Blog of Patrick & Jenni Miles

The youth at Calvary Chapel Chattanooga spend two weeks in the Dominican Republic each summer for a mission experience (they’re leaving in late July this year).  I’ve had the privilege to travel with them and they do so many wonderful things for the people in La Union and Congrejo, two neighboring villages on the north coast. Because of their continual commitment to this area, they were challenged by their pastor (Kenny Engels) to consider as a group to  “adopt” our family and support us. And yes, I said the youth at the church. Many times young people are overlooked when raising support, especially financial support. But as a collective group, they have the potential to be a very powerful giving force.

Video: About Makarios

Check out this video to learn more about Makarios and the school where we will serving in the D.R.

Big News – June Newsletter

If you don’t receive our email newsletters, well you missed the BIG NEWS we sent out in our June e-newsletter! (Be sure to sign up to receive our future newsletters by adding your email in our newsletter list – see box in the right column.) Our Big News We have been offered and have accepted a missions position with Makarios International to be the directors (principal) of The Makarios School, or Colegio Makarios, in Montellano, Dominican Republic.  (FYI – “makarios” is Greek for “blessed.”) View the letter from Sharla Megilligan, the director of Makarios International, about us joining her organization. I(Pat) have submitted my resignation to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and will end my commitment there at the end of June. Starting in July we will make our final preparations to leave for the D.R., including trying to sell our house (on the market right now), sell or donate […]

If you don’t subscribe to our e-newsletters which we send out once a month, here is our latest titled “God is On the Move.” These are some pretty exciting times as we have seen God put some things in motion for our upcoming venture of faith and service. Take a look at the newsletter for a few more details.

I felt it important that this week we pay tribute to Jesus. Help me celebrate it in song. Turn up your volume on your computer, iPad or phone and hit the play button…and sing along (lyrics below).  This week’s anthem – Mystery by Charlie Hall. (buy it on Amazon) Sweet Jesus Christ my sanity Sweet Jesus Christ my clarity Bread of heaven, broken for me Cup of salvation held up to drink Jesus, Mystery Christ has died and Christ is risen, and Christ will come again Sweet Jesus Christ my sanity Sweet Jesus Christ my clarity Bread of heaven broken for me Cup of salvation held up to drink Jesus, Mystery Christ has died and Christ is risen, and Christ will come again Bridge: Celebrate his death and risingLift your eyes, proclaim his comeCelebrate his death and risingLift you eyes, lift your eyes Celebrate his death and risingLift your eyes, […]

The Peter in All of Us

Today, I read the passion account as written in the Gospel of Mark (14-16). Mark was a student under Peter’s tutelage (and was around twelve years old when Jesus died), and so by most means, this is Peter’s account of the passion. So I felt it fitting today that we focus a bit on Peter’s denial of Christ, which really could be said about all of us. “Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”  But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”  But he denied […]

This week, I’ve decided that I’m going to read through the passion of Jesus each day, and with every day I’ll read it in a different gospel account. Today, it’s from Matthew (26-28). I utilize my commute time on the CARTA bus to read the Word and this morning while on my transfer bus (the #10 to UTC) as I was reading it a young man (his name is Ricardo) asked me about my Bible. He shared he had one with him as well (as he patted his backpack). We then proceeded to have a brief conversation about God’s will for his life, as he was feeling a little confused about his future. He is working part time right now but is interested in missions. Now I believe nothing is “by chance.” While I only had a few minutes, I shared that God isn’t the author of confusion, so if […]

    This video is of Brisso, one of the Haitian staff members of the Calvary Chapel Haiti Initiative, leading songs with the children at the Hands and Feet Project children’s home – the ministry of the Christian band Audio Adrenaline – in Jacmel, Haiti. Brisso has worked as a translator for CCHI since the initiative started. At 21 years old, he is an example of the great hope of a generation of young Haitian men devoted to living as a true disciple of Jesus. His heart is tender-minded and his gifts are tremendous with children’s ministry but also with leading worship and sharing the Gospel in message.  In fact, during a visit to the Sisters of Charity orphanage, who care for the poorest of the poor children, Brisso was brought to tears seeing the condition of some of the children. But through his commitment to follow the Lord, there […]

From James… Since our arrival, we’ve all known that today was mountain village day.  Though unsure of the plans, we’ve learned by now that blessed are the flexible, which was no truer than today.  Our typical mode of transportation has been the back of pick-up trucks.  Today, however, we loaded into the back of a flat-bed truck and bumped our way through busy streets, trash heaps, and flowing creeks.  The first two we have been accustomed to but the creeks were new.  So new, that we got stuck!  20 people in the back of a flat-bed truck sitting in the middle of a creek with water nearly covering the tires was a real test of our flexibility.  So we prayed…and prayed…and prayed.  We had a German brother who specializes in automotive repair who was able to get the engine cranking and the tires moving.  You would have thought the Lord […]

From Pat… It’s hard to believe but our last full day being in Haiti is almost here. In so many ways, I personally, have such mixed emotions about it. On one end, I long to remain here as this island, as most of you know, has such a significant impact on my life. Like I’ve said in a previous post on this blog, the D.R. and Haiti are like a second home to me. But nothing compares to what really is my true “home” – my family. So while I look forward to getting out tomorrow and visiting the orphans tomorrow, a huge part of me is also excited that I’m one day closer to seeing Jenni (and my kids of course). But I miss my bride.  She’s been on my mind a lot today actually (olive juice). Two of the team members who are on our trip this year […]

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