I attended my first Parakaleo event in 2015 in Nashville, TN, just after returning from over 8 years of church planting work in Guadalajara, Mexico, with Mission to the World. I did not realize at the time how weary I had become in Gospel ministry, how reliant upon my own strength instead of Christ's sufficiency in so many areas. God used the materials and the relational resources of Parakaleo not only to refresh my heart in the Gospel but also to train me to recognize when I was drawing from good but insufficient sources instead of looking fully to Christ for the well-being of my heart and my usefulness in ministry.
As I have continued in vocational ministry with MTW, I find myself frequently using the tools I learned in Parakeleo both to pastor my own heart as well as to counsel, exhort, and encourage the women around me, especially church-planting and pastoral wives in Chile and in Mexico where we have served. There is a great need for Gospel encouragement for church planting families everywhere, but my particular prayer is to see God expand this ministry throughout Latin America as one of the many ways that He is strengthening the global church for the glory of Christ.
Please consider a donation of any amount to the ministry of Parakaleo. The money that we raise through this campaign will help to equip more Latin American ministry wives as they serve Christ and lead others in healthy reliance on him in their particular contexts.