A GREAT DAY FOR AN UNUSUAL BAPTISMAL SERVICE
Greetings in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. We thank you for all your prayers and support in the past and pray GOD’S richest blessings on your life for the future. It is because of your unselfish efforts that Grace Cunupia has been growing both physically and spiritually over the past seven years.
As stated in earlier newsletters our prayer continues mainly for a building of our own. Every Sunday we squeeze about 75 people in a space built for 55 as we truly serve a GOD of miracles and multiplication. This lack of space has not limited or stopped the Grace members from bringing others to worship. This growth has seen us baptize 29 persons in six services over seven years. It might not seem like a lot but last month seven persons followed the example of Jesus, almost half the amount the church began with.
All of our Baptism services are special to me but October 26th 2013 was extra special for two reasons.
1. My parents Patrick and Barbara, who were only visiting Grace Church on our opening day because their son was the pastor, and have been there ever since, were among the seven people baptized.
2. Three young people whom I dedicated some years ago made me proud by following Jesus’ example.
Valencia River again was the setting for this year’s service and after a time of singing and sharing GOD’S word our Baptism began with a circle of prayer. With so much rain the day before the river was dirty and a little fast flowing. This did not dampen the spirits as the seven went into the water (with some help) as did our LORD and Savior 2000 years ago in the River Jordan. Amidst the singing there was much celebration and tears as people were reminded what it really means to follow Christ in baptism.
The day of celebration continued with breakfast being served by the ladies of Grace and then the men took control of the cooking. A Trini style river cook out followed and curried chicken, potatoes and curried mangoes with roti was served for lunch. The day continued with lots of food and sweet fellowship. What a day of joy and blessings as plans are already in place for another service in early 2014. PRAISE THE LORD.
Please continue to pray for Grace Cunupia and Trinidad as we continue to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.