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.
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.
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 (email@example.com). Your help is much appreciated as we navigate the path the Lord has put before us.
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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.
Our kid’s club team is celebrating Kids Day here in Brazil, today! All four teams are operating to celebrate and expand out kids club in both locations. It is exciting to see not only the kids club grow, but the leadership is taking their role seriously to build this ministry. The teams have been operating without Wayne’s direct involvement since August. It is good news that the leadership I have been training are now able to keep the ministry going. Wayne still needs to invest funds to cover transportation cost and supplement the cost of lunch. Pray for us as we try and find ways to keep this ministry alive as we plan our home ministry starting in January.
It is exciting to see our small group slowly grow over the past year. Many of the people in this photo are now regular attendees over the previous year. A number of them have been baptized, and even more, have made confessions of a transformed life in Christ. We are now working on the task of building leadership. This is a very slow and challenging task with a group of people that all have difficulty reading. We use the stories in scripture and are working on our new leadership to tell stories in front of the group, but only one has gone through this difficult process. The others do now publicly pray, but this has been a chore to get them this far along. Please pray as we disciple and train the men of the group.
Our team is looking to grow our kid’s club with a special event in October. They are working on a plan to create a special event for the kids in the hope that it will draw more kids to our little program. The program has been a tool to help us connect with the community and one that has helped launch a women’s ministry in the community. This is why we need your prayers for this upcoming event on the fourteenth. My two leaders are Claudio and Jeremias. The first lives in the city and the other lives out on an island ten miles away by boat. It is exciting to work with both of these men who are caring for this ministry on a very personal level. They both have invested a lot in these kids and visiting parents in the community. Pray for this ministry.
As we look to take our small group of believers that the Lord has given us and transform it into a small body of Christ, we are investing in the men. We have started a Monday night men’s bible study (we focus on stories) and prayer time. Pastor Jeu has developed an excellent teaching plan on living out the principles of life in Christ. As we work on the discipleship process with these men, we are starting a new aspect of the Christian life, intercessory prayer. Our vision is to train these men to pray for one another and be genuine with one another. This is not an easy task. So please pray for us and the spiritual lives of the men in our small group. These are the future leaders God is gathering for the little body of Christ.
For those of you who have not keep up with us, Ellen has been in the states for most of the year for medical reasons. Wayne has been batching it while in Brazil by himself. This has made it an expensive year for us both in a personal cost and ministry finances. This year has taken a toll on our ministry fund. As we head into the end of the year, we find our ministry reserve funds shrinking. So we could use some help by individuals making one-time donations. Please, prayerful considering making an end of year donation to our ministry fund. You can use your credit card at this link (just select “Patton, Wayne & Ellen”) or mail a check. To mail a check use this link. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Wayne was off the field for little over a month. This was just after the summer break for the locals here in Brazil. So how did the ministry startup go without Wayne? Not smoothly, but it is functioning. Some cracks have developed in the ministry while Wayne was back in the States. It is nice to know you are needed but the goal over time is to work my self out of a job here on the island. It is clear we still have a lot of work to do before we get to that point. We do need your prayers! Ellen is still off the field, and we are hoping she will return in October. Some of the believers I expected to step up and lead, did not. Another looks as if he might drop out. So please keep our ministry in your prayers as Wayne picks up the pieces.