After ministry to students in Canada and Uruguay, Denis and Vickie came to Bakersfield in 1997 to help train all of Cru’s North American missionaries going abroad. After this cross-cultural training became a summer-only training, the LaClares began serving with Bridges International, Cru’s ministry to international students. Denis serves on the Bridges innovation team, designing evangelistic tools such as Honor Restored (600,000 screen views) and more recently, Power Over Fear, which can be downloaded right on your phone at godtoolsapp.com/en/
In addition to ministering to international students at Cal State Bakersfield, Vickie helps provide member care for 21 of Cru’s short and long-term missionaries in the Middle East. She helps them with transitions – from when they initially apply all the way to when they return (usually between one year and twenty plus years later)! She also coaches them in culture and language learning, working through team conflict or personal issues and connects them to resources like counseling when needed.
The LaClares have 3 children — Jesse, an engineer in Irvine; Mia, a sophomore at Trinity Western University in Canada, and Will, a sophomore at Stockdale High.