Baptism Stories: March 26th

CAROL RYAN

My life before committing to following Jesus seemed empty.  While I always believed in Jesus I don't feel that I was fully committed.  I am committing to Jesus today because I really found such hope in the message of staying on the path - it is not restricting, it is freeing and that is exciting as well as the message about what Jesus has so willingly done for us.  That is powerful.  Thank you for praying for me.  I am ONE. 


DARLENE FREEMAN

Before coming to Jesus my life was about me and my will. After I was lead to church by a friend, I desired a new way to live and my heart began to soften.  Today I am choosing baptism as a sign of my commitment to live His way and not my way.  I am excited to be part of BridgePointe's family where I feel I will continue to grow in my faith, together with others!


KATIE FREEMAN

My life felt disorganized and chaotic before my commitment to follow Jesus. I noticed that my prayers were being answered and then realized that Jesus does save. I want to give my life to Jesus. I feel as though I've carried my worries and fears for much too long. Today, I wish to give him all my worries, fears and sins and start fresh. "God can restore what is broken and change it to something amazing, all you need is faith." Thank you for praying for me. I am ONE. 


ANTHONY GONSALVES

My life without Jesus in it:  I was born with two teenage parents and lost my father in my first five years.  Raised in abusive drug addiction, suffering from both parents, my childhood had sins that carried through my mother's life into my sister's and mine. I knew of so many sins, drinking, smoking, fornicating, I thought of suicide twice, almost killed myself after having my first born daughter. I gave up on life.

I began to pursue a relationship with Jesus because God put the right people in my life to help me get to Him, family and elders who guided me out of my old habits. Two women in my life, a great aunt and a good friend of my past gave me Bibles. My friend taught me the Word, ministered to me, brought me to church every week for two months. 

Why I am committing myself through baptism today: Since consistently reading the Bible and learning in group I felt the Holy Spirit for two weeks straight convicting me. My prayer is that my family see me for who I am, that they see the past few years of change. The day I chose to be baptized, March 19th, 2017, I felt such a holy warmth, chilling presence on my heart. My mind was at peace, tears were drops of pain, in relief that Jesus wants me, believes in me. I am being baptized to get out of the traps in my blood of myself so I can live within His Spirit, beyond my flesh. Teach my heart, through His Spirit, that I can love God more than my desires, that His people love me and want to uplift me, that He will give me gifts to use on the path He chooses for me.

I am excited about this new journey in life with Jesus because I know and believe He has changed me for my family. My daughter can be guided to know His love, I can teach youth, others, that He is almighty and can be triumphant in all of our battles in life. He is love beyond every measure. I'm excited to learn to be more like Him. Let me be an example for Jesus to save another.  

Thank you for praying for me.  I am ONE. 


GARY TIBURCIO

Up until this point I have thought I could get through life on my own. I didn't think I needed God. I gave into drugs at a young age and it consumed me. I always knew something was missing, despite having the feeling that I was indestructible. Ten years ago, I got the best job of my life, my dream job. I knew that the drugs had to end. I was able to kick my addiction, but still I was blind and thought I did that on my own. My job became my distraction to keep me away from a life I had known for so long. My love for drugs then became a love for money.

Anyone who knows me knows I don't like change and I don't like going out of my comfort level, but my friends kept urging me to go to BridgePointe. After several weeks of their persistence, I figured I would give it a shot. As I entered the doors I was so nervous and I didn't know what to expect, but what ended up happening was life changing. I now know I have never been alone. God has been on my side the entire time, waiting. He loved me more than I could have ever realized, even with all my flaws and my past.  Today is my way of saying that I am committing myself to Jesus. This is my starting point in drawing closer to Him and saying that I am never going to look back. I'll never forget the things of my past because that makes this moment mean even more to me. I am only looking forward from this point on. Thank you for praying for me, I am ONE.