Message of hope lights-up BCA conference

By Allen Farley / Guest Columnist

Every August the Business Council of Alabama hosts a weekend conference that brings together Alabama’s business community leaders and a cross-section of public servants who have been elected to state offices. It’s also the one conference each year where everyone gets to meet the spouses, children and even grandchildren, of the people at the center of Alabama politics.

This year’s BCA Conference was awesome! The outstanding speakers filled everyone’s heart with messages of courage, dedication, and faith in God. Everyone left for home Sunday proud to be an American and absolutely convinced in the Power of Prayer.

Robert O’Neill, a highly decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL, began Saturday morning by sharing personal stories of a courageous group of dedicated Americans who stand ready to travel the world to keep American families safe and free. (Robert O’Neill spent many years as the leader of the famous “SEAL TEAM VI.”) He assured everyone that a U.S. Navy SEAL will NEVER QUIT.

Katherine and Jay Wolf closed out this year’s BCA Conference speaking at the Sunday morning Interfaith Service. This young couple shared a story of love, courage and hope in the truth of God’s word. Their testimony had everyone riveted to their seats.

In 2008, at the age of 26, Katherine had just laid their 6 month old son down for his afternoon nap when she fell to the kitchen floor paralyzed and vomiting. She had suffered a massive brain stem stroke. With Jay three weeks from finishing law school this young couple suddenly found themselves placing their family’s future completely in God’s hands.

Today Katherine and Jay Wolf are the founders of a Christian ministry called Hope Heals. Katherine’s right side remains paralyzed, but God has restored her left side and given her a powerful voice. (Their son James is now 6 years old.)

John 12:30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.”
God Bless America!!!

Allen Farley represents District 15 in the Alabama House of Representatives. Allen’s email is