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Clare De Graaf

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Clare De Graaf is a follower of Jesus, an elder, a Bible teacher, and for more than twenty-five years a full-time spiritual mentor of men, from college students to other would-be servant/leaders. A successful businessman and Christian all his life, at age thirty-one he found himself at a spiritual crossroads—a crisis of faith triggered by cancer. Surrendering himself to Christ, he sold his manufacturing company in 1984, at age thirty-five, to devote the balance of his life serving wherever God called. Since then, De Graaf has been deeply involved in US and international church planting, microeconomic development in Haiti, and orphanage and hospital reconstruction in Albania. He is also the founding chairman of DOOR International, a ministry committed to translating the Bible into sign language for the deaf of the world. Clare and his wife, Susan, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are the parents of six children and proud grandparents of thirteen. Read Clare’s blog, interact with him, and learn more about his ministry at ClareDeGraaf.com. Also find him on Facebook at facebook.com/The10SecondRule.

Photograph © Laura Cebulski

Clare De Graaf

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Clare De Graaf is a follower of Jesus, an elder, a Bible teacher, and for more than twenty-five years a full-time spiritual mentor of men, from college students to other would-be servant/leaders. A successful businessman and Christian all his life, at age thirty-one he found himself at a spiritual crossroads—a crisis of faith triggered by cancer. Surrendering himself to Christ, he sold his manufacturing company in 1984, at age thirty-five, to devote the balance of his life serving wherever God called. Since then, De Graaf has been deeply involved in US and international church planting, microeconomic development in Haiti, and orphanage and hospital reconstruction in Albania. He is also the founding chairman of DOOR International, a ministry committed to translating the Bible into sign language for the deaf of the world. Clare and his wife, Susan, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are the parents of six children and proud grandparents of thirteen. Read Clare’s blog, interact with him, and learn more about his ministry at ClareDeGraaf.com. Also find him on Facebook at facebook.com/The10SecondRule.

Photograph © Laura Cebulski

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The purpose of my life is to make God look good.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Billy Graham

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Wisdom

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. He Leadth Me, The Power of the Cross, Amazing Grace, He's so Fine, by the Chiffons and At The Hop, by Denny and the Juniors

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Gathered with our whole family at our cottage on Lake Michigan on a bright, sunny afternoon, sharing stories of what God has done in and through our lives and laughing our heads off at each other's foolishness. It's my perfect day.
I know the dream well. I've experienced it so many times. Thank you God.

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