Tuesday, June 27, 2017

One Wild & Crazy Guy!

Jeff Patterson biking for 32.1 miles
You see that guy?  Yeah.  That one ... right next to this opening paragraph.

He is crazy ... in a GOOD way ... about a lot of things.

He is passionate about Jesus, his wife, his kids, his church, his community, exercise and Next Generation Ministries.  People can say they are crazy about a lot of things, but the only way to accuratly observe a person's values is to watch their behavior.  And when you watch Jeff's behavior you can verify that he is, in fact, crazy about everyone and everything on that list.

Recently, on June 17th, Jeff turned 39 years old and did a triathlon on behalf of Next Generation Ministries.  He swam 1 mile, biked 32.1 miles, and ran 6.2 miles for a total of 39 plus miles.  The rest of this blog is an open letter, written and submitted by Jeff, to explain why he did such a crazy thing.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Loneliman 39.3

Yup!  You read the title of this post correctly.  Loneliman 39.3

Jeff Patterson - currently 38 years old
Do you see that guy to the right?  He may not look lonely. But, he will be a "loneliman" on June 17, 2017.  He will genuinely be lonely for 39.3 miles.

Jeff Patterson is a triathlete.  A triathlete participates in a Triathlon.

A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines.  While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.

Jeff is going to be the solo participant in a Triathlon for the benefit of Next Generation Ministries.  As the only triathlete he will be truly lonely as he swims for 1 mile, rides this bike for 32.1 miles, and concludes with a 6.2 mile run to celebrate his birthday ... his 39th!

Jeff is a husband, father, pastor, blogger, an endurance athlete.  He believes in the work of Next Generation Ministris.  He purposed to demonstrate that belief by turning his next birthday into a fundraising effort for the benefit of NGM.

Read the story and get the details at https://www.purecharity.com/loneliman?aff=pk6j7

Monday, April 24, 2017


Someone said that if we offered it, they would come.

We offered.  They came.

From Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon.

But, also from Congo, South Africa, and Uganda.

It was the first attempt and it exceeded our wildest imagination.

Now we are offering it again.  Will you or someone you love come?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Kissing & Clinging

It wasn't as much a personal choice as it was one of those motivated by circumstances.

Their two sons made them a small family of four.  They could no longer exist where they were living.  Those circumstances were life-threatening and demanded they relocate. But, not just across town.  Rather relocation in a foreign nation.  One unfamiliar to them.  New language. New culture.

Fortunately, the chance of survival was greatly increased by their move and, like most people, they would learn the culture and adapt to their new surroundings.

It wasn't long before their two sons were mature men and the family was entrenched in their new culture because of their marriages.

But, bad things happen.  Unexpected things. Uninvited things. Things that demand change.  Again.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Grace: 5 Day Update

NGM nurse, Susan, with Grace at the clinic to dress the wound
Americans always seem to have the most generous hearts when it comes to responding to the misfortune of others.  Whether it is a national disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or tsunami and their consequences or the rebuilding required after the catastrophic change resulting in the lives of those affected ... Americans tend to be givers.

Hope For Women in Crisis and one of their young child mothers has benefited greatly from this spirit of giving.