Inspiring a Love for Evangelism
Reaching Out at the Seminary
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The North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI) is located in the Seminary building on the campus of Andrews University. Students from around the world come to the Seminary to acquire various theological degrees. Many of these students come with their families and have made huge sacrifices to be here. Often they have very limited resources.

 
  
The faculty and staff at NADEI have begun a visitation ministry program to seminary students to offer prayer and support. Once a semester, each NADEI faculty member visits a family to deliver a basket prepared just for them to let them know they are thought of and appreciated. The visits have been warmly received and one student couple wrote that the visit “couldn’t have come at a better time. That morning was difficult for us, and receiving the basket felt like a hug from God. Thank you truly from the bottom of our hearts.”

In an effort to minister specifically to the student spouses, there is a course taught each spring semester. This course, CHMN508 Tools for the Pastor’s Spouse, can be taken for credit or audited with the professor’s permission. Topics covered in this class include: Priorities and Expectations; Discovering Your God-Given Strengths; Experiencing God; Family and Society Issues; Dealing with Criticism, Conflict, Crises, and Forgiveness; Spiritual Gifts; Hospitality; Team Ministry; Influence; Time Management; Raising Children; Finances; Friendships and Relationships; and Health and Wellness.

The student spouse-led group, Seminary Spouses in Ministry (SSM), offers an annual, off-campus retreat to foster bonding and fellowship among the student wives. Student spouses also have the opportunity to attend ministry events and activities throughout the school year. The friendships formed while at the Seminary will be valuable throughout their time at Seminary and their ministry.
 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 (NIV).
 
-- by Lisa Clouzet