Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sabbath Baptisms (Part 2: Emily)

I left you with this photo of Dee and Emily:

When I said Dee was baptized first, you may have guessed that Emily was next. She was actually in the water when Dee was baptized.

Emily has been a Zumba instructor at The Gem a bit longer than John has been the director. You may recall the rough patch we hit in November when John revamped the aerobics classes soon after assuming leadership. We wanted to ensure that all of our programming was in keeping with Christian principles, which is the crux of our new mission statement. Most people appreciated the new family-friendly Zumba classes, but others did not. What started out as a simple restructuring project quickly escalated to an all out war between and among staff and members alike. John and Emily's relationship was caught in the crossfire. She considered quitting at the same time John daily scrutinized the staff to identify the trouble makers and know who to let go. In the end, she was exonerated and continued on with her classes, which complemented the Christian atmosphere.

Emily would later join our Bible study group and Sunday church meeting. Much like Dee's story, we believe the enemy was trying to keep Emily from the truth. Saturday, she was set free by it. It was also her 31st birthday! Now she has two causes for celebration on September 6. Happy birthday and happy birthday, Beautiful Sister.








12 comments:

  1. Beautiful! May God continue to use you so powerfully for the Kingdom. You guys are an encouragement for all of us working in fields foreign and domestic! We love you. The Mello's

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    1. Thank you! We are very encouraged by what God is doing.

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  2. I always remember of you! You're very special christians. God bless you!

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    1. Thank you, Adriana. We appreciate your kind words. It is good to know you're keeping up with us all the way from Brazil!

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  3. How beautiful! Love this!

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  4. Posted on your blog our response to these baptisms and your current mission work, Forgive me for not knowing which to click under "publish". Just wanted you to get it so clicked anonymous. ha ha

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    1. That's OK. We got it. Thanks for staying involved.

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  5. PRAISING GOD FOR WHAT HE IS DOING IN YOUR MIDST!!!! Woo hoo! It's great to hear from you guys. I wondered where you were. Am excited to hear about a church plant at your gym....love the idea of having a gym where Christian principles are upheld. That's cool. We have been in Manchester, TN for the last 3 1/2 years working with a fabulous congregation, Forest Mill. There is an amazing movement of unity among many denominations here. We all are participating in an outreach on Oct 11 aiming to serve 5000 people! Pray for us!

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    1. We would love to see you the next time we are in Tennessee. We think of your family often.

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