Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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        Every week on Wednesday evenings

37 minute conversation on what we are up to, God stories, and encouragement

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021


Zoom with Zoé 2021 Vlogs

Aug 4, 2021

July 21, 2021

June 9, 2021

Becky volunteering at Options for a diaper give-away, silly zoom backgrounds, Marko's trip to Oregon and finishing the bamboo bungalow, relationship and the memories it creates is the lasting important thing not the project itself, loved the team building experience it was, turned out well and has built Marko's confidence at what he can create and accomplish, good Star Wars geeking out time with Dain, he is recovering well from his surgery, Patti is still getting the mobile ready (it is getting wrapped now)


Belize water project with the Grove, Kim's update on Bekah at camp, promoted to leader, Mark growing up going to many camps because he was hard to handle as a kid (climbing trees and exploring), ran youth group like camp, over spring break Easter plays produced and rehearsed 24-7 til Easter, great memories, story of applying to work at Sky Ranch, working at Sky Ranch, leadership training field trips, bring a blessing, writing a camp song "Fine and Dandy", camping style experience has become a part of who we are and how we do ministry like in the Philippines in Pandan and in Nehemiah, we were campers at Hume Lake in the very beginning of our relationship, Marko's story of God's provision to go to Hume Lake and then a job opens up for him, Patti worked the next summer at Hume Lake, Patti got a 1 year scholarship at Hume Lake Christian Camps for Multnomah School of the Bible, married in nursing school, brief mobile update.

May 19th, 2021

Patti & Kim is not feeling well, Marko headed to Albany tomorrow, Bekah arrived in Texas and enjoying camp, Marko has worked with Kim at 3 different camps, Sam Barnhart has COVID please pray for him, Bekah has done really well in school, she applies knowledge well and interjects what she has learned in life, our family did an escape room challenge was so fun each with our own niche (we finished it well and were 7th one this year that successfully completed it), Worship Wash Wednesday fail, how you handle difficulties are important (don't leave Jesus behind), Marko flying into Eugene tomorrow, his host in Albany recently had an appendectomy, Zoe board members are going to come down to join Marko on the 22nd to work on the Bamboo Bungaloo, weather, secret door in the clubhouse with a rope to climb up to the next level, taking apart pallets for free wood, tower work leftovers, good problem of too many resources, Patti writing policies for the mobile clinic and being a people person.

May 12th, 2021

Karen's trip to Arizona, picking up Bekah this weekend at the airport to work this summer in Texas at camp, Marko has a trip to Bamboo Valley coming up, need for a public bathroom for the church in the Philippines, Subangan is going well, dike won't destroy Subangan activity area, projects that they city says they will do doesn't always happen. painting with the community kids on the club house here in Texas, high school youth group painting story at Faith in Portland more hours cleaning up after them and tracking paint on the carpet turned out to be my own shoe causing it, speck in other people's eyes is easier to see than when we have a plank in our own eye, scaffolding incidence, what we learn in the hard times God uses to bring about good and deepening character, challenging identity not about what you do but who you are, Mark's broken feet, loss of our first child at 5 months (21weeks) of pregnancy, Glorybabies (, people grieve differently (crying, talking about it vs not talking and wanting to fix things), a little bit in God's hands is better than a lot a bit in your hands, one stone in little David's hand took down a giant, a few loaves and fishes fed thousands.

April 28th, 2021

COVID tech boom makes thousands of miles away not feel so far, churches have grown with live streaming, now re-openning to meet in person and have grown, got the newsletter, blanket forts, change of address, cutting trail in Trinidad jungle, bamboo grows fast, killing poisonous snakes in Texas and the Philippines, pineapple fields, trading, computers arrived for students, online and module learning, internet receiver in our coconut tree needing regular adjustments, have been back 3 times since, borders closed for now, saying final good-byes and when you say them again it is all bonus, internet communication makes it better because we can video chat and send regular messages. Bekah is going to come to work this summer here in Texas at the near by christian camp. YEY!!! The mobile unit is in the repair shop.

April 14th, 2021   .   

March 24th, 2021.              


Mar 10,2021

Mar 3, 2021

February Video Blogs

Feb 17, 2021                

Feb 3, 2021    

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January Video Blogs

Jan 20, 2021

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Karen sharing with neighbor, building the doggie ramp, Marko twisted his back, stuck in downtown Port of Spain Trinidad so did some street preaching and sharing of our lunch, Deb recovering, bought a car for Marko, hoopty, God blessing with a french press, saved 2 lives. praying and sharing with patients, flooding in the Philippines.

Jan 14, 2021

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"It seemed like a good idea."      

