Blog of Patrick & Jenni Miles

I have a few friends from home who are currently serving in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Today I received a glorious message from one of them about an amazing way they have shown God’s love to the women caregivers of an orphanage in Haiti where they are staying. While most relief teams who visit would be first and foremost thinking of the children at the orphanage, they felt the need to share some compassion with the orphanage staff, who many lost their own homes and loved ones as a result of the earthquake. It comes out of little surprise that their minds were centered on these women. Many of them help serve locally in the states in a ministry called The Oak Project, which aims to serve widows and mothers in the poorer urban areas of town.  This is a great example of how people can use […]

The Logo Sums It Up

I thought I’d share a little about our logo. On one end it’s about receiving.  It’s standing in front of our omnipresent God and Father with our arms open wide in humility, praise, worship, prayer, and emptiness. It’s about keeping ourselves low in order that He may be lifted higher. It’s also about the global community of believers gathering together to bring glory to the one who made it all (God), the one who paid it all (Jesus) and the one who guides it all  (the Holy Spirit).  And it’s about faithfully and fervently seeking His will for our lives. His call. On another end it’s about serving. It’s placing ourselves, our interests, our comforts and our desires under the needs of others. It’s about lifting  others up and helping them draw closer to the Father by pointing them to Jesus.  It’s about sacrifice. It’s about doing this all over […]

Thoughts on Haiti

I apologize for the length, but I want to paint an accurate picture of my trip, and that takes a lot of background. Thanks for your patience in reading this. Also I included this same post on my Facebook profile. Romans 15:1-17 (The Message) 1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” 3-6That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long […]

Thoughts on Orphanages

There has been a LOT of debate about the use and support of orphanages, especially American run orphanages, for the care of displaced children.  This has especially become a popular topic in light of the recent tragedy in Haiti and the large number of children without family. Naturally, caring Christians from around the world, not just the United States, have extended their desire to adopt an orphaned child from Haiti. There’s nothing wrong with that response.  But let me stress one point…NOW (February, 2010) is not the time for adoptions to proceed for NEW orphans from the result of the earthquake. There are still far too many holes in the process of trying to identify displaced family members for the parentless children effected.  For now, orphaned children should if possible be kept in Haiti but only if there are proper avenues of care to support them. And that is where […]

Music as a Response

I just discovered a local (Chattanooga, TN) singer/songwriter named Eric Parker who started his own record label called Music for Missions.  The title of the label caught my eye and then when I read their heart behind the label it got me even more excited as I once again discovered a different avenue that someone took to respond to Christ’s call. Here’s a little snippet of what they proclaim on their “About Me” page: Music for Missions is an independent record label that donates 2/3 of all CD and Music Download profits to various mission organizations.  Founded in 2002 by recording artist Eric Parker, Music for Missions produces albums for independent artists who want to use a portion of their CD revenues to support Christian missions across the globe and at home. I love it.  The artists on this label have every right to collect all the profits for their […]

Help a Haiti Pastor

With the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in February, and the continuing aftershocks still occurring (a 4.7 aftershock hit Port au Prince yesterday), there is much to be done to help the people in Haiti. One of the best ways is by partnering with an indigenous church whose pastors have a direct link and relationship with the people in their communities. Below is a link to a video interview conducted by an American photographer who was talking with a Haitian pastor who operates 22 churches and schools and one orphanage in and around Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital. In it he discusses possible opportunities in which the Lord may be calling you to respond to action in His name. http://tinyurl.com/ykqpfl9 If you are actively involved in a local church and would like to partner with a church in Haiti, consider getting in touch with World Orphans. They have a proven […]

Welcome!

There’s an eternal “conversation” going on all around us. It’s between God and you (and me). Often we are the complacent recipients of His Words of Wisdom. In other times we only offer him praise through song on Sunday mornings or shout out desperate pleas for His graceful intervention. But if you dig deeper into His Word, the Lord is asking for us to be way more engaged in His conversation.  He asks that we not be passive listeners, but that we become passionate doers. When we act on His behalf and with His guidance, we join in on His conversation as active participants.  Our action is our response to His call. I am excited that we have started this website (and ministry) to illustrate how those around us (and hopefully my family as well) are responding in faithful obedience to the calling of our Father through His Spirit and […]

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