Super Support

Posted: October 30, 2014 by Lenny in Egbe, Lenny Miles, Miles In Missions, Prayer, SIM

Super Support

back_patReach your hand up in the air, bend your elbow down so that your hand go towards your back, raise your hand up and give yourselves a great big pat on the back! We wanted to take the time to say thank you for all of the wonderful support for our first year in Egbe.

Thanks you to all of you that have joined us in one way or another, from financial partners, prayer partners to people gifted at sending care packages. We pray you are feeling the blessings of your sacrifices to God’s work here in Egbe. It certainly couldn’t be accomplished without you.

Let me just say that our family is blessed by having a firm foundation of support for our ministries here. We have only lost two monthly financial supporters during the first year in Egbe. God has been faithful and it seems each time he has an answer for the needed support that was lost. We are so very blessed to not have the added stress of looking for more donations while we serve from more than 5,000 miles away. This is an important thing to note because this happens too often to many missionaries in the field and takes away from their focus on their ministry.

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 1.07.13 PMMany of you have answered the call to sponsor several children’s school fees. You have no idea what this can mean to a child and their family here. If you could see the huge smile on their faces when we tell them that they get to go to school it would melt your hearts. Many times their family is so thankful that they periodically bring us fresh fruit or other items from their farms. It’s the one thing they can bring to us that says, “Thank you”. Just this morning, a man came to bring us several bunches of fresh picked bananas. It was more than our family could ever eat, so we had to give some away to other missionaries.

Prayer warriors! I wish I could know just how many times your prayers put a hedge of protection over us when evil was lurking in. I guess I will find out in Heaven. We certainly feel your prayers in everything from safety, to the progress of the work getting done, to emotional stability and also being able to see changed lives when God acts and they choose to follow him. It’s really amazing.

DSC_0242Some of you seem to go into stealth mode for our support, acting like spies trying to go under cover and figure out what we need or like so that you can send it to us. This is a great encouragement to us too! We know that you took time out of your day to shop for us or ship something to us and it really means a lot.

We’ve had several opportunities at receiving things directly from you and every time it’s like Christmas morning opening gifts. Some of you have sent boxes and things to the containers that come sporadically, while others have taken advantage of groups that have come to visit us. They bring extra luggage with them so that we can have some creature comforts that we cannot find in country here. The most recent example is when, “Grandma” came to visit us and we went through customs with 12 checked bags, five carry-ons and five backpacks. We certainly gained the customs agent’s attention and turned heads everywhere we went!

After all of this, the point is to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you. We look forward to continuing to share our lives with you from here in Egbe and pray for your continued support in every way.

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  1. Dale Meiler ( Banyan Boy) lol says:

    I think about and pray for you guys everyday! I know what a sacrifice it is to give up your creature comforts and live at Egbe. It is so cool to see all the progress that has been made since i was there and knowing how many hands have made it all possible. I had to laugh and give praise about Patrice,s article about Sunday as i remember hearing this weird sound very early each morning until i finally figured out it was Sunday with his rake. Thank you Lord that he knows where he will spend eternity. I saw the Banyan boys loading another container last week so there is more stuff on its way to you. Thank you guys for your dedication to the Lord and his work. Love and Blessings!!!

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