My name is Pat Joyce. My husband Ed and I have been married since 1958, most of our lives. We have a son and daughter; four awesome grandchildren and a new great grandchild. We live in Wharton, Texas which is just southwest of Houston about 40 miles from the coast.
I met the Lord April 4, 1974 in one of those Pauline experiences that are totally life changing and I’ve spent the last 35+ years deepening the relationship with our awesome God and studying His Word. I love learning and went back to school in my thirties to get a BA in History from the University of Houston and later an MS in Adult Education from Texas A & M. I retired from our local community college in 1996 where I was the coordinator of the Adult Education program.
I met Brenda in the 1990s through a friend who was on her board. I could sit for hours and listen to her stories. If you haven’t read her book—get it. You’ll be both fascinated and amazed. God had given opportunity for me to learn about computers and websites and I was able to help the ministry by setting up the first website and using mail merge to simplify Orphan’s early mail outs.
I have not had the privilege of going to help in Mozambique but in 2007 I spent three weeks in a rural area of western Kenya as part of a ministry teaching team. The experience was life changing and resulted in an on-going relationship with many of the people we met. I chose my picture with the hat, because it reminds me of Kenya. That hat covered my hair when there was no electricity and I could not fix it. We learned about living with no running water, no electrify, limited food, getting 25 people in a van built for 8—yet it was wonderful.
My African experience led Brenda asked me to join her advisory board where I now serve as board secretary. There is a place for all of us If God calls you to go to Mozambique, GO. If He calls your child, know that there is no safer place than the place God has chosen, and let them go. The ministry of Orphans Unlimited requires both hands and funds to do the work. At this point, I think I’m too old to make the trip but I know that if He says I’m to do it, He will make the way and provide the strength and since He is not a “respecter of persons,” the same goes for you.