Tuesday, October 17, 2006
2 baptisms and a Wedding
This past Sunday, two more people from the hispanic ministry were baptised, as well as two people who are not from the hispanic ministry! Praise the Lord!
This first picture is of Fabio and our pastor, Dave Prince, introducing those who are to be baptised.
This is Chupis ~ remember him from our trip home from Milwaukee? He has been with us for nearly two years and we were so excited to see him take this step of faith. He has always struggled with not feeling "good enough" to be a Christian, condemning himself every time he didnt measure up, and sometimes disappearing for months at a time when he felt bad about something he had done.
But, glory to God, he finally understood the message of GRACE, that we can't be good enough! It is only through the grace of God that we can be saved, and this does not depend on us! "Not by works, lest any man should boast."
Fabio translated as he shared this testimony with the church, and he was very emotional as he emerged from the water. So was I!
This is Maria. She started coming to the Spanish ladies Bible studies last spring, but not to church. Then she disappeared for a while. Then, a couple of months ago, she came to church for the first time, started coming to Bible study again, and fell in love with Jesus for the first time! She testifies that life finally makes sense, and that all the time and money she spent on psycologists and anti-depressants was in vain; what she really needed was Jesus, and now she no longer needs anything else! Praise God!
"I have no greater joy than to see my children walking in the truth." III John 4
Even though these two are older than us, we understand John's sentiment when he wrote this. There is truly no greater joy in ministry, or as parents, than to see our children walking in the truth and growing the the knowledge and grace of our Savior.
The rest of these pictures are from my cousin's wedding, which we attended last Saturday near Springfield, IL. It was really good to go, and see all of my mom's side of the family, but it was tiring, as we made the trip in one day and got home around midnight. :)
This is Joshua's first full suit, and he was pretty excited about it. :)
This is us, my mom, my grandma and her husband of 14 years, and two of my second cousins.
Here is my cousin Mandy and her newly wedded husband, Will. They seem to be quite happy together and I wish them a future of felicidad. :)