As she prepares to get #dunked on Sunday, Beverly Calhoun candidly shares about her journey through hardships and how she can reflect and see Jesus was with her through all of it:

I have always believed in Jesus but I never really knew who Jesus was and that I could trust him.

When I was a 15 years old, I was kidnapped at knife point and raped by three men. After the rape they put me in the trunk of a car and drove me and dropped me off in my home town.

After that situation I was leery and uncertain of how this Loving God I was told about could allow such a horrible thing to happen to a girl who was raised in the church. I remember I spoke with a pastor a few months afterwards and began questioning God and Christ. Although I was raised in the church, I did not truly know that Jesus died for my sins and that he was and is always with me. The pastor explained to me that God was with me and he protected me from being killed, beaten, and mutilated. It was then that I realized that sin was in the world and that even though I had to endure that horrible event God was protecting me.

In June of 1963, I married my best friend and was able to spend 35 years with him before he passed at a young age of 56. He taught me about Jesus and he taught me to understand the Bible. Although I have had many tough times in my life – finding my father dead of a heart attack while he was out hunting, living under park benches and eating horse meat in the late 40s when my parents were struggling to find work, being raped at 15 years old, surviving a mother who was an alcoholic, surviving the loss of my husband in 1998, and surviving breast cancer – I can honestly say that Christ has always and will always be with me, helping me to overcome, and he will continue to work in me and on me during my current battle of lung cancer.

I not only want to be baptized, I want to be #dunked because it is something I have always wanted to do since I read the story many many years ago of John the Baptist baptizing people so that they may know Jesus. This is a true blessing for me to declare to this church – and to each and every person – that with Christ we can survive, with Christ we can have hope, and with Christ we are sealed as children of God. One day I will be reunited with my best friend Ronnie as we get to spend eternity with Christ.

Baptism at Grace

During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!

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