Betty Jo Lewis, wife of Larry Lewis, dies
CENTRALIA – Betty Jo Lewis, wife of Larry Lewis, former president of the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, died Feb. 10. She was 64.
She served alongside her husband when he led the mission board (now named the North American Mission Board) from 1987-96, during his presidency of Hannibal-LaGrange College from 1981-87, and when he was pastor of Tower Grove Baptist Church in St. Louis and in other pastorates and positions in Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Missouri from 1960-81.
The funeral was Feb. 15 at First Baptist Church in Centralia.www.hlg.edu
Ryan to head Carroll and Saline Associations
MARSHALL – Carroll and Saline Associations have called Patrick Ryan as their director of missions.
Biblical discernment confab set for April
ST. LOUIS – Parker Road Baptist Church will host the St. Louis Conference on Biblical Discernment April 10-12. The conference, sponsored by Personal Freedom Outreach, will focus on apologetics, worldview, evangelism, biblical spirituality, discipline and discipleship.
Speakers will include Richard Fisher, pastor of Laurelton Park Baptist Church in Bricktown, N.J.; Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Ill.; Paul Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University and the second vice-president of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod; Don Rhodes, President of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries; Jay Wegster, founder of Gospel for Life; and Don Whitney, associate professor of biblical spirituality and director of applied ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
Registration is $65 until March 20, when the price rises to $80.
Madge N. Truex Fund celebrates 55 years
JEFFERSON CITY—The year 1953 found Missouri Woman’s Missionary Union (MWMU) establishing the Madge N. Truex Fund giving MWMU ladies opportunities to give and show encouragement to Missouri missionaries. The fund is named after Madge Nicholson-Truex who was the executive secretary for MWMU in 1937-1947. The fund is in honor of the tireless work accomplished by Madge Truex during her 10 years of service.
MWMU members, Women on Mission groups, individuals, churches, and associations throughout the state of Missouri support the Madge Fund. This fund encourages Missouri missionaries with monetary gifts when newly appointed and after being stateside before returning to the field. Christmas gift checks are sent to emeritus missionaries, missionary kids, journeymen, and US2 missionaries.
A Missionary Family Retreat is provided through this fund for the emeritus missionaries and any missionaries on stateside.
If you would like to encourage our Missouri missionaries through the Madge Fund, make checks payable to MWMU, designated for the Madge N. Truex Fund and send to the MWMU treasurer, Belinda Hogan, 1819 St. Joseph St., Trenton, MO 64683.
Education expo to offer variety of school options
KANSAS CITY—Educating children through a private k-12 school, homeschooling or a Christian college remains attractive to many parents who on Feb. 23 will attend the 10th annual Christian Education Expo, sponsored by the Metro Voice Christian Newspaper.
The free event will be held at Colonial Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.