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Neonatal intensive care is ministry’s focus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)–Many babies admitted to this neonatal intensive care unit —- those born unexpectedly early, some even before their own baby showers -— receive their first gifts from Dana Gallahair. “Yes, I’m the bag lady,” Gallahair said, laughing. She knocks on the door of an anxious mother’s room, gives the new mom a gift […]

Shelter provides women & children new start after abuse

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The shiny new hardwood floors and freshly painted walls at Hope’s Inn in LaFayette, Ala., a women’s and children’s shelter started by evangelist Rick Hagans, provides a stark contrast to the past lives of many of the residents. Photo by Jeremy Dale Henderson
LAFAYETTE, Ala. (BP)--New sounds are coming from the old tuberculosis hospital these days: the pitter-patter of little feet and the heartbeats of hope.
      Now known as Hope’s Inn, the former hospital turned office space turned women’s and children’s shelter in LaFayette, Ala., is a beacon to lives darkened by abuse and a refuge for those battered by circumstance.
      The shelter, which opened in April, was started by Rick Hagans, an evangelist who is still called “preacher boy” in pockets of east Alabama, where he was called to preach at 9 years old.

Church & inmates worship together at 92-year-old’s initiative

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Breaking free
Once a month, First Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Ala., charters buses and brings inmates from Childersburg Community Work Center to Sunday services. Photo by Jeremy Dale Henderson
SYLACAUGA, Ala. (BP)--Rather than bringing church to inmates at a nearby correctional facility, one Alabama church is bringing the inmates to church -- thanks to the vision of one very unconventional 92-year-old man, Bloise Zeigler.
      Zeigler, mayor of Oak Grove in Talladega County for 20 years until his retirement at age 87, has been a member of First Baptist Church in Sylacauga since 1948 -— his entire Christian life. As mayor, he often utilized free work crew labor, which led to his empathy for the incarcerated.