Lori Vafiades

“Me, me, choose me.” My starchy yellow dress just covered my chubby knees and my white patent leather shoes squeaked as I struggled to settle down on that hard, old Sunday school classroom floor. The guest teacher asked, “who wants to go?”. My little hand shot up fast, high, and with much waving… my shoes squeaking the whole time.

Every week I looked forward to the flannel graph lesson, but this Sunday morning, the story was especially exciting. As the teacher placed each colorful character on the flannel board my eyes got wider and wider. We followed the hero of this story, a woman, into a deep jungle, with Bible tucked under one arm and other arm, palm up-turned, reaching out to touch the people she met along the way. I am sure there were other characters in the story, but I can just remember the one.

Of course, the flannelgraph story was idealistic, the characters made of paper and paint, but on that old church floor, little Lori heard a calling that was true, and still today I say… “Me, me, choose me!”

Fast forward through Bible College (Cross-Cultural/Missiology Degree), marriage (35 years now, to Nicholas), kid (Abby, living at home, graduating from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs this year), many missions trips and thousands of hours volunteering at church.

To the now.

Serving In-House

Lori volunteers as the Arts Pastor at the recovery-based, Sanctuary Church in Old Colorado City, Colorado. The church houses Sanctuary Studios, a 1200 square foot art studio where Lori and the leadership team offer studio space for local artists, fine art and craft classes, healing encounters, life groups, as well as a central gathering place for creatives of all kinds. The artists also serve the house by providing life-giving art in various spaces and painting live at services and other events.

Taking It To Town

Outreaching into the local community, Sanctuary Studios established and manages a gift shop art gallery and henna studio, 10 blocks from the church/studio, in tourist heavy Old Colorado City. This growing community of 20 artists have established themselves in this historic and art district. The shop has become a favorite hangout for seekers and artists and those looking to connect. The wing wall, maker’s station and peaceful patio as well as thousands of pieces of local art, pull neighbors and tourists in. Live music, art demonstrations and great conversations encourage people to stay. Recently, while locking the shop front door, at the end of a long day, Lori heard herself exclaim, out loud, “We had church here today”.

Reaching Global Communities

Lori has served on or led creative teams in India, South Africa, Israel, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and various locations in the US.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Our Mission

To come alongside Christian leaders around the world.


  • We serve as catalysts, without personal or institutional agendas.

  • We stay only as long as needed and welcome.

  • We view all our work as spiritual activity with eternal significance.

  • We promote effective and Godly stewardship of resources as a model for business and ministry.

  • We practice the accountability of planning and evaluating our work, and teach others to do the same.

Financial Information

Financial accountability is important to Paraclete.  We have been members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1998.  Our Financial Statements were audited for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Capin Crouse, LLP.  Paraclete is registered for charitable solicitation in all states that require it.

Financial Summary

Cash Donations
Other Revenue
Total Revenue
Fund Raising
Total Expenses
Excess (or Deficit) for the Year

Donor Privacy Policy

Paraclete Mission Group is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We provide this Donor Privacy Policy to inform you of the way we protect and use your information.

Information We Collect

  • Here are the types of donor information that we collect and maintain:
    Your contact information: name, organization/church, address, phone number, email address;
  • Your preference for which ministry your donation will be applied;
  • Your payment information: credit card and/or bank account information;
  • Information you choose to share with us: questions, comments, suggestions, how you learned of Paraclete, and;
  • Your communication preferences; e.g., to individuals who request it, we will send periodic mailings related to specific fund-raising appeals, prayer concerns, and newsletters.

How We Use Your Information

Paraclete Mission Group uses your information to help you complete a donation, communicate back to you, and update you on ministry activity and results. We use credit card numbers only for donation or payment processing.

How We Protect Your Information

We use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. We protect the security of credit card transactions using a number of measures such as encryption, access controls, network firewalls and physical security. Card numbers are never stored on our premises in any physical or electronic form. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. When we work with other companies to process credit card transactions, those companies also use encryption and other security measures.

We Do Not Share Your Personal Information

Paraclete Mission Group will not sell, rent, trade or lease your personal information to other organizations. We hold the identity of donors confidentially. We will use your information only to further the ministry purposes of Paraclete Mission Group. We will not send you mailings on behalf of another organization.


Personal Information

Where you have provided your consent to us processing your personal data, you may withdraw this consent at any time. In addition, the Global Data Protection Regulations gives you the right, under certain circumstances:

  • to request in writing and securely obtain copies of the personal information we hold about you;
  • to correct or update your personal information held by us;
  • to request us to stop using your personal information for marketing purposes or for any other purpose where there is no legal requirement for continued processing;
  •  to object to profiling activities based on our legitimate interest;
  •  to request to have all personal data deleted (in the EEA only). To exercise any of these rights please contact privacy@paraclete.net .

Please tell Paraclete Mission Group as soon as any of your contact details change so that records can be kept up to date.

We will take reasonable steps to correct any of your information, which is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.

Removing Your Name From Our Mailing List

We will honor your desire not to receive mail from us if that is your preference. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our mailing list. Donors with an online account with Paraclete Mission Group can establish and change their communication preferences, print receipts, make one-time donations and set up recurring automatic donations. If you choose not to have an online account you have the same degree of control when you call or write to tell us of your preferences.

Contacting Us

If you have comments or questions about our donor privacy policy, please send us an email at info@paraclete.net or call us at (719) 302-2500.