Special to The Hays Daily News

After 30 years as a missionary serving in Kimpese, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Wendy Bernhard is back in the United States and will speak at First Baptist Church of Hays at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a potluck meal at the church, 12th and Fort.

Bernhard taught at the Bible Institute of Kimpese, 120 miles west of the nation's capital of Kinshasa, in the far western point of the country. In her ministry, she used three languages -- French, Kinongo and Lingala.

One of her primary missions was working with a team of doctors, pastors and lay people conducting "responsible living skills" seminars for young people and advocating for biblical principles of sexual behavior as part of the fight against AIDS.

The ministry included a twice-weekly radio broadcast called "Youth: A Jewel and a Treasure," which focused on telling young people of their "infinite worth in the eyes of God, and encourage them not to waste their youth, but to live responsibly," according to Bernhard's website.

First Baptist Church is a member of American Baptist Churches USA; Bernhard's mission is with ABC USA's International Ministries.

For more, visit www.internationalministries.org/teams/47-bernhard.

The public is invited to the free presentation and potluck.

A freewill offering to support missions will be accepted. Potluck contributions are also welcome.

RSVP to (785) 785-625-9454 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., or email fbchays@ruraltel.net.