Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Alaska's largest city is now a church offering salvation instead of temptation.

    Linda Dunegan bought the building that used to house Fantasies on 5th in Anchorage.

    She's now leasing the bottom floor to a new Baptist church, something she has prayed about for five years.

    The journey to savvy real estate investor with 19 properties in three states once seemed implausible for a girl barely surviving on a daily bowl of rice in her native Vietnam.

    Dunegan and her family escaped from the war-ravaged country in 1975.

    She says she thanks God for her family and her role with the start-up Open Door Baptist Church.

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