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Pilot buoyed by wife’s cards & prayers during deployment

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Navy pilot Lt. Bryan Hager and his wife, Kristen, reunite with a hug at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., after his six-month deployment. Photo courtesy of Joni B. Hannigan/Florida Baptist Witness
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--Although intentionally avoiding television news of the war in Iraq, Kristen Hager's heartfelt prayers were never far from the war zone. Bryan, her husband of five years, was piloting a Navy plane over treacherous ground for much of the time during a six-month deployment to Italy.
    Kristen said her prayer life multiplied during Bryan's deployment.
    "You realize how much you don't pray before they leave, because your prayer life increases so much when they go overseas and you know they are in harm's way on a daily basis,

Counseling needs grow as hurricane devastation mounts

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--After dealing with Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne within a six-week period, residents of central Florida are experiencing more than property damage and power outages. Along with clean up and recovery crews, residents need volunteer chaplains and counselors to help in stress management, according to Baptist disaster relief workers.