Cuba 2017 Report

I created a full report of my trip to Cuba and would love it if you’d take a look at it. Please continue to pray for the work there. God is doing many great things, and we are blessed to be a part of it.

Click below to open the report.
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Parting Thoughts from Pastor Noel

At the end of my trip to Cuba last month, the pastor of the church, Noel, gave some closing thoughts to the group about how our visit impacted him personally, the church we went to serve, and the small church plant that we helped paint.

I recorded this with my iPhone and then put some subtitles on it in English. This video means a lot to me because of what he says about how the trip impacted him and how our group was perceived by the people there.

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Three Priorities in My Life (and an update from the last 30 days)

I’m trying out a new audio platform called Anchor. In this episode I talk a little about my crazy life the last 30 days and what I’ve been doing. As I reflect on what has occupied my time, I realize that it really speaks about the three priorities in my life at this time.

Check it out and let me know what you think about it.

If you can’t see the audio player above, you can listen at this link.

By the way, I didn’t edit at all. These are just the thoughts straight out of my head and into my mouth.

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Neighborhood Fireworks

For the longest time, we didn’t have much of a 4th of July celebration. We would have low-key celebrations in Mexico alongside our other expat friends, but we couldn’t actually go out and do fireworks.

Since we’ve moved back to the USA, we’ve really gotten to know our neighbors and enjoy being around them. It’s been a fun few years. Almost every evening this summer we have spent time outside with them, and last Monday we had a Fourth of July celebration, complete with some fireworks (no big ones lit by us).

Here’s a video I made:

How did you celebrate the Fourth?

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YMI’s Adolescent Orphan Ministry – How it all Began

I spent some time this week helping my friend Micah make some videos about the Adolescent Orphan Ministry he is starting with our organization, Youth Ministry International.

The story he tells grabs my attention because this entire ministry started with one person’s desire to do something daring and take a mission trip. Then one thing led to another and now there is an entire vision to connect local church youth ministries to adolescent orphans around the world and help them become followers of Jesus.

Remember, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10).

What is the one thing God is asking you to do today that you need to obey Him in?

If you want to know more about YMI’s Adolescent Orphan Ministry, be sure to visit pattersonfam.org.

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Everyone needs a Mr. Miyagi

I was flipping through the channels yesterday, and I saw that the original Karate Kid movie was on. I remember that movie from when I was a kid, so I watched the end…right where Daniel Son was entering the tournament, gets his leg swept by the Cobra Kai, goes into the locker room and gets told there’s no hope, and then stares at Mr. Miyagi and asks him to “do that thing you do” to heal up his injured leg.

Then he hobbles out to the match to fight the final battle and delivers a Crane kick to Johnny’s face and wins the trophy.

What a great movie! I quickly posted this on my Instagram story: “Everyone needs a Mr. Miyagi.” If you’ve seen the movies, you’ll know that Miyagi helps young Daniel through life.

Here are a few things a Mr. Miyagi does for your life:

  1. Teaches you the basics
  2. Piques your interested in the subject
  3. Let’s you learn on your own while guiding you
  4. Puts up with your immaturity
  5. Helps you when your hurt

What else did Mr. Miyagi do that you think is useful life?

Do you have someone who helps you like Miyagi helped Daniel?

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Three Ringgit Girls


My friend Steve wrote an article for the YMI E-newsletter about teenage girls in Borneo and their need for the gospel.

Will you join us in praying that God will raise up a generation of youth workers who will be willing to share the gospel with these girls and disciple them?

Read Steve’s article at the YMI website by clicking here.

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Mother’s Day 2017

I forgot to post this video here on Mother’s Day, but in 2012 we made a video for Janell in our “bodega” in Mexico City.

Since five years had passed, we decided to make a new one with the kids in our basement in Kentucky.

Maybe we’ll make another one in five years if the kids are still into it.

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5 Ways to Pray for Mexico (or any country) this Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the USA than it is in Mexico. It is a regional celebration in Mexico, while all over the United States people are eating “tacos” and guac and listening to mariachi music.

However, since we are focusing on Mexico, I feel it’s a great time for us to pray specifically for our friends and neighbors to the south.

Here’s a list of prayer categories that I’m using for this Cinco de Mayo.

Will you join me and take Cinco Minutos today to pray for Mexico?

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The Challenge of Receiving the Baton in Ministry

In the last two years, two of my ministry heroes have finished their race here on the earth. As I sit here reflecting on them, I started thinking about what is next for the rest of us. I made a video for my Spanish YouTube channel and decided to put some English subtitles on it to share with everyone. Be sure the CC button is checked so you can read them.

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