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First Summit Baptist Church
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Patton Postings - Summer 2015
“…praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ…” – Col. 4:3 Col 4:3
Canoe in the village of Santa RosaBarges loaded with logs for the lumber mill.

A Busy Summer
We had a young missions intern, Kelsey, spend 6 weeks with us. She was exposed to, and helped with, several different ministries and outreaches here in Iquitos and out on the river. It was a pleasure to have Kelsey in our home, as she became one more family member. Kelsey grew up in Kenya as a missionary kid. She really fell in love with the people here in the jungle in Peru.
Our family, with Kelsey Reber (front row, middle)On the 12-hour boat ride to Intuto. Kelsey seems to be enjoying it and Katy is tired out.

Our daughter, Kylie, returned from her first year at Liberty University to spend the summer with us. It was great having her back with the family! She was able to spend time with us and her dog and was able to reconnect with folks down here and help with a couple of ministries we are involved in. Our daughter, Allison, stayed in Maryland with Carol’s Aunt Janet. She took 2 classes at the local community college and worked at Kohl’s. It was a good maturing time for her.
Andy, our daughter, Katy, and Kelsey Reber, were able to go on a river trip to the town of Intuto on the Tigre river, accompanied by some folks from Horeb Church. Andy taught some workshops and gave a couple of messages at the Intuto Baptist Church. Kelsey and Katy helped with the children’s and young people’s outreaches, teaching, giving their testimonies, playing volleyball, connecting with the young people and kids and helping with the music. The girls were also able to go to a Quichua tribal village and help with the child evangelism work there. The team also went to a large orphanage for boys, where Pastor Mera was able to give a powerful evangelistic message, to which several boys responded by praying to receive Jesus as their Savior.
Katy, Andy, the pastor and his wife of Intuto Baptist church, Kelsey, and Miss Ruth.The Tigre River as seen from Intuto.

The Intuto Baptist church of BetesdaAndy, speaking at Betesda Baptist Church in Intuto

Our kids (Katy, Linda, and Charlie) regularly participated in the children’s ministry, Apoyo, for most of the summer. Kylie and Kelsey also helped while they were here.
Apoyo ministry in neighborhood that gets flooded part of the year.Our daughter, Katy, in the play about the toymaker.

Our daughter, Linda, helping with the "car race."Apoyo usually draws a lot of kiddos.

In August, our family attended our Peru Field Team’s semi-annual meetings in Lima, enjoying the time of fellowship and the cool winter weather there. It was a profitable time and our teens were able to reconnect with their fellow Peru missionary kids and to connect with teens from a church that came down from Pennsylvania to minister to our teens and children.
Our Peru Field Team, along with folks from a church in Pennsylvania who ministered to our teens and children.

Andy Visits the US
Andy traveled back to the US with our daughters, Kylie and Katy, in August. God intervened on multiple occasions on their behalf, including in Lima, where they experienced some dramatic hours dealing with an immigration issue, which made them miss their flights. They finally made it to Washington, DC at 2 in the morning the next day.
Andy was able to visit 3 of our supporting churches and several individual supporters, giving them a report on our ministry in the Upper Amazon. Kylie returned for her sophomore year in college, and Katy started her freshman year. Andy was also able to acquire things that we needed for the field and to get some things done that could only be done in person in the States.
Praise the Lord that Andy, Kylie, and Katy were also able to visit Andy’s ailing parents in Florida. That was a huge blessing. Fred and Rachel Patton are able to live in their little home, at least for now, with the help of many people in the area, including folks from a local church that has been very supportive. Pray for clear direction on what Fred and Rachel should do in the future as they become less mobile and have to deal with increasing physical challenges.
Carol is helping the youth group at Horeb, assisting the Apoyo and Compartiendo child evangelism outreaches, and is part of the Baptist women’s fellowship and choir. They are currently getting ready for Pastor’s Appreciation Weekend and a special service that will be held with many of the area’s Baptist churches. Pray for Carol as she also prepares to go to the annual Baptist Women’s Congress conference that will be held in the mountain city of Huancayo in October.
Carol, going on short river trip to a villageSome of Carol's cooking workshop students at a local Christian school

Bible Institute
Andy is continuing to teach the Self-Confrontation course, which will go through December. Carol helps with the library once a week. Andy meets at the Institute with the pastors from a church association once a week to pray and play soccer with them.
Visiting pastor, Oscar Loyola, enjoying the rain at the InstituteDouble rainbow behind the soccer field at the Institute

Looking Forward
Pray for our girls, Allison, Kylie, and Katy, as they study at Liberty University. We miss them very much.
Pray for upcoming river trips that Andy will be making to Genaro Herrera and Flor de Punga.
Pray for more redemptive conversations with the people we encounter and interact with on a daily basis in the very busy city of Iquitos.
Pray for our kids, Linda and Charlie. Linda is in her final year of homeschool and is playing guitar and keyboard for the youth group band. Charlie is becoming more focused on his studies and his physical health as he matures.
Linda, on the balcony of our house, ready for the 28th of July.On the flight from Lima back to Iquitos, with the Andes in the background.

Thank you for praying!