“Wild about Jesus” Safari in Brazil

I John 4:19 & Travels.

We spent our summer preparing to launch our event planning boutique, Weddings, Events & Design by Kathryn Sparks & Patti Ruleman {WED}. But after spending months focused on our new business and website, we felt that it was important to take a step back and to give back using our passion for event planning to bring joy to others.

Since the beginning of the year, we had planned on traveling to Brazil in August on a mission trip to serve alongside some of our friends who are missionaries in Recife, located on the east coast of Brazil. Knowing that our trip was approaching, we decided to plan our first event, a “Wild about Jesus” safari, for the women and children in Brazil.

The safari was held in a church in a rural community where running water is a luxury as it is not available every day. We decorated the church and filled the women and children’s safari bags with decorations, supplies, snacks and treats that were packed in our suitcases as well as those of other members of the mission team. We had to plan ahead as everyday items are not readily available in the community. It was the simple things like plates and napkins with animals on them that brought smiles to the women and children’s faces. Thanks to our friends and fellow safari guides in Brazil, the safari was a successful adventure.

The WED team is truly thankful to have had the opportunity to go and to serve and to be a part of an event for such a special group of women and children. We received more than we could ever give during our time in Brazil. We returned to the States with our cups overflowing and our spirits renewed.

“We love, because He first loved us.”

I John 4:19

“We want to say a big thank you to Patti Ruleman and Kathryn Sparks (WED Memphis) for helping our ministry (Valuing Lives Ministry/South America Mission) host this very special Safari adventure, “Wild about Jesus,” for our women’s and children’s ministries in Dois Unidos, Recife, Brasil!! It was a wonderful day of activities and Bible classes that everyone who was there will remember forever! Patti and Kathryn’s planning and preparation of every detail made the day perfect! Even the plates and napkins with animal faces on them were fun and made the ladies and children smile. Thank you again for putting this all together and for sharing from your heart Christ’s love. We are grateful to you for coming here and putting so much time and effort into this event, which was so special in a community where these events do not happen very often. In addition, you energize and encourage our ministry staff which helps us to do the very job that God has called us to, share the gospel and serve others.”

– Mary DeLille | South American Mission | Recife, Brazil


  • Mary DeLille
    September 8th, 2012

    Thank you, Patti and Kathryn for everything you both did to make this day so very special. Most of all thank you for your servant’s hearts. We love you,
    Mary, Gen, Shelby, Esterfania, Patricia and Natalia


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