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Southern Union Ministerial Spouses Connect
More than 600 ministerial spouses came to be "Connected – to God, to Family and to One Another" at the Southern Union Ministerium Conference at the Hilton Beachfront Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan 6–9, 2013.
Joyful, enthusiastic fellowship characterized the meetings plus close attention to the inspirational talks of speakers Yolanda Smith, Southern Union Ministerial Spouses director, and Audrey Folkenberg, Upper Columbia Conference Shepherdess leader (soon to embark for China!). Audrey’s interesting presentations included a narrative on the wayward Gomer — delivered so convincingly that some wondered if it was Audrey’s story!
Ministerial spouses appeared visibly moved during an activity, led by Yolanda, when they were asked to write a prayer request, on a sticky note, and lay it on a large, red, cloth cross that stretched from the platform down the middle aisle. Many tears mingled with earnest prayer.

Another highly-touching moment came when Beverly Sterling, widow of recently-deceased Pastor Milton Sterling who was the former ministerial director of the Southeastern Conference, gave her powerful testimony of how God sprinkled the anguish of her sudden loss with many evidences of His grace and support. The resolute strength and mature faith of this sister left many almost speechless.
Jacquelyn Ross, ministerial/evangelism coordinator of the Southern Union, who served at the side of her husband, Dennis, with outstanding, untiring devotion and passion for more than 40 years, symbolically handed over the reigns to the energetic, able and new Southern Union ministerial/evangelism coordinator, Kathy Hernandez. These leaders, along with Yolanda and Bonnie Davidson, the Southern Union Ministerial Spouses associate director, rejoiced together as women of faith experienced God in an extraordinary way. 

Yolanda challenged the spouses by saying, “Together, we can help each other be ready for the return of Jesus. Together, we can make sure that not one of us is missing on that glorious day!”

Ruthie Jacobsen (left) prays beside Yolanda Smith
at the Ministerial Spouses meeting
at the Southern Union Ministerium.

Jacquelyn Ross is the former assistant ministerial and evangelism director of the Southern Union.

Donna Jackson is the Ministerial Spouses Association leader for the North American Division.