Kids who get into a lot of trouble or adults struggling with addiction, where others see black sheep, Jay Breish sees people with stories. And he’s here to listen. Breish and his wife spent 10 years working at a Christian residential facility for teens in Vermont. They arrived for the first time to four feet […]
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You could say the Wilsons’ beginnings have been rather…story-worthy. Just ask them about their wedding. To start with, Michele Wilson’s parents’ house had caught fire two months before, so her family had to live in a motel for several weeks. Then Mick Wilson got a kidney stone the week of the wedding and was stuck
It wasn’t exactly friendship at first sight. CJ Callahan thought Sonia Nelson was, to put it kindly, “introspective.” “She thought I was super quiet and reserved,” said Nelson. “I probably was ‘a lot,’” Callahan said. “I’m just excited to be there.” It was 2016 and they were serving together at a women’s retreat in Lesotho.
Why Paraclete? “Flexibility is important to me,” said Cliff Peters, a partially retired Paraclete associate who works in appropriate technology that is sustainable, reproducible, simple and inexpensive. “I was able to set my own goals, agenda and budget. And Paraclete holds me accountable to that. “ And the community has always been really encouraging. At
“I feel like we’re exactly where God’s called us to be. Every day I make a difference.” That’s how Paraclete associate Gil Carter describes his work providing rest and support to first responders, military personnel, missionaries and pastors at Crossroads Mission Care in Tennessee. “Paraclete lets you do what God’s called you to do. You
Why Paraclete? From Paraclete associate Bill Sturdivant: Because we love the ethos of Paraclete—the whole idea of coming alongside people—was so attractive to us. It comes from the Gospel of John—the Holy Spirit, who comes alongside to advocate, encourage, support, strengthen, empower, bless, teach. We, too, then in partnership with the Spirit, come alongside people
By Heather Jemison In January 2019, I began working with International Justice Mission (IJM) in their field office in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we live and serve with Paraclete. Though IJM is known as the world’s largest international anti-trafficking organization, the programs in Chiang Mai focused primarily on the prevention of human trafficking by tackling
“Our old missions agency just wasn’t a good fit anymore…like a pair of pants that you bought 15 years ago that you really liked, and they served you well but they just don’t fit anymore for this season. So, we began to seek a different kind of agency…and it was the freedom that Paraclete offered
Paraclete Mission Group’s employees recently gave it an 81 out of 100 for its employee Net Promoter Score. This score puts Paraclete’s rating on par with some of the United States’ leading companies known for employee satisfaction. “Our associates are Paraclete’s greatest strength,” said Paraclete CEO Glen Volkhardt. “In fact, they are our only strength.
I say, “Whatever you want me to do, I’m here.” I’ve been to 47 countries. On a typical day when I go to Egypt, for example, around 8, the staff picks me up and we drive to the garbage city. I carry at least 50 pounds of material for my quilting ministry. I’ve bought sewing
By Lori Vafiades We find that a lot of people who are in recovery are very creative. We’ve never gone looking for artists. They walk in the door. We just want God to bring them. We love to have the artists here who are in process. Life as an artist can be lonely. We can
by Emely Wang Perpetual messages of rejection throughout my childhood led to many suicide attempts in my teenage years. On a day when I planned to take a lethal dose of pills, I picked up a short children’s book in a bookstore and read how nothing, neither death not life, nor nothing in creation would