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Bibb woman says jail ministry saved her life
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It's what saved an inmate's life.

When Tonya Hasty was pregnant with Navaeh in November 2011, she lived at the Bibb County LEC. Hasty was fighting to gain control of her life. For 22 years, she says she was addicted to cocaine.

"I let the best of it win for a long time," she said.

Hasty turned to prayer for help. And in December, she met Eva Bilderback with the Mabel White Baptist Church prison ministry.

Bilderback visits the jail every 2nd and 5th Sunday for church service with the inmates.

"Tonya was actually the first one that I got to know outside of the ministry," said Bilderback.

Bilderback helped the new mother get back on her feet. And cares for the Naveah as if she were family.

"Navaeh which means heaven backwards, is just that, she's a little piece of heaven," she said.

The jail ministry has been changing lives, for almost 40 years.

Bilderback takes a step further with the ministry and helps women like Tonya find their own way after leaving the LEC.

"Not just to go into the jail and talk about god but to actually show what God is," said Bilderback.

That compassion is what helped Tonya fight her own fears and win.

"I just want a better life for her than I ever had," said Hasty.

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