Monday, September 8, 2014

Sabbath Baptisms (Part 1: Dee)

Several months ago John went to an elementary school health fair to represent The Gem. He spent the day working alongside a woman he described as "contrary" and said he was relieved when the unpleasant event was finally over. Within the next few weeks, a staff member recommended a friend for the position of nutritionist at The Gem. John agreed to interview her only to discover that the highly recommended food counselor and the cantankerous woman from the health fair were one and the same. John asked me to sit in on the interview; he was looking for a reason to not hire her. Instead, we both admitted we liked her and that he really couldn't afford to say no. 

Over the following weeks, Dee proved to be invaluable to The Gem, fitting into the staff like the missing thread in a tapestry. The employees admire her and the members love her. When she began to frequent our Bible studies, we began to suspect that the enemy had something to do with the reason she and John didn't hit it off in the beginning. After meeting with us, not only for Bible study each Thursday, but also on Sundays for church, Dee felt God was calling her to be baptized and start her life anew. Even though she has been part of a local church for years, she confessed that reading the Bible has opened her eyes to, among other things, the importance of baptism. 


Dee was the first one in the water on Saturday. As a rule, we preserve Saturday as a our family day and Sabbath and normally wouldn't even be at the gym. But Jesus says in Matthew 12:11, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?" Anyone who has not been clothed in the saving blood of Christ is certainly in that pit, and we were honored to spend the day resting in His presence and in the presence of the angels who were rejoicing as Dee was lifted out of it.

These are my friends and sisters, Dee and Emily: 

You'll read about Emily in my next post.

12 comments:

  1. Wow! How great! Can't imagine her being cantankerous! Ha! Love it! "Greater is He that is within me than he who is in the world!"

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    1. She really isn't! I think they were both having a bad day.

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  2. Great, well-written post! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer. I always appreciate your encouragement.

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  3. So good to see pictures of the women you notified us-- that they would be baptized Saturday. Four baptisms (2 on Friday) in two days. Praise God for going before you...to use you to keep His promise to the lost--that if they seek Him, they will find Him.

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    1. It was actually all on the same day, which made it even more amazing! Thank you so much for your support in prayer.

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    1. Thank you, Hayley. Yours is a beautiful story as well.

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  5. Yay Dee!!! I love ya girl!

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  6. Praise God for Dee (and Emily)!!!!! May the God of hope fill them will joy, peace, wisdom and spiritual understanding as they trust and grow in Him!!!!!

    Love you guys!!!

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    1. Thanks for all you do to support this mission!

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