On October 27, 2017, seven of our junior high students received baptism in the newly renovated sanctuary. These seven students determined to be baptized after having been challenged by their junior high teachers, that those who were saved must walk in obedience to what scripture commanded and be baptized. Those who had made the determination were talked to individually by the junior high staff and were guided through the process of receiving baptism which included assurance of salvation, preparation of testimony, and significance of baptism. Once these things were established, the church staff set into motion preparations for the baptism and invited all our members to celebrate together. On the day of baptism, many of our church members gathered together in order to celebrate the public declaration of the students’ faith. It was a great time of rejoicing but also a time to reflect and to be challenged in our faith.
We want to thank God for the gift of salvation that the seven students received and the blessing of baptism. We also want to thank Pastor Lee and SMN for their prayer and guidance, and for leading the baptism ceremony. Additionally, we want to thank all the members of our church who came out to celebrate and for showing their support by bringing enough flowers to start a flower shop.
Lastly, want to congratulate the seven students on their baptism: Jua, Jini, Jina, Jin Kyung, Daniel, Ryan, and Theodore. Congratulations! May the memory of your baptism be branded on your heart and serve as a reminder that, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”