Good day from the Marshall Islands. Today I want to give a further followup on our trip to Papua New Guinea. On Monday, the last day we were in the village of Okinai, we finished up our teaching and had water baptism. It is always a privilege to baptize people in the name of Jesus! It is always a joy to obey the word of God! The Bible clearly gives us the directive to baptize new believers!
Matthew 28:19: ¶Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
As we taught that week we came to understand that baptism had not been done there! The people could not remember when the last time it was done! This truly amazed us! Some were holding on to infant baptism/dedication thinking that covered them! That was then that we knew we needed to teach on water baptism. Once they understood the need for it they all asked to us to do it! Glory to God!
You see we were teaching on leaving the old gods, love, forgiveness, prayer, living a changed life and putting the kingdom of God first! The hunger in people was overwhelming! Their desire to obey all that is in the Word is humbling! They understood that salvation is by faith and faith alone. They simply wanted to follow the word!
We taught that baptism shows to the world that you have turned from the old ways and you are now a new creature in Christ! So on that Monday afternoon we baptized 91 in the name of Father, Son and the Holy Ghost! Praise the Lord! But let me tell you the rest of the story. Something I had never seen in my life. As we baptized them the power of God came upon each and everyone of them. Many of them as they came up were struck by the power of God and had to be carried from the water! Glory to God, slain in the Spirit! We had to lay a tarp on the sand to lay them on. Testimonies of the power of God are being spread. Burdens lifted, healing, and of a supernaturally changed life. They are going to the next level!
Just as I was praising God for what had happened something else begin to happen. The pastor's wife came forward and asked for forgiveness from the people. After that, the Spirit of God fell and the people began to weep. Not in sadness but in joy! Forgiveness began to take place between families and friends. Restoration was happening on every side. They were changed by the Spirit of God! The old ways of doing things were gone and the way of the Lord was chosen.
We give God all of the glory , honor and power for all that happened and is still happening there! This was certainly a baptism I will never forget! Thank you for all of your faithful prayers and support. God is so good and we thank God for you our partners in ministry here in the Pacific! God bless!
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Richard, Stephen, Terina and Kanani