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SIMGo

Posted: March 9, 2013 by Patrice Miles in SIM
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SIM LogoWe are excited to have arrived safely by car to Charlotte NC for SIMGo. Our family will spend the next two weeks digging into policies, procedures, finances, cultural training, internet, security and much more. We start off together every morning with the SIM family in prayer for missionaries in the field. Lenny and I then take the kids to MK (missionary kids) school. The kids will have everyday filled with world view education. They will only spend 1.5 hours on their school work that they brought from home. The other time will be devoted to learning about Nigeria and other people groups. They will even learn about the Fullani children and have a trip to a museum. Lenny and I will be meeting with the SIM staff to work on finances & budgets to GO, security and internet, cultural training and much more. We will have lunch and dinner as a family with SIM and then the evenings we will be on our own. The weekends have some free time but we will have an international night with a Latino church at Good Shepherd.

Next Steps for our family;

1. April: Purchasing 2 year supply of clothing, supplies, food and driving to Fort Lauderdale to ship on  large shipping container to Egbe.

2. May: Packing and moving into parent house.

3. June: Cross cultural training for 1 month in South Carolina at CIT.

4. July: Return to Louisville to finalize everything and say good byes

5. August: Leave for Egbe, Nigeria!

Meet Joseph & Grace from Eruku, Nigeria. Eruku is on 9 km from Egbe hospital. Lenny received a phone call from Joseph about a month ago after our article in the Southeast Outlook went live. Joseph immediately told Lenny that Egbe hospital saved his life and he wanted to meet us. We met at Starbucks for almost 2hrs listening to their story and sharing ours. Joseph was a very sick child and practically lived at Egbe. His parents would ride him on a bicycle to the hospital and he says he would not be here today if God hadn’t used Egbe hospital.

Grace won the VISA lottery and was selected to come to Louisville almost 20 years ago. They moved and have raised their children here and visit their family back in Eruku as much as possible. They plan to come home to Eruku in  Decemeber and have invited us to their families home for all the holiday festivities. Grace says we have never seen Christmas celebrations until we have come to Africa.

This testimony encourages Lenny and I in our mission to help the Egbe people. Lenny will be working alongside the Egbe men to disciple them but also to show them how to keep the hospital running so people like Joseph can continue to be helped. Grace’s mother who is 83 years old still comes monthly to Egbe to get her regular check ups. The kids and I look forward to meeting her and many other hospital patients. We plan to visit with them regularly evangelizing, encouraging and helping anyway we can. We are so excited about fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives in Egbe and pray you will consider partnering with us on a monthly basis in this amazing mission! Click the Give button above to partner with us.

Egbe Grocery Store

Egbe Grocery Store

Abby Anderson was nice enough to send us a picture of our new grocery store. As you can see we will have a large selection of items to choose from….HAHA. We will be living in the bush so I guess I should be happy that we have a grocery store at all. We have started thinking of items to ship over before we arrive since we will need some time to adjust to the Nigerian food. We tried to quit drinking coffee and after a week we were going to hurt someone our ourselves. Needless to say we will be shipping 100lbs of coffee along with many other essentials in May on a large shipping container. A few other items will be our couches, mattresses, clothing for two years, dishes, small appliances, and a motorcycle for transportation. These are just a few of the items we have been advised that we will not be able to live without. This is just the beginning of items we will need to purchase and pack. It is very overwhelming and since we have no mail courier service and the closest town with essentials is 3 hours away, we get worried that we may forget something!

Appeal Letter Mailed

Appeal Letter Mailed

We are so excited to have started the process of fundraising. Over 500 letters went out over the past 30 days and we have already seen God bless our ministry through this. We received our budget from Egbe and we were a little shocked at the amount. We will need $6,500 a month in support for the next two years. In addition we will need $25,000 in one time set up costs. We were amazed to find out the Egbe team has committed $1,000 a month to our budget. In addition we have filed our application with Southeast Christian Church. They will give up to $2,000 a month towards our budget once approved. We won’t know until May if we are their 62nd approved missionary. This process has been very humbling and we are excited to open peoples eyes to the blessing they can experience by supporting this ministry. Our family will be heading to SIM for two weeks starting March 8th. We will be attending training all day on fundraising, culture, budgets and more. There is a teacher on site that will keep the kids up to date on their school work and will also be educating them on Nigeria. Once we return Patrice will complete her transition out of her Realtor role. April will be our first month with very little income and possibly packing and moving to our parent’s house. The date is set for August and starting in April we will be focused on fundraising and preparing for our journey. Please prayerfully consider supporting us by clicking on the donate button above.