NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Marie Parrish knows what it means to be persistent in prayer.
She prayed for her husband, Bill, for more than 50 years before he committed his life to Christ after nearly dying in a fire.
Today at age 82, Bill Parrish is an active member of Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. But his journey to Christ, which included brushes with death on three separate occasions, was far more roundabout than most church members.
Bill and Marie first met as high school students in Lauderdale County, Ala. They dated for several months before Bill joined the Navy and was shipped to the Pacific front of World War II.