Ellen Will Return With?

Ellen Will Return With?

Ellen did not stay in Brazil long but has a conference to attend, The Network of Biblical Story Tellers Conference in Dayton, Ohio. The visit is all part of certification training she is participating in and requires her to teach a workshop at this convention. Nothing to do with the dog in the picture. The dog is just a new friend Ellen found in Alaska

As a side note, before we returned to Brazil, we took some vacation time and visited a few friends in Alaska. It was a nice vacation and an opportunity to meet some new friends that put us up while we took in some Alaskan Wild Life.
Ellen will fly back August 14, and she will not be returning alone. There is a young lady who is the daughter of one of our long-time supporters who has a desire to go on a mission trip. While we were making our USA ministry visits, she asked if she could participate in a team to visit us in Brazil. Now we do not have any groups planned for this year, but there is no reason she could not be a team of one person. A plan was conceived, and after many hours of planning and work, she will be returning with Ellen to spend two weeks working with Ellen in the women’s ministry on our island. Pray for this endeavor.

We are back in Brazil

We are back in Brazil

Ellen and I flew back to Brazil on the last days of June. It was just in time to attend our small group that meets Friday nights as they were closing out their semester for July vacation time.
The country closed down for July as everyone goes on vacation. By law employees are granted four weeks of vacation, they all take it in July. This means two things; the ministry here is on pause, and our island has been invaded by vacationers who are looking to get out of the city. It is this month of July cell phones, Internet and electricity all have problems.
All this means computers do not work, we can not send or receive phone calls or Internet chats and a few candlelight dinners. After being gone for six months, there is a lot of work to be done in unpacking the house and cleaning up things that have sat for a long time. Much of my electronic gear has failed as it sat in the humid climate without use. Wayne turned it on, and it just goes puff. That magic white smoke is let out.
No problem because there is a World Cup Soccer Competition to watch with our Brazilian friends. The World Cup Games are important here and give us the opportunity to rekindle relationships that have waned over time. It is an opportunity to sit with our new believers and visit with them for the two-hour event. Pray as we re-integrate into our life here.

Pray for Jeremias

Pray for Jeremias

Please pray for Jeremias this weekend as he serves the Lord as our Kid’s Club leader. He is also our boat driver who moves teams and kids around the different islands. He is one of the many volunteers that make the river ministry we have developed work.  He has a family of his own and brings his kids along to participate in the ministry. It is common that he will have his son tell the Biblle story to kids at story time.   It is exciting to us that our Lord has brought men like Jeremias for us to work with.

Pray for Stephine

Pray for Stephine

Stephine is leading our women’s group on Thursday Morning. Please pray for her ministry that Ellen and her share. It is a small group of women that meet to make crafts and to hear the word of God told a story. The ministry continues to grow as you lift it to the Lord in prayer. Stephine is a new believer who has a desire to reach her neighbors at the Farol Beach on the island of Cotijbua.

Pray for Mario

Pray for Mario

Mario is our Possum island kids club leader. The kids club is located in a remote part of the river 11 miles from where we live on the island of Cotijuba. They will meet Saturday and tell the kids stories, sing and teach them about Jesus. The work is a small but growing slowly. It is in a remote part of the river, so it is difficult to travel too. Pray that we will see fruit in this ministry on Saturday.

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Pray For Ester

Pray For Ester

Ester is leading our women’s group this afternoon. Please pray for her ministry that Ellen and her share. It is a small group of women that meet to make crafts and to hear the word of God told as a story.  The ministry continues to grow as you lift it to the Lord in prayer. Ester is Pastor Jeu’s wife and a teammate our ministry on the island of Cotijbua.

Cladio Kids Club Leader

Cladio Kids Club Leader

The kids club at Farol Beach on our island of Cotijuba is vital to our ministry.Claudio is a key leader for this kids club. There are anywhere from a dozen kids to a crowded fifty on any Saturday. Claudio and his wife help start this kids club and have work this soil for the past two years.  It is his perseverance that has kept the kids club moving forward when things got tough. Please pray that there will be fruit in this ministry as they take the gospel message back to the family of these kids.

Pray for Jeu Leadership Wed

Pray for Jeu Leadership Wed

Pastor Jue is now leading the Wednesday night meetings. He is providing critical leadership to our small group.  Jeu and his family live on our island during the week. On the weekends he returns to his own home and preaches at his church as a full-time pastor. This partnership with the Monkey island church and us has worked out well. It is through his effort that we can return the United States and have our ministry there continue without interruption.  The leadership for this church plant is in his hands. Please pray that he will be encouraged by the Holy Spirit and that there will be the fruit of transformed lives.

Ellen Update

Ellen Update

Ellen is tired of waiting to get well. Here is a picture of her outside working one-handed in the snow. If you look close, you will see she is missing a mitten.  Last week the doctor said the did not need to wear the arm sling to immobilize her left arm if she was not doing anything to re-injure it. Ellen is recovering from rotator cuff surgery she had at the end of November. It has been a very frustrating time for her because this is the second time it has been injured this past year. She has physical therapy twice a week with daily exercises. Unfortunately, the recovery time from this type surgery is many months, and it is a painful recovery. She is very limited in what she can do and at this point very frustrated that she has to spend a lot of time sitting one armed.
How can you help encourage Ellen? She likes to get cards in the mail. We are temporarily living in Kettering Ohio. The address is:
Ellen Patton
2361 Vale Dr.
Kettering, OH 45420-3538

Surgery Went Well

Surgery Went Well

We are praising God that today’s surgery went well. Ellen went in a 7 am in the morning, and by noon it was out the door. It is impressive how fast outpatient surgery can happen. It is what great joy that the doctor reported that is was not as bad as he had anticipated. It still means many months of physical therapy and exercise. We are hoping that this part of our life is over and when she is healed we can return to the field. Please pray for a quick recovery.