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People of The Well

Adrian Patenaude

My church here in Austin is doing a series on the covenant members of the church. Here's my profile (it ended up being a fun little writing exercise):

1. What's your favorite color and if you could give a human characteristic to it what would it be?

My favorite color is red. Red is BOLD - something I aspire to be.

2. Favorite animal and why? 

I have to choose?? I like everything except cockroaches, ticks, mosquitoes and slugs (somehow snails are fine)… I ran over a snake a couple weeks ago and still feel bad :( If I have to choose, I guess I would say cats because if a cat takes a liking to you, that means something special.

3. What is a gift you'd never want to receive as a birthday present?

A gift card to a clothes store, cuz then I’d have to go shopping. Ugh, no. Buy me movies.

4. What your favorite worship song?

I’m recovering from a period of having trouble connecting with worship music, but Draw Near by Bethel is one that always speaks to me. I’ve also been enjoying songs by All Sons & Daughters and Tow’rs lately.

5. Where did you spend your childhood? What’s the biggest takeaway you have from that time?

I grew up as a missionary kid in rural northern Thailand. I think the biggest thing I learned was that God doesn’t ask us to be successful in the world’s terms. He just asks us to be faithful. My parents are still in Thailand, and are often discouraged by the lack of response, but I will always admire their willingness to do the work God has called them to, with or without results.

6. What scripture gives you the most hope?

"All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously, people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them." Hebrews 11:13-16

7. What would you want your tombstone to say?

“Home at last."

8. Anything you desire people to know about you? 

I have a calling to writing and filmmaking that I can’t seem to shake. I’m still figuring out what that looks like as I work an 8-5 office job in an unrelated field, but I always have some sort of story growing.