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Marion high school senior active in church, treasures relationship with Christcomment (0)

October 2, 2008

By Brittany N. Howerton

Seventeen-year-old Ben Lee is an active part of his “small, country church.”

Faith Chapel Baptist Church, Marion, in Cahaba Baptist Association is a congregation of about 20 people, but for this little church, Ben Lee is a big deal.

Shortly after Ben visited Faith Chapel for the first time at Vacation Bible School (VBS) in 1995, his entire family began to attend on a regular basis and has now become an active part of the church body.

“It was actually because of Ben that we started coming here,” said Debra Lee, Ben’s mother, who teaches the Sunday School class that Ben and his sister, Margaret, attend.

In addition to his football involvement and dual enrollment at Marion Military Institute (MMI) as both a high school and junior college student, Ben serves as the brotherhood director for Faith Chapel and as a leader in VBS.

Ben is also an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and spent the summer working at a local nursing home in Marion.

“Ben is the epitome of what you’d like for a young person to be in serving the Lord, not just in the church, but throughout the community as well,” said Lloyd Stockman, pastor of Faith Chapel. “He’s such a remarkable young man.”

After his salvation at the age of 12, Ben knew he wanted to make a difference with his life. He said although life is not always easy, his walk with the Lord continues to encourage him.

“If you’re in your faith, it helps with everything else,” Ben said. “People tell me I’m lucky, but I know it’s not luck. … Being a believer helps me make a lot of right decisions others don’t make. Going to MMI, you are faced with a lot of bad stuff. Being a Christian has helped me to cope with it better.”

In January, Ben joined his father, Shane Lee, on a medical missions trip to Nicaragua. Since that time, Ben has traveled to various churches sharing his experiences and encouraging others to take part in missions.

“It was a lot of fun to be able to see the people,” Ben said. “They were really happy when we were there and we were doing some good.

“I’m kind of shy so just helping out is what I really enjoyed doing (in Nicaragua), but I enjoy spreading the Word too,” he said.

Although football is a large part of Ben’s life, he recognizes it does not compare to his relationship with the Lord.
“The missions joy is something I’ll remember forever,” he said. “We really made a difference in people’s lives and that’s more than football can ever do.”

Following his graduation from MMI in May 2009, Ben plans to attend Auburn University to study pre-med but said if he could do anything he would be a “professional hunter” and maybe “a missionary at the same time.”

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