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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.

October 2020

No Greater Love! 1 John 4:9

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”


News:

  • COVID: There had been several COVID cases in our villages. The police were stationed outside the houses for 14 days to prevent anyone from leaving or entering. We definite have it much easier in the United States.
  • Pastor Juan: Our dear friend and pastor, Juan Loja passed away on September 19, 2020. Pastor Loja was a great mission minded pastor and started many house churches. He will be missed. Please pray for his family, his congregation and his house churches.
  • Ecuador Trip: Our September trip to Ecuador was an amazing success. We took several pastors and ministry supporters for a five day trip. We were able to give over 600 children and 110 adults a Gospel baggie with a lesson, memory verse, craft and snack, plus 5 pieces of chocolate bread with a sermonette entitled "Jesus is the bread of life" attached. We were also able to get all 24 supply suitcases in country with no issues. With 30 teams cancelled for this past year, we had no way of getting supplies to Ecuador.
  • More planing trips: We will take two more trips to Ecuador with small teams in November and December.
  • Catchy name: We are still looking for a catchy name for our Bible club curriculum. Please submit your name idea to Pateministries@gmail.com. The winner will win a Pate Ministry "Jesús Salva" long or short sleeve dry-fit shirt. It needs to be a name that can be used World-wide. The concept is to teach people how to do Bible clubs in their community or use it in churches or house church that are not reaching the children. It is five year program, starting with foundations of "Who is God and Who is Jesus."


Big News:

  • Ecuador return: We plan to return to Ecuador, full-time, in the beginning of January.
  • Bible Club Project: We are getting closer to releasing our Bible Club curriculum.
  • Cochapata Ministry Center: Jeny and Ganzalo's ministry and church building is finished. We will be ordering the chairs soon.


Bigger News:

  • The Coast: We plan to go to three Coastal fishing villages in December to kick-off Pate Ministries Bible Club expansion to the Coast.
  • Bible Clubs: We are hoping to go back to in-person Bible clubs in December, meanwhile, we will keep doing the drive-by Gospel baggie distributions.


Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for our President and our leaders of the United States and Ecuador.
  • Pray for Peace and Unity in our country.
  • Pray for protection for our village children and their families and that they will come to the saving knowledge of Christ.
  • E-team: Pray for them as they minister in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Financial Support: Please pray that during this time of crisis with COVID-19 that Christ will continue to provide the ministry's financial needs.


Updates:

  • Leslie: Leslie has finished her college degree. She has always been told that she has a full-time position with Pate Ministires when she finished her studies, but she feels God is leading her in a different direction. We hate to see her go, but want God's best for her. Please pray for her future endeavorers.
  • Support: We thank you for your faithfulness in continued prayer and financial support.
  • Teams: We are starting to book short-term mission teams for the Spring of 2021.


September 2020

There is Peace! John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”


News:

  • Ecuador is relaxing some of it's strict COVID-19 restrictions, however, we still cannot meet in groups to do our Bible clubs as in the past.
  • We are still in the North Florida area at this time. Our calendar for sharing about what God is doing in Ecuador through Pate Ministries in services on Sunday mornings is completely filled though January 3rd. We still have openings for Sunday evenings and Wednesday nights. Our plan is to return to Ecuador the first week of January.
  • We have new ministry and ministry training videos on our Pate Ministry Youtube channel. Check it out, especially the video on "Miguelito" to see how your donations purchased a little blue story book Bible that impacted little Miguel and how his faith impacted his mom and his doctor. See video below.


Big News:

  • We were able to provide Carlitos with three tubes of burn gel that he needed with your help. We have also purchased eight more tubes that we will take to him in January. Thank you for your help with this expensive burn healing gel.
  • We have completed 42 lessons in our "portable Bible Club project" in Spanish and 21 lessons in English. We still need a catchy name for this project. Wining name wins a long sleeve or short sleeve Pate Ministry "Jesús Salva" dry fit shirt. Send us an email with your name for our Bible club curriculum project.


Bigger News:

  • The distribution of lesson packets is still going forward in a mighty way. In three of our villages, the children can no longer go to the area in which we held the Bible clubs to receive their lesson packet, due to fear from the leaders of these villages, however, we have been going up and down dirt roads or areas in which there are no roads to find the kids to give them their packets. With this drive-by distribution, we have actually had more kids than we ever had in our Bible Clubs. Most are waiting for us so they can receive their Gospel packet and say their memory verse. So the Gospel is going forth, getting to more children and getting into their homes! See video below.
  • Pastor's Gonzalo's church is almost complete in Cochapata!
  • Because of your continued giving, our E-team has not missed a paycheck durning this time.


Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for our President and our leaders of the United States and Ecuador.
  • Pray for Peace and Unity in our country.
  • Pray for protection for our kids and their families and that they will come to the saving knowledge of Christ.
  • E-team: Pray for them as they minister in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Financial Support: Please pray that during this time of crisis with COVID-19 that Christ will continue to provide the ministry's financial needs.


Updates:

  • Support: We thank you for your faithfulness in continued prayer and financial support.
  • Teams: We are starting to book short-term mission teams for the Spring of 2021.

July & August 2020

There is Joy: Psalm 30:5 (b) "...weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

  • Ecuador is still in a perilous time with COVID-19. Things were easing up a bit in Ecuador, but quickly deteriorating. We have provided food for several families that have reached out to us in dire situations. We are still working on doing more food distributions with the government.
  • We have several families in two of our remote villages that have COVID-19. The government has placed armed guards and police around their houses to prevent them from going outside or anyone coming in for 14 days.
  • We are still in the U.S. and do not know when we will get back to Ecuador. It is not beneficial to the ministry for us to be in Ecuador and have to sit in an apartment and only be able to go out once to twice a week for a few hours.


