Baptism Stories, November 27th

Christina monteiro & TIM ALMEIDA

To me, Christian baptism means a new life, which I choose to live to follow Jesus Christ.  My whole life I was raised Catholic, attending Catholic school so I was thought to have a strong faith, however in 2005 my life and beliefs were turned upside down. I lost my son, and shortly after received a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. I had so many questions and doubts and feelings of anger, sadness, and hopelessness, I didn’t know how to feel and I was lost.

Soon after I was unexpectedly blessed with my daughter.  But again I was confused depressed scared and not sure what my purpose was on this earth.  Alone, with my daughter, God gave me strength to continue living this life. I knew he had not abandoned me in the storms of my life.  He has never left my side, the Lord has blessed me with so much, a healthy daughter, a loving family, an amazing fiancee and stepson and most of all his infinite love. I am so excited for this new life with our Lord Jesus Christ.  - Christina Monteiro

My life was in total disarray from running away from my faith – I had doubts, felt empty, lost, saddened and discouraged. I lost my faith due to a death that was close to me dearly.  From that point on my life was in a downward spiral. During that time I would still thank Jesus for what I had, but I didn’t know the meaning of being a true follower, until I met Christ in one of the most horrific places.  Even when you think He is not with you in the darkest place, he truly is! I chose to go down the wrong path and ended up in jail for greed.  I am so blessed, every time I think of that passage in the Bible of the lost sheep, where Jesus left his flock to go after the one lost sheep. I truly believe I was that lost sheep and He saved me.  Today I am so thankful and blessed to be that sheep that was saved, I can’t get enough of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Son of the living God.  I want to learn more and more of his teachings and who He was.  - Tim Almeida


HALEIGH

I’ve always loved Jesus.  The more I learn the more I want to know. I want to get baptized today to make Jesus my savior!  I hope I can help others live a better life through Jesus.  Thank you for praying for me. I am one!


Joeanna Reed

I realized that God was calling me about four years ago. I was sitting in service and felt Him touch my heart.  Baptism is the next step to getting closer. I will do anything I have to do to let Him know I love Him as much as He loves me.  I’m excited because this is just the beginning.  Who knows where He’ll take me next? 


    KIM ANN TRACY & LOUIS GIUSTI  I gave my heart to the Lord ever since I can remember.  Well before my first communion.  When I would lose my way Jesus would draw me even closer and my faith would be stronger. I know Jesus always has his hand on me.  Today I want to share with my church my love and faith, giving myself to Him with trust He will lead my life in the direction He wants it to go.   -  Kim Ann Tracy   My life before Jesus was that of illicit drugs and alcohol.  A friend introduced me to the true Gospel.  Soon my life changed in line with God’s Word.  Although I still have my struggles, today my baptism before God’s saints is an outward demonstration of an inward experience.  Going into the water is symbolic of death to sins, coming out of the water, a picture of the resurrection life.    - Louis Giusti

 

KIM ANN TRACY & LOUIS GIUSTI

I gave my heart to the Lord ever since I can remember.  Well before my first communion.  When I would lose my way Jesus would draw me even closer and my faith would be stronger. I know Jesus always has his hand on me.  Today I want to share with my church my love and faith, giving myself to Him with trust He will lead my life in the direction He wants it to go.   - Kim Ann Tracy

My life before Jesus was that of illicit drugs and alcohol.  A friend introduced me to the true Gospel.  Soon my life changed in line with God’s Word.  Although I still have my struggles, today my baptism before God’s saints is an outward demonstration of an inward experience.  Going into the water is symbolic of death to sins, coming out of the water, a picture of the resurrection life.   - Louis Giusti

Narong

I was born to a relatively devoted Buddhist family in Cambodia.  My life before acknowledging Christ was somewhat self-centered. My ultimate goal in life was to earn lots of money, money defined happiness.  My life wasn’t bad at all.  In fact, I have the best parents that would provide me with anything I need. I’ve had abundant food, great clothing and was given the opportunity to go to good private schools.  They even fully paid for my college education, and I am very grateful for it. 

The turning point of my life occurred when I attended a missionary school in 9th grade.  The only reason my parents allowed my sister and I to go there was because it had one of the better English programs in the country. However, we did not believe immediately. 

The first time I heard of God’s words, they were very silly to me.  I had always believed that you could only earn bad or good karma by yourself.  This meant that it was impossible for Christ to die for anyone’s sins.  I thought that Christianity was just another religion with sets of rules of what to do and not. In that case, there was no need to abandon my own religion at that time because they were relatively the same. 

After being exposed to the Scripture and the community for a few years, my heart began to soften and understand more of His words.  The ideas of selflessness, loving others, hope, humbleness and relationship with the Creator were different. I was only taught to love those who love me, especially family and selflessness would be considered was being naive.  God changed me through the Scriptures, money no longer defines happiness for me (although I still need it to survive). 

I am looking forward to knowing more of Him and become the person He sets me out to be.  

Thank you for praying for me.  I am ONE.