At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, Chaplain Luis Camps challenged every faculty and staff member to choose one student to help develop a personal relationship with Christ. The staff took the challenge to heart, and the Lord answered their prayers during the spring semester.
Representatives from “The Grace Tour,” a nationwide evangelistic campaign funded by Jeremy and Traci Anderson, joined forces with the staff to present a message at school to reach the youth. That day three presenters, including Jeremy Anderson, challenged the students to take a stand for Christ and live their lives as true Christians.
At the end of the program, 50 students gave their lives to Christ. Pastor Camps and Dunbar Henri, religion teacher, started giving Bible studies to the young disciples every Tuesday and Wednesday after school. Many of the students decided to be baptized at their local churches, but seven wanted to be baptized during a special vespers at the school before the end of the school year.
To help facilitate the baptisms, Nora Ramos, Spanish teacher, secured a portable baptistery from Potomac Conference’s Glenmont Spanish church in Silver Spring, Md., and Henri secured baptismal robes from Potomac’s Takoma Park (Md.) church. Janaye Dowers, Saundra Murray, Chynna Smith, Jessica Guerrier, Amaris Bullard, Anna Cobb and Jarrett Miles celebrated their commitment to Christ through the watery display hosted in the school chapel.
“We praise our God for giving us the opportunity to minister to these students and be part of the work He is doing at Takoma Academy,” says Camps.
Story by Ron Mills, Takoma Academy