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Ministers’ wives to hear Kay Arthur; nominees sought for service award

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Internationally known Bible teacher Kay Arthur will be the featured speaker at the Ministers’ Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention June 12 in New Orleans.

Arthur and her husband Jack are the founders of Precept Ministries International, a Bible-teaching outreach based in Chattanooga, Tenn., with Bible study classes now extending to all 50 states and nearly 120 countries and more than 60 languages.

The 11:30 a.m. ministers’ wives luncheon Tuesday, June 12, with “Lord, Fill My Cup” as its theme, will be held in the Hyatt Regency adjacent to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, site of the June 12-13 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Advance tickets, at $10 each, may be ordered by sending a check payable to the SBC Ministers’ Wives Conference and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Kay Moore, P.O. Box 461592, Garland, TX 75046-1592. Advance ticket orders must be postmarked by May 15.

Tickets purchased at the SBC annual meeting will be $12 each.

Nearly 1,200 women attended last year’s Ministers’ Wives Conference in Orlando, Fla., to hear Vonette Bright, cofounder of Campus Crusade for Christ International.

Meanwhile, the Ministers’ Wives Conference is seeking nominations for the Mrs. J.M. Dawson Distinguished Service Award for “distinct denominational contribution beyond the local church.”

The conference’s executive committee voted last year to begin naming a recipient yearly. Established in the 1950s, the Mrs. J.M. Dawson Distinguished Service Award has only been presented 10 times.

Nominations should be mailed to Lynda Estep, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1000, Columbia, SC 29202.

Kay Arthur is the author of Precept Upon Precept Inductive Bible Studies and more than 40 books, with more than 5 million in print. Her most recent releases are “A Marriage Without Regrets” and “How to Study Your Bible for Kids.”

She also is featured in two weekly television programs, the one-hour “How Can I Live?” on FamilyNet and other cable outlets and half-hour “Precepts for Life” and three radio programs, the 15-minute daily “Precept with Kay Arthur” and weekly “Precept LIVE,” each aired on more than 200 stations nationwide, and 60-second daily “Precept from God’s Word,” aired on more than 900 outlets nationally.

Arthur’s teaching ministry began as a fledgling teen Bible study in the late 1960s in Chattanooga. She and her husband previously had been missionaries in Mexico for three years with an independent missions agency, returning to the States for health problems she was experiencing.

The Arthurs are members of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga.