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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


Paul’s Prayer Letters

Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching at Horizon Baptist Church in week three of their Mission Month.

It was a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. We are thankful for their partnership in the ministry.

The topic of my sermon was, “Paul’s Prayer Letters.”

You can listen to the sermon by clicking here or by clicking the the player below.


From the Comments Section

Have you ever felt like giving up? It’s pretty easy to do when life becomes difficult or when things just don’t seem to go our way. Often, God uses someone around us to speak His Word to us and remind us to keep going.

Every once in a while, I get an incredible comment that I’d like to share with you.

Recently, on my YouTube channel where I post videos encouraging and equipping Spanish speaking youth workers, I received the following comment. I hope it encourages you to speak a word of encouragement to someone today.
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Statistics and Numbers about YMI’s Ministry

I’m taking a course for my doctorate called “Applied Empirical Research,” and one of the textbooks is called “Statistics for People who Don’t Like Statistics.” I’m one of those people.

Specifically because every year at YMI for the past eight years, I’ve had to fill out a statistical report talking about the progress of the ministry. I always kick and scream, complain, and throw a fit (okay…not that much) because I hate having to go to every one of my students and graduates and ask them for numbers about their ministries. Maybe it’s their fault. Probably not.

Anyway, I’m glad YMI keeps the statistics, even if I hate getting them for the report.

But I was looking at the YMI statistics since 2009, and I wanted to share them here with you. I think they are very encouraging when I think of all of the people and lives these numbers represent.

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Email from Aruba

I just woke up to this email that I received as a reply to the latest post on ministeriojuvenil.com. I had posted an overview of what I taught in Miami this past weekend about how the incarnation of Jesus gives us a blueprint for being relevant in the lives of young people. The message said,

“Good evening. God bless you. I wanted to tell you that your message was very necessary. It helped me a lot. It made me reflect on the fact that I need to be patient and, just as we are rescued young people there are other youth that need to be reached and rescued! And I learned that we must enter the world of youth and not expect them to enter our world!

Thank you very much. I would like to receive more emails like this one! To help the youth of Aruba!

God bless you!”

These emails are fun to receive. Please pray that we can continue to find the time to write to these youth workers who need encouragement and support.