Annabella Franco de Abril has enjoyed cooking since she was a child and is an expert in vegetarian meals. She and her husband Mauricio pastor in San Camilo, Prov. De Los Rios in Ecuador. They are teaching their son Mauricio to love God. Annabella enjoys singing praise to God and telling others about His love. She is also involved in serving her community through ministry.
Delba Bartolome de Chavez wiles from the Philippines. She has taught in secondary schools, organized and conducted church choirs, edited the mission newsletter and writes articles forher local Shepherdess newsletter She is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and meeting people, gardening, badminton, photography and children. She has five children: two boys, twin girls, and an adopted nephew.
Martha took secretarial studies at the Colombia Adventist University. In 1990, she married Jesús Alberto Fandiño. They have two children, Gamaliel de Jesús and Natalie. She enjoys working in the church for Dorcas and Women's Ministries. Her hobbies are knitting and embroidery.
Judith writes experiences from her eight years as a missionary. She has worked for 12 years teaching Adventist primary-school students. She and her husband have two children. She is happy to be a pastor’s wife in Venezuela and feels privileged to help in the work of God.
Erna was horn in Chilan, Chile. She began her ministry in 1971. She has her degrees in Basic Education and Pre-School and Teaching. She worked in Chile and North and South Mexico teaching in preschool, primary, and secondary schools. She is the Shepherdess Coordinator for the South Mexican Union. She is married to Cesar Gomez Jimenez, who is Secretary at the Union office, They have two children: Bocio and Nizaye. Erna's hobbies are writing, teaching, and counseling adolescents.
Soledad Nieto De Los Rios has been the wife of a pastor in the Inter-American Division since 1987. She enjoys working with children in the church and reading. She says her greatest blessing is a happy family.
Patricia Navarro de Márquez and her husband, Jonathan, work in San Andrés Island in Colombia. She holds a degree in textile design. Patricia and Jonathan write a Sabbath School program help series, which is published in Colombia.
Rosa Alicia de Miranda has been a pastoral wife for 24 years. She studied Educational Psychology at Montemorelks University where she worked as Assistant in the Guidance Department. Her hobbies are walking, music, and traveling.
Margot grew up a PK and enjoyed sharing her talents in the work of the Lord. She studied at River Plate College, where she obtained her degree in Economic Sciences. She worked two years at the Florida Adventist Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the department of administration and later held the same position at River Plate Sanitarium. Right now she does not work professionally; instead, she accompanies her husband through his vast territory helping and supporting him in his many responsibilities.
Rosinha Dias de Oliveira is the wife of Marcos Oliveira Jr, district pastor in Sao Bolin, RS Brazil. They have a one year old child, Richard Dias de Oliveira. Rosinha is the director of the Sao Baja Seventh-d6 Adventist School in Rio Grande do Sul and she is currently taking undergraduate studies in biology.
Milca Casli de Sand lives in Brazil and is the wife of Pastor René Sand, who works in the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the South American Division. They have three grown children. Besides being a grade school teacher who has worked in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, Milca developed a manual of 13 topics about the 10 plagues of Egypt to the crossing of the Red Sea. She is now finishing another manual on how to prepare sermons for children ages 7 to 12 (primary and junior departments) that includes 15 detailed sermons and some suggested outlines. Her hobby is sewing, and she makes most of the clothes for her family.
Aurea Assumpçâo de Souza lives in Vila Jocky Club in Cuiabá, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Her biography has been published in O Tempo Nâo Apagou (Time Has Not Erased). Her husband is retired. Her favorite occupation is raising roses.
Maya Mackey Dean is a passionate follower of Jesus serving with her husband, David, in the Central California Conference. She received her master’s degree in community psychology, which allows her to use science and research to help people experience transformational change in their lives. She relishes quiet time with God and spending time with her little tribe: Shiloh, Norah, and Benjamin.
Rebecca Dee is a pastoral wife originally from Burma. She has a nursing degree and worked at the Rangoon Adventist Hospital until the government took over and she had Sabbath work problems. Currently she is in charge of the maternal-child health program at Kier Ko clinic where she and her husband, Schwae Leong, serve. Lila Tidwell is Associate Director, ADRA Thailand.
Nola Deffenbaugh has been married to a minister 38 years. Together they raised two boys and two girls, all graduating frorn college and now on their own. For 13 years, from the time her youngest started to school, until her husband, Jerry, decided in 1989 to begin an intentional interim ministry, Nola worked outside the home. Nola now enjoys writing, researching genealogy, counted cross-stitch, exploring new towns, and meeting new friends—Via Shepherdess International
Lois Dick has been writing for over 20 years. She enjoys Scrabble, crocheting, reading, exploring New York City streets on foot, and gardening. She has two labrador retrievers who are absolutely no help when she writes!
Karen Dockrey is a youth minister and writer who likes to study the Bible with kids. She's convinced that God has the answers to our questions, and that we can make it through the tough stuff She's the author of over twenty-five books including Growing a Family Where People Really Like Each Other and The Holman Student Bible Dictionary.
Sharon Drury is a Wesleyan minister's wife who has ministered to women of all denominations through her ministry, "Yokemates." This article first appeared in Serving Together, a publication of Called Together Ministries, and is used with permission. A catalog and free newsletter are available by writing to CTM, 20520 Avis Ave., Torrance, CA 90503.
Linda DuBose is a clinical dietitian. Her husband. Rich, is a pastor in the Pacific Union. They have two children: Beryl and Erika. Linda enjoys spending her free reading biographies, sewing, cross-country skiing, and camping.
Kathy has been involved in team ministry with her husband for 17 years. The last five years, she worked as a pastoral assistant active in areas such as prayer ministry, counseling, and hospitality. She is currently living in Alberta, Canada and working in many of these same areas and writing her first book.
Sharon Dyer has been married to her husband, Ray, for 30 years. They have three grown children; Jennifer, Kelly and Dan and a grandson, Kaleb. Sharon works three days a week as a piano teacher at Marshall Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She enjoys writing music and poetry and has had over 200 poems published in 35 different Christian and secular periodicals.