Meridian's Oak Grove Baptist Church has a very special treasure. Her name is Ruth Adkins. She's been a leader, a mentor, and a Sunday School teacher for generations of women.
"Being a Christian does not guarantee us that we are going to have a trouble-free life, but we know that whatever happens to us, that God will give us the strength and courage to see it through," said Adkins.
Ruth Adkins, is teaching her Sunday School class of thirteen ladies from the book of Romans this week. If she seems comfortable at the front of the class, there's a good reason. Teaching Sunday School is something that she's been doing for the last 73 years. But she says it's not just teaching for her.
"I have learned more than they have, because I had to study so hard. And I think, it's peace that you get when you become a Christian and you can put your trust in God," said Adkins.
Students say the Adult Women's Class at Oak Grove is like a big family and they all look up to Adkins. In fact, Dianne Boren, who has been studying under Adkins for 11 years says that the class puts their teacher on a pedestal.
"She is a very amazing person and she knows the Bible very well and I would love to be like her," said Boren. " She is like our shining star."
Adkins says that it's not always easy to prepare and teach her lesson, but she has learned to rely on God.
"There have been times that it was very hard to do it, but I just had to believe and didn't give up and He saw me through it," said Adkins.
Despite nearing her 90th birthday, Adkins shows no signs of slowing down.