PARACLETOS BLOG

Casual Spring Fever Friday

Spring fever – can you feel it? Even when winter weather seemingly refuses to die, it is hard to resist the tug toward new projects this time of year. Perhaps one of your goals has been to expand your understanding and skill in the realm of missionary care. Resources...

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Jumpstart: Where will you go?

The average American stops reading once they've graduated. Who wants to be average? Read to discover where God wants to take you, and what he dreams of doing once you get there.

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Casual Friday Resources

It’s been a rough week for me. Our most recent guests left us with the gift of amoebic dysentery. That has been draining in more ways than one. But I wouldn’t trade the week we spent together for anything. People like them must live with the threat of malaria,...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

Plenty of practical ways to enhance your missionary care skills packed into this week’s roundup. Whatever else you do this weekend, take time to snag these new resources. Then put them to use at your earliest opportunity.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Paradox is part and parcel...

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Casual Friday Resources

Ah, the Spring doldrums. Weather that can’t make up its mind. Daydreams blossoming like dandelions, waiting for slightly warmer temps to bear fruit. March Madness is behind us (unless you apply that term to Mother Nature; then all bets are off.) One thing is for sure:...

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Casual Good Friday

He is risen indeed! It is good to remind ourselves often of that reality. Everything else of value in our lives revolves around that fact. It is also the ultimate motivation for everything of value that we do. As you utilize these resources and trust God to use you in...

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Casual Friday Resources

Ah, Spring—that unpredictable season when shirt-sleeve days are followed by parkas and snow boots. We received 5 inches of snow on Wednesday, and we are predicted to get 5-8 inches tomorrow. I try to let the beauty override the inconvenience. And, believe it or not,...

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Casual Mid-March Friday

I have been reminded of the powerful effect of a personal visit this week. Friends who come to you—just because they are friends—make a powerful statement. As a missionary advocate, your initiative in caring for global workers is more valuable than you probably...

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Casual Friday Resources

What is it they say? March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? Well, our local lion seems a bit confused. Blustery winds with a tinge of Spring one day, then back to below freezing temperatures and light snow. The weather can sure keep us on our toes! Just...

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Casual Post-Flood Friday

Last night we were able to leave our property for the first time in five days. The Ohio River, and all the rivers and creeks feeding into it, was flooding in our region. For us that meant four feet of water where our driveway meets the paved road. We had plenty of...

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Jumpstart: Reputation

If our reputation is built only on what we have talked about doing, then our only valid reputation is that we are a dreamer. It is much better to be a doer, with a solid reputation of accomplishment.

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Casual Friday Practical Resources

Hardly a week goes by without the news reminding us of the desperate need of lost people for the gospel. We send missionaries precisely because there are still so many who have not had an adequate opportunity to be exposed to and respond to the gospel. But those...

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Casual Friday Missionary Care Resources

We’ve had a couple of exceptionally warm days this week. Not complaining, except the warmth draws out the bugs. Thousands of bugs. Flies are the main scourge this year, and false ladybugs. They remind me of the pesky problems that accompany life on the mission field....

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Casual February Friday

Ah, fickle February. One day we bask in pre-spring sunshine, the next day we are encased in ice and a wintry mix. You never know around these parts. One thing I do know, however, is that the need for your involvement in encouraging missionaries never diminishes. So...

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Jumpstart: Useful Suffering

No one really looks forward to suffering. But who doesn't long for greater wisdom, deeper strength, and more intimacy with the Father? Accept the invitation.

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Casual First of February Friday

Happy groundhog day – if you’re into that. Believe it or not, some people are not eager for winter to be over. What if, at the end of this day, you had a chance to do it again? Would you do the same things?  When it comes to caring for the missionaries you know and...

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Jumpstart: Auspicious Occasions

God built a lot of promise into your life. That's what makes your birth auspicious. The reason God built so much promise into your life is that he has a specific role for you in his grand story. That's what makes your life auspicious.

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Casual Friday Care Resources

The flu visited our house recently, just like quite a few others, evidently. The onset was dramatic, and the recovery abysmally slow. So many parallels to “diseases” on the mission field. When you’re sick, you want someone at your side. Someone who will dote on you a...

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Jumpstart: Be yourself

As they say: Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. There's a reason God created you to be who you are. There is no understudy for your part in his story.

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Casual Friday Compendium of Care Resources

Can you believe we are already three weeks into the new year? In that amount of time we have had temperatures all the way from 60 above to 10 below, with a few snow storms thrown in for good measure. A reminder for those of us engaged in caring for missionaries that...

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Jumpstart: True success

Don't spend all of your energy trying to avoid failure. Instead, determine to make the most of each time you try something and come up short. Nothing is a failure if it eventually contributes to success.

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Casual Friday Resources

Sixty degrees one day then—BOOM—snow and ice the next. The weather in these parts is rarely predictable. Just like life on the mission field. The best way to cope with the uncertainties is to adjust your mindset and decide to roll with the changes. Also have a game...

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Jumpstart: Why not?

This is the ideal time of year to ask questions. The right questions can make all the difference. Don't settle for understanding. Strive for breakthroughs.

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Casual First Friday of the Year

Interesting, isn’t it, how we make such a big deal out of a new page on the calendar. A whole year of new possibilities and opportunities to anticipate. But most things stay the same—like God’s faithfulness and his heart for the world. And the need that missionaries...

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Jumpstart: Dare to dream

"They say I am a dreamer, and Lord you know it's true So in simple faith I come, and I will follow you And if that's what I am Lord, Won't you care for me? I only want to be like the Man from Galilee."

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Jumpstart: Bored already?

The distractions of the season are all behind us. It's easy to become bored in their absence. Boredom can be fatal to a soul. Fortunately, there is a cure for that.

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Casual End of 2017 Friday

I’ll keep this on the short side since Christmas is upon us. Still plenty of useful stuff to enhance your care for global workers.   LIFE ON THE FIELD Know anyone who will be spending their first Christmas on the mission field? They might appreciate these thoughts...

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Casual Countdown to Christmas Friday

We got a little white Christmas teaser this week. Only an inch or so, but it sure was pretty. And a good reminder that things which may be inconvenient may also be an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Carve out a few free moments to dig into this week’s...

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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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