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Hope & optimism spring from ashes of burned Ala. churches

CENTREVILLE, Ala. (BP)--A little more than a day after a series of fires gutted three Baptist churches and damaged two others in Bibb County, Ala., the smell of burning embers still was in the air.

Faith blossoms in Mobile amid Katrina’s challenges

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Newfound faith
In Mobile, insurance adjuster Tony Sarradet (left) listens as Bill Morgan, director of missions for Alabama's Autauga Baptist Association, relays the basics of faith in Christ. Photo by Doug Rogers/Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions
MOBILE, Ala. (BP)--Mobile resident Tony Sarradet had a lot on his mind the Thursday after Hurricane Katrina struck. The stress of his job as a flood insurance adjuster was compounded by a yard full of debris and a tree blocking his driveway. But a “divine intervention” changed all that.
      “I was out here in the street looking at the oak tree, kind of in shock, trying to figure out what I was going to do because I had to go to work,” Sarradet said. “Then two people from your convention pulled up and said, ‘How would you like us to take care of that for you?’ It was like it was meant to be, that they were sent to me.”