Baptism at the River

Ever witnessed a Baptism at the River?

Perhaps you’ve been baptized in a river?

I was baptized in a swimming pool…..I thought that was cool until I saw this…..

Precious souls walking out to meet the preacher while us on the river bank sang songs of praise….

The look of humble thanksgiving on their faces just before going under….

The symbolic white robes declaring their heart has been cleansed through Jesus’ blood….

The celebrating that took place after wards with tears, hugs, shouts of Amen and lots of singing….

The public testimony these folks gave as they were baptized in a river with other non-believers all around…..

What a blessing! I couldn’t help but to cry as I watched each of the five candidates wade through the water….while songs of praise were sung from the river bank…in Portuguese!

The language spoken by the people of this country that I have come to love so very much. The language I struggle to speak daily. The same language I cry frustrated tears over when I ‘butcher’ my thoughts and sentiments directed at those I love so very much. How I long to communicate intelligently.

It was a simple reminder…..witnessing these baptisms.

It’s why we’re here.
It’s why we do what we do.




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06020464668223729326 Sandy Sellers

    thank you for this post. I sure did enjoy reading it and seeing the pictures. I sure do miss you all and are so happy for you. Talk to you soon.
    Sandy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02357132033070346815 Betty

    Baptisms are emotional for me too, especially if I know the people. I´m glad you are experiencing these blessings in your work!
    My baptism was outside too, but in our church baptismal font.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04630288151385157311 Jill

    Beautiful post, Nina. Kind of puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11685930880024437696 Starla

    I love river baptisms they are so beautiful. Our church has an indoor baptism. So when we get the chance we go to watch river baptisms with the church my grandma went to.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01319657494511126991 Mrs. Tracy

    Our old church would go to the lake for baptisms in the summer…I love it!

    We may be doing the same thing shortly since our church burned and there isn’t one at the school.
    We are going to be making some decisions regarding possibly purchasing a bldg. please be in prayer for us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10170754432538839962 Becka

    Those kind of pictures are beautiful 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04887884977787790642 Amrita

    This is a very joyous and holy occasion. Saints making a public confession of their faith.

    Thrilling

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04257374047455590078 Jen

    Awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17317324029966840712 liz

    Praise the Lord!

  • http://thedomesticfringe.wordpress.com/ thedomesticfringe

    What a blessing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13212778323692824155 Alicia, The Snowflake

    Oh wow! What an amazing day! May you be blessed in the work you do. May God continue to send reminders of the reason. And thank you for sharing them with us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18439689700601562619 Dani Joy

    “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus. Life´s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ. One glips of His dear face all sorrow will erase. Then bravely run the race, till we see Christ!”

    This just came to me when I was thinking on your beautiful words and pictures. Feeling a part of it all and feeling it all right along with you.

    Love ya!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04662751045378148853 TCKK

    How awesome!! I love baptisms!

  • Anonymous

    Have you seen the movie “Oh Brother where art thou?” when they have the river baptism? That’s what it reminded me of. The song they sing is beautiful, I sing it in the morning to my boys when I wake them up sometimes.

    I love you girl! Just catching up on your blog…
    ~Joy

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