Melissa was first introduced to members of the Courthouse Road church (Richmond, Va.) through a Christian movie series. Melissa came to church the next day and, at the close of the service, asked, “Do you have a baptistery?”
“I walked her over and showed her where it was,” Pastor Heather says. “The next question was pure joy to hear: ‘Can I be baptized?'”
Melissa zoomed through the lessons as she learned and applied her knowledge of her Savior. The day came, June 3, for her to be baptized and share her testimony. “Each of us renewed our commitment to God as she affirmed the baptismal vows that expressed her relationship with Jesus. Melissa’s smile in the picture (above) captures the joy of the day. Praise God for Melissa’s choice to walk with Him!” says Pastor Heather.
In a recent conversation, Gordon Aldrich–a steady and regular part of the church’s AVL team– mentioned to Pastor Heather that he hadn’t been baptized yet, but that he was ready to talk about it now. Pastor Heather made an appointment to meet. Gordon was waiting for a Paul on the road to Damascus experience, but he realized, in retrospect, that could see God’s constant hand in his life. It became apparent that Gordon was ready for baptism. When asked when he would like to make his testimony public through baptism, he said, “This Sabbath! Why wait?” Pastor Heather says it felt like the moment when the eunuch asked Philip,”There is water here, why wait?”