PARACLETOS BLOG

Jumpstart: Refocusing

This is the time of year we can easily become too busy. It's also the perfect time of year to reorient our hearts toward that which produces peace. Peace on earth; peace in your heart. Amen.

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Casual Advent Friday

Keeping it on the light side this week since everyone is busy, I’m sure. But the needs on the mission field don’t take a holiday, so here are your weekly resources to help you care well for your global worker friends.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Spiritual warfare is a...

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Casual Advent Season Friday

I skipped last week’s post because I didn’t want to compete with Black Friday. (Personally, I wish it would just go away.) So this week I have a longer than usual list of missionary care resources for you to pick through. Pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy!   LIFE ON THE...

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Casual Almost Thanksgiving Friday

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. When you think of the things for which you are thankful, do your missionary friends come to mind? Are you grateful for your relationships that provide you with opportunities to speak into their lives? I am thankful for you, my...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

I love putting this together for you each week, because I know you love missionaries and want to do everything you can to help them flourish on the field. Lots of resources for your own equipping this time, and many that are meant for you to share. Enjoy!   LIFE ON...

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Casual First of November Friday

Wow—I’m gone for one week and you get three weeks of material! Such a deal! Seriously, I suggest that you wade through this a little at a time. There are more than three dozen resources here and you won’t want to overlook any of them.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Knowing how...

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Casual Fall Friday

It’s a beautiful Fall day as I write. Tempting to lay this aside and go take a walk outdoors. But I want to make sure you get the latest batch of missionary care resources because I know how much you care for your friends working cross-culturally. So here you go....

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Casual Oktoberfest Friday

Confession time: I did not post last week. But you probably already knew that. I skipped a week because I was at a conference on missionary care. My head is overflowing with things to write about from those 4 days. But today…today I need to hustle and get my backlog...

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Casual Autumn Friday

(I mention autumn in the title this week so maybe the weather will get the hint!)  A quick trip to New Hampshire gave us a chance to interact with a sending church and some of the folks they’ve sent out. So encouraged by their desire to grow in their understanding of...

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Casual Friday Resources

The past two weeks in California were extremely productive for us as we visited with previous partners on the field, former missionaries, future missionaries, and current missionaries. We had the privilege of conducting a missionary care workshop at a large church,...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. (Elie Wiesel) Wow. Such a potent statement! With all that is going on in our world these day—floods, fires, hurricanes, nuclear threats, ebola outbreaks, ad nauseum—it can be tempting to be indifferent. I mean, who...

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Casual Every Little Bit Helps Friday

The horrific events unfolding in Houston, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh this past week remind us all of how desperately we need each other to be the expression of God’s care and compassion. Physical tragedies produce obvious opportunities to step up and contribute...

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Casual Post-Eclipse Friday

This week’s solar eclipse certainly got everyone’s attention. Even at 85% where I live, it was an uncanny experience. But for most of the rest of the world it was business as usual. That means your missionary friends continue to need your help and encouragement. These...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Around here the leaves are already transitioning from various shades of green to a spectrum of chartreuses. Some (like our walnut trees) are starting their annual pilgrimage toward the burial grounds of their forefathers. Though it seems bit early, the calendar and...

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Casual Friday Resources

You’d think I had never lived on the mission field in the early days of the internet. For the past couple of days we have had limited to no internet service, and I could hardly function! So my list is a little shorter this week than most, but I think you’ll find...

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Casual Mid-Summer Friday

What is the greatest need in the realm of missionary care? More people like you! The body of Christ is the most potent and least developed resource for keeping global workers healthy. As you equip yourself with this week’s resources, consider who you might share them...

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Casual Short And Sweet Friday

It’s been a short week. Well, technically it has had the same number of days as any other week. But with a national holiday in the middle the week was a bit disrupted. So…short and sweet this week. The needs of missionaries never have a holiday, so we must continue to...

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Casual Middle Of The Year Friday

Well, 2017 is now half over. Is that depressing or what? If you’re anything like me, you’ve barely started on the things you wanted to get done this year. Fortunately, the Lord’s lovingkindnesses never cease. One thing you can be doing right away: caring...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care

Well, here we are...back in the saddle! Sorry about  last week's mishap. But at least the old site is now history and we have this beautiful new site to enjoy! I hope you enjoy these resources as well. LIFE ON THE FIELD Hardly a day goes by that doesn’t remind us of...

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Casual Friday

Every time I interact with a missionary I am reminded how vitally important it is for them to have a solid network of care providers standing with them. You are part of someone’s network. Maximize your potential for helping them thrive with resources like these. LIFE...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Anyone else feel like this year is running away with them? Is it really June already? Missionaries are in the process of returning to their passport country in droves. That means you and I have tons of opportunities to care for them using resources like these. And for...

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Casual Short And Sweet Friday

Short and sweet this week. We’ve had a very full guest load and little free time for scouring the internet. But I trust that these few links will be of some use to you in your ongoing efforts to improve your missionary care skills. LIFE ON THE FIELD An alternative to...

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Casual Friday Resources

Is it Friday again already? What happened to this week? Of wait…I remember—I was sick. While hosting eight guests. I love what we do here at the lodge, but sometimes it’s flat-out inconvenient. Then again, caring for others is rarely convenient. The best way to make...

