Well, we finally had our baptism service! We had planned on having it February 8th, but the water company did not do their job. Since the school building we meet in does not have running water, we planned to hook up a hose at a near by house and run water from there to the reserve tank we were planning on using for baptism. But....the water didn't flow.........for an entire week. So, we replanned the baptism service for last Sunday, February 15th. We were certain the water would flow this time, but once again were foiled by the water company! The water ran for about an hour on Friday night...not nearly enough time to fill the reservoir. So, John spent most of Saturday afternoon and evening and then Sunday morning looking for a Plan B! Praise the Lord, we found one! We had been told there was a river in the area, but couldn't find it. Early Sunday morning, John want hunting for the river and was finally able to find it. After the Sunday morning services, we all got in a tro-tro (type of minivan used as public transportation) and headed out to the river.
Inusah was the first to get baptized. For those of you who don't know him, he is a young Muslim man that accepted Christ about six months ago. Since then he's really struggled with fully identifying with Christ - afraid of repurcussions, afraid of his family, afraid of his imam, afraid of his friends. Praise the Lord, he finally decided for Christ! He was the first one into the water, ready, willing to show the world that He had turned his back on Islam and accepted Jesus as God!
The second person to be baptized was Mabel. She has never been in water higher than her knee in her entire life, including a bathtub! She was scared to death! When John bent her down and her back hit the water, she got scared and opened her mouth and let go of her nose. Let's just say, she took in some water, but she was fine! A little embarrassed, but fine! Her one-year old daughter was screaming, but she just laughed about the whole thing!
The last person to be baptized was Joe. He's a young teenager who has grown very faithful to our services and activities. It's a blessing to see him in his place every Sunday and faithfully bringing his friends.