A Remarkable Event: 8 Bathtub Baptisms
In August I visited the Reaching Out Shelter for victims of human trafficking. Sara*, aged 17, bright, eager and determined, spoke to me of her desire to be water baptized. What a great surprise to visit the house 2 months later and discover that 7 of the other girls in the Shelter had chosen to join her in this great step of declared faith.
Two summers ago, Elena, at the age of 13, worked alongside me as we refurbished the Shelter with new flooring and roofing. Now, at age 15, her excitement was at a high level as she stepped into the tub. Adi, age 24, has a history that is difficult to hear about: beaten by her father then abandoned by him in Cyprus without funds, trafficked in Majorca. As she took her turn to be baptized, I sensed that God has something special for this girl who is creative artistically, shows good understanding and is skilled linguistically.
The girls have been welcomed in a church an hour’s drive away where they have finally found the acceptance, support and teaching they need to begin to rebuild their lives. “We love having them in our church,” said Pastor Mihai as we enjoyed cake and goodies following the baptisms. “I wish all believers had their same passion and enthusiasm to learn and express their faith.” (*Girl’s names have been changed to protect their identity)
Bucharest International Church Ministry Recognition:
In Titus 1:5, Paul gave instructions to Titus about setting a church in order and appointing elders. To do so is a high achievement yet it carries with it a great responsibility.
Sunday morning our congregation affirmed the servant leadership that Ruben and Rachelle and Claudiu and Jennifer have given to BIC. Throughout the years we have seen their Christian character, their heart and passion to enhance the church and community. What a moment of joyful gratitude to pray with them as we recognized the gifts and calling that God has placed upon their lives and to believe with them for increased impact in their future ministries here in the church.
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