher to learn more about the opportunity. Also feel free to email me at Patrice.miles@sim.org with any questions.

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 2.56.24 PM“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.  I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” Ruth 1:20-21.

Sitting at MTI (Missions Training International) in Colorado for debriefing and being forced to reflect on the past 26 months in Nigeria, I realize how bitter I am. The excitement of moving to Africa has worn off and the adventure has turned into life. Living in a different culture is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Leaving everything that was comfortable and adjusting to new foods, language, climate and sicknesses while trying to be in relationship with people who don’t think like you, act like you, feel like you or even understand you. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.

11588812_sMany of us on the Egbe compound are overwhelmed due to the many roles we play. No one has just one hat, we all wear many hats due to the lack of missionaries on the ground. This leaves us exhausted and empty, feeling like we have nothing else to give. I was encouraged today to read Mark 14:33,34 in a different way. He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Jesus was overwhelmed, distressed, and troubled as he was growing his Father’s kingdom in a culture not his own. If Jesus, the perfect man, experienced these emotions then why in the world would I think my frail humanness wouldn’t? Praise the Lord…I am normal! No comments please!

No one ever told me doing God’s kingdom work would be easy. Why would I think Satan would stand by and watch an entire community be revitalized through a beacon of hope, Egbe Hospital? Why would he just casually watch as missionaries come one by one and pour into peoples lives in Egbe? Oh no….he is going to do everything he can to make it hard so we become overwhelmed, bitter, and give up hope of the miracle that Egbe was and is. Over 20 buildings revitalized, help from over 300 volunteers, unheard of partnerships with Samaritans Purse, Banyan Air, World Medical Missions, SIM, ECWA, 16 containers successfully shipped, no robberies on the road, no serious illnesses, no missionary or volunteer harmed, over 300 staff employed, our own personal cell tower on the compound, 1000’s of lives healed physically and spiritually all in a bush town called Egbe. These Miracles are evidence that God is doing a mighty work in Egbe, but this also means we are a flashing red siren for spiritual warfare. The Miles Family is on the winning team and we pray you will join us!

I am encouraged today to reflect back on the miracles that I have experienced in Egbe and am honored to return in January to continue to watch God work. It doesn’t mean I won’t get overwhelmed, distressed, troubled and even bitter sometimes, but I know who’s team I play ball for and I am up to bat! Will you join me?

We need short term and long term medical and non medical missionaries. Click “YES” to see all the opportunities to serve in Egbe.

We need monthly financial supporters to allow us to continue to serve in Egbe. Click “SUPPORT MILES FAMILY” to sign up.

We need you to pray for the spiritual warfare we face daily. Click “PRAY” to be added to our prayer partners.

oubres and jospehWe desperately need a General Surgeon ASAP, short term or long term!! Our hsopital is surgeon-less as of December 19th. Please tell everyone you know to spread the word!

MMEveryday I walk to a beautiful new guesthouse with the name over the door McKenzie Manor. In the kitchen of that guesthouse I have devotions with my girls in the mornings. The discussions we have about what God is doing in our lives and the beautiful songs we sing bring such joy to my life. I have heard of the McKenzies but I have never met them. I know that God put Egbe on their hearts when they visited a few years ago with their girls and they donated in a big way. The sacrifice they made now brings joy to my life, my girls in the kitchen and also the volunteers. Lives are changed in this guesthouse. I don’t know if when they said “Yes” to God, they even new what that “Yes” would do.

mm2Today I got to know the McKenzie family a little better. Their story was in the South Florida news. Broward Sheriff’s Office confirms that Kenneth McKenzie, 52, and Sonia McKenzie, 50, left Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Sunday. Shortly after take off the engine died. They crashed in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Kenneth McKenzie was airlifted to Broward Health North Medical Center with severe burns. Sonia McKenzie was transported to Broward Health North by ground and since has been released.

God says our life on this earth is like a mist. We wake up everyday thinking we will have our health, money, family and job just like we did yesterday. We think of everything we have to do, how much money we need to make, what bills we need to pay, what education our children need to have, what our next vacation will be, what our neighbors have that we don’t, what person got on our nerves yesterday and what birthday present we need to buy this week. Until we get that phone call, experience that weird pain in our chest or see that car heading in our direction, we don’t think about how short our time on earth is.

Hug your kids, call your friend, forgive your parents, love your husband, be satisfied with the life God has given you, stop sweating the small stuff and give your time and resources away to those in need. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mathew 6:21

Please pray for the McKenzie family! For full article click Egbe Hospital.