more about dr. pat

Soon after she became a Christian, Dr. Pat heard about the plight of the persecuted church through the ministry of Brother Andrew, leading her to take her first trip in 1982 smuggling Bibles into China. As she crossed the border into China where Bibles, pornography, and drugs were not allowed, God blinded the customs agent’s eyes as they looked right at the Bibles stashed in her bags and she was allowed to pass. This was one of many experiences where Dr. Pat saw the mighty power of God. 

Still maintaining her veterinary practice, Dr. Pat took short-term trips traveling to communist countries. However, over time God made it clear that this would become a full-time ministry. She left her practice in 1988 and committed her entire life to serving Jesus by being His hands and feet to the persecuted church In 1992, Dr. Pat established News Service 2000 (now Living Stones International).

For more than twenty years, the focus of the ministry has been to the Muslim world in the Middle East and parts of Africa. As Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Pat still travels overseas, meeting and encouraging persecuted brothers and sisters. During her travels, she also gathers information in order to start various programs to aid these Christians - both physically and spiritually. She has built many long-term relationships with Christian leaders, which has opened many doors for ministry. Pat has worked closely with Bible Societies from around the world and has provided hundreds of thousands of Bibles to Christians in these areas.

When not traveling overseas, Dr. Pat tells the stories of the persecuted at various Christian venues including churches, Bible Studies, prayer groups, and conferences to raise awareness and prayer support. Living Stones International also encourages others to pray by publishing a monthly prayer letter and sending out urgent prayer needs via e-mail. The relationships she has built with these brothers and sisters around the world have opened her eyes to the reality of persecution. 

The persecuted Christians understand the power of prayer. In Dr. Pat's 40-plus years of travel, not once have they asked for prayer that the persecution end. They do ask for prayer that they remain faithful. Then they ask for Bibles. They have said, “Don’t call us the Suffering Church. Rather, call us the Victorious Church!” 

In her free time, Dr. Pat enjoys the glorious creation of our God and watching the intricate details He has placed in the animals and nature surrounding her. Camping in the summer gives her a great opportunity to do so. Even though she left the veterinary practice for ministry, she still has a love for pets, especially cats.

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