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A converted saloon now serves as a house of worship in Hungry Horse, Mont.

Bibles line the mirrored showcase where amber-colored liquor bottles once stood. A secret gambling room, visible from a steel-shuttered peep hole in the door, accommodates the pastor's office. A horse trough serves as a makeshift baptismal pool.

At least 60 percent of the members of Hungry Horse Baptist Church have been won to the Lord since the congregation began meeting in the renovated bar located on the town's main street.

The congregation previously had met in an inadequate rented facility at the back edge of town. No one seemed to notice it was there and no one seemed to care.

In November 1996, attendance had dwindled to three: Pastor Andrew Goodwin, his wife, and an elderly woman. Then several people to whom the pastor had ministered made professions of faith. The nucleus began to grow.

Five months later, the local bank, which for two years had been hold...