We’re still so delighted to share the many stories of individuals who were baptized during Mission Weekend in April.  It’s so great to see how God has been working in their lives, and we are excited to see how he continues to use them for his Kingdom purposes.  We also pray that God would use their stories to inspire others – challenge them to think about how they could experience the transformation that Jesus gives in their own lives.

Here’s middle school student, Joshua Irabor’s story:

Greetings, my name is Joshua Irabor, I am the third out 4 children. In my 14 years of life I always attended church and I always believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. At 9 years old my father passed away, and ever since then my faith in Christ has been growing gradually. I recently rededicated my life to Christ and this was the best decision I have ever made.

A good word to describe my life before Christ is despair. I prayed day and night, but the prayers I prayed never meant much to me, and I never had faith in my prayers. I tried to force myself to make things happen and I never went to Jesus when I needed the help – I thought I could handle my life on my own.

Trusting Christ was one of the easiest things I’ve learned to do. Whenever I am feeling weak I know I no longer need to worry, as I can just call on his Name and ask for help, knowing he will take full control of my situation. Trusting him has become natural, and it is such a feeling of relief to know God has me in his hands.

My new mindset with Christ has affected me in so many great ways. I know God is with me and helps me through everything I do from waking up to sports to school to many other wonderful things. He has truly blessed me and changed my life for the best.

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that Jesus died and rose again for my sake, and I believe that he will come back for the saints alive and dead. I believe in baptism as a symbol of the washing away of my sins and the new life I have now.

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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