Roller Coaster Ride

Posted: December 9, 2015 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe Hosptial, Fundraising, Miles In Missions

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 6.20.33 PMI am coming to the conclusion that missionary life is a roller coaster ride. When we said “Yes” over two years ago it was like getting in line for the roller coaster ride. We waited in line for 6 months while supporters said “Yes” to support us in Egbe. When we were 100% supported the gate opened and we boarded this roller coaster called Egbe, Nigeria. The ups and the downs, the excitement and sadness, the good times and the bad times continue to keep us with that feeling of your stomach in your throat. There is so many days I want to get off…I’m dizzy, beat up and tired. There is other times that I don’t want it to stop. I beg to go around and around again and I through my hands in the air as high as I can feeling as free as a bird.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 6.22.16 PMOn October 15th, 2015 we got off the roller coaster ride to come back to the U.S. to take time to rest, raise support and transition to long-term missionaries with SIM. We have committed to serve for two more years with the Egbe Hospital Revitalization Project. With increases in health and evacuation insurance, loss of supporters who are unable to continue on our journey with us and long term ministry costs, we are several thousand dollars short of our monthly budget. With over 20 buildings renovated and/or built and our C.A.R.E. Africa ministry coming out of the one year mark, there is still so much more to do. So many lives are still waiting to be mentored and discipled but we cannot get back to Egbe without supporters.

We are standing in line again for the Egbe ride waiting for God to call additional supporters to support our ministry. We are suppose to board the ride on January 2nd 2016, pending we are fully funded. SIM will not open the gate to the Egbe ride without additional supporters saying “Yes” to Egbe. Please say “Yes” to Egbe! We are asking that you prayerfully consider supporting our ministry on a monthly basis. There is no amount too small or too big. $10 a month to $1,000 a month gets us that much closer to Egbe. Click Miles in Missions to sign up.


  1. Rick Bradford says:

    Well written

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Andy LaBreche says:

    Love the roller coaster analogy.. J

    Praying you get your support.


  3. Ackley, Dick says:

    What a great analogy. I’ve heard it before, but you spelled it out so well. Good job!


  4. seikenberry says:

    Dear Patrice

    Thank you for your great newsletter. I will be praying. It’s not long until my trip to Egbe. Please pray for a safe journey which is looooong. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing the compound. Mr. Bradford has been very helpful.

    Have a Merry Christmas,

    Sylvia Eikenberry

    *Sylvia Eikenberry* Hillcrest School 13 Old Bukuru Road P.O. Box 652 Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria


  5. Thanks but we were given a gift and asked to use it as a gift for his grandkids since he was unable to give them gifts for Christmas or birthdays for the past two years.He also made a large donation to our ministry in Egbe so after praying about it we felt we should honor his request and enjoy some time as a family together before heading back to Africa for two years. We have faith that God will stir people’s hearts to support our ministry and have return airfare already purchased for January 2nd. Continue to pray for us and we will see you soon 🙂

  6. Hutchison, Ray says:

    Hi Lenny and Patrice,

    It was good meeting you guys and coming to your open house for folks at Southeast CC during the Global Missions Health Conference. It was also fun learning about your ministry and a joy meeting Shannon Biery.

    I would love to talk with you guys on the phone. When might be a good time for us to chat during the next two weeks? Please give me 2-3 days and times as options.

    I look forward to yapping with you!

    God bless!


  7. Linda Kohn says:

    Hi Miles,

    Thanks for the updates, enjoy reading your posts and praying for you, your family and friends in Egbe.

    We feel the rollercoaster from a distance with you, it is scary but we are so happy to look over and see you there, you guys are doing an amazing work and we are so happy and honored to partner with you.


    Linda Kohn

  8. Linda Kohn says:

    Hi Patrice,

    I submitted our first installment donation of 2016 online through SIM, don’t know if it went through or not, the system was a bit confusing.

    If you could check and let me know so that I can just send you a check if it did not go through.


    Linda Kohn

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