Big News:

  • The Gospel is going forth during this time in which the Bible clubs cannot meet! The lesson packets that the E-team have been distributing (Bible lessons, crafts, craft supplies and a snack) to the children in our villages has been a huge success. Some children have been pooling their pennies to get a truck taxi for $1.50 and 12 kids pile in the cab and bed of the truck taxi to get to the location to say their memory verse and get their next Bible lesson packet, then they walk up to an hour and a half home.Pastor Gonzalo continue to work on their church/ministry center in Cochapata.
  • COVID-19 Training with Teach to Transform; Dena and the E-Team participated in a Zoom meeting to learn about a training module for training on COVID-19 for our communities. We hope to use these modules to train our local leaders in the churches and house churches so they can teach their communities and share the Gospel at the same time.
  • Things have opened up here in the U.S. for Gary and I to be able to share about what God is doing in Ecuador through Pate Ministries. We have been able to share in pre-recorded messages, live streams and live services.


Bigger News:

  • We are so excited to announce that our "Bible Club Lesson in a Box" project is off and running. The first 42 lessons have been written in Spanish and are being translated in English right now. We are working on the next 100 lessons. This will be a huge part of our ministry expansion to provide Bible lesson materials to our current villages and house church villages to start their own Bible clubs. Each lesson will include a teacher overview, a history, an objective, the lesson (written at a level that anyone can teach it), a practical application, a memory verse and a prayer. The material will also include a game or activity idea, song ideas, visual aides, a craft and supplies for the craft. We even have a group in Honduras that would like to use the materials to start their own Bible clubs. Our long term goal is to put the materials up on our website for anyone, anywhere to use to share the Gospel. We have had this idea for several years, but have had no time to write it.
  • Kid's are sending Andrés photos of their finished crafts via WhatsApp.
  • Check out our Pate Ministries Youtube channel as Andrés has been working on new videos and posting them to the youtube channel.


Need: We are looking for an RV, Class C or motor home. We are traveling more and more to share about Pate Ministries and raise ministry support for the work in Ecuador. It is a great expense for hotels and food costs when traveling from Sunday to Sunday in churces away from where we domicile. With an RV, we could park it at a church while we are domicilled in the U.S. and when we travel to various churches, it would allow us to cook rather than eat out and stay on church property or in a Walmart parking lot at no cost rather than stay in a hotel. Do you know anyone that has an RV they haven't used in a while, who might be interested in donating it to the ministry for a tax credit or selling to us (at a very good price)? Please email us.


Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for our President and our leaders.
  • Pray for Peace and Unity in our country.
  • Pray for protection for our kids and their families and that they will come to the saving knowledge of Christ.
  • E-team: Pray for them as they endure COVID-19.
  • Pray that we will hear God clearly on when to go back to Ecuador.
  • 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.


Updates:

  • Support: We thank you for your faithfulness in continued financial support during this crazy time.
  • Teams: All of our teams have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020.

June 2020

There is Peace! Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Special Prayer Request:

  • Pray for our President and our leaders.
  • Pray for Peace and Unity in our country.
  • E-team: Pray for them as they endure COVID-19 and Civil unrest threats.
  • 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:

  • We are monitoring the situation in Ecuador daily through Andrés. Things are easing up a bit in Ecuador, but slowly. It is still going to be awhile before we can travel back to Ecuador with out 14 day quarantining in a hostel, in the city of arrival and being able to move freely in Cuenca. It doesn't benefit the ministry for us to go to Ecuador and have to sit in our apartment, so we are using wise judgment on when to return.
  • Gary and I are staying in the Jacksonville area until we can get back to Ecuador.


Big News:

  • Pastor Gonzalo continue to work on their church/ministry center in Cochapata.
  • In some of our villages, in which there is a small church or house church, the leaders are still meeting with some of the children to tech Bible lessons.
  • Gary has been able to meet with a few pastor's and record some video for streaming over the computer for some churches.
  • Linda has completed over 30 lessons as part of our ministry expansion to provide Bible lesson materials to our current villages and house church villages to start their own Bible clubs.
  • Dena, Andrés and Linda will be taking training through Teach to Transform (TTT out of Kentucky) on all aspects of COVID-19 from a medical and Biblical perspective. This is hopefully another tool that we can use to go into schools and villages to share the Gospel.
  • Andrés is also working on a hand washing program to get into more villages too.


Bigger News:

  • The E-team is working on putting packets together to include Bible lessons that Linda created, crafts, craft supplies, a little Gospel story book and a snack. They will take the packets to our villages to pass out to the children individually so they can self study the Bible lessons in their homes. This will get the Gospel into their homes! Also, they will create the same, but in boxes for the house churches that are still meeting in small groups.
  • The E-team participated through a government program to receive small food bags and deliver them to our villages and other villages. We added more food to the bags and gave Gospel tracts too. They were able to witness to the Government officials that went with them for the distributions.
  • The first week of June, Andrés was able to visit a few of our villages and take them snack items that we had in our office and see some of the kids. They kids were so excited to see hi.
  • Check out our Pate Ministries Youtube channel as Andrés has been working on new videos and posting them to the youtube channel.


Updates:

  • Itineration: All of our meetings and church speaking engagements were cancelled for Spring Itineration. However, since things are easing up here in the U.S., if you are interested in doing a live stream, Zoom call or face to face meeting, we would love to share what God is doing in Ecuador, while we are stuck here in the U.S.
  • Teams: Most of our teams for July - October 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.

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.