PARACLETOS BLOG

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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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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