Jan 6, 2021

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Finishing up with quarantine, feeling better just tired, going to Dallas tomorrow, orientation this weekend, picture in a cloud in India, musical feet with street kid camp in India, treating lice, living with lice keeping them at bay, sleeping under a house on mountain outreach in the Philippines, Marko's song "My Ameoba," fresh news Philippines locking down more to foreigners because of second strain of COVID, vaccine plan.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Dec and Nov


Zoom with Zoé December Video Blogs

Dec 23rd, 2020

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Merry Christmas! Christmas star, looking French, Joyeux Noel, Cameroon, Lil Joe's birthday, seeing patients and hugging and praying for them, difficult conversations, consulting for being a medical clinic and the mobile clinic coming, YWAM ministry that is support based ministry Living Alternatives (Building Blocks, mentorship, structured childcare, boutique, pregnancy medical clinic, foster-care, maternity residential care, adoption agency, etc) and have been around for 25 years, electronic charting only at the clinic, commute. Linda and Larry Frogge generous and loaning a vehicle and in teaching in Sunday school, caroling in the Philippines ("where is my gift?", rather than giving the question is turned around to ask to be given to), turning the trend of culture to giving rather than expectation of receiving. giving our decorated Christmas tree away tradition, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart!

Dec 16th, 2020

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Catching up on the Grove buying the Venetian Theater, Marko getting over being ill, Living Alternatives officially buy a mobile clinic, God writing Patti's resume, Marko volunteering at a local christian camp, customs in T&T and Nicaragua, take what you want, no rights as foreigners, staying in Wadi Rum, sharing about Petra and Israel.

Dec 9, 2020

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Here are the things we talked about in this Vlog: Volunteering with a ministry similar to Options that is now getting a mobile clinic and no one there knows how to do it, and then Patti shows up to volunteer with mobile experience. History of kids ministry, club house build update from the kids, Marko volunteering to help Ms Kim, moved Kim last weekend, using the resources you have, building in the jungle of Trinidad, vine bridges, living bamboo bridges, waiting on borders to open back up. 

Dec 2, 2020.       

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Happy December! Here is a summary of the things talked about in this Vlog: I have and idea (taking in another girl), laptops have arrived in the Philippines, shoe blessings, Action Visaya comic book Bible, Axia tomorrow, near drowning rescue, CPR vows, teamwork, send shoes to Tyrrell's at 2604 NE 174th St, Ridgefield WA 98642

Zoom with Zoé November Video Blogs

Nov 25th, 2020

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a summary of the things talked about in this Vlog: Little green screen tricks by Sam, ministry-volunteer opportunities in Texas, armadillos, thankful for God's provision, reading other people's mail rather than reading our own (applying the Word of God to self not others), forgiveness, Marko's testimony, meet Paul (has some history at Last Days Ministry in the area we are living while we wait), meet Diane (drama at West), developing a new website for the Philippines (direct teaching and ministry to filipinos)

 Nov 18th, 2020

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Here are the things talked about in this Vlog: Texas uniqueness, blessed by our Texas church, fund raising for a vehicle. preparing and learning and volunteering, going to market on the motorcycle with 6 of us, fetching water from the community well, waiting in line at the well, serving and ministering as you wait, NW lockdown, used laptops for the Philippines

Nov 11th, 2020                  .

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Preparation rather than delay, story of embargo 

and favor, 110% refund, card-tract .

      Nov 4th, 2020

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Meet the Carrs, Kazakhstan kids, sand sand or sand, laptop drive, following Jesus, early Jesus days, Hume Lake, sharing flip-flops in the mountains of Malaybulay

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Oct Vlogs

 Zoom with Zoé Oct0ber Video Blogs

Oct 28, 2020 

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Meet the Eylers, favor with getting licensed, financial miracle in T&T, update on COVID and Subangan, kids from Pandan experiencing the escalator, other firsts that we take for granted in America.

Oct 21, 2020

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Curry, feeding of 5000, business logistics and God's favor and blessing, and update on the Philippines.

Oct 14th, 2020

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Sharing about our time our time in Minnesota and story in Surinam of AK47s.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Summer trip to the Philippines

Classic snippet:  Had bible study Monday morning, then we were invited to see a school. When we arrived at the school they had gathered all of the students for a spontaneous assembly. And guess who the guest speakers are? Michelle and I. I not only was unprepared but under dressed for the role. Oh well...It's more fun in the Philippines.

 🎥 Silly movie about our trip this summer to the Philippines. 🎦

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

May the peace of the Prince of Peace reside in your heart during this season.  Look up, set your gaze on Him.  Pause, enjoy, and recognize all the good things.  May His presence be the best present, and fill you overflowing this Christmas season and always.

With Love and Merry Christmas!
Mark, Patti and Bekah

Maria is Patti's 
Best Friend from
Nursing School
This is her perspective...

by Maria Hurty

“This is what love does…”  The refrain ran through my head over and over on my recent visit to the fishing village of Pandan. I’ve had the privilege of being there twice previously and this third trip was a joy!  Over the last ten years, I’ve witnessed much change and improvement in the village. They have running water!  Of course, the villagers still prefer the suspect well water which must be pumped and carried home but in time they’ll adjust to the safe and clean water being piped right into their homes!  

