ACU summer workshop honors sisters of service


For immediate release
July 19, 1999

Each year during the Summer Workshops at Abilene Christian University, a luncheon is conducted in honor of several women who have spent much of their life in godly service and exemplary discipleship.

This year's Sisters of Service honorees are:

Dot Harrod, San Angelo, has served God as a church secretary and turned that position into a ministry of her own. According to those who know her best, Harrod is a wonderful listener and a good friend. Her goal is to be an encourager like Barnabas.

June Hill, Locust, N.J., and her husband, Ira, spent four months last year donating their time and talents to the Nigerian Bible College in Africa. As the Hills near retirement, they plan to pursue Christian education throughout the world. June's passion for children has led her to develop different techniques for teaching the Bible to young children. June will be sharing these techniques in a two-day lecture July 26 and 27 at this year's Bible Teachers Workshop.

JoAnn Mills, De Ridder, La., was a public school teacher for 23 years. After she retired she became a professional writer and lecturer. She has more than 90 published articles in Christian publications and six published motivational, inspirational and study books. JoAnn also will be speaking at this year's workshop in a one-day lecture on planning ladies' events on July 26.

Billie Paine, Lubbock, served as mission's secretary for several years and then as librarian at the Sunset School of Preaching. Paine currently is working with Jim McGuiggan and International Biblical Resources to publish and distribute Christian literature, and she has continued to show hospitality and love to all those who cross her path.

Billie Prior, New Braunfels, and her husband, Bruce, worked at Boles Children's Home for more than 30 years. She taught high school English, speech and Bible survey courses. In 1992 Prior started a regular visitation program for those in her church that were sick, in nursing homes, new members or those that seemed lonely. Her prayer every morning is the hymn "Be With Me Lord."

Bonnie Shake, Abilene, has been a foster parent for over 30 years for Christian Homes of Abilene and plans to continue for as long as she is needed. She also is currently working with a child who is confined to a wheelchair because of muscular dystrophy. Shake considers her greatest accomplishment to be raising six faithful, active Christian children that have now begun raising their own Christian families.

These ladies will be honored at a luncheon July 27 at Hillcrest Church of Christ. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased Sunday, July 25, or Monday, July 26, until 5 p.m. at the ACU Campus Center or at Hillcrest on Monday, July 26, from 8-10 a.m. Pre-reserved child care for ages 2-9 is available. Children should bring a sack lunch.

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