Celebrate 2014, held on Sunday, June 8, reminded us that we have so many things to celebrate and be thankful for this past year. A highlight of the evening was witnessing four individuals in our church family be baptised. You may not have been able to attend the event, but we wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to watch and celebrate as well...
These are the testimonies Michael, Amy, Kayla and Katie shared with us that night:
Testimony of Michael Batt:
Hello, my name is Michael…
I would like to thank God for the opportunity to meet Pastor Del and Rod and Brenda Conrad who have become wonderful friends to me. In addition, I am thankful for the Tuesday morning men’s group, because without them, my quality of life would be considerably lower. Finally I ask God’s blessing on the Summerland Baptist Church congregation for their prayers and support.
I have opened my heart to God because of the joy of being blessed with the gift of life, and the miracles that I experience each day. I recognize these blessings through the songs of the little birds God made, the beauty of our parks, the smell of the blossoms in the air, my lake shore walks and the knowledge that God is with me through the good and bad. Most importantly, I realize that God has given me the hope of a better future. These are some of the reasons I want to be baptized… so God and all those who witness my obedience can see that I desire to live my life in a way that will make God smile!
My life has been changed because I now believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he died for my sins. I have asked Jesus to forgive my sins, and to come into my heart and life. It is my intention to let Christ live in me and guide me for the rest of my life.
Thank you God!
Testimony of Amie Wouda:
When I was four years old I was determined to go to the front at a Billy Graham crusade and ask Jesus into my heart. Although I was young, the decision was very clear to me. My Mum has been faithful to keep songs I wrote and prayers I prayed around this time demonstrating my faith in Jesus and delight in Him and has often reminded me of stories of His faithfulness to me at this age as we went through many family challenges and I overcame phobias and anxiety.
As a teenager, my relationship with God deepened as I came to know Him as my faithful friend and comforter. I had very little church influence as a teenager except for summer family camps but would pray a lot and was very dependent on God. I would go to bed and talk to Him until I fell asleep and felt like He revealed who He was to me. I would share this with friends and see them come to faith in Christ. When I went to Bible school at eighteen one of the most exciting things about it was being taught by teachers and preachers that who God had revealed Himself to be to me quietly as I prayed as a teenager, is actually who He is.
Being shown His character and person and desire for me in His word affirmed my relationship with Him and my trust in that still small voice I had spent years listening to alone. Bible school was a great time, full of solid teaching, a deepening relationship with Jesus and enjoying seeing a lot of miraculous answers to prayer and people accept Jesus as their Saviour through outreach ministries. I discovered more of how Christ desires to live His resurrection Life through me as I rest in Him. And then, in time, I had a few years where I became more jaded; I still loved the Lord and desired to live for Him but I was hurt and disillusioned and I became busy and took less time to listen and really engage with Jesus. My desire to share Him waned as I got consumed with my own small world.
Over the last year, Andy and I have been on a challenging and joy-filled journey of surrender, forgiveness, restoration and trust. I am finding myself falling more in love with Jesus again and discovering more of what it means to live life in light of who I believe myself to be. We have been so supported by this church family this year, practically, emotionally and in prayer as we have journeyed through challenges and joys.
Testimony of Kayla Rogall:
Ever since I was a little girl my parents have brought me to church and taught me about Jesus and his love for me. I feel very blessed to have that because there are a lot of kids that don’t get the chance to learn about his love for us.
Being in the middle school youth group and the girls Bible study group I have had the opportunity to learn even more. I have been getting closer to God and learning so much from Mikel, Sarah and Tianna and I am so thankful for that. One day we were reading verses with Sarah and Tianna and I got to read one:
Matthew 6: 33-34 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all will be given to you as well. There for do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Ever since I read that verse it has been in my heart, because it reminds me that I can bring all my worries, problems and stress to Jesus and he will take them and help me get through them for his love for me is greater than any worries I may have. I want to follow the path that God has for me and walk it with Jesus. My love for the Lord is everlasting. I am very ready and excited to devote my life to God and teach others about his love for us!
Testimony of Katie Van Bergeyk:
Hello my name is Katie and I am 12 years old. I grew up in a Christian home where we went to church every Sunday and my parents taught me about Jesus. Two years ago when I was in my bed one night I knew that I wanted to have a relationship with Jesus so I asked him to come into my heart. I want to get baptized because of all the things Jesus has done for me and because he will always love me no matter what. (And I love him.)
Video Credit: Steven Cogbill (Thanks Steven!)