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Casual Small World Friday

It’s a small world. No – really. Our latest guest was just dropped off by her friend, someone we’d never met. As we chatted with this friend we discovered that we not only know several of the same people, but one family in particular lives just a few miles from here....

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Casual Friday Cinco De Mayo Friday

Hello from Atlanta, Georgia where we are currently visiting with our daughter and her family.  We have some big decisions ahead of us, but I’ll have to report on that subject a little later. Meanwhile, your friends and families on the mission field need your continued...

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Casual Friday

Well, we’re back from our month of travels. The worst part of being gone is digging out from under the backlog when you return. But the good part is we have a ton of resources to share with you this week. So without further ado… LIFE ON THE FIELD Michelle Gielan...

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Casual German Friday

This week I’m coming to you from Frankfurt, Germany. We added a couple of days to our return trip so we could decompress a bit on the way home. We have been so painfully reminded in these past three weeks of just how vital your role is in helping global workers thrive...

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Casual Friday Resources

Greetings from the ancient silk road—a fascinating region with a long history of Christian activity. The more I interact with global workers the more convinced I am that we need to rally every member of the body of Christ we can to get involved in caring for them....

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Casual Friday From Central Asia

I am writing this week from central Asia, in a place that seems to be the international headquarters for the Amalgamated Exhaustion Corporation. I felt this on my last visit back in November, and I feel it again: I’ve never been in the midst of so much worn-outness...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

By the time you read this we will be in central Asia. That means I put this together a bit earlier in the week than usual, so there are a few less links. Rest assured that these are the cream of the crop. I’m sure you’ll find them useful and informative. EVENTS Keep...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

‘Tis the season. No, not that season. The season of exodus from the mission field. For many global workers, as soon as the school year is over, they head back to their passport country for a time of “home assignment.” Are you prepared to interact with them? Many of...

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Casual Friday Systemic Care Resources

Years ago a tree surgeon explained to me the difference between systemic care and symptomatic care. To put it simply, systemic treatment deals with the root of problems, not just the manifestations. To truly help our missionary friends thrive in their ministries, we...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

What do they say about March? In like a lion, out like…? We’ve certainly had that first part; we’ll see if the second half comes to pass. Like life on the mission field, you never know what any given day will bring. That’s why it’s good that global workers have...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Never a dull moment around these parts! On Tuesday we had a series of severe storms crash through our neck of the woods. Besides flooding and downed trees all over the place, we lost our phone/internet connection. Fortunately we have a public library with great WI-FI...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

I was out of town last week, partly to attend the MC2 conference in Minneapolis. (My next e-newsletter will be a report on that. If you are not yet a subscriber, contact me and I’ll add you to the mailing list.) This week’s batch of missionary care resources was...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

As we inch toward Spring around here we find ourselves on a climatic roller coaster. Pushing 70 degrees one day; highs in the 30s the next. One thing remains the same: the needs of missionaries. Encouragement, exhortation, refreshment…these are things that you can...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

I honestly get excited every week, as I am compiling these resources, to think that there are people like you who will be using them. Here are 15 practical ways that you can help missionaries stay on the job. EVENTS Midwest Conference on Missionary Care: Hard Pressed...

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Casual Friday ‘Tis The Season

‘Tis the season. No, not THAT season. We just got past that one. I’m talking about home assignments and all that goes with. When we were on the field we often joked about “furlough fever.” We were so caught up in preparing—plane tickets, housing and transportation...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Well, looks like our annual pseudo-Spring is about over. After a week of temperatures in the 50s and 60s we are back to mid 30s and even snow flurries. The variations in weather remind us of life itself: full of ups and downs. Your missionary friends experience them,...

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Casual Friday Bonanza

Wow…where to start? So much good stuff out there this week. I’ve tried to narrow it down a bit for you. Plenty of ways for you to add to your skill and knowledge in caring for missionaries. (Maybe a good way to make use of enforced indoor time due to ice storms and...

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Casual New Year Friday

Few of us are immune to the irrational urges that accompany the turning of the calendar pages from one year to the next. There is something hope-inspiring about a fresh batch of weeks and months in which to pursue our goals. One of my goals for this year is to become...

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Casual New Year Friday

It’s a magical day here in SE Indiana. Light snow has been dancing down from the gray flannel skies most of the day. There is little that can match the calming sensation of watching thousands of unique flakes drifting toward the ground. I feel like I’m drifting with...

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Casual Almost Christmas Friday

As you go about your seasonal activities, as you shop and wrap and ship, as you ponder the last minute hard-to-buy gifts, here are some things to keep in mind. You are the best gift you could ever offer your missionary friends. Knowing that you are thinking of them,...

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Casual countdown to Christmas Friday

I’ve put together something a little different this week, in light of the season. Many missionaries are experiencing their first Christmas on foreign soil. Others are veterans at making the holiday special wherever they are. Here are some thoughtful posts related to...

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Casual countdown to Christmas Friday

Well…we made it back from central Asia, but not without some scars. On the fourth day of our two week trip we succumbed to the flu that was raging through our city. And then, three days before our return, we learned that our flights had been cancelled due to an...

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