After high school graduation, I decided to attend Southeastern Junior College in Laurel, Mississippi. This small college offered a two year Bible Study program in addition to the regular two year basic college courses. Those two years of college Bible courses gave me a good foundation for further Bible study. Since giving my life to Jesus, I’ve had a compulsion to study the Bible and learn as much as possible about God.
Never seeing myself standing before a group to speak, God opened doors and pushed me through them. My high school speech teacher, Mr. Hassan, told me, “Marianna, never turn down an opportunity to speak. The more you speak the better you will be able to speak.” So, Mr. Hassan, look what you got me into!
My local church asked me to teach a young people’s Sunday School Class which I taught for five years. The pastor wanted to start a church magazine and asked me to be the editor. Each month I wrote an editorial, edited articles from church staff, and church organizations to compile a magazine. Being “editor” also meant typing all articles, running the copier, and stapling the pages to make the magazine. It was a great experience. Many church members expressed appreciation and compliments on my writing. The magazine became a blessing to the church and a learning experience to me as well.
Writing Sunday School lessons to be read in churches all over the United States was so amazing, exciting and unbelievable! Many people wrote me wonderful letters of encourage and complements.