Saturday, August 04, 2007

No more Beth Moore . . .

Sorry Amanda, can't risk it. No more Beth Moore conferences for you.

Missing Pastor's Wife Found in New York

Baptist Press reports that an Alabama Baptist pastor's wife missing since March has turned up working at a fast food restaurant in New York state, according to Bossier City, La., police.

Mary Byrne "Beth" Smith, whose husband, Jason, is pastor of First Baptist Church in Summerdale, Ala., disappeared four months ago from a Beth Moore conference in the Louisiana city.

Authorities learned recently that Smith pawned her wedding ring at a shop near the convention center and paid $169 for a one-way Greyhound ticket to New York City.

Once found, Smith expressed remorse to detectives and said she "might" contact her husband and two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. But she also asked that her exact location not be revealed. She faces no charges.

In the time since Smith's disappearance, her family, friends and fellow church members have been praying and pleading for her safe return.