What We Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving


“…others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them…and in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”2 Corinthians 9:13-15

Dear Friends and Partners,

Our team is feeling exceedingly grateful these days. Join us in thanking God for…

david-horecnyFor more than 25 years of serving at LRI, I am so thankful for the staff that God has called here. We’re a diverse group that’s not perfect, but through Christ, our leadership and staff strives to consider each other as more important than ourselves. I’m grateful for our Father’s provision through His children that have been called to partner with us, to the glory of God.  David Horecny

tim henryI am thankful that I have a “ringside seat” that allows me to regularly hear about, be amazed and encouraged by what God is doing in the lives of individuals and in His Church through His powerful Word. What a blessing! –Tim Henry

kevin halloran


I am thankful to be with an organization filled with people so committed to God’s Word and His will for us and the ministry.–Kevin Halloran

patricio paredes I am thankful to the Lord for all our office staff. Without them my ministry of training pastors in Latin America would be difficult and lonely. Their backstage service and encouragement is greatly appreciated and much valued! I also thank the Lord for His Word, by which I am challenged, stimulated and corrected. His Word is the inspiration and motivation for my life and ministry! –Patricio (Pat) Paredes

gloria twietmeyerI’m so thankful for God granting me 24 years in his service with LRI. God has provided in so many ways this year. Jobs and housing for family members. Super coworkers, young and old. Pastor testimonies from all over the world of God’s transforming power as a result of the faithful teaching of His Word. –Gloria Twietmeyer

paul adams I’m thankful for God’s Spirit, who, even in the midst of the work, keeps working on my heart and drawing me to Him. I’m thankful for a family of brothers and sisters at LRI, whom I enjoy sharing life with at the office. I’m thankful for supporting friends who, through their generosity, give me the opportunity to do the work the Lord has graciously given me to do. –Paul Adams

todd kelly I thank the Lord that He has allowed us to serve Him alongside the rest of the staff at LRI. He has privileged us to see so much as he transforms lives through His powerful Word. –Todd Kelly

phil smith I work with an incredible team at LRI. Even as we poke fun at each other and have to forgive each other’s unfortunate foibles, I’m thankful God has brought some very gifted individuals to LRI who seek to serve God’s Church by training pastors to proclaim God’s Word faithfully.-Phil Smith

melanie inglandI thank God daily for giving me the privilege to serve him in a place that utilizes the abilities He gave me, with servants that serve him with passion, in an environment that feels like family and that leaves an eternal impact. He is giving me the greatest gift—allowing me to do what I do here, surrounded by these people. –Melanie Ingland

dick albrightI am thankful for God’s calling and faithful provision throughout 35 years of overseas ministry, the last 6 of which have been mentoring pastors around the world. From the loss of three children before birth to the provision of tuition for three children in college at the same time, God’s supply has never come up short. He can be trusted to keep his promises. –Dick Albright

sean martinI’m very grateful for our move from Canada this year to join the team at LRI here in Chicago. It was a long wait, but definitely worth it! Looking back, it is amazing to see how the Lord made this happen, and we are thankful. –Sean Martin

tom hillI am thankful that we are a ministry that has set aside daily times for prayer and often small groups of staff can be seen praying about some specific needs. –Tom Hill

joe paglia

Amy and I are so grateful that as God has grown and deepened LRI, so too He has grown and deepened us. It is a joy to serve Him alongside the men and women of LRI. –Joe Paglia


Our Thanksgiving appeal this year centers on our staff. Several have received short paychecks this year. Would you please consider a gift to our Staff Emergency Fund so that we might bless them at year-end? (Follow the link, select “Other” for the Designation, and enter “Staff Emergency Fund.”)

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift,


Craig Parro
President of Leadership Resources

PS: As you see, our team is especially grateful for you—those who pray and give, overflowing as Paul says, “in many expressions of thanks to God”. Thank you for spurring us on to thanksgiving! Might the Lord fill your hearts with gratitude this Thanksgiving.

Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.