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Church member spotlight: Mannika Hopkins

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc.

Throughout Madison County, there are many people who live their lives working tirelessly to spread the love of God. In Greenville, Fl., church member at Sanctuary of Praise, Mannika Hopkins, is one of those who is devoted to a life of service.

Hopkins was raised in Greenville and is the daughter of Gloria Miller and Freddie Washington. She is married to Daryl Hopkins, and together they have three sons: Daryl Hopkins Jr. (18, 2017 graduate), Jabarrek Hopkins (15, Sophomore), and Montrezus Hopkins (13, 8th Grade).

Growing up, Hopkins was taught many important life lessons. “There are many lessons I learned as a child, but the three main lessons I learned were to treat others how I wanted to be treated, family is very important, and you must go to church,” said Hopkins.

As she grew, a love and respect for the church was planted in her heart. “I was raised in the church ever since I was a little girl,” said Hopkins. “I learned that becoming a Christian is the will of God for mankind. Along with being amazed by his power through the performing of miracles, I became interested.”

As Hopkins grew into early adulthood, God began to change her heart and mold her into the woman she is today. “When I became a teenager, the Lord started dealing with me more on a spiritual level, and shortly afterward I received the Holy Ghost and have been on this journey ever since,” remembers Hopkins.

Today, Hopkins is very involved in her small town church. Currently, she is the Youth Leader, teaching Sunday School to middle and high school students and bible study to high school students. Hopkins also serves as Vacation Bible School director. “I am there to do whatever is needed,” said Hopkins. “I love working for the Lord!”

Hopkins is motivated to serve because she wants to share the love of God. “Living for God is much more than trying to avoid Hell,” said Hopkins. “Sharing his love is more of the reason. It's not just about me, it is about trying to win souls for the Kingdom so they will have eternal life. I just love the Lord, and I will not have it any other way. God is good!”

Hopkins references the scripture that brings her hope: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Hopkins continues, “As a saint, I have had my share of suffering and understand that I will have more. This scripture encourages my heart, and I know I can make it in spite of everything because I have a Savior who loves me and is always working on my behalf, working it out for my good.”

To those who feel led to serve at their own church, or simply seek a closer relationship with God, Hopkins offers this word of advice: “Keep seeking Him. Do not stop. Get involved as much as possible with the things of God. Struggles will come, but you must stand; God will never leave you nor will he forsake you. You must build a personal relationship with God, putting Him first. Pray, fast, and study the bible. Desire Him with your whole heart.”

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