New Hope Church of Laurie’s 5th Annual Ladies Luncheon was held June 7 at RJ's Restaurant in Camdenton.

New Hope Church of Laurie’s 5th Annual Ladies Luncheon was held June 7 at RJ's Restaurant in Camdenton. The speaker was Jennifer Bell, missionary in China for 20 years and recently a resident of Camdenton with her husband, Pastor Rick Bell of New Hope Church and three children.

Jennifer spoke of her experiences as a teenager feeling called to a life of Christian service to living overseas involved in education, sharing the gospel, helping in an orphanage and raising a family.

At the orphanage she cradled dying babies and rejoiced when many met their new adoptive parents. The ladies enjoyed fellowship with their guests, placards entitled, "Hatitudes for Living," a reading "God Loves Crackpots" and a drawing for potted plants.