Fla. City Allows Couple to Resume Prayer Meetings

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A couple who run a ministry in Venice, Fla., is once again free to hold prayer meetings in their home.

City officials had fined Shane and Marlene Roessinger $250 a day for holding a weekly Bible study in their house.

The couple also runs a ministry called In Him Healing Touch Ministry, which distributes food to needy families, provides a prayer phone hotline, and supports foreign missions.

Building code inspectors said the Bible study violated a city ordinance by making their home a house of worship.

The Pacific Justice Institute helped the couple challenge the case, forcing city attorneys to reexamine the 30-year-old ordinance.

City officials then advised the code enforcement board to drop the case.

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