Larkin Avenue Baptist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017

Mary Heine

Mary's Story -

I was raised in the Catholic faith and attended parochial schools. For the most part I was a good kid. I started changing when I was about fifteen, I started smoking, by sixteen the drinking and experimenting with drugs started. I met George when I was in high school.

A few years later we were married. The drinking and drugs continued. The friends we had were all doing the same thing. When I look back on it we were all out of control, it was taking a big toll on our marriage, so we both decided to quit and grow up.

We both kept saying we were going to start going to church and we tried a few times but its hard when your not of the same religion and your beliefs are different. George was not happy in the catholic church and it was all I knew, so we just didn’t go anymore.

It wasn’t till my mom came to live with us that she expressed a need to go to church. So I told her lets talk to George because he was showing the same interests.

I had no interest in changing my religion it was what I knew, but I started going to church with them sometimes and they would talk to me but it was a struggle for me at first. But the more I attended here at Larkin. I learned more about the Bible and God than all my

years of being Catholic. I felt a need to find out what was missing in my life and that was a relationship with God.

Pastor Sanders had come to our house several times and we talked. Then one Saturday Pastor and I talked and I knew my life had been separated from God for a long time.

I accepted Christ as my savior and I asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins. I was baptized on Mothers day 2008. My faith in God has made such a big difference in my life. The Lord has gotten me through some tough times but I finally know what it means to be truly happy as I continue my walk with God.

 

Mary Heine

 

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