Our Goodbye Party

Our Goodbye Party

This party is goodbye to all of our friends at this blossoming church, but not for good, just for a while. We have been through a number of these goodbye parties before, but because for many of new friends it is unimaginable that someone would leave this small island and go to the great land of America and every return, is inconceivable. The missionary life is not a typical life. It is hard for us as you might imagine. We have invested heavily in these peoples lives and putting down deep roots into this community. Now to be plucked out of our lives to care for our medical needs is not easy and come with many emotional strings.

We plan to return to live with them once again in September if the Lord continues to keep this door open. A lot can change over that much time, but we are trusting the Lord has His plans. He has been good to us as we have served Him over the years. Please pray for our departure on November 20th.

Meeting At A New Place

Meeting At A New Place

To be honest, I wish I could say building leaders is easy, but it is not. We had our meeting of new leadership for our church plant. We prayed and discussed where we should start meeting Wednesday nights. It was a lengthy discussion with a few unanswered question.  Cordero, the man pictured above,  offered us his workshop that is at the front of his house on the main road. They all thought this was a sound idea after deciding it was too expensive to build a building at this time.  Afterwards, they had some second thoughts about the matter. It does come with some issues.

This issue is one of those plates that we are dropping as we hop on the plane. I told them this was their decision and held back my opinion in the discussion. It is all about passing leadership to new leaders. It was hard to do, and I pray that the Lord will care for this as we leave. Please pray for us.

The Last River Trip

The Last River Trip

Yesterday was our last river trip out to the islands. It brings tears to my eyes as we traverse the waters where have been forging a ministry to reach people who did not know the love of our Savior. I know that the work will continue without us at this point, but it still saddens my heart that we will not be back for almost a year. The Lord has given us dear friends, and we have watched the Holy Spirit take drunkards and turn them into men full of spirit and a desire to serve our Lord, Jesus.   We know a lot will change while we are gone but pray with us that this work will continue in our absence.  Pray for us as we hop on a plane in just over a week.

God Has Provided

God Has Provided

We are praising God for what he has done. He has provided a house for us to rent while we are on our US Ministry assignment. Our home church is working on outfitting the house with all the necessities of life. It will be just two weeks, and we will be arriving in Cincinnati, November 21.  At the moment we are not ready to leave. The tasks seem to be endless to pack up the house and ministry to return to the USA. In what appears to be chaos, we understand to be a plan that our Lord is using to forge our charter to be more like Him.  Pray for us as we walk this path.

Ellen Is Loved

Ellen Is Loved

At this months first small group meeting, Ellen was designated as the Sister In Christ We Love.  As part of our little group meeting, we play some type group game. They love it, and it fits into the culture well.  Every few months have someone who is “Loved”. The group makes a circle, and we go around and find some encouraging words to say about or brother or sister in Christ.  It is very supportive and uplifting for all. As you can see is in the picture Ellen wearing a cardboard heart. At the end of our time, everyone will sign the heart, and some will put a phrase or expressing for Ellen to remember her time. It is a great game and one that we have come to look forward too.

We Lost The Meeting Place

We Lost The Meeting Place

This is not going as planned; nothing seems to follow the plan. The house we were using Wednesday nights for our small group gathering (Church Service) has been rented out to a family. We no longer have access this is the facility. First, we need your prayers for the Lord to open another place for our group to meet. We are temporarily meeting at our Friday location which will work as a tempory solution. We plan to gather our leaders and pray for the Holy Spirit to open a new door for us. Please join us in this prayer. These problems are all developing as we are packing our bags. We will be departing in three weeks. Pray for the Lord to give us strength also.

Pray For Temporary Workers

Pray For Temporary Workers

At the end of November our teammates Jeu and Ester will be on their own. We are asking for prayer that the Lord draws a couple to work with them while we are Stateside. It is difficult to minister alone on this island in the middle of the Amazon River. There is a possibility of a couple that has support from three of the local churches for a ministry to Indian tribes here in the Amazon, but they do not have permissions to enter the tribal territory to work with this group at this time. We are hoping they can come and work with Jeu and Ester while they wait for this door to open. Please pray as we see the Lord open doors to keep this ministry moving forward.

Support Raising 2018

Support Raising 2018

The call of the missionary, to raise funds so that they can live on a foreign field to bring the Good News to the lost. January of 2018 we will be searching for new supporters and financial backers to our ministry. First, we would like to ask you to bath this endeavor with prayer before we even start. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”Ephesians 6:12. This time we are looking to set up small group visit in peoples home. So we will be looking for people willing to host us as we make trips around the country to visit our supporting churches. Pray for this endeavor.

Praying For A Place To Live

Praying For A Place To Live

We will be on a plane in just four weeks and need to find a place to live in the Dayton, Ohio area. Ellen has to have surgery, and physical therapy and her doctors are located in Dayton. We will be in the area from December – May with some travel to supporting churches. We need your prayer as we seek the doors that the Holy Spirit is opening and the place He would have us live while we are in the States.  It is also a request that if you know of any possibilities to contact us on Facebook or by e-mail (wayne@pattons.org).  Your help is much appreciated as we navigate the path the Lord has put before us.

We have posted more details here: link.

As You Pray For Us

As You Pray For Us

It is incredible knowing all of you who pray for us and our ministry on a weekly basis. Events are not as we anticipated. Our path for 2018 has changed to where we will be back in the States raising funds for our ministry with Encompass World Partners. The events that have triggered this change in direction is the fact that Ellen has to have additional surgery and the cost of ministry has increased over the years.  We planned to stay on the field for another year, but events now require us to be on a plane in just five weeks. These changes feel like a wrench has been thrown into the works, causing everything to come to a screeching halt. Pray for us as we work through these new realities and understanding for the new path our Lord has put before us.