How beautiful to see the work of Zoe International continuing under the close watch of Mark and Patti and the competent care of the locals. In the Kenney’s absence, many have stepped up and the ministry continues!  Practical needs are being met, villagers are helped to find medical care and Bible studies are conducted consistently. Children are fed a nutritious after school snack at the clean, safe, joyful and loving playground provided and staffed by Zoe. Widows and orphans are provided for day after day and promising young adults are being sent to college. This is what love does…

The local church is getting a new roof, a widowed father’s children are being provided for as he goes off seeking work, the ladies attending Bible study all have new reading glasses in order to effectively study their Bible’s and the seven month old baby is no longer suffering from the simple untreated ring worm infection that had taken over his body causing him to lose his hair. This is what love does…

On my first visit to the Philippines, I met a young girl with rotted front teeth, an impressive lice infestation and a shattered, wounded heart. When she asked me to adopt her, my world was forever changed. It was not legally possible to adopt her and bring her home to my own family but over the years, five of my family have all travelled to meet her. She continues to be near to our hearts. She is now a college educated, licensed professional woman, providing a world for her own daughter which is love filled and safer than the one she grew up in. This my friends, is what love does!to be the full payment for our sins. 

This is Nora on the left, Maria's youngest daughter that went with us, 
And this is Annamae and her daughter Alexa.
Then Maria on the right.

Jesus repeats the words in Isaiah thus fulfilling them…
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
Because he has anointed me
To proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives 
And recovering of sight to the blind, 
To set at liberty those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 

And then John says…
“In this is love, not that we have loved God 
but that he loved us and sent his Son 
to be the full payment for our sins.  
Beloved, if God so loved us, 
we also ought to love one another.”  
1 John 4:10-11

And so, as I settle back into my comfy American life of relative ease, I ask myself: “What does love look like in my own neighborhood?” Will I love the one hopelessly addicted to drugs, the annoying, neighbor kid, the co-worker who’s fallen out of love with her husband or the affluent couple who are lulled into a false sense of security, thinking they don’t need a savior?  

God’s love has done the work that only He can do in my own heart.  May I be able to look into my “village,” home and community and say:  “This is what only God’s love does…!”  May the Spirit of the Lord be upon me and upon you, anointing us to proclaim God’s good news to the poor, captive, blind and oppressed ones all around us.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Celebrating One Year of Healing


Patti was recently able to make a trip back to the Philippines.  She was greeted by Annamae, our oldest and first adopted daughter, with news that she passed her SW board exams!!! Now she is a licensed social worker.  We are so proud of her.  Patti’s heart was also warmed by how well the younger girls that we took in, Naneth, Tonette and Jonesa (whom are siblings), are doing in their new foster family.  They are well adjusted, secure, loved and doing great socially, academically, and spiritually.  They are very active in church and the two oldest are second highest in their classes.  This is a miracle because when we took them in they were illiterate. 

While in the Philippines Patti led three bible studies most days and was a part of baptizing three disciples.  Bible studies have continued in our absence, but they have become their own which is really a good and God thing.  Student sponsorship is doing well and each student is being responsible and growing.  The Subangan activity area continues with regular beach clean up.  This provides a safe place for the village children to play and hear bible stories.  It is our privilege to continue to be involved in the work in the Philippines even while we reside in the US.

United States

This summer we have had the opportunity to host missionaries passing through Oregon. First we got to see dear friends that date back to our early walk with the Lord.  They minister in Turkey.  We had a special time with them.  Then we hosted a Columbian missionary kid that was with us when we were in Trinidad.  He is now headed to China as a missionary.  We also hosted a previous DTS student from Trinidad that is headed back to South Africa for the third time.  Next we had the privilege to host and debrief our friend’s grown child that just returned from doing missions in 11 nations in one year!  He is already back out in the field.  Finally, the founders of Nehemiah House in the Philippines passed through on their furlough.  It has been fun to see the work the Lord is doing through these special people and to experience it in this season of His Grace.

Mark is healing up from his multiple injuries/surgeries and is continuing his therapy regime.  He is feeling much better, though he still has some limitat-ions and pain.  It is officially one year since our return to the US and his surgeries.  He continues to be creative and working on projects, helping neighbors, and volunteering.  He has made our place hospitable for hosting people.  He is already volunteering this school year with the drama department in Bekah’s high school.  He continues to have occasional speaking engagements.  We feel like this season is for giving Bekah stability in her high school years.

As soon as Patti returned from the Philippines she got to drive nearly 4,000 miles to Fresno, LA, San Diego, Tucson, El Paso, Phoenix, Palm Desert, Clovis, Red Bluff and back home again.  It is a long story.  But…by God’s grace many divine appointments happened along the way.  Sometimes what we see as an obstacle, having to drive to Texas to register our car and have it inspected, God uses as opportunities for blessing His people and furthering His Kingdom.  Thank you for loving us and praying for us through this season.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.       ~Rom 8:28