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A West Virginia Pastor has announced plans to convert a former adult entertainment establishment into a church. Pastor Art Hage is heading up an effort he hopes will transform the former bar into a lighthouse of hope in the community. The club has been known for some very seedy acts in the past. In addition to being a strip club, it is also the site where a lottery winner was drugged and robbed of a half million dollars several years ago. After that event, the establishment lost its liquor license and then eventually went out of business. It is been a vacant hull on the city streets for over a year.

Pastor Hage needs to raise $795,000 to repurpose the building. He envisions a new rehabilitation center serving 200 to 300 families. He hopes the new center will help those who have been victims of gambling, drug addiction, and other immoral practices. Hage says the goal is to help as many people as possible. He added, “It has such a bad reputation and we feel like we could make it good.”

--Pink Pony Strip Club to be turned into a church; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/pink-pony-strip-club-becoming-church_n_1143851.html; December 12, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

1 Peter 1:18-19 (CEV) “You were rescued from the useless way of life that you learned from your ancestors. But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don't last forever. (19) You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb.”

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