Ministry Highlight — David and Debbie Bochman

by Glen Volkhardt CEO, Paraclete Mission Group This month I’ll highlight the ministry of associates David and Debbie Bochman. They were the first candidates that Shelly and I processed into Paraclete. They had a long career with Mission Aviation Fellowship, and David was completing his dissertation for a PhD in Organizational Development. Their first major […]

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Signs of Spring, Signs of Impact

We are beginning to hope that spring is truly here in Colorado.  After some heavy snow in late April, precipitation is now falling in the form of rain along the Front Range of the Rockies, and as I write, in early May, the low temperatures in the ten-day forecast for Colorado Springs don’t fall below […]

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Who We Are

At Paraclete, we value being as much as doing. Here are a few personal characteristics that we try to bring to every encounter. We are Broken A house church leader in Asia noticed this about associate Kathie Slusser: “The most touching moment was when I saw the teacher (Kathie) say with tears on stage, ‘We […]

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How we come alongside

Sometimes, the spirit of the minister is as important as the content. For Paraclete’s formal methodology, see the side panel. Here are a few highlights. With Encouragement From Nepal, after a week with missionaries one Paraclete couple got this feedback: “We love you guys! I can’t begin to express how encouraging and refreshing it was […]

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How We Serve

Evangelism Associate Carey Childrey got this encouraging word from a third-year seminary student: “Your course from two years ago helped us and me very much, sir! We have used the evangelism training to lead 50 people to Christ at the . . . Engineering College in our outreach.” Story Telling in Oral Cultures Jim and […]

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Where We Go

Paraclete associates ministered in 35 countries in 2013. I’ll highlight only two. Ukraine Most Paraclete associates reside in the U.S. and travel internationally. One Paraclete couple lives in Kiev. They got this note from a Persian man who ministers to the international community there: “I thank the Lord that He brought you… to Kiev last […]

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Serving Women

While we minister to women in every recipient category, women are the focus of some Paraclete ministries. As an example, Pat Russell heard this from the leadership of Women in Ministry: “Overall we like the curricula Pat has drawn up and expressed great appreciation for her education and experience in curriculum design which brings focus […]

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Muslim Background Believers

These dear brothers and sisters are on the cutting edge of the kingdom, regardless of their vocation. Our work with them takes place in neutral countries, often with Middle Eastern diasporas. Much of it is one-on-one. Progress is very encouraging, like this message to an associate in Eastern Europe: “You are my spiritual great-grandfather! Hamid […]

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Missionaries and Next Generation Missionaries

With our stated goal to come alongside the “global missions community,” we obviously work with a lot of missionaries. A pastor writes of associates Jim and Leta Van Meter: The Van Meters are two of the most delightful people who enter the lives of others, see their hearts and pour out in very wise and […]

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Mentoring and Coaching

In less formal settings Paraclete associates mentor, disciple and coach missionaries and kingdom workers, like this man who wrote: It is so helpful for me to discuss things with you and evaluate the different areas of my work. It helps me to see my vision and goals much clearer, to be bold and confident and […]

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Training and Education

This broad category of activities covers a host of settings in which associates are helping others learn. One associate took books to a resource-starved seminary and got this response from a thankful student: “Sir, before you came, we had no books; now, we have five more books than we ever have had before … and […]

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Missionary Care

Paraclete associates are involved in a wide range of activities that are different ways of coming alongside the global missions community. Many of our activities can be grouped together as “missionary care” or “member care.” Both terms mean caring for missionaries so they can minister effectively to others. Here’s what one missionary couple had to […]

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