A story about a truck stop can be found in the Bible?
Well, not exactly.
But Susie Shellenberger will talk about one during her presentation at the free Fall Encounter.
It is hosted by Ladies Encounter, a southcentral Pennsylvania interdenominational organization that shares the gospel and encourages unity while working with more than 200 churches.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Northern Bedford High School, Route 36, Loysburg. Pastor Joel Nogel will lead praise and worship, and a social time with refreshments is planned.
A former high school and drama teacher, Shellenberger will speak on "Lessons From a Truck Stop" or what happened outside Jericho when Jesus was traveling to the city.
Shellenberger will focus on the encounter between Jesus and a blind man during her talk based on Chapter 18 of Luke's gospel.
Because of his impaired sight, the man was begging for money outside the city limits of Jericho. Shellenberger said he was an outcast who was bullied and labeled a freak.
Hearing a commotion from the crowd, the blind man wanted to know what was going on. He learned that Jesus was coming.
Despite everyone vying to be noticed by Jesus, she said it was the prayer of an outcast that got his attention, and Jesus healed the blind man.
"Jesus meets our needs as well," Shellenberger said.
She will talk about how Jesus meets needs and will provide an opportunity for the women to get to know him or to become reacquainted with him.
Shellenberger said her talk is fast-paced and lots of fun.
"It's full of depth and no fluff," she said.
"She is full of energy, humor," said Sharon Herr of Martinsburg who heard Shellenberger speak at a previous women's conference. "She puts everything she has into it. The core of her message goes to the heart of the Word of God."
Herr heard Shellenberger speak about 10 years ago at a church in Bedford County. She was familiar with Shellenberger's name because she had been editor of Brio magazine for teen girls, and Herr's daughters had read the magazine.
At the time, Herr said she was counseling a teenage girl who did not understand why uttering, "Oh my God," to express surprise or dismay about a circumstance was wrong.
Herr said the girl felt it was OK. Because everyone was saying it, the teen did not think it was cursing, she said.
The two of them attended a Friday night session of the conference where Shellenberger spoke out against the popular phrase. Herr said Shellenberger delivered a powerful message about how the phrase was taking God's name in vain, because it was not a prayer, it did not address God directly.
"She impressed me so much that I wanted to go back Saturday morning," Herr said. "I was not disappointed. She sticks to the truth."