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Oil spill prompts push to aid Alabama churches

from Baptist Press

Jimmy Buffett may have brought some much-needed tourist money to the Alabama Gulf Coast with his recent concert. Now, the community of faith is taking the stage to help churches aid local people whose lives have been upended by the Gulf oil spill. "Worship at The Wharf" took place Sunday, Aug. 15, at The Wharf amphitheater complex in Orange Beach, Ala. The idea for the event, billed as "Christians responding to crisis through prayer and giving" as part of a Restoring Hope Project, was sparked in a conversation between two "average Joe's" -- Joe Savage and Joe Shirk -- about how the Buffett concert helped bring attention to the oil-stained Alabama coast. However, Savage and Shirk felt attention still needs to be focused on the many local residents who continue to suffer mentally, physically, financially and spiritually. more

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