Thursday, August 3, 2017

Loving the One

A young friend of mine had her first book published and released on Amazon last week.  More about that at the end of this blog.  The following sentences were extracted from page 104:
🙶... if we don't love the single person God has put in front of us, we don't truly love.  Love is lived out with the real people whom God has sovereignly placed in our lives. Love becomes real by embracing the one.🙷
Why does this mean so much to me?  Because I work with an organization in Uganda whose mission is Changing Uganda One Person At A Time.

C.S. Lewis wrote:
🙶It is easier to be enthusiastic about Humanity with a capital H than it is to love individual men and women, especially those who are uninteresting, exasperating, depraved, or otherwise unattractive.  Loving everybody in general may be an excuse for loving nobody in particular.🙷
This is a  story about loving that one.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Save This Date!

Robert Sityo
One month from today, August 5th, Next Generation Ministries will be hosting their annual BBQ at the NGM American Headquarters.

All food and beverages are FREE!

A drawing for a FREE two week stay in Uganda will be held! You have to be present to enter the drawing, but not present to win.

FREE swimming is available for ALL ages!

BEST OF ALL ... Robert Sityo and Abdu & Betty Wasswa will be present for the BBQ as SPECIAL GUESTS! Robert & Abdu were two of the first few African visitors to the United States on behalf of NGM nearly 10 years ago!

Abdu & Betty Wasswa
Come and enjoy a restful afternoon with great food, amazing guests, and a few surprises.

Arrive anytime after 1 PM to renew friendships and enjoy some of the best BBQ west of the Mississippi.  Location of the BBQ is 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, Oregon 97017.

Bring your family.  Bring you friends.  Bring people you want connected to Next Generation Ministries.

Notify the Hunters if and when you will be arriving from out of town if you desire help with overnight accommodations.


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

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?