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March 24, 2015
Donna Jackson_ Ministerial Spouse leader of the North American Division
From the pen 
of Donna Jackson... 
Friends, how did you react when you first heard of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan? Little children dangerously affected for the rest of their lives .... If it moved you to want to do more than feel pity, join other ministerial spouses next month and be the hands and feet of Jesus to people in Flint. Check out the flyer below and the info article and please prayerfully consider coming to Flint. We want you! Flint needs you!

Another way some ministerial spouses will be giving to their community this spring will be at the Los Angeles Your Best Pathway to Health April 27-29. In Terri Saelee's article Reaching Refugees in this issue, she shares about another community project that the NAD Ministerial Spouses Association is supporting - this one for refugees at the LA Pathways. To volunteer at this mega, exciting event, go to

God bless you richly and cause your love for Him to be made tangible this spring.
Compassion Mission Trip
Linnea Torkelsen, Ministerial Spouse leader of the North Pacific Union Conference
My Favorite Things 
It's been 50 years since I first saw The Sound of Music as a teenager. The Austrian scenery was spectacular, the actors, I thought, were wonderful, but it was the music that stuck in my head. I find myself humming, "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. . ." as I am cleaning out my office for the last time-retirement is here.
In sorting through files, I'm finding reminders of experiences and special people and miracles that have touched my life during the last two decades of working at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) as the Alumni and Development Director. A letter from an alumnus: This letter explained that she had been a farm girl coming to this rural Adventist boarding school. She was so hungry for a real chicken dinner that she stole one from the school flock, cooked it, and ate it, and she'd felt bad for decades. She sent a donation to "pay for it."
I thanked the Lord for the opportunity to write her a thank you note and to remind her that forgiveness is a gift of God that we all need.  Read More 
Discipling Your Children     
Joanne and Josť Cortes, Jr. discus some of the ways that they're discipling their children.
Ministry to Refugees Fulfills Childhood Passion
Terri Saelee, NAD Refugee/Immigrant Ministries Leader and Shirley Finneman

"You are going to do what?! Why?!" was Shirley Finneman's astonished response to Mike McKenzie, administrator of the City of Battle Creek Emergency Management/ Homeland Security.

"I am going to teach the Community Emergency Response Training to a group of refugees from Myanmar. It will be my first time to speak with an interpreter. You know there are about 2,000 Myanmar refugees in the city!"

"Myanmar... Oh, you mean Burma!" Finneman said. The word "Burma" brought a flood of memories to her. "'Don't you know? Haven't you heard? Didn't any one ever tell you?' rang in my ears. These were my father's favorite expressions to us children as we grew up, echoes of Eric B. Hare's stories fresh from the jungles of Burma. These stories molded my life and, at age seven, I determined to be a missionary," Finneman stated. About 60 years later, she is in the exciting position of starting a foreign mission station in the field of Battle Creek through Adventist Community Services.
Read More 
Reaching Refugees 
Mission Trips for Ministerial Spouses/Families
Terri Saelee, NAD Refugee & Immigrant Ministries
"I want to become more involved in this ministry!" The voice on the other end of the line was full of enthusiasm. "This is the answer to our Laodicean condition!" The caller went on to describe the transformation and unity among the church members since their church began reaching out to refugees.

As ministerial spouses, we have many opportunities to minister to our members, but there is something refreshing about reaching out to those less fortunate than we are, and some of the most least fortunate and most appreciative people whose lives we can touch are refugees.

While the Bible does not use the word "refugee", many of the key characters were refugees. In fact, even Jesus was a refugee. Much of the Bible describes God's care for a group of refugees!

A careful look at the Bible reveals God's love and care for refugees, and a careful look at the inspired writings reveal the key role refugees and other foreign born people will have in rapidly spreading the gospel to the world.  Read More 
Trailblazing in Bermuda!
Dwayne Hill, breaks new ground in Bermuda as the spouse of Bermuda's first Adventist woman pastor.  

In This Issue

Prayer and Praise
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Houses of Prayer Everywhere!

2016 NAD Prayer Calendar
To the Great Physician for: 

Gayle Tucker and husband, Mike

C.D. Brooks and wife, Walterene

To God, our Comforter for: 

Linda Caviness and family, for the loss of Pastor Larry Caviness

Candace Johnson and family, for the loss of Gary Johnson

Deborah Stafford and family, for the loss of Pastor Randolph Stafford 
Your Path to Fitness
Lifestyle Magazine (from TX - Southwestern Union)
In this  Dec. 20, 2015 episode of Lifestyle Magazine (22 min.), Mike & Gayle Tucker are joined by Kim Dolan Leto who became one  fitness magazine cover models in America after turning 40. Kim shares an inspiring way to motivate yourself for fitness and also  demonstrates some exercises with co-host Obi Obadike. Used by permission.

Share health tips that work for you, like how you lost weight; healthy, quick, delicious recipes; depression busters, etc.
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Allen Sovory (vocal), Sam Ocampo (piano)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) 
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 BYU Noteworthy A Cappella Choir
Fresh Strength is published by the Ministerial Spouses Association of NAD Ministerial. Publisher: Ivan L. Williams; Editor: Donna Jackson; Editorial Assistant: Henry Juarez. Copyright 2015 North American Division Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists. v(301) 680-6418