“So, Are You Scared?”

Posted: April 18, 2013 by Patrice Miles in Nigeria

By Patrice Miles

Kids at SimGo “So, aren’t you scared to move to Nigeria?” If we said No, we would not be human. But there is a huge difference in being scared and being anxious about the unknown.

We have stayed so busy since we first received our call to missions. From training,  getting our house ready to sell, packing for our container, the death of a grandfather, the diagnosis of cancer for my father, transitioning out of The Miles and Smith Real Estate Group, fundraising, newsletters, blogs, and websites. Needless to say, there are very few moments where we actually stop and sit still long enough to feel the butterflies in our stomachs.  We are moving to Africa!! What?

Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” So again when asked the question, “So, aren’t you scared to move to Nigeria?”  My answer is No we are not scared but we are anxiously excited about what God has in store for us.

What we are anxious about;
*Cason is anxious about nothing. I actually had to ask him several times and prod him. He then asked me “Will we have a TV?”
*Jolie is anxious about diseases and sickness. “All the stuff we got the shots for, Mommy.”
*Patrice is anxious about the heat. I have never lived or experienced a consistent 100 degree temperature before. I am also anxious about keeping my Spiritual cup full without Kyle Idleman and Dave Stone every Sunday, my DC girls 6am Tuesday morning and my peeps at Sunday night study. I am soooo spoiled!
*Lenny is anxious about feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project and the needs of the people.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?

What we are excited about;
*Cason is excited about homeschooling and getting to ride the mopeds.
*Jolie is excited about moving into a new home and meeting new friends.
*Patrice is excited about a change in the pace of life. I’ve been a Realtor for 12 years battling daily with putting God and my family first.  I’m also excited about the orphanage down the street and getting to know the children there. I’m excited about home schooling my kids and getting to watch the light bulbs go off and being a part of that.
*Lenny is excited about having the opportunity to disciple the group of maintenance men that he will work side by side with everyday.

We still need prayer partners. We currently have 113 prayer warriors. We would like to have 400 people praying for all these anxieties now and while we are in Egbe. Email me at Patrice@MilesInMissions.com to be added to the list. We are also still in need of one time and monthly financial partners. We have currently raised 59% of our monthly and 36% of our one time. Click the following link if you would like to help support Miles In Missions.

  1. Karin says:

    Standing in awe of all God has, and is doing, in your lives. Wonderful blog post! Praying for increased prayer and financial partners!

  2. Dad says:

    I love your transparency

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