Timing is Everything

Patty has lived in Buffalo off and on since she was 9 years old. She has been back in Buffalo for the last 15 years, and is a single mother to three daughters (30, 19, and 17) as well as grandmother to 2 granddaughters.

She has been a Christian since her early teens.

Lydell Feist, a gospel singer, led me to the lord at the age of 15. Lydell followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and while I was reserved in moving on my call, he waited patiently as the Holy Spirit moved within me. I believe when you’re called into the family of God, He makes a way, and He did that evening, and I am thankful.

While Lydell lead Patty to the Lord, her loving sister Debra has been her prayer warrior, best friend. Debra not only loves the Lord herself, but has always lived by example in showing God’s love to Patty.

Patty fell away from her faith for a while and then re-dedicated her life in her early 30’s.

God is an amazing God, a loving God and my ROCK! He continues to show me each and every day how much He loves me, unconditionally and whole-heartedly. I think often times we are surprised because we can’t comprehend how much God truly loves us, so when “amazing” things happen in life both big and small (sometimes these are the bigger wows) we think, really God is that you? YES… ALL things are possible with God!!! I love the Lord with all my heart, I am a Spirit-filled Christian and love that I have a “personal” relationship with my Abba Father. He is my strength and my song.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalm 18:2

It’s simple, through life’s trials and tribulations my God is my strength, the one I turn to for my everything. He loves me unconditionally, this is where I find peace and great joy!

Patty wanted to go on a mission trip for many years but being a single mom hadn’t been able to leave her children or afford it.

I believe timing is everything and when the timing was right for me I knew God would open the door. I worked with Dr. Burgdorf at Allina and knowing my work ethic and passion to serve, he asked if I would pray about it and consider going [to Jamaica].

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

As she prayed about it, God did open both the family and financial doors necessary. The timing was perfect, and Patty was able to serve with Zion’s 2014 Mission Jamaica team. As she was planning the trip, she wasn’t sure what to expect, but knew if she went with her heart ready to serve, the rest would follow.

Mission Jamaica was my first mission trip and I loved everything about it! I love that I can serve, and make a difference while I’m there. While feeding the people of West Haven, I loved that although we may not be able to communicate due to disabilities, we ALL have a universal language called prayer. While feeding and bathing, doing laundry, cleaning or painting I prayed … God’s love language, it’s a beautiful thing! Not only did I learn about serving, but God showed me how fortunate I was to have what I have back home, to truly appreciate the little things and be grateful for the big things!

Patty loves to try new things; in Jamaica last year one of those things was learning how to jack-hammer.

I chiseled away at a bathroom wall (a very small area) for over two hours and got very little done. Lesson learned … what we call jack-hammering here in Minnesota is not the same as what the Jamaicans call jack-hammering! They use a very dull blade on a handheld machine which accomplishes very little in a long period of time.

Since that first trip to Jamaica, Patty has found a home at Zion.

From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by a warm smile and a handshake. I love that the pastors are walking around both before and after the services greeting and saying goodbye, this is ‘community’ as it makes everyone feel connected!

Music is also an important part of Patty’s life, and she has become part of the Zion Worship Team.

Being able to worship, sharing God’s love through song is a beautiful thing! I’ve always had music running through my heart and soul. I grew up singing with my sister while Mom played the piano in the old farm house. Throughout my life I’ve continued to sing at weddings, within groups and at church. I love that [at Zion] we sing current music, songs that our congregation hears on the radio and or Internet. I also like that we have a variety of music, singing, bells, choirs, and kids’ choirs. It offers something for everyone, that’s family! I love that I’m using God’s gift to glorify Him.

Patty previously worked as a corporate event coordinator for Allina, and she hopes to remain in a community outreach role, serving our community and the people in it.

I volunteer wherever, whenever I can. Volunteering around cancer awareness is a big passion of mine. Through my work at Allina I was able to help educate the community on the importance of colorectal cancer screening. I’ve been involved with the Pink Street Party for six years, an event to honor those who have experienced cancer, as well as Tough Enough To Wear Pink night at the Buffalo Rodeo. Raising awareness and helping support the needs of those experiencing cancer is dear to my heart. I love being able to offer God’s love and support to these men and women … it’s who I am!

Patty is excited to be returning to Jamaica this year, and hopes this second trip is one of many more to come. She has also taken on a role with the Mission Jamaica Board at Zion, as the Mission Jamaica’s Fundraiser Coordinator.

I believe we are to be the hands and feet of Christ throughout the world. As the body of Christ we are to be leaders and raise up opportunities to serve all over the world. I feel there are many ways in which we can fundraise so that we can offer this wonderful experience to our entire congregation! Everyone should have the opportunity to experience a mission trip, especially our young people, and I want to help make this happen.

If you are interested in learning more about fundraising opportunities for future Mission Jamaica trips please contact Patty through the church office.

Patty plans to become an official member of Zion on Sunday, February 1.