As the waves from the Atlantic crashed ashore along the estuary in Libreville on the 30th of December 2012, five believers from a new church in the Libreville area obediently followed the example and instruction of Jesus (Gospel of Matthew 3:13-17; 28:16-20). A beautiful start to 2013!
7:30AM! The shore side was pretty quiet… however, a recent rainstorm had washed some trash out to sea and then back ashore- a typical occurrence in Libreville.
The Kids were on break from school- Great to have them with us!
Our friend and local church pastor, JeanMarc, asked me to assist him with the baptism. It was a great honor.
Some young (and very cute) church attenders!
Each candidate for baptism had been through a class and interview regarding this sacrament. One young man still had an interview to complete, so JeanMarc and I took care of that prior to the service.
As the church sang and danced on the beach, each candidate was baptized.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Dead to sin…
ALIVE IN CHRIST!!!
Later, with more singing and dancing back at the church, each baptized believer was given a certificate and welcomed to embrace their roles in the local faith community. Blessed by their Creator God, through Christ, to be a blessing to others!
What a great start to 2013!