LIMA — Best-selling author and radio personality Lysa TerKeurst is coming to Lima. She will appear at a two-day women’s conference sponsored by the University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center the weekend of Sept. 23 and 24.
TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a faith-based organization that produces inspirational books, Bible studies, and short audio commentaries that are aired daily on radio stations around the country. Her books include “The Best Yes,” “Unglued,” “Made to Crave,” and her latest “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely.” She is also a frequent guest on radio and television programs ranging from Focus on the Family to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show and The 700 Club.
Although it is billed as a “women’s conference,” conference coordinator and UNOH Event Center Manager Carlyn Hefner notes that the event was planned around TerKeurst from the start.
“Every book that I have read of hers has greatly impacted my life,” Hefner said. “I really felt that I wanted to share that with other women in Lima. I feel like there’s a need for women to be spoken to and to touch the needs in their lives. I think women are hungry to learn more about life and the problems they face.”
The conference will consist of three presentations based largely on TerKeurst’s new book. Following her presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to meet with TerKeurst to voice their questions and concerns. To facilitate this interaction, conference attendance will be limited to 850.
Hefner notes that interest in the conference is keen, with 650 tickets already sold. Given TerKeurst’s ability to connect with other women on a fundamental level, this does not surprise Hefner.
“She can relate to us, and we can relate to her,” she said.
TerKeurst addresses a range of issues that are familiar to Christian women of all ages. She speaks frequently about her struggles with weight loss, emotional abandonment, and the everyday travails of life in the average American family.
For TerKeurst, however, “average” might well be a relative term. Her family, in fact, includes two boys from an orphanage in Liberia. Adopted when they were teens, their presence in the TerKeurst household was a disruptive event that provided TerKeurst with a wealth of material that has given her fresh insights into the challenges of family life.
In addition to TerKeurst, the conference will feature Jon McKanna, worship pastor at Macomb Christian Church in Macomb Township, Michigan. Originally from Elida, McKanna will lead attendees in times of praise and worship.
Hefner noted the conference was organized by the UNOH event center, but she acknowledges the contributions made by numerous local churches, singling out Lima Community Church, Lima Baptist Temple, Shawnee Alliance Church as primary contributors to the effort.
“I think any resource we can possibly get to help us through and understand what God’s trying to do in our lives is a great tool,” Hefner said. “And Lysa’s just a fantastic speaker. I listened to her on the radio. I’ve listened to her Bible studies and gone through them. She’s just so down to earth. She doesn’t speak over your head. She speaks from her real life.”