The Journey Continues: The Pattersons

Several years ago, I heard about Matt Patterson and his adopted children. I was intrigued with his Christian example and over the holiday break I sought him out and he shared his journey.

It is gripping and powerful. I can categorically state that this is the best example of Christian love I have written about in my column.

“I am the product of San Marcos public school and college where I majored in marketing,” Patterson said. “Being blessed financially, I understand that when much is given, much is expected. A plan unfolded for my wife, Lorraine, and my journey.

“After our own three children were born – one son and two daughters – we felt our family was still incomplete and were lead to the option of adoption. It quickly was evident that there was an abundance of ‘hard-to-place children’ in the world. We opened our heart to international adoptions and learned that more people are doing it than you might think.”

On top of Patterson’s desk is a family picture with 12 children. Nine children that were adopted from seven countries – the U.S.A., Columbia, Thailand, Haiti, Serbia, Ukraine and China. Four have Down Syndrome, one child has a brain condition and one has an intellectual disability.

“Our final adoption was in 2007 with a little girl from Columbia who unfortunately died of a heart defect in 2010,” Patterson said.

“My life verse is James 1:27. ‘Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in there distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’

“My family makes a statement – we are not prejudice – as I see it, the blood of all people is just as red as mine. All are equal, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are.”

A commentary footnote from my Life Application Bible (NIV), “by caring for these powerless people the church put God’s word into practice. When we give with no hope of receiving in return, we show what it means to serve others.”

“For management of this international ministry, Lorraine and I established a nonprofit called Boss Your Heart. The international adoption process is tedious from waiting and administration processes and is expensive, although China is the exception. Until the 2017 school year, all our children were homeschooled with the assistance of Stephane Hall. Our first family vacation with all the children was last Christmas in Ruidoso, New Mexico. To relax.”

Patterson and his family are members at Fellowship at Plum Creek in Kyle.

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