Friday, February 5, 2010

baptisms at the local car wash

The picture above is truly where we had 5 baptisms yesterday for our local church. The baptism fount, in its off times, is doubled as a motorcycle car wash. (Actually, I am serious, he had to finish before we could begin).
Emilee and I went to encourage and support five members of the village church in the afternoon go through their baptism experience (the top picture). We asked the pastor what this entails prior to the start and he communicated that they go through a year "class" and through their faithfulness they can then acknowledge outwardly before their brothers and sisters in Christ through the immersion of the bodies. It was one of those moments that I looked down at my feet (not sure why my feet) and thanked the Lord that He allowed me to be there and be a part of it.
I wish I could explain to you, when these moments hit me, what honestly goes through my mind. I remember hearing other people talk about it at other moments and would think, "I wonder what that feels like?" I never understood until living here. It is a mixture of trust, truth, emotion, excitement, Awwwww and just thankfulness that I can be there, experiencing AFrica. I really believe that yesterday afternoon as I was soaking in all of the sights and sounds of in front of me that I was created to be there, at that moment, with those people. Praise God for those brothers and sisters of yours and mine who chose to make that outward step. They will be with us in heaven someday, and when that day comes, we will be with them forever!! Do I hear an AMEN?!