Gary & Dena pate
We have been married since 1985. We have two children, a granddaughter as of 2018 and two kitties. We are from the small town of Callahan, Florida. We love the Lord and feel so humbled and honored to be able to serve the Lord in the Southern Andes Mountains of Ecuador. We still can't believe that God would use simple country folks like us in our more mature years to work for Him in sharing the Gospel to children and their families in Ecuador.
Andrés is our E-Team leader and has been with us since August 2018. He is a great asset to our Ecuadorian team and the future of Pate Ministries, Ecuador. We are so grateful to have him and his sweet family as part of our team.
Meet Andrés; "I am a family man, who has a wife and two little daughters, we serve the only true God, and I consider that I am fortunate to be able to serve in His ministry here on earth and even more fortunate that God has chosen one like me a man with giant mistakes but with a much more bigger God."
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We are so happy to have Gonzalo and his wife Jenny, a wonderful Christian national couple, join Pate Ministries in January 2019 to evangelize the 14 communities near their home. There is no Evangelical presence in these communities.
Meet Gonzalo; "We live in the Province of Azuay, the Canton of Nabon and the town of Cochapata. We have been serving God for about 16 years and serving others in our community that are in need. In the past five years we have been more focused in Cochapata where we live. We have a desire to create an impact in this community. We want to reach out to the people for God's kingdom. There is no evangelical church in this community." as translated by Andréa Gomezcoella
We are so blessed to have Rebecca working part-time with Pate Ministries. She is a wonderful, sweet and highly educated Christian lady. She us helps us with our Monday ladies Bible club, prepares and teaches in our English as a second language classes, and she also teaches English based on the lesson in our Wednesday Bible club. Rebecca is plagued with extreme motion sickness, yet she loads up on Dramamine and eats pretzels all the way to and from the ride to our Wednesday Bible club - what dedication.
Meet Rebecca; "Rebecca Carrión is a knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging teacher. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Bible from Columbia International University, as well as graduate work in English as a Second Language (ESL) from The College of Charleston, and a formal state certification in teaching ESL. She has over 20 years of international teaching experience. She has taught in public schools, private students, online ESL, and volunteer programs. She has been Teacher of the Year, Lead ESL Teacher, as well as an ESL consultant. She believes that each child is unique and should be taught using engaging lessons that meet their specific needs. Rebecca is from South Carolina, but has lived in Ecuador for over five years with her husband, José. In her free time she likes to make quilts, hike, travel, bake and spend time with family."
Leslie is an amazing Christian young lady that has worked with us part-time since 2016. She attends college online to obtain a degree as an English teacher. Leslie is funny, witty, tells it like she sees it and has great administration and writing skills. She is amazing with keeping up our social media when we are in the U.S. itinerating. We are so blessed to have her on our E-team.
Meet Leslie; "Hi, I'm Leslie and I'm 23 years old. In the last couple of years I've been very fortunate to see God work in the life of children and many other people here in Ecuador through Pate Ministries. I'm excited for what's ahead and can't wait to see what God has in store for the future!"
Linda has worked with us since August of 2018. We are so thankful to have her as part of our E-team. She is a sweet Christian young lady, is great with the children and has a degree in early childhood development.
Meet Linda; "I am Linda Galán and I am a follower of Christ, but not only follow Him, but also live for Him. I want to be like Him. I am very grateful for what He has done, does and will do in my life. I work for Him and I do my job with joy. I like to work with children and show them love because many of them are not loved as they should be and there is a great need for love. I like to prepare because I do not know when God will open a door for me."
Laurie is our bookkeeper and has been such a blessing to Pate Ministries. She handles all of our ministry and personal business in the United States, from the United States. She processes all of the ministry checks, balances the bank statements and keeps all of the records in our accounting program. She is such an honest person with an amazing servant's heart and a contagious smile.
Meet Laurie; "Laurie Warren was born and raised in Lorain, OH, then later moved to Jacksonville in 1984 with her husband of 35 years, Tommy and their 6 children. They are also enjoying 15 grandchildren.
Laurie has worked as the Bookkeeper at For The Children of Ecuador since Oct 2015. She also holds positions as the Ministry Assistant at the Northeast Florida Baptist (8 yrs), Financial Secretary at her home church, Cedar Bay Baptist Church (20 years) and as Financial Secretary for Set Free Church (5 yrs).
Laurie’s vision for ministry is very clear and apparent in both her actions as well as her words. She stands very strong in her beliefs and faith. When asked to give a personal account of her vision for ministry, she responds by saying, “I believe that the Lord has brought me through many difficult situations throughout my life, and has put me in this place at this time, to be used to minister to someone, at sometime in their life, when they are experiencing the same or similar hard times. I believe He has placed me here for such a time as this and I will continually seek Him in my ministries and for my life. The Lord has opened many doors of ministry for me and I always strive to do my best. I believe that we all ought to strive to be the best in all that we do for the Lord.”