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This Is My Story

February 1, 2005
Mary Lee Piner
Before my thirteenth birthday, I began to realize that something was not quite right in my life. I felt discontented and empty. I noticed that there were people in our church, even some my age, who seemed to be truly happy. They had something that I didn't. I watched as people went to the front of the church during the invitation and prayed with the pastor. I wanted the same happiness that they had and sensed a need to accept Jesus as my Savior. Although my family was not what you would call regular church attenders, my father, being raised in a small Methodist church in North Carolina, knew that his family needed Christ and took us to church on occasion..

We attended church with my grandmother several times in Pascagoula but did not have a church home of our own until 1970 when we started attending Bellehaven Baptist Chruch. It was a year later before I finally got up the nerve to go talk to the pastor about my need for salvation. He explained to me how every person is separated from God by sin. We are all guilty. I knew I was. Then he told me how Jesus gave His life on the cross to atone for my sin. He was my substitute. All this so I could have eternal life. I realized that the emptiness I felt was the separation from God that my sin had caused, so I repented and prayed for forgiveness. I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized along with my sister and mother who also accepted Christ on the same day.

In 1974 we moved our membership and became charter members of Woodhaven Baptist Church where we still serve today.  I enjoy singing for the Lord and going where he leads me.  I also especially enjoy working with children and seeing them grow up in church.

Jesus is a wonderful Savior and friend and I have never regretted my decision to follow Him.