Washing The Feet Of Saints

Washing The Feet Of Saints

It is hard to express the joy that I felt as we wash the feet of a these believers, some just baptized others seasoned in Christ. It was such a joy to hold this event out our house. It is part of a vision that the Lord gave us many years ago to reach the river communities. It has been hard work but the Joy of the Lord is worth all the effort we have put into serving him.

The event included believers from our island, Monkey island and two friends from the city. I hosted over thirty people for lunch. Now I did not cook. The ladies from the Monkey island church prepared the meal for the group. I also hosted 12 of the people overnight at our home where the cooks spent hours in preparation for the three fold communion service. The Monkey Island church has been very supportive of this ministry as they have partnered with us and their pastor lives on our island and works on our team. Pastor Jeu and Ester have been such a blessing. Please pray that this partner ship will last for the next few year.

The Boat Is Here

The Boat Is Here

The boat has arrived after many months of set backs. On Monday we waited for hours at the boat ramp for the boat to arrive. The firm that built and mounted that hardware got tied up in the city traffic so a hour trip turned into four hour wait on our part. Christava in the picture is one of the men who joined us in picking up the boat. He is one of our new believers. Unfortunately it the boat did not come compete. It is missing a few key pieces yet to make it fully functional. Please pray that I can get the missing bracket and control systems work out soon. It still needs to be registered before we can use it, so we have some time to work out the problems. We can drive the boat from behind with no problem so it is usable.  So rejoice with us that we will be back out on the river with our own boat.

Sunday Baptisms

Sunday Baptisms

The day has finally arrived, and it was a time of great joy! We saw two of our men take that step of faith and be baptized. The man in white is Valdamir and in green is Roger. Our service started with some sining at a beach side restaurant and then moved out on to the beach where each man knelt down in the water and was dunked three times by our teammate pastor Jeu. After the baptism we moved over to our house for the three fold communion service that included lunch. Not all of the members in our little group joined us for communion because they have yet to take that step of declaring their faith. We had planned for four to participate in the service but one couple was not able to come because of medical issues, one of them is in the hospital.  We are now looking at June as our next date for baptisms and we have three candidates already. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move in these peoples hearts.

We Could Use A Little Help

We Could Use A Little Help

Ellen has an important ministry here to the women we work with. She is a key part of the team but has had to return to the States for surgery. This is were we need your help. The mission only pays for half of the plane ticket back to the States. The other have is at our own expense. The ticket was $1,700 so we are looking for our facebook friends to help us with the $850 in personal gifts.  Please prayerful considering helping us out. We do have insurance to help with the surgery, the typical deduction with the insurance covering 80% of the bill. So there are still a number of bills we will be caring for but our need is for the plane fare.

If you can help please send a check to our son:

For Personal Financial Gifts
Wayne & Ellen Patton
c/o Jacob Patton
203 Elkin St.
Berea, KY 40403-1118

 

Working With The Poor

Working With The Poor

I would like to share the story of Claudio, the man in the center. He is one of our new up and coming leaders that God has given us to work with. He is also like most of the people I work with, very poor. It is hard for most of us to understand real poverty, third world poverty, until you have looked it square in the face. In our ministry we bing the Good News to the poor, and call the poor into ministry. The challenge I face is how equip these desperately poor believers for a ministry that they can not pay for. It is a constant point of tension in my life, and a very personal issue for me.

Claudio is the leader of a team that comes out most Saturdays for kids club. I have to give him money to hold from week to week so he can pay for the bus and boat fair to get the team out to the island. It is only $16 but for him it is a lot of money. Last week his daughter got sick and he could not come out on the team and sent others out in his stead. This put a glitch in the money system and he had to hold those $16 for another week. His pastor commented to me that he is a faithful man, because he did not have money on hand to buy medicine for his sick child and did not use the $16 but saved it for the next week instead. In the pastor’s mind this is the marking of a man of great faith.

Can you image having to make the decision of whether to hold money for the missionary or use it for your sick child. I work with people that make these decision on a regular basis.  At times like this my heart breaks! Yet this is the ministry Jesus has call us into, equipping the poor for a ministry totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit. Pray for Claudio that the Holy Spirit will strengthen him. Pray for me that the Holy Spirit gives me wisdom in working with Claudio.

How Do We Get There?

How Do We Get There?

The vision God has given us to reach the islands with the Good News seems to be in our grasp, yet we take a step back. This year we have targeted three new locations to develop kids clubs and evangelism points. Things started off well in January with the opening of a new kids club a Farol.

Now we hit a sang with volunteer leaders. This Saturday we had planed a program to recruit and train new volunteers for us to use in February and March.  It was canceled at the last minute. Ellen had to return to the States, this puts a damper on things. The boat is almost ready but now lacks paper work for the cost guard.  It is not that doors are closing but events are being pushed back.

Building new leadership teams for our kids club seem to be on of the biggest challenges. Jesus said pray for the workers of the harvest. This is what I need you to do, cry out to God for worker of this harvest. The doors are wide open.  People in these communities are asking us to bring our kids club to their communities. Please Pray!

Ellen Returns To USA

Ellen Returns To USA

Ellen is now on her way back to the States for knee surgery. She is very active here on the island. She walks to houses of our new believers and contacts we are reaching for ministry. If the distance is a little longer she travels by bicycle down the sandy roads of the island. This means she walks quite a bit. Over the past few months it has been difficult to keep these ministry activities up. The doctors here have sent her to physical therapy but it has not relieved the pain. Surgery is now the only option. The good new is that it is a common surgery with a eight weeks of physical therapy. So we anticipated Ellen will be in the Dayton area for three months. If you would like to reach her you can e-mail her at ellen@pattons.org or call her cell phone (937)540-5497. If you can drop her an encouraging note it will help lift her spirits.  Please keep her in your prayer.

New Kids Club Location

New Kids Club Location

This is an answer to years of prayer. We have been praying for a new kids club program on the other side of the island and God has delivered. It is a long twisted story that will have to be told another day.

It is located on the other side of the island form us at Stephenie’s house. She is a new believer who has been attending our bible studies. I have recruited a new kids club leaders, Claudio and Luciane. they are a young couple excited about ministry. So God has been great in brining all of this together to start off this year with such a blessing.

Pray that God will bless us with more kids, leaders and create a strong point of light at this new location on the island of Cotijuba, Farol beach.

Spiritual Family 2017

Spiritual Family 2017

Our small group has gathered together once again after the holiday break. Many of the people in our group work at one of the enterprises on the island.   The past few weeks has been busy for them because of the tourist that flood the island for and end of the year bash.  Many of them are in food service, transportation or hotel work.

Now that the tourist are gone the island has returned back to a normal state of being. The new class on the 2017 agenda is baptisms classes. We have three people preparing to be baptized, and we are excited about it. The date has been revised for February 19. So please pray for this event as we seek the Holy Spirit to birth new life in Christ.

Monkey Island Visit

Monkey Island Visit

I write this post as close to fifty people flow in  an out of our house. This is the weekend we have be praying for since we returned. The mingling of our sponsoring church, Monkey Island, and the church plant here on the island of Cotijuba. The combination of both totaled a gathering of close to 100 people. It was great!

This has been a dream since we developed a partnership with the Monkey Island church close to a year ago. It is a celebration of a successful ministry front that has seen years of struggle. This is a partnership that brought Jeu and Ester on our team and the involvement of this church has been a shot in the arm that has propelled us forward. We are anticipating four or five baptisms in January and it is clear the Holy Spirit is forging a group now at 30 strong into a new church. So there is a lot to celebrate this Christmas season.