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From transgender to transformed

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- Francine Perry and her daughter Laura recently sat down to look at family photos. As they reflected on the good times, they also could see how God was at work, especially through the difficult times -- and there were many of those. On the heels of rebellious teenage years, Laura lived as a transgender man for nearly a decade of her adult life. Other than her family and select friends, though, most people just knew Laura as "Jake."

Awaken Ada: ‘Overwhelming’ events draw 200 decisions

ADA, Okla. (BP) -- If God were to begin a spiritual awakening in the "Bible Belt," He might just choose a place like Ada to do it. That is what Brad Graves, pastor of Ada First Baptist Church, believed. Through a multi-day event in February called "Awaken Ada," the church saw approximately 200 spiritual decisions and has recorded more than 65 baptisms. "Many describe what happened in Ada, Okla., last week as unbelievable, overwhelming, anointed; and most said it was simply indescribable," said Graves who mentioned there were a few "only God" moments leading up to Awaken Ada.