Paula received training from Jennifer Jill Schwirzer, LPC, at ABIDE Helper training. Since then she has been leading out in conference call support and a study group using Jennifer’s books, “13 Weeks to Peace” and “13 Weeks to Love.” Paula is married to a dairy farmer (Chris) and is a mother and grandmother. She is a member of the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Prayer Ministries team and participates as a morning line leader. She teaches Sabbath school at her local church and is passionate about the power of the Gospel to heal and restore.

Why did you choose to run this telephone support group? Telephone conference calls are something I’ve become accustomed to through NNEC prayer ministries. I have been participating in a daily intercessory prayer group via teleconferencing for five years and as a leader for three years. I also teach Sabbath school at my local church. These two experiences made it a relatively easy transition into leading the ABIDE support group. (By the way, the group is Tuesday evening at 7 PM. Call 712-770-4010 and punch in 305624#.) What I really like about using Jennifer’s books is the solid gospel foundation. Righteousness by faith is woven into each topic. I’m a firm believer that our heavenly Father has the remedy for all the difficulties we face.

What do you like best about counseling? It’s always such a joy when working with people and the “light bulb goes on.” They find relief, resolution and tools to better deal with life. I feel like I’m partnering with God in this and it’s so cool to see Him and His ways working. A bonus is that I’m learning and healing too!

How do you recharge on your day off? My time off is first thing in the morning. I like to read the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy and pray. Time with Jesus is the best.

What are your three favorite things?
1) I love to walk a deserted beach. 2) I love photography. 3) I love discovering new insights into God’s dealings with me/us.