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By Floyd Miller



Author and Speaker Angela Thomas was Icon for Candace Cameron BrueABILENE – Prolific Christian author, Bible teacher and surprised Dancing with the Stars icon Angela Thomas will be the featured speaker for the 10th Call Her Blessed luncheon on April 27 benefiting local adoption and foster care ministry Christian Homes & Family Services. The luncheon begins at 11:30 at the Abilene Civic Center. More than 500 guests are expected. {{more}}Angela Thomas is the featured speaker on the national Women of Joy tour, and the best-selling author of 16 books whose titles include 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom, Choosing Joy, and My Single Mom Life. She is also the author and teacher of six LifeWay DVD Bible studies including her most recent study called Stronger. Thomas was also featured as the icon for Candace Cameron Bure on the 18th season of the ABC hit series Dancing with the Stars. In an interview with WBFJ Radio about her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, Thomas said “At one point, the producer asked me this: “How do you feel about Candace calling you her icon?” I laughed and said, “We both know I am not her icon. Jesus is her icon. I am just walking beside Candace toward Jesus.”” Do You Think I’m Beautiful?, the title of Thomas’ first book, is the theme of the luncheon. “Our guests will see the theme before they even walk in the Civic Center door,” said Call Her Blessed luncheon co-chair Dixie Morris of the Dodge Jones Foundation. “They are in for a surprise.” Morris and Mandy McLean, who became acquainted through the Emmaus community, are co-chairs of the luncheon steering committee. CALL HER BLESSED / Ad 1 The first Call Her Blessed luncheon was in April 2007. The title of the luncheon is based on the popular 31st chapter of Proverbs which describes a godly woman. Previous Call Her Blessed luncheon speakers include Ruth Graham, Anita Renfroe, Liz Curtis Higgs, Lisa Whelchel and Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Sherri Statler, President of Christian Homes, said the luncheon has always had three purposes: • To praise women who fear the Lord, and to honor them for the work they have done as instructed in Proverbs 31; • To encourage each other to be brave, strong and joyful in our pursuit of God’s will; • And to share how Christian Homes is changing lives and building Christian families through its maternity, foster and adoption ministry. Statler said as a result of the nine previous luncheons, the ministry has had the opportunity to place children for adoption and train new foster families. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to pursue Christian Homes’ vision of a Christian home for every child. Christian Homes provides free maternity care for young women with unplanned pregnancies. The ministry simultaneously recruits, screens and prepares Christian couples to adopt the precious babies many of the young women choose to place for adoption. The 53 year-old ministry also provides foster care in private family homes for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. In addition to Abilene, the ministry has offices in Fort Worth and Tyler, and is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma.Tickets and more information are available at Note: Angela will confirm her availability for pre-event phone interviews the week of April 4th. Please let me know if you are interested. Contact: Sherri T. Statler, President, 325-668-4939

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