Givens, Opal comment (0)
June 16, 2011
By Courtney Searcy
First Baptist Church, Jackson
Clarke Baptist Association
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art”
Hobbies: Reading the Bible, playing bridge and church activities
Family Status: Widowed after 34 years of marriage to Vernon; three children, Abby, Debby and Larry; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren
At 79, Opal Givens, a retired banker of 45 years, is active in many ministries at First Baptist Church, Jackson. She has served in the senior adult choir for 10 years and is the missions action coordinator for her church’s Woman’s Missionary Union.
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: I had a wonderful childhood. My daddy was an engineer on the railroad until he retired. My mother was a wonderful homemaker, and she handled the money in the family and made us proud.
Q: How did you come to know the Lord?
A: I was 10 or 11 years old, and I was playing the piano at a small church in Yellow Pine. [During a revival], a preacher [gave the invitation] and I got up and he prayed with me — since then I have been blessed with serving the Lord.
Q: How have you been involved in church through the years?
A: At my first church, I served as the Sunday School secretary when I was about 8 years old. I played the piano, but I was not playing it well — it was all we had, so they thought it was pretty good. I sang in the choir and attended Sunday School, and I’ve always gone to prayer meeting. Now I visit the homebound and take them church literature. I just like serving the Lord.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in church in the future?
A: I just pray that I can continue to serve on the committees that I need to and continue to do the work that I’ve been doing.
Q: What difference has Christ made in your life?
A: I love studying the Bible and want to learn all I can so I can share it with the people that I am with daily.