Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, a best-selling author, will be the guest speaker at Tulare-Kings Right to Life’s 23rd annual Making a Difference for Life banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Visalia Convention Center.

Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 20 books. He serves as professor of Christian thought at Houston Baptist University and a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas.

Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (bachelor of journalism degree) and Yale Law School (master of studies in law degree). He was a journalist for 14 years at the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ highest honor for public service journalism from United Press International. He also led a team that won UPI’s top award for investigative reporting in Illinois.

After investigating the evidence for Jesus, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He subsequently became a teaching pastor at two of America’s most influential churches and hosted the national network TV program “Faith Under Fire.” In addition, he taught First Amendment law at Roosevelt University in Illinois.

In 2017, Lee’s spiritual journey was depicted in a major motion picture, “The Case for Christ,” considered among the top 20 faith-based films. Lee has won national awards for his books “The Case for Christ,” “The Case for Faith,” “The Case for a Creator” and “The Case for Grace.”

Lee and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 45 years and live in Texas. Their daughter, Alison, is the author of five novels. Their son, Kyle, is a professor of spiritual theology at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in Southern California.

Businesses, churches and individuals are invited to underwrite tables for the banquet. Table sponsors will receive one of Strobel’s books, as well as an invitation to a private reception with him preceding the banquet. Benefits also include priority seating, table placard advertising and mention in the newsletter. A gift of $525 underwrites a table of eight. Sponsors are encouraged to invite others as their guests. For information, call (559) 732-5000 or visit www.tkrl.org.

Empowering a Culture of Life

Tulare-Kings Right to Life (TKRL) is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian educational organization dedicated to restoring respect for the value and dignity of every human life – without regard to age, ability, race or religion, whether born or unborn.

Through an army of volunteers, TKRL sponsors informational booths at the Kings and Tulare county fairs, festivals, conferences, health fairs and other public events. It also gives presentations to civic and church groups. By offering free educational presentations and materials, and having an active presence on a variety of traditional and social media platforms, TKRL engages and equips several thousand young people and families each year. Through mass media campaigns, such as the Highway 99 Billboard outreach, millions of commuters are reached with a life-affirming message each year. TKRL reports that its billboards have been particularly effective in assisting women to reconsider plans to abort their babies, and bringing the message of healing and restoration to those wounded by abortion.

TKRL compassionately serves the community through programs like Latinos4Life, an outreach to the Hispanic community that seeks to increase education and communication about important life topics such as early human development, sexual risk avoidance, healthy relationships, and strengthening communication between parents and children.

Voices for Life is a TKRL program committed to engaging and empowering high school and college students about dating, STDs, early human development, abortion and parenthood by working through schools, churches and other community organizations.

The IRMA (I Regret My Abortion) Network increases awareness of after-abortion issues and offers healing opportunities for post-abortive women and men by providing a network of agencies, organizations and individuals that can help them work through depression and post traumatic stress disorder related to the trauma of their abortion experiences. Resources include after-abortion healing and recovery retreats, as well as post-abortion outreach training opportunities such as the AfterCHOICE symposium for clergy and mental health practitioners.

In addition to offering a wealth of life-affirming resources and in-depth educational material through its extensive network, the organization keeps its supporters up-to-date on pro-life happenings through its weekly e-newsletter. To subscribe, visit the TKRL website at www.tkrl.org or find them on Facebook at the Tulare-Kings Right to Life Facebook page and click on “Sign Up.”

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