Sunday Baptism

Sunday Baptism

Posted on 04. Feb, 2010 by in Missions, Thai Culture, Thailand

One day at English Clinic, Wa, an enthusiastic new believer, brought a friend with her. Nook is pretty quiet, but very friendly and always has a big smile for us. Because she had time off from school, Nook hung out with Wa for a couple weeks, and after a church worship night chose to become a Christian. Honestly, at the time I thought it was a pretty rushed decision. But, she was quickly plugged into the youth group and was surrounded by loving friends and mentors who were ready to teach her everything about God.  We’ve been excited to see her staying around and really getting connected with the church family.

On Sunday, she was baptized along with five others who have become part of our church.

It’s always so exciting to see new believers make that step!

Practicing Thai Buddhism is a very visible and physical activity: Presenting offerings to spirits and monks, waiing to sacred images, participating in ceremonies, wearing amulets, etc. Because of this, it’s often difficult for Thais to understand the idea of becoming a Christian by just praying to something invisible. Often baptism provides the physical, visual event for them to really declare that they are now a Christian. So while they prayed to accept Christ before that, we’ve noticed that they often count their Christian life from the day they were baptized.

This Sunday was the third baptism we’ve witnessed since being here. I love to see the progression of members from being casually curious about the church, to really interested in what it means to believe in God, to be ready to accept it for themselves, and finally ready to be baptized and really commit to being an active member of the church. Even after this point, it often takes awhile for the new Christian to be ready to tell their family about the change in their life. They’re afraid of how their family will react (and often rightfully so). Keep praying for new Thai believers, that they would have the courage to tell their families, and that the families would be open to hearing about their new faith.   Enjoy the pictures!

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2 Responses to “Sunday Baptism”

  1. Rosemary

    04. Feb, 2010

    It’s not easy for Americans to understand how difficult it is in many countriesof the world for new believers to speak of their faith within their families as well as in their social & work circles. We must remember to pray for each new believer!

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  2. Dad and Mom Ruggles

    07. Feb, 2010

    That is so great to hear about the baptisms that you two are witnessing. We are and will continue to pray that more come to the saving knowledge of Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
    As always we continue to pray for you both.

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