of a lot stuff I was going through at the time, I was just led to pray for different individuals. So I started with prayer, and the more I did it, the more people would call me, because I guess there would be an answer to the prayer. They wanted to find somebody who would pray, and would help them get victory in the area they'd want prayer for."
She expanded her outreach when she opened up a prayer line, and asked the Lord to lead people to her that needed prayer. "They'd call me day, night, or whatever. That was the first thing I did. I'd pray, and see them get set free or delivered." She is still praying for people today, and she is still operating a prayer line. Those needing prayer can reach her at (289) 931-8094.
Another element of ministry that the Lord uses Patricia in, similar to the one mentioned above, is counselling through prophetic prayer. This is where he provides answers to those being prayed for, through the very words that Patricia speaks. She explained further what these situations look like: "When I'm praying for a person, I'm praying prophetically. So usually something pops up when I'm praying that addresses something in their lives. The Holy Spirit will highlight something." That specific addressing of certain issues in the prayer brings receptivity to the counselling aspect of her ministry.
"The prayer is that open door. Once I start praying, I know the prayer is not 'me' anymore. (The words being spoken) start opening up stuff within their own lives. Suddenly they say, 'I got it! You just prayed something about my life!' We then start dealing with that area.
"The Holy Spirit will give me a word of knowledge for that person, whatever the problem is. His wisdom will then start flowing. It's never about what I think (about the area being mentioned). It's the Holy Spirit. Because it even shocks me, since I really don't now what the Holy Spirit is going to do."
More recently, the Lord began providing opportunities for Patricia to write. She hopes to finish her first book, Lily Of The Valley, later this year. It features her life story which, like a lily, has experienced growth through difficult circumstances. "I want people to see the struggles I've been in, and how God was there with me. A lot of those struggles were based on my not really trusting him. The book shows I had overcoming power for the times of my life when I really trusted in him."
Just prior to beginning the manuscript, Patricia had a season of challenges that almost prevented it from even being started. Upon graduating from Bible school in 2008, there was no clear indication from the Lord that she and her family were to go back out west, where she lived before moving to Niagara. "After Bible college, I knew I wasn't going to go home. I was here, seeking God, getting involved in different prayer meetings, and just waiting to see what was the next move. I know he wasn't saying to go back to Winnipeg, but at the same time, what do I do in St. Catharines?