Evangelism: Preaching the Monkey Off Their Backs

When Toni walked into the old Georgian house on the edge of the slum-ridden Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, she was on the brink of hopelessness. At 31, she was not long out of jail, had no job, no money, and eight years of prostitution and drug addiction behind her. "I didn't know about this religion bit they had there," she said. "But man, I was ready to try anything." It is now four months later, and Toni appears to have beat off despair. Her eyes are bright, her health is back, and her...

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