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Local Artist Adds Color to Galena Church and Grows in Own Faith

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GALENA, KANSAS -

Skies are gray and cloudy in Galena, Kansas.
But inside Mount Zion's Recovery Chapel, Justin Slabaugh paints a different picture.

"The beginning of it was "Jesus wept." The shortest verse in the Bible and one of the most powerful"

In a church dedicated to recovery and people dealing with their own addictions or mental health issues, he hopes the mural will bring out the true emotions people are dealing with as soon as they walk in the door.

"I was in the Joplin tornado. I had PTSD from that as well as depression and anxiety. I was blessed with getting the opportunity to meet Pastor Long. And through Lazarus'ss House and Lazarus' Ministries, they've helped so many people to over come these types of things"

"This art to me is one of the most valuable things in the church. Now as I'm preaching, I've got a reference point. It draws everybody's attention to Jesus." says Pastor Daryl Long.

Justin was in a prayer meeting with Pastor Long, when he showed him a rock he had painted with a picture of Jesus on it. That's when the pastor was inspired.

"I was like, we need that in the church. And he asked me how big I wanted it and I said "the whole church" says Long.

Once the project is done, Justin will have painted all four walls of the church, around 2,000 square feet.

"It gives me a definitely solid coping strategy. With my depression, my PTSD, so yeah, it's a great outlet" says Slabaugh.

Although the project is helping Justin personally, the mural could possibly help people into the church.

"This is a tool, and that tool is to get people in. That are broken hearted, spiritually broke, mentally broke, drugs alcohol.." says Associate Pastor Kerry Allen.

So maybe people walking in the church will feel like Jesus is walking along side them in their journey.

Justin has logged around 80 hours of work on the project so far, he anticipates being completely finished in May or June.

The church has services every Saturday at 6PM.

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