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Archived ministry news and updates

Here you can read news & updates that were previously listed on our "this months happenings" page.

May 2020


There is HOPE! II Chronicles 7:14 "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."


Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for the safe health and wise decision making for President Trump.
  • Pray the people of the U.S.A and around the world to be well.
  • E-team: Pray for them as they are on lock-down (basically house arrest).
  • Pray that we can get back to Ecuador soon.
  • Financial Support: Please pray that during this time of crisis with COVID-19 that Christ will provide the ministry's financial needs, which is normally met through the financial support in the form of donations from our individual and church supporters. Our full-time Ecuadorian staff cannot afford to lose their saleries and are being paid as they work from home. Also, all of our ministry expenses are still having to be paid during this time of crisis.

News:

  • The ministry is still going on the best that it can. The E-team is doing great things for the ministry's future and Gary and I have been making future plans and he is always on the phone sharing about the ministry.
  • Gary and I are staying in the Jacksonville area until we can get back to Ecuador.
  • We don't have any idea when we will be able to get back to Ecuador. As soon as the borders open and it is safe to go back, we will be on the first flights available. We are monitoring the situtation in Ecuador daily through Andrés.
  • Ecuador is still on lock-down, but the severity is lessoning.


Big News:

  • Pastor Juan Loja's house churches are still meeting, but in smaller groups
  • Our villages in the rural areas are doing well and are not affected as severely as those in the cities.
  • Our 2nd grandchild, Jacob was born. Mother and baby are doing well.


Bigger News:

  • Our E-team and their families are well during this difficult situation.
  • Andrés, our E-team leader is making cool videos of our song that we sing in our Bible clubs. He is adding the motions and the lyrics in English and in Spanish for our teams to use as training videos. He used his neighbors boys and his sweet girls in the video to demonstrate the motions and his lovely wife Veronica to video. You might say, it was a family affair. These videos will help our teams learn the songs and motions in advance. He also communicates daily with our remote village leaders and contacts.
  • Linda has written individual lessons from our lesson plan for the year, along with the crafts to go with them for when the Bible clubs can safely begin again. She is also working on Bible lessons for the Bible club curriculum for new Bible clubs and for other remote villages in which we cannot get to on a weekly basis. This was a huge desire of mine, to have curriculum for the future.


Updates:

  • Itineration: We are not able to get into the churches or meetings that were arranged for our Spring itineration, which is to be expected. Gary is still doing all he can by making phone calls to our supporters and Pastors to share about what is going on in the ministry.
  • Teams: Most of our teams for May, June and July have cancelled due to the COVID-19, which is to be expected. When Ecuador opens up the borders, we will go back and make sure it is save for teams to return, that our vendors are still available and that the villages are willing to have foreigners coming into their villages.
  • The Coast: The expansion of the Bible clubs to the Coast is on hold for now. We will re-evaluate the expansion after we know it is safe to go to the Coast and after a period of time to re-connect with our Andes villages.


March and April 2020


Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for the safe health and wise decision making for President Trump.
  • Pray the people of the U.S.A and around the world to be well.
  • E-team: Pray for them as they are on lock-down (basically house arrest).
  • Financial Support: Please pray that during this time of crisis with COVID-19 that Christ will provide the ministry's financial needs, which is normally met through the financial support in the form of donations from our individual and church supporters. Our full-time Ecuadorian staff cannot afford to lose their saleries and are being paid as they work from home. Also, all of our ministry expenses are still having to be paid during this time of crisis.

News:

  • Gary and I were able to exit Ecuador with our intern, Colby, just hours before the borders of Ecuador shut down travel by land, sea and air - it was a miracle.
  • Ecuador is on lock-down (house arrest) with a type of Martial Law for 30 days.
  • We are safe with our daughter and son-in-law, but most of Gary's church services have been cancelled, rightly so, under the circumstances.
  • No 2nd grand-baby yet, still waiting for Jacob.
  • It's Gary's Birthday day on March 30th.
  • We raised a good bit of funds to purchase socks for our "Precious Feet Project" in which each child will receive 6 pairs of socks in June. It's really cold and socks are a luxury.


Big News:

  • Pastor Juan Loja gave us an update that they used Samaritan's Purse to help start 9 Bible Clubs on their own. The people in the house churches are running these Bible clubs, modeled after our Bible clubs.
  • The money was raised to help Pastor Gonzalo to build a church building. Some of the steel and concrete pad was already done by him. He and Jenny are currently working in many of the 14 villages in his area with Bible clubs for kids, youth and adults and also making house visits.


Bigger News:

  • In May, Andrés and his family and our other full time E-team member are going to the Coast around the Olón area to search out churches (only a few) and leaders to help us start Pate Ministries Bible clubs on the Coast. It will be the first ministry of it's kind on the Coast. They will stay for approximately 3 weeks. Please be in prayer for this new work on the Coast. We need additional funds and additional people.
  • While the majority of the E-team will be on the Coast in May, we are preparing all of our Bible clubs to run the Bible Clubs. We are providing them with everything they need from supplies, cookies, juice, the lesson plan and crafts to run the clubs. Please be in prayer for their willingness to host these Bible clubs in May.


Updates:

  • Love and Friendship Dinner: We had over 36 ladies with either their spouse, boyfriend or best friend to a wonderful dinner. Pastor Santiago and his wife Blanka shared a wonderful Gospel message.
  • La Florida Bible Club: We are still getting updates that the ladies of the church in La Florida are continuing do hold the Bible Clubs on their own. Praise the Lord.
  • Itineration: We had a great time of sharing all a crossed the United States for Winter Itineration and we also attended a Marriage Retreat put on by Family Life, A CRU ministry. I highly recommend it. It is worth investing in your marriage.
  • The E-Team: They did an excellent job holding down the office and all of the Bible clubs while we were on Itineration. Praise the Lord for them.

January and February 2020 Updates:

  • We celeYour 2019 Contribution Statements will be in the mail in just a few weeks, but if you need it sooner, please call or email us.
  • Our Winter Itineration calendar is completely full with speaking engagements to sharing about Ecuador missions with Pate Ministries.
  • Our 2020 Short-term mission team and Intern calendar is completely full and the 2021 calendar is filling up too. We are excited to see how God is going to work through these teams.
  • Last month, the E-team and our friends with the Cuenca Gideons passed out New Testaments and celebrated Happy Birthday Jesus Celebrations in all of our Bible Clubs. We gave out a bag that included a pair of sunglasses, a baseball caps, a small toy and candy. We had record number of children come to the Bible clubs, as they knew we would be giving out Christmas gifts, but that's ok, because they all heard the Gospel of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas!
  • We were able to share ministries supplies and Christmas gifts with several other local ministries, including the Coast, during the Christmas season.
  • We are gathering funds and supplies for our next year's clean feet sock project and the back pack projects. You can provide a child with a pack of 6 pair of socks for $8.

December 2019 Updates:

  • You can help support Pate Ministries when you shop on smile.amazon.com and select For the children Inc., as your charity and then shop, shop, shop!
  • Our 2019 Pate Ministries Christmas card and end of year ministry update letter has been mailed out. I am overwhelmed to see the number of children and adults that God used Pate Ministries to share the Gospel with this past year, many seeds were planted, tilled and are growing; looking forward to 2020 and to see the harvest. Look for your copy of the end of year update. If you are not on our mailing list, please sign up on our contact us page.
  • While we are Stateside to raise funds for the ministry, Andrés, Leslie and Linda are keeping the Bible Clubs running.
  • This month we are celebrating our annual Happy Birthday Jesus celebrations in each of our 14 Bible Clubs. We share with the children that the birth of Jesus is the reason why we celebrate Christmas and what that means to us. We celebrate His birthday with a birthday cake and give the children a gift. It's a great time.
  • We were able to supply bathroom supplies (toilet, sink, etc.) to the house church where our San Antonio Kids Bible Club meets. They did not have a bathroom and had to go down a hill to use a neighbor's outhouse. They were overjoyed to received the items needed to construct their own bathroom. Your donations helped to bless this house church.
  • The Gideons are passing out New Testaments Bibles in each of our Bible Clubs over two weeks during our Happy Birthday Jesus Celebrations! Our good friends and missionaries, Sharon and Rick La Bouef are heading up the Gideon camp in Cuenca.
  • Some of our staff, Andrés and Leslie (with their church) hiked over 5 hours into a small village to share the Gospel and give out the ministry and humanitarian items this month. Your donations helped to provide some of the ministry and humanitarian items.
  • Our good friends and E-Team member, Rebecca Carrion and her husband Jose, made it safely, with all of their possessions to South Carolina. Please wish them a blessed transition in their new endeavors .
  • We are gathering funds and supplies for our next year's clean feet sock project and the back pack projects. You can provide a child with a pack of 6 pair of socks for $8.