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Fiesta theme selected for ministers’ wives

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Southern Baptist ministers’ wives will celebrate the culture of the Southwest and enjoy centerpieces provided by International Mission Board workers at their 52nd gathering Tuesday, June 12, in San Antonio.

The theme of this year’s Ministers’ Wives’ Conference is “Revive, Renew, Rejoice,” based on Psalm 85:6, which says, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss, an author and women’s ministry leader, will speak on personal revival, and comedian Dennis Swanberg will provide entertainment during the luncheon in Ballroom A at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at 11:30 a.m.

“From the moment you enter the ballroom, you’ll feel like you have entered a Mexican village,” Debbie Brunson, president of this year’s conference, said. “There will be mariachi musicians and festive decor to set the mood. Lunch will include favorite dishes that will be reminiscent of an authentic Mexican fiesta.”

Brunson, whose husband, Mac Brunson, is pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., said June Hunt of the Hope for the Heart counseling ministry also will be featured, leading the women in a time of renewing their call to serve as ministers’ wives. Immediately following the luncheon, Hunt will have a 30-minute question-and-answer period, and questions can be e-mailed in advance to [email protected].

“You can send your questions anonymously if you would like,” Brunson said.

Luncheon participants are encouraged to arrive early in order to stroll through the ballroom and look at the centerpieces on each table.

“Our IMB missionaries are providing absolutely incredible gifts for the centerpieces that will be sold at the conclusion of the luncheon, with proceeds going to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering,” Brunson said.

Among the items to adorn the tables will be Thai silk pillow covers and silk table runners from the Australians of the Pacific Rim region, Vietnamese beaded purses, Laos tribal bags, a turquoise Myanmar nativity, necklaces and earrings from the Muslim tribal people of the Philippines and Chinese candle holders.

“As these gifts will remind us, revival is taking place literally around the world and our Southern Baptist missionaries are in the heart of God’s movement,” Brunson said.

The SBC Ministers’ Wives’ Conference dates back to 1955, when two Georgia pastors’ wives realized the importance of their state’s ministers’ wives’ conference and decided that the national convention would benefit from such an organization. They made plans for a tea at the Muhlback Hotel in Kansas City during the 1956 convention and were overwhelmed by the response.

To purchase tickets at $10 each, visit www.fbcjax.com or call 904-366-1325.

The luncheon, always held on Tuesday during the SBC annual meeting, is open to all wives of ministers — pastors, staff members, chaplains, missionaries and denominational workers.

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