Thursday Dec 14

YvonneYvonne Pirolo graduated with a BA degree in Bible and Psychology. "However," she says, "I believe my 'education' has mainly come from life's experiences in relating with people." She has always enjoyed one-on-one interaction, but little by little she was encouraged into teaching positions. She teaches a highly interactive Interpersonal Relationships and Godly Communications class. Her personal perspectives in the Prepare For Battle! Seminar and the book, Prepare For Battle, add a valuable dimension.

For many years she traveled together with Neal in ministry. But again, being encouraged by her husband, she began leading short term teams to Eastern Europe. After that, she began leading two trips per year—mainly to Asia. (Ask her how that "encouragement" came about!)

Neal and Yvonne are blessed with four children, 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Married children and grandchildren have found their "wings" and have scattered about in several States and in three countries! "Trying to keep a balance between ministry and family isn't always easy," she admits. "Just keeping up with birthdays and special days is challenging, but fun."

Their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary was pleasantly celebrated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Haifa, Israel. Their fifty-sixth was spent participating a missions conference! Their most recent one was spent on Catalina Island. At the exact hour of their wedding, they listened to that ceremony, reformatted onto a DVD with pictures celebrating their sixty years. ("Yes, we were married as teenagers," Yvonne wants you to know.)

Yvonne was raised in a Christian home; her father was a pastor, hosting many visiting speakers. Now Neal and Yvonne's home has become a rest stop for missionaries and friends passing through. "Our lives are full! We thank God for the privilege to be doing His will. We have been blessed," she concludes.