Just when we thought things might get back to normal the world was hit with another major crisis that dramatically changed everything from politics to our daily lives. It’s time to take a quick look back and see how all this affected us and what we were up to in 2022.[Read more…]
Merry Christmas from the Pattersons 2021! (video)
This was another tough year but in our family we can testify that “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Rom 8:28) and we hope it is the same in your family. This Christmas season we hope you can celebrate the coming of the king and anticipate his second coming. And may these two great events profoundly shape your present.
We hope you enjoy our family Christmas video again this year. Every year I say this is the last year and with Elisabeth now off to college next year’s is certainly going to be different. We’re glad she’s home now and we had the chance to go through all twelve video greetings.
Blessings to you and your family in 2022![Read more…]
Ministry in the Days of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Things happened fast in Slovakia from Monday to Friday, with news coming everyday about how the coronavirus was spreading throughout the world and governments began taking drastic steps. On Monday morning I held my last class on campus before switching to online only. Here’s how the coronavirus is affecting our family and ministry in Slovakia.[Read more…]
Our First 2019 Newsletter is in the Mail
I’ve just sent out our latest newsletter in which I resolve to communicate better with our support team in 2019 and januflect on the 2018 and 2019 ministry years. This year we moved in to a new home and I published my first book.
Max Switches to the Blues
Max was getting tired of his classical guitar training so he decided to take a break this year. We hated for him to give up the guitar completely so we got him hooked up with a British guitar teacher here in Banská Bystrica who focuses on the blues.[Read more…]
Max Continues to Climb and Tries to Catch Up with His Sister’s Celebrity Status (video)
Max loves climbing and he loves the outdoors. If he could, he’d spend all his time hiking in the mountains in our back yard (and beyond) and surviving on whatever he can make do with from the forest. So he’s the perfect candidate to interview for a climbing segment on local TV.[Read more…]
Januflecting on 2017–18: Transitioning Back to Ministry in Slovakia
Janus was the Roman god of transitions. With his two faces he stood in the gate of time and looked with one face toward the past and one toward the future. He gave his name (according to some) to the month of January since this is the time of year we like to januflect—evaluate our past and make adjustments for the future. If you are praying for us, this is a good post to read to understand how best to pray for our ministry and family.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!
We hope you are enjoying a wonderful Advent season in anticipation of the coming of our Lord and hope you have a blessed 2018. Enjoy this greeting with a short photo overview of our year while Jana (piano) and Elisabeth (violin) play “A Song from Secret Garden.”