For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13
God continually is revealing to me all the ways I doubt Him. How I doubt His power, ability & awareness. It saddens me that, when other brothers and sisters boldly pray for things, I find myself, in my head, thinking,”Yeah, that’d be great – but surely it can’t happen tomorrow. I mean, that’s too soon, right?” But golly, am I wrong.
Last night some friends of the Campbell’s arrived who will be staying at the house for a while. Before we all hit the hay, we found ourselves spontaneously gathered in the living room and began to pray.
Markus, who just got here, specifically prayed to see baptisms – tomorrow. Y’all gotta understand, I’m from a place where spontaneous baptism is not really a thing. However, I’m learning that just because it’s not familiar doesn’t mean it’s evil; it’s actually pretty neat.
So, guess what happened today? TWO people got baptized – in my bathroom!
John and Nina are from Serbia, living in Berlin as refugees. John has spectacular English, which allows us to be able to talk with Nina who speaks mainly Serbian. They both are good hug-givers and have such sweet spirits.
John was baptized by Hannah, Markus’ daughter.
He came out of the water feeling freed; he truly felt his weights and burdens had been lifted. He felt peace. He felt new. We all began praying continued deliverance for our sweet brother.
She was so eager to be baptized – and her face showed it! We told John that since he had now been baptized, he could baptize Nina himself. They were both so excited to be doing this together.
We asked Nina if there were any things we could pray against. She asked for healing from all illness, especially her headache that she currently was dealing with.
Keri, Hannah, Linn and I prayed for her after she was “dunked”, we then asked if the pain had lessened. John, who was translating for us, said she felt total relief from her headache and all the pain was gone. Our Father is so good, and He hears us.
Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
At this point, Nina and John were not married. David and Markus mentioned, kind of joking but kind of not, that they both are ordained, so they could be married now! The couple zealously agreed and said, “Let’s do it!”
And so they did.
And yes, it happened in the living room/kitchen area. But most importantly, it happened before God. Two newborn disciples became one flesh today, and the Lord had all this planned since before the beginning of time. We serve a good, good God.
After the baptisms and wedding, we all saw it fitting to celebrate with communion!
Markus explained what the elements represent, and what it means to have life in Christ.
I still can’t quite believe I get to witness the wonders of God right before my eyes. His power is breaking down walls in others, which in turn is breaking down walls within me.
HOW YOU CAN PRAY:
- That Nina and John would continue to seek God and community with fellow disciples. That whoever they come in contact with would see Jesus. That they would not lose zeal and joy.
- That radical stories like this would become more and more common amongst missionaries here.
- For dead bones to be brought to life by the breath of God.