Sunday, February 17, 2013

Taking the Plunge

Ukulele?  Check.  Sack lunch?  Check. Togs and towel?  Check.  Bible?  Check. A willing spirit?  Check.

With everything packed and ready, we loaded the vehicles yesterday and headed to Ngunguru to celebrate the baptism of 13 year old Hannah, one of our lovely young teens here at New Hope Nazarene!
Baptism is a public proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to love him with everything you've got, a truly blessed sacrament and occasion in the life of a Christian.  As you plunge into the water below your actions communicate an intentional death to your old self and identification with the death of Jesus Christ, while emergence from the water victoriously proclaims the resurrection of Christ, that you are now " . .  a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come!"  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 This was a very special milestone and victory, as Hannah lost her sister just 7 months ago and is in a formative stage of her life as a teenager at a new school, facing many new pressures. What a gift to assist Hannah in solidifying her relationship with Jesus Christ and encouraging others to hold her accountable as she presses on into the future that God has for her.  In addition to baptising Hannah, we all enjoyed good food and true fellowship by the waterside, a life-giving experience for all of us.

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