Baptism Stories: Summer Finale, August 27, 2017


Steve Defreitas

Before Jesus my life was on a dead end road, nothing went well and I felt like something was missing. Many of my friends and family kept talking to me about Jesus and I began to be interested. I tried to believe in Jesus by faith but needed to read His word to learn how to live for Him. That’s when I began to read the entire Bible from beginning to end and fell in love with Jesus even more. I want to give my life to Jesus through baptism because it's my next step in my walk with Jesus. I’m thankful that I’ve found a church family where we can worship as a family and pursue Jesus together in love. Thank you for praying for me, I am ONE.


Britnie Dawkins   

Deciding to commit my life to Jesus is something that I've been thinking about for some time now. As bad as it may sound, it always seemed like I was just “too busy” to stop and put Him first. For the past three years I've worked weekends and so to me that made it impossible to make it to church on Sundays. I always said to myself, "Well, I'm the sole provider for myself and my children so God will just have to understand."  That actually sounds crazy when I say it out loud, but that was my excuse. Last year my health took a turn for the worse and I was forced to undergo a major operation. After my surgery my recovery was so amazing even the doctors were blown away, I knew it was God. And from that point I made a promise to put Him first. With all the blessings that I've received in my life I've always acknowledged that I know it wouldn't be possible without my Lord and Savior. Today I am fully ready to commit my life to Jesus. Thank you for praying for me, I AM ONE.


Peter Botelho

I broke the vow of my marriage, gave up on marriage counseling, and started a relationship with another woman. We both divorced our spouses together to be together as a blended family, and recently that relationship fell apart. I am carrying so much weight. I am asking for forgiveness and for God to "break the chains" as the lyrics of the song that we sing on Sundays "Chain Breaker" by Zack Williams describes. I look forward to be cleansed as the song says. I need and want to be cleansed to live a new life through Christ, to live as He wants, and not as I want. God bless!


Nadi Meas

I was raised and born Buddhist. I thought I was doomed and would not enter heaven because I was born a female which just added to all my sins. My life was a mess and the further life went on, I just kept digging myself in a deeper hole.

I began to pursue a relationship with Jesus when I hit rock bottom and gave up on life. In the last breathe in my near death experience I prayed to God to take care my friends, family and daughter. During blacking out I thought it was the end. Somehow, I regained consciousness. Which then raised the question in my daily struggles, “ Why am I here? Why am I alive today?"

Life and curiosity has led me here. I repeatedly asked God the question on a daily basis and as crazy as it may sound, He responded. Over and over again He is always listening and guiding us to where we need to be. I can write a novel about the accounts I had to steer me here. The most significant story in it would be that he gave me my best friend, who was a devout Christian and thought I would go to  hell at the time for not being a believer of Christ, but none-the-less he prayed for me. It was his mission to pray for me and here I am today.

I am here today to get baptized because it is something that I believe that I should do in return for the countless blessings that God has given me. He gave me life and salvation. He showed me that there is hope in this world for positive people and the church. Today I declare my affirmation to God and Jesus that I will keep praying for ONE.

Walking anew with Jesus and His Church excites me because I know that we can make the world a better place especially for our children.


Clayton Nascimento

Prior to coming to BridgePointe I wasn't going to church or really thinking about Jesus at all. I was having a tough, trying time and just couldn't seem to get back on my feet. My parents had mentioned trying to find Jesus and that He could help me in ways nobody else could. One day I was asking myself if it was something I should try but I didn't know the answer. That same night I walked into my son's room and for the first time that I had ever seen he was reading his Bible and telling me that he wanted to go to church. I immediately felt something I couldn't explain but made the decision to start looking for a church to go to. I also started to get a handle on the tough time I was having. I later realized that it was Jesus guiding me and my family to where we needed to be. I am ready to commit myself to Jesus through baptism. Thank you for praying for me. I am ONE.


Lori Nascimento

I was never very religious. I grew up Catholic but only went to church on the occasional holiday. I am a skeptic by nature and was always looking for "proof".  I liked the idea of believing in Jesus, but thought I could believe in Him and pray to Him wherever. It didn't have to be in a church. But in the years since I had my children, my perspective has changed. One night I checked on my son after bedtime and found him reading his children's bible he had gotten as a baby. He asked us several questions about the stories he read and asked to go to church.  That was the beginning of our journey that lead us to BridgePointe and it is here that I have realized what Jesus means to me and my family. There was something about walking into BridgePointe that first Sunday – a feeling came over me that made me feel at home and welcome by everyone, including Jesus!

Thank you for praying for me.  I am ONE.

Cesar Nunez

My life before committing to Jesus was a complete disaster. As much as I tried to find joy and purpose in my life, I simply couldn't. I have made many mistakes in life that I am not proud of, and the only one that can truly forgive me for my sins is Jesus. 

As a man born into sin, I am confronted by the temptations in life. These temptations continue to haunt me daily. Regardless of how I try avoid them, I finally realized that I cannot go through life fighting these demons alone. It was then that my passion for following Jesus grew more and more. I am committing my life to Jesus because I've made the decision to trust His Will, and not mine. Without Jesus in life, I feel completely empty. I am mostly excited about living a Christian life that will bring joy to my family.


Charlie Raposo

My life has many peaks and valleys, and the truth is I still don’t have that part figured out yet. Even during the tough times of life my faith in Jesus has never wavered, even in dark and tough days. I knew this was something I needed to do because Jesus practiced Baptism and I put that part off as long as I could. I’m giving my life to Jesus through Baptism because I know I need to continue taking steps toward Him. Please continue to pray for me as I begin taking steps to be more like Jesus. Thank you for praying for me I AM ONE!


Debra Raposo

My life before I committed to Jesus was unfulfilled or discontented. I was seeking answers to why I was put on this Earth. I accepted Jesus in my heart after I learned that God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for me and all of His children. Then I felt whole again.

I realized I was put on this Earth to live for Jesus because He loved me unconditionally. He intended a good life for me filled with love, happiness, and more importantly: to be humble. I am thankful for all God has done for me and my family. I am amazed, simply astonished to be a witness to what a powerful, gracious and merciful God we have. I am most excited to see what God’s plan is for me now. And to spread the Good News. God is good!

Thank you for praying for me.  I am ONE.


Sydney Rickey

I've been coming to BridgePointe for almost six months and I've been learning about Jesus. I believe in Him and am ready to commit to Him. I know I need Him to guide me now, more than ever, because I leave tomorrow for Basic Training in the Army.


Noah St. Dennis

I have always had Christ in my life. I have attended church since I was born and attended a Christian school for my first four years.

It has been since I attended the winter retreat and summer camp with BridgePointe’s youth group that I feel I am ready to commit my life to Jesus. I want to learn more and be more connected with our God. I will do this by studying God’s word, praying more and attending youth group.

I am excited about this new chapter in my life because I will become a great servant to Jesus and I know I am never alone.


Liz Toller

Jesus has been part of my entire life. I was baptized as an infant and brought up Roman Catholic. I am forever grateful that my parents instilled Jesus into my life.

Jesus eventually became on a "Sunday" thing. I found myself only practicing my faith one day a week.

This past Christmas Eve I walked into BridgePointe and since that day I have made Jesus a part of my life EVERY single day. His presence makes me feel whole and He shines light into the dark times. In March of 1983 my parents chose baptism for me. Today I choose baptism for myself and choose to live each day as Jesus wants me to live.

Thank you for praying for me. I am ONE!  


Chris Williams

My journey of faith began when I was 8 years old and my parents decided to enroll me in VBS where I saw a kind of faith that I had not experienced before.  Although I don’t believe I was saved at that time, it did plant in me a seed that would take root and blossom when the time was right.

As time went by I forgot about Jesus and tried to go about life the best way I knew, unfortunately my way led to sin and distance from God.  It wasn’t until I was at my lowest point when I remembered Jesus, turned my focus toward Him and allowed God to work in my life.  He was able to lift me out of the pit I had dug for myself. 

So today I am making it official and publicly proclaiming my faith to God and the body of Christ through baptism. Thank you for praying for me. I am One.


Laurie Williams

I have always been a believer. As a child, I attended a school in which religion was taught daily and the Bible was memorized. Yet, somehow, I thought deeds brought us closer to our Lord and sin, further away.

When I sinned in a way I believed was unforgivable, guilt and fear chained me for many years. I felt anything that happened to me was deserved and the only thing to do was tolerate it.

I tried to be the best I could be in hopes ofregaining my place in God's eyes yet no matter how hard I tried, I always felt empty and alone. I finally was enlightened and slowly began to understand. My cup has been emptied by the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who gave his life to save mine from sin.

Today, I rejoice in God's presence and give thanks to the One who provides divine grace and mercy. I am excited to follow Jesus and pray for one person!

Thank you for praying for me. I am One.