By Shelley Galbreath, Guest Writer
Well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore will visit Fort Wayne on Sept. 13 for a live event at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum.
“This is the first time Living Proof Live will be in Fort Wayne and we are very, very excited,” said Betsy Langmade, event coordinator at Lifeway Christian Resources. “There are close to 10,000 already registered, so we are anticipating this to be a great event that will be shared with women all over the world.”
The message for each event is as unique as the venue, and is only decided upon after much prayer by Moore. Langmade said the message for the Fort Wayne conference has not yet been decided. “Whatever the message is, it will definitely be one focused on ministering to today’s struggling and hurting women, as well as those who love to do study with Beth.”
As outlined in her Breaking Free Bible study, Moore has had her share of struggles. She was abused as a child and carried those scars into adulthood. In the preface to the Breaking Free workbook, she shares how she felt so violated and ashamed that she didn’t even want to wear white on her wedding day. “I did not feel pure,” she writes. “[There were] scars from being a childhood victim of someone else’s problem.”
While it’s a feeling that unfortunately many women can relate to, Moore has deliberately not shared all the details of the horrible ordeal. “I never share the details of my childhood victimization for two reasons,” Moore says in Breaking Free. “First, I want the Healer glorified, not the hurt; and second, a greater number of people can relate to more general terms.”
Moore’s willingness to talk about this and other personal trials has helped many women face similar challenges.
“She’s very real and open with her own struggles,” Langmade said. “She’s had some tough things happen in her life. She doesn’t go into detail, but she’s very open about those hurts in her Bible studies. She lets women know she’s been there and God has healed her and set her free.”
Other women are being set free from sin and bondage by studying Moore’s materials. “ We have intentionally reached out to the community and to all women. Women who are familiar with Beth’s Bible studies as well as those who are far from God, less discipled, and/or women without the truth of God in their lives,” said Langmade.
City coordinator for the event Amy Beam said she’s done several Beth Moore Bible studies at The Chapel, where she is the women’s ministry director, and a few years ago had the pleasure of hearing Moore speak at Lifeway’s Women’s Forum. “I got involved with Living Proof Live when I responded to an email from Lifeway event coordinator, Betsy Langmade. Fort Wayne is fortunate to be one of 11 cities hosting a Living Proof Live event.”
The event at the Coliseum is the only one-day event for Living Proof Live all year and is the only live event to simulcast all around the world.
“The choice to come to Fort Wayne was a very long process – one that began in 2012 when we began to pray over the map to see where we are supposed to be in 2014,” Langmade said. “Every year has brand new venues in new cities, and it is with much prayer and scrutinizing those different areas where we have not been in previous years.”
Moore has authored dozens of published Bible studies, books and devotionals specifically for women for nearly two decades. Her latest LifeWay published release is “Children of the Day” and focuses on First and Second Thessalonians.
Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell, along with the Living Proof praise team, will lead worship for the event.
Living Proof Live starts 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:15 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 13 at For more information, go to https://www.lproof.org/.
Beth Moore has authored dozens of published Bible studies, books and devotionals specifically for women for nearly two decades. She will visit Fort Wayne on Sept. 13 for a live event at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum. “She’s very real and open with her own struggles,” said Betsy Langmade, event coordinator at Lifeway Christian Resources. “She’s had some tough things happen in her life. She doesn’t go into detail, but she’s very open about those hurts in her Bible studies. She lets women know she’s been there and God has healed her and set her free.”