We are coming home, again!

Posted: April 3, 2019 by Patrice Miles in Lenny Miles, Miles In Missions, Missionaries, Patrice Miles, Prayer, SIM

It’s home assignment time again! So, what exactly is home assignment?

cousingirlsCason says “ It’s when we take a break from missionary work and visit family and friends and get to relax.” Jolie says “It’s our time we spend with our family and have fun.”

I am sure it looks different for every missionary family. This will be our third home assignment as we complete six years in Nigeria. The last two home assignments were very stressful as both times we arrived with a financial deficit of over $2,000 a month. This deficit meant we had to spend our home assignment fundraising at a high level before we could return to Nigeria.

IMG_6401In between the fundraising we tried to find time for:
1. Family and friends.
2. Needed doctor visits
3. Needed dentist visits
4. Restock on personal supplies for Nigeria.
5. Counseling, debriefing and spiritual renewal
6. Rest
7. New donors
8. Collecting resources for the ministry.
9. Shopping for needed clothing for the family
10. Eating everything we wouldn’t be able to have again for another two years.

We are blessed that this home assignment we are not arriving with a financial deficit. This will allow breathing room for more time reconnecting with family and friends, resting and re-envisioning what God wants for our family for the next two year term.

God has made it very clear that for the health and vitality of our family this home assignment needs to be longer than the chaotic three months spent on the road. We don’t know exactly what that looks like. We are asking you to pray along with us for clarity as to God’s plans for “Miles In Missions”. The video we made below will more fully explain the journey God has us on. Home assignment here we come!

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  1. Ackley, Dick says:

    Outstanding! Your letter was excellent; your video was amazing!!

    We can’t wait to see y’all when you come through Charlotte. I hope we’ll be here. We’re taking a vacation June 22-28 and we’re expecting a grand baby in late July.


  2. Iglesias, Dana says:

    Hello Lenny and Patrice

    Just read ur recent update. Soooo proud to know you! I’ll say well done!

    I look forward to seeing you once you get settled back. Reconnect!! I’ve totally needed these 6 months to rest. It’s been amazingly refreshing. I wish you the same and much more.

    My new job starts here May 1st. The same day you return to the US. So I’ll surely pray for smooth and peaceful journey.

    Your highly welcome to Durham, NC. I’ll be working for UNC so go Tarheels!!

    Love you all and praying for you!!

  3. Hudson, Clare says:

    Hi Lenny and Patrice,
    I read your last prayer letter. The EXHAUSTED part caught my attention and got me thinking. There is a lovely couple down near Hilton Head who has a ministry that allows weary missionaries and pastors in need of some rest and respite to come and stay for a week in the Hilton Head area. It is without children, just the couple. I don’t know your minds/hearts on this, and I don’t know your schedule or if places will still be available by the time we continue to correspond and come to conclusion. But, let me knowing I will try to get that ball rolling if you are interested.
    Clare Hudson
    People Care & Development


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