God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
In recent years, our Summary of Ministries has reviewed the past year as an example of things to come. That’s impossible now, because of dramatic changes we have seen on a global scale. Paraclete has been working on the 2020 Summary of Ministries in recent weeks, and we’ve noticed the theme of God’s refuge and haven in 2019 reports from associates. When most of the world went into lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, refuge became more important than ever.
By now you’ve probably received your copy of the 2020 Summary of Ministries (if not, you can read it here). It is filled photos and stories that remind us of a world that disappeared in a time of social distancing. Yet it’s not activity that defines Paraclete’s come-alongside ministry. God Himself is the refuge that our associates offer. That will not change. He is the refuge, the power and the comfort that makes all the difference.
How Paraclete ministry is delivered in 2020 is quite distinct from what we share with you. Coming alongside while social distancing takes creativity and courage. And your ministry of giving, praying and encouraging this work is transformed by his Spirit into the very refuge of God that the world so desperately needs in these uncertain times.
Together in the work,
Glen Volkhardt